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Ladybird Class

Welcome to Ladybird Class 

Ladybird class is a year one class.

Our teacher is Mrs MacNeil.  We also have Mrs Barker who works with us in the mornings and Mrs Keighley who will join us in the afternoons. On Thursday mornings we have Mrs Anderson.  

Our topics for the year are:

           Autumn term: What makes Britain Great?

 (Here we will learn all about our home country and exploring things such as castles and why we have them as well as the Royal family.

   Spring term: Are we nearly there yet?   

(We will be learning about the evolution of transport from the past into our lifetime.  Peddle power to space travel)

        Summer term: Is water everywhere?

(During this topic we will be thinking about water and why it is so important… learning about the different bodies of water around the world and also thinking about how we can save as much water as possible)

Useful Information 

In class we use class dojo as a way of communicating with all our parents and carers. It allows us to show work that we are proud of, sharing photos of what we are doing in class and also earning Dojo points. Dojo points are rewarded for positive behaviour and work in class. We try to get as many as we can before the week is over. At the end of the week the child with the most points gets a certificate.  I also reward the top 2 dojo scorers with a choice from the 'GOLDEN BOX'.

You can also add homework pictures on class dojo so that we can see what you are enjoying at home too.  Some children have sent photos of things they have done that is not school related (football tournaments, dancing competitions, horse riding events and other competitions).  I like to celebrate their successes and their participation in these events.  


Our PE days will change every half term so that we can enjoy different PE sessions with some of the different coaches that come in to teach us, but for the first half term they are Monday and Tuesdays. We can come to school wearing our PE kit (dark blue shorts, light blue PE shirt and in the colder months either a navy blue/black tracksuit (which we can take off if it gets warm).  Please no hooded jumpers.) We must have our hair tied back if needed and earrings taken out.


Homework is obviously the best way for you to support us at school. Reading at home regularly is so important, asking comprehension questions and helping with spellings are essential.  Let’s try to read at least 3 times a week!

Children will be getting phonics work linked to the work we are doing in class (finding things that start with the sound we are learning)  Later the children will be challenged to find as many words as they can with the same sound and then try and write write them on a Friday.

Please practise number bonds to 10 and 20 to support them in their maths. For those who are confident with these, please move on to number bonds to 100.

There will also be a variety of homework challenges on Purple Mash.  You can choose a few to do during the term.

We love reading! Here are some of the books we will read in class.

We use the ELLI project (Effective life long learning) to think about the different learning strategies we use. These are linked to animals for each characteristic.


The animals

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