Autumn Term (1) 2023 Learning in Kestrel Class.

Autumn (1st half) term 2023 



This half term we will be working on a whole school project called 'Brilliant Bury'.  This year we will be focusing on Bury school and gaining an understanding of its history and how the building has changed.  We will then display our work as a school in the hall that you will be invited to come and view (date for viewing to be confirmed).

In English, we will initially focus on 'what makes a good sentence' and then we are writing to entertain using the story book 'Pumpkin Soup' by Helen Cooper, writing recipe instructions and rewriting the story.


  For our spellings we will focus on a pattern each fortnight linked to our Sounds Write phonics. The children will be asked to find it in their reading and use it in their writing.   


We ask you to hear your child read 5 times a week. I know how difficult this is – but there are often little slots of time when they can read to you – while you are cooking/ironing/ washing up or of course snuggled on the sofa or in bed.   

The children have a yellow reading record where their reading must be logged everyday. This can be logged with a comment or just a signature. Dojos will be rewarded for children who read at home on five separate occasions.   


In Maths we use Mastering Number, aimed at strengthening the understanding of number, and fluency with number facts, among children in the first three years of school and Maths No Problem. Please make sure your child plays on Numbots (all children) and TTRockstars (for Year 1 Spring term onwards) five times a week for 10 minutes – the more regularly they play, the better they will get.  

         Y2 - Numbers to 100, Addition and subtraction

Y1 - Number to 10, number bonds, addition within 10


Geography - Brilliant Bury - whole school focus on Bury school.


History - Ourselves


ScienceSeasons, human body, materials linked to shelters. 


P.E - Multi-skills including:

Listening skills, travelling/movement (jumping, running,  balancing), small equipment games (throwing, catching, co-ordination)


Art and Design - Spirals

Using drawing, collage and mark-making to explore spirals. Introducing sketchbooks. 


R.E. - Christianity 

What do Christians believe that God is like? 


Computing - Computer systems and networks

Technology around us.


Design & Technology - making a den


RHE - Relationships and sex education

Worries & asking for help, body privacy and saying yes or no (pants rule), private and privacy, feeling happy and sad, changes in growth, differences and similarities. 


Music - Music and movement – playground singing games to support pulse/rhythm/do-so pitch 



Here at Bury we follow Sounds Write phonic programmeWe teach 30 minute phonic session daily. 

 Y1 – spelling families – first spellings /ae/, /ee/, /oe/
Y2 – spelling families – more spellings /ae/, /d/, /ee/

 What to wear 

On a Wednesday, the children will have PE and will need to come to school wearing PE kit including jogging bottoms or leggings (plain is preferable), their green P.E t-shirt, their school jumper and sports trainers or plimsolls.  

On a Thursday, the children will have Bury Rangers and will need to come to school wearing their Bury Rangers clothes.  This must be suitable shoes such as wellies or walking boots, long trousers (no jeans please as these take too long to dry), a long sleeved top, a jumper and a waterproof coat. Waterproof trousers are also recommended.  


Dates of importance 

 INSET – Friday 1st September 2023

Monday 4th September - First day for children 

Reading at home workshop - Tuesday 19th September at 8.30

:Phonics meeting - Monday 2nd October at 8.30-9.00

Splash assembly - Wednesday 4th October at 2.45 - everybody welcome

 INSET – Friday 20th October 2023

Everybody read – starts again on Friday 3rd November – parents/grandparents welcome to share a book with their child/ren from 8.45-9.00am  



If you have any queries feel free to either chat with me at the end of the school day or email using the class email ( and I will endeavour to email a response back as soon as possible.