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Dear parents, carers and children


Welcome to the last term of this academic year. Our topic is The Enchanted Woodland, which should provide lots of opportunity for outdoor exploration and imagination.  Below, you will find the book list and the home-learning ideas that go with the topic, to supplement or replace the ideas in the home-learning grid.


Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or anything isn't clear.


Very best regards


Ms MacDonald and Miss Windle



The Enchanted Woodland Topic Resources

Week 7 Home Learning Grid
Phonics & Grammar videos

Week 6 Home Learning Grid

Maths Videos

Phonics & Grammar
Phonics Videos



Monster Phonics- user name and password for home learning:


Username: parents

Password: homelearning


Purple Mash:


Go to:


The children then enter their user name and password. 


Bug Club:


School Code: ktjp








Pillow Polo!

This week, Year One took part in a Pillow Polo Festival along with children from other schools in the local area. Pillow Polo is similar to hockey but due to the design of the sticks it is much safer for younger children. The children learnt lots of different Pillow Polo skills and techniques and then took part in some friendly matches against other schools.  The children enjoyed Pillow Polo so much the school is investigating how we can integrate it into the PE curriculum.

Dinosaur Planet!

Our first topic of the year has been very exciting, we have learnt lots of interesting facts about dinosaurs and we have even been on a dinosaur hunt!

On our dinosaur hunt we found dinosaur bones and dinosaur eggs, they even hatched!

Our Trip to Tring Natural History Museum

We have had a fantastic trip to Tring, we learnt all about fossils and how they are made and we saw lots of different types of animals, they were all stuffed!

Year One in the Big City!


Year One have just been on a fantastic trip to the Tower of London to enhance our learning about The Great Fire of London.


We had a fantastic workshop delivered to us by a lady called Elizabeth. She told us all about the fire and how and why it spread so far and so quickly. 


We were very excited to see the Tower's ravens and after lunch we were really lucky to them close up!


Our trip was topped off with the Crown Jewels, we were amazed at how beautiful and sparkly they were!


As we were leaving we saw the 21 gun salute for Accession Day, we thought the guns smelled like rotten eggs.


'On special days, such as anniversaries and birthdays, Royal salutes are fired from various locations in London and across the UK. In London, salutes are fired from the Tower of London, and also either Hyde Park or Green Park, depending upon the occasion. The basic salute is 21 rounds, fired at ten second intervals, but in Hyde Park an extra 20 are fired because it is a Royal Park'. Taken from

When we got back to school we re-created the coronation and dressed up as knights, kings and queens. 
English- Writing & Handwriting
English- Reading & Spelling

Monster Phonics: 


Monster Phonics Home Learning Ideas: 


This link gives parents access to lots of free resources and information: 


- free resources, for example, common exception word flashcards and powerpoints 

- free online games 

- information about phonics, multisensory activities for home and the screening test 

- how monster phonics works 

- additional topical resources 


Meet the Monsters... 

Useful Websites

Mystery Readers Needed!

The aim of ‘Mystery Reader’ is to show children that adults love reading too so we would like to invite parents, grandparents or other family members to come into their child's class to read a children's story. This could be a book you particularly enjoyed reading when you were growing up, a current children's book brought from home or a book selected from the school library. The children will not know who is coming into their class for each session so it will be a surprise when their reader arrives.

We will be having ‘Mystery Reader’ sessions on Mondays, 2.50pm-3.10pm. If you would like to come in to be a mystery reader then please speak to Ms MacDonald or Miss Windle to book your slot.

We look forward to seeing you and hearing your stories!

Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,

Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.

Tel: 01628 482734.