Turquoise 2021 - 2022

Mrs Mckenzie

Miss Thomas

Welcome to Turquoise Class! 

We are a Year 1 class taught by Mrs McKenzie on Mondays through to Thursdays and Miss Thomas on Fridays.

On Tuesday afternoons Mrs Lister teaches the class. 

We are looking forward to an exciting Summer Term!                                                                  

In Turquoise class we work hard to achieve the Secrets to Success. To achieve this we . . .

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Try new things - If you never try, you’ll never know.
Work hard – Its not luck or looks that make you successful, its all about the effort. 
Concentrate – Learn to focus, tune out distractions and be mindful.
Push yourself – Fight your fears and learn to push past doubts.
Imagine – Have ideas and don’t be scared of being wrong.
Improve – Keep advancing, bit by bit. Success never comes in one giant step.
Understand others – Learn to listen, listen to learn about others.
Don’t give up – Sir Winston Churchill said ‘Success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.’



maths.pngAll the children will be following the Power Maths and White Rose mastery schemes. The children in Year 1 will be learning about: Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s; Making and adding equal groups; Making arrays and doubles; Sharing equally; Finding halves and quarters; Solving word problems; Describing turns and positions; Counting to 100; Exploring number patterns; Partitioning, comparing and ordering numbers to 100; Recognising coins and notes, and counting with coins; Telling the time.




NumBots is a self-paced educational platform combined with an interactive, robot-immersed game. The aim of NumBots is to ensure children develop a core understanding of maths from an early age, establishing a strong mathematical foundation which they can build upon as they progress through their education. Numbots will form part of the children’s maths homework, but it is intended that the children access the platform a little but often.





Our English is taken from the LiteracyCounts scheme ‘Read to Write’, which takes children though a number of sequential steps of: Immerse, Analyse, Plan and Write. Summer A’s text is titled ‘The Secret of Black Rock’ by Joe Todd-Stanton and Summer B’s text is ‘The Last Wolf’ by Mini Grey.

In addition, we will have regular ‘Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar’ sessions and we will have weekly Guided Reading and Handwriting sessions following the Twinkl continuous cursive scheme.

Everyone will also have a daily 20-minute phonics lesson following the Read Write Inc scheme of work.

 Spelling Shed:

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Spelling shed is a spelling platform and aims to make spelling fun for children. Each week there will be new spellings which will reflect those being taught in our spelling lesson. Engaging in Spelling Shed will form part of the children’s homework. https://www.edshed.com/en-gb/login



Summer A = Seasonal Changes - Spring & Summer

The children will learn about ‘Seasonal Changes’ in the spring and summer. They will use a class weather station to observe, measure and record the weather in different seasons and will start to make comparisons between two seasons, as well as across all four seasons. They will also observe changes across the seasons by exploring the signs of spring and summer through nature and wildlife. A range of learning activities are used in this unit, including observation, discussion and learning outside. Children also work scientifically by collecting, recording and interpreting simple data.

Summer B = Plants

This Plants unit will teach the children about the structure of plants and trees and what they need to grow well. Children will engage in a variety of activities including identifying common plants and trees in the garden and in the wild, sorting deciduous and evergreen leaves, and crafting labelled plant collage pictures. Children will plant their own bean in lesson 1 and observe it closely over the coming weeks by measuring and recording its growth.



Your child will need to come to school in their full PE uniform on PE days: navy blue shorts and a light blue t-shirt as well as navy blue trousers and jumpers for colder weather. Long hair will need to tied up and earrings taken out or covered with tape/plasters.


Outdoor PE Monday: Sports Day Activities and Orienteering Games

Indoor PE Tuesday: Invictus Games and Dance

Children will be developing their skills following set programmes by Amaven and the Power of PE scheme of work.

Geography: Summer A


Who Lives Here - This unit will teach the children about some of the amazing and unusual homes found around the world. From a single dwelling in the Amazon rainforest that houses an entire village, to underground cave homes in Africa, the children will learn about the diverse homes and cultures of different groups of people around the world.

History: Summer B



Significant Explorers - In this unit, children will explore why some people are considered to be significant. They will go on to learn about the explorations of Ibn Battuta, Matthew Henson, Felicity Aston and Neil Armstrong. They will compare explorations, and they will investigate how we remember significant people and how values may change over time in relation to this.



Turquoise Class will be following the scheme of work from Music Express. The topics this term are: Storytime, Our Bodies, Travel and Water.



Word Processing – Laptops

This unit will teach the children basic typing and word processing skills. Children will learn how to type with two hands, use the shift, space and enter key properly, and edit work by using the backspace, delete and arrow keys. Children will then go on to learn how to use undo and redo and to select and format text.

Using and Applying - Laptops

This unit reinforces skills taught throughout the year. Children will be given the opportunity to use their skills in a new context and apply them with the software they are familiar with.

Art: Summer A


Colour Chaos - This unit will teach the children about choosing, using and mixing their own colours to create quality art work that shows progression in skills. The children will have the opportunity to explore the life and work of six key abstract artists and, working primarily in paint, to create pieces in a range of abstract styles.


Design and Technology: Summer B

DT.jpg  Moving Pictures Traditional Tales This unit gives children opportunities to develop their understanding of mechanisms. The children will listen to and role play different Traditional Tales and then learn how sections of the stories can be made into a moving picture. Following instructions on how to make different types of mechanisms, such as levers, wheels and sliders, gives the children experience and information to draw on when developing their own ideas. They will sketch a design based on their ideas and then create their moving picture centred on the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’ Children will evaluate their finished product.

RE: Judaism:


Turquoise Class will be exploring the theme of ‘The Covenant’ and the key question: How special is the relationship Jews have with God?

In Summer B, they will explore the key question: What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God? This is linked in with the theme of ‘Rites of Passage and good works’. 


pshe.jpgAiming High – The children will learn about having high aspirations. They will start by discussing positive views of themselves and will then identify how having a positive learning attitude can help them tackle and achieve new learning challenges and improve learning outcomes. Opportunities will also be provided for children to share aspirations for the future, with regard to employment and personal goals. Through this learning, different jobs and roles will be considered.

Growing Up – This topic is an introduction to how we grow and change, both physically and emotionally. Children will learn about their own and others' bodies, gender stereotypes and different types of families. They will also learn about respecting their own and others' bodies, keeping their bodies safe and sharing their feelings in response to life experiences.

Other information:

Reading: Your child will get the chance to read with an adult during guided reading sessions each week. In these sessions we will focus on applying phonic skills (sounding out and blending), as well as deepening the children’s understanding of what they have read by answering questions. Please ensure your child’s books are in school each day.

Your child’s reading books will be changed on a Thursday, providing that an adult has notified us in the child's planner or on Class Dojo to confirm that the books have been read to an adult.

Developing comprehension skills is just as important as the fluency in reading so please ask lots of questions about the book they have read. We will be continuing the use of Bug Club, an interactive reading scheme that we use as a school and rewarding those children who frequently read with our Bug Club certificates. 

Bug Club Certificates: Your child will be awarded certificates for reading 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150 books on Bug Club.


Homework: You will be informed of homework via Class Dojo (Maths and Spelling Shed). Once completed, please take a photograph of the work and upload to your child’s online portfolio. https://www.classdojo.com/  

Wellington Boots: Please send your child in with Wellington Boots so that they can partake in Forest School activities.



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