Gloucester Avenue, Shrub End, Colchester , CO2 9AZ
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Welcome to Orange Class!


Spring Term   2024  Block 2


Welcome to Year 1.  Mrs. Rainbow and Miss. Fitzgerald are the teachers in Orange class and Mrs. Weaver is the learning support assistant.

Our topic this term asks the question, ‘Who lived in a castle?” We will be having lots of fun exploring and linking our learning around a teaching block based on history. We are going to find out about what it was like living in a castle in the past and comparing this to life in the present day. We are going to visit Layer Marney Tower, dress up in colourful knights’ tabards and experience what it was like to live and work in the castle. We will research castles using a range of sources including, the internet, books and asking questions on our trip.                                  


In science and Design Technology we will be looking at materials and relating this to the materials needed to build strong and stable structures, through various investigations, deciding which material has the best properties needed, for example which material is the best to build a castle with? 


We are going to explore both fiction and non-fiction quality books about castles. We will challenge stereotypes and explore a range of fictional and real-life characters. We will research castles and write stories featuring dragons, knights, princes, and princesses inspired from stories we have read. We are building castles in the outside classroom for support with maths, drama, and role play. We will develop our understanding of computing through investigating algorithms.


Please bring your P.E. kit to school, but on colder days it will be necessary to wear tracksuit trousers and a warm top in addition to your regular t-shirt and trainers. Please make sure earrings are removed at home and long hair tied up on this day in line with our school PE policy. Thank you. 

Please remember to bring, water bottles and book bags to school every day.

Here are some other things you might like to be doing at home. 

Look at the homework sheet for this block and choose something that you would like to do. Talk to your family about what you are learning at school.

Read a book from school or from home. Share it with someone at home, talk about the pictures and what you are finding out.

Practise reading and writing the words in the middle of your home school contact book. You could copy them out and make flashcards. 

Go to the ictgames website or Topmarks Maths to play maths games for areas that we have worked on together- numbers and addition to start with.

We look forward to working with you and your children. Please don’t hesitate to talk to us if you require any help or information.


Mrs Rainbow (Mon-Weds) and Miss Fitzgerald (Thurs-Fri)

Class files

Year 1 Homework Menu for Block 2 2024.pdf .pdf
Year 1 Block 2 Topic Grid 2024.pdf .pdf