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Welcome to Blue Class!

I'm Miss Bowman and I am the class teacher for year 1. Mrs Baker and Mrs Tilley are Blue Class' lovely teaching assistants. Mrs Baker works Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Tilley works on a Thursday and Friday. We love working in Blue Class and learning alongside the children. There is nothing more amazing than seeing the children's personalities grow throughout the year as they develop confidence with their learning. This gives them a sense of pride and achievement which makes us all very proud to work with them. We aspire to capture the children's interests as we go along our learning journey, to ensure that they are always engaged and inspired. We aim to promote a love of learning that they will be able to take with them throughout their school journey. Together myself, Mrs Baker and Mrs Tilley make a great team as we offer different skills and attributes. Mrs Baker is very creative and often comes up with fantastic ideas to make our classroom engaging and exciting for the children to work in, Mrs Tilley is very compassionate and caring and I love to have fun and be silly sometimes. We are also very lucky to have a lovely spacious classroom where the children have access to a themed book corner and role play area depending on the class topic. Overall we aim to ensure that children receive the best education, academically and emotionally in a safe learning environment where they feel confident and happy to be themselves.

Autumn Term 1

Near and Far


This term the children will be focusing on place value to 10, ensuring that they have a strong understanding of what these numbers represent. They will then move onto addition and subtraction within 10.


To link to our topic the children will be exploring the story The Snail and the Whale. They will be focusing on using adjectives to describe, role play and writing their own version of the story. We are doing this through a Pie Corbett approach where by the children will have the opportunity to learn the story through actions and repetition. After this we will be moving on to Zerafa the Girafa.


This term the children will be consolidating their knowledge of phase 2 and 3.


This term the children will be learning about seasonal change.

Guided Reading

The children will have guided reading every day. This will work in a carousal manner where the children will do a different activity each day. One of those activities will be to read with myself individually.


The children will be exploring the creation story.


The children will begin their computing sessions by learning basic computer skills such as logging on, shutting down, logging onto bug club, searching and saving images on google.


This term the children will be exploring Offham and all it’s glory by going on Offham walks and identifying all the different landmarks it has to offer. We will then move on to exploring Kenya and the differences and similarities between there and Offham.


This term the children will be making African necklaces out of clay.


Challenge time will be continuing for the first term to help the children ease into year 1 life. Subjects such as computing, geography etc will be taught in small groups alongside child-led learning.


General Reminders:

Please can you make sure that all items of clothing are labelled with your child’s name. This will help us locate items more efficiently if they are misplaced.


As the year goes on we try to give the children more responsibility of their things. This means that they will be responsible for ensuring that they have their things out of their trays and into their bags at the end of the day.


Pencil cases are allowed in schools; however, I do not let the children use them during learning time as the school is fully equipped with everything that they need, and I find that this stops any distractions. The children will be able to use their pencil cases during any Art/colouring activities, golden time and challenge time.


I will not be sending out a rota for Show and Tell this year, however if your child has something that they have worked hard on, a certificate of achievement or something that they would like to share to do with our topic then we will try and make sure time is set aside for them to share.


If you would like your child’s book changed, please write ‘please change’ into the yellow book. Mrs Tilley and Mrs Baker check these books every day.


P.E will be on a Tuesday and Thursday so please make sure the children have their P.E kits in on those days.

Our special assembly will be on Wednesday 10th of October 2018. The assembly will be based on our learning of Africa and Offham and The Snail and the Whale. Scripts will be sent out this week along with clothing ideas.


Please feel free to come and speak to me on the playground after school if you have any queries. I look forward to an exciting year 😊