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Ash Class 2022

Week beginning 9th May.


Our topic for this term is 'School Days' - we will be exploring how education and schools have changed since Victorian days. This will also link to a comparison between the reigns of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth in the run up to the jubilee. Linking to the Victorian theme our author focus for this term will be 'Rudyard Kipling' and one of his 'JUST SO' stories 'The Elephant's Child'. 


English: This week in English we will make predictions based on what we have read and start planning and writing our story linked to Rudyard Kipling's book 'The Elephant's Child.'

Maths: At the beginning of the week we will practice our number bonds by solving subtraction problems. At the end of last week we looked at dividing into equal groups and from Wednesday of this week we will begin solving one-step division word problems and solve problems involving halves and quarters.

Science: Our theme for this term is growth and we will be exploring how plants grow.

History: We will look at the history of Lapworth School from it's early days next to St Mary's Church to its move to Station Lane and the extension in 2015, we will be making a time line of our school.

RE: Our topic for this term is 'What does it mean to belong to a faith community' and our question for this week is: 'How do Christian's show they belong?'


Things to remember weekly.

  • Please bring a water bottle to school every Monday which will be returned on Friday afternoons. The children will be able to fill it with fresh water daily.
  • Home reading books: We ask that children must read each book twice to an adult or much older sibling and that this is logged in the diary. Diaries and books should be brought into school daily and new books will be sent home on Tuesdays and Fridays once their book has been read through twice. If books are in school everyday we are able to quickly read with children when time allows.
  • PE will be on Monday afternoons. Children must please wear PE kits to school.
  • Forest School will be on Thursday afternoons. Children must please come to school in PE kits and weather appropriate clothing. Wellies will be kept in school.
  • The children will be able to visit the School Library on Friday afternoons. Please remember to return library books on this day so that they can be exchanged.
  • Homework will be set every Friday to be completed at any point over the week. It will contain a short piece of English such as reading, a phonics or handwriting activity and a maths activity such as Numbots or an online game.

Children's Mental Health Week

Supporting with maths at home.


There are endless household items that can be used to support counting and place value; addition and subtraction; as well as multiplication and division. The stars below contain ideas and games to help develop different maths concepts.

Lapworth school has subscribed to a maths app called NumBots which is part of 'TTrockstars' which older siblings may be familiar with. NumBots is aimed at younger children and develops knowledge of number and addition and subtraction facts. These are important skills for children to develop and consolidate before year 2 where they start to develop their multiplication knowledge. Please read more about Numbots in the pdf letter above. If you have not received your login details please email us at school.


Please have fun playing with Numbots, it tends to be quite popular and is a great way to develop skills if played in short regular sessions. Can we ask you to always log off at the end of each session, otherwise if the children have an opportunity to play at school they will not be able to access their games.

Phonics and Reading.


Please help your child to:


  • develop their knowledge of the phase 3 and phase 5 phonics sounds
  • practice reading and writing words and sentences containing the phase 4 blends.
  • be able to read the year 1 words by sight (please see word list below).


Below you will find a number of resources to support phonics knowledge and reading.


Phonic sounds

Please watch the clip in the web link below which will help your child to correctly pronounce each phonic sound. Not only will this prepare them for their phonics screening test later this year but will also help develop reading skills.


Letters and sounds You Tube lessons

Please go to this YouTube site to find a series of phonic lessons which link to the national curriculum. Head to Year 1 Autumn lessons.


Interactive games:





Cursive or joined handwriting is part of the National Curriculum. At Lapworth we use the Letterjoin font. You can access the Letterjoin app at home to practice letterformation. There is also a tablet mode where you can trace letters and words on the screen. Please look at the document below that explains how to access Letterjoin. There are also 2 home learning packs that details the handwriting curriculum for year 1 and how you can support your child at home.

Additional online reading and English resources:





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