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Welcome to Year 1!


Your teachers for year one are Ms MacDonald and Miss Windle. Miss Windle will be teaching year one all day on a Monday and Tuesday mornings. Ms MacDonald will be teaching year one for the rest of the week except Wednesday afternoons- Miss Windle and Mrs Reekie will alternate every other Wednesday afternoon. Your teaching assistant for year 1 is Mrs Knowles- Leak who will be working with us on Monday and Tuesday morning and then all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Below you will find a list of the exciting topics we are learning about this year! As a class we are very excited to learn and discover new things that we have planned for our time in year one.



Topic title  

Focus                                 Science focus

Dinosaur Planet- Autumn Term 1

History                                   Biology                                                              Humans                                                             and animals

Moon Zoom term- Autumn Term 2

Science                                  Physics


Bright Lights, Big City- Spring Term 1

Art and Design                     Chemistry                                                          Materials

Paws Claws Whiskers-Spring Term 2

Geography                          Biology                                                              Plants                                                           

Splendid Skies- Summer Term 1

Science                               Physics                                                            Electricity

Enchanted Woods- Summer Term 2

History/Science                    Physics                                                        Sound 


Year One will be doing PE inside on Monday afternoons and outside on Friday afternoons. Please make sure the children have their PE kits in school every day just incase they are needed for additional activities.

Useful Information


Below you will find lots of information that will help with home learning and support activities for all of our topics.

Home Learning


Each week, while the school is closed, we will be uploading a Home Learning Map with activities for all curriculum areas that can be done at home. Along with the Home Learning Map we will also upload resources to accompany all the activities. 


In addition to this, there are a variety of additional, general home learning activities below. 


The children should all  have home learning books that can be used for any work they do at home.  All login details you will need will be sent home before the school closes. 


When the children are writing, remind them about their finger spaces, letter formation, capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks. The children can use the word cards below to help with their spelling when they are writing and you can use the words to play games such as snap, bingo, hangman and jumbled letters.


If your children need any more books allocated on Bug Club or you need further activities allocated on Mathletics then please contact us via email. 


There are lots of activities on all curriculum areas on Purple Mash and the children will be assigned specific activities on the Home Learning Map.


Monster Phonics have given us free parent access, details below. 


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








Paws, Claws and Whiskers Home Learning Week 1

Home Learning Week 2

We hope you are all well and have managed to enjoy some of this lovely weather. Have a look at some of the activities on the grid for this week - short bursts of activity are best. If the children could keep up with their phonics, that would be amazing. There is an extensive selection of Biff & Chip books in ebook format available on - plus lots of other resources. Well worth a look.


Take care and best wishes


Mrs MacDonald and Miss Windle.

Home Learning Grid Week 2

Science - Parts of a Plant

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!

Moon Zoom!



Bright Lights, Big City!

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. 
Paws, Claws and Whiskers!
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.