Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

Welcome to Class 1's Web Page


Welcome to our Class 1 website page where we hope you will find all the key information you need but, as you all know we have an open door policy so please do pop in a see us if you wish to discuss anything in further detail.



Class teacher - Miss Candler

Support staff - Mrs White


Our topics this year will be:

Please click on the link below for more details

Autumn Term 1 - Into the Forest

Autumn Term 2 - Crash, Bang, Wallop!

Spring Term - How does your garden grow?

Summer Term 1- Where in the World?

Summer Term 2- Food Glorious Food and Healthy Heathwood 



PE Days:

Our PE days this year are Tuesday and Wednesday (from September – after Easter)

Our PE days will then be Monday (joint outdoor lesson with Class 2) and Wednesday


For outdoor PE you will need to make sure you have your outdoor PE kit in school, trainers, black jogging bottoms, your purple Heathwood top and a black jumper. We also recommend ensuring you bring a pair of socks so if we get wet and muddy then you don’t have to spend the rest of the day with soggy feet! 

For indoor PE you will need a pair of black shorts and your purple Heathwood top.

We complete our daily mile on the running track every day, and therefore we ask that a pair of trainers be left in school at all times.

We will occasionally have PE on additional or different days when we are lucky enough to have opportunities involving outside agencies, e.g. a session with a PE specialist for cheerleading, gymnastics, and athletics, so we ask that both PE kits are kept in school at all times. We will send your PE kit home every half term so that it can be washed. 


Trips and Visitors

In Class 1 we try to arrange as many trips and visitors as we can, as it really helps bring the children’s learning to life.  We also really appreciate the help of anyone who can volunteer to come and read to the children.  If you think you can help please pop in and see a member of the team (please be aware that we may not always place volunteers in the same class as their own children or family members).


Our first trip usually takes place after Christmas as we begin our popular ‘How does your garden grow?’ topic. We have an all day visit to Rushmere Country Park where the children get to explore the park and enjoy some focussed learning sessions with the park rangers.  


In the summer term we organise a trip to Whipsnade Zoo to enhance the children’s learning about animals and where in the world they are found. The children again enjoy a day at the zoo including a focussed learning session on the four main habitats. During the same topic ‘Where in the world?’ we also organise a local area walk for the children so they can enhance their learning about their local area and also look in more detail at the human/physical features of their local environment.

All details including prices for all trips will be provided closer to the time of each trip and with plenty of notice.


Weather appropriate clothing

Please ensure your child is sent to school with weather appropriate clothing all year round, e.g. wellies and gloves if it has snowed and a sun hat and sun cream if it sunny! In Class 1 we are engaging in outside learning opportunities whatever the weather so it is vital to your child’s learning they come to school prepared for this. We also ask that a coat is brought to school with your child everyday as we all know how the weather starts at 8.30am is not always the way it remains!


Whole School Enrichment

Whole school Enrichment takes place on a Friday afternoon where each child gets the opportunity to work in their house teams with pupils across each year group to engage in activities which enrich our curriculum. This is a special and valuable part of both the children’s and the adult’s week when they have opportunities to explore the wider school environment.


 How you can help at home....


Reading at home

Please read with your child at least three times at home each week, we cannot stress the importance of this and the difference it truly makes.  We want your children to love reading, this doesn’t mean getting stressed about fitting in reading their school book into your busy daily schedule, it means making reading a special time between you, where you cuddle up and read a story of your child’s choice, or a page of a magazine they have been excited to read, it’s reading the signs as you wait in the waiting room or reading the sign posts you see on the way home.  We will send home reading books that are at your child’s level, but focus on a love of reading and the rest will come!

When you read with your child please record it in their diary and they will be rewarded with house points, praise and stamps!  Children will be rewarded with 10 house points for reading 3 times per week and 20 house points will be awarded for reading more than 3 times per week. Bonus points will be available, at the end of term for those who have read consistently more than three times a week throughout the term!





Children will continue to follow the Letters and Sounds phonics planning during their time in Class 1. We aim to spend a few weeks at the start of the year recapping and revisiting the learning from Class R with the hope that the children will then be ready to begin learning Phase 5 phonemes after October half term. Please keep an eye out for information and dates relating to Phonics information mornings and a useful session for Class 1 parents regarding the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test that takes place in June.



Use your Green Spelling book to add your weekly spellings. Don’t forget to Read, Copy, Cover, Write, Check.

Look on Twinkl (search ‘Planit Spelling’) for the Powerpoint and activities each week.

Summer Term  


Links for learning at home

Your child will have a log in for Education City, Purple Mash and Lexia - please log in and have a go at some of the activities!


You can also access the free phonics games and resources via the Phonics Play website www/phonicsplay.co.uk


As always, if there is anything you wish to discuss, the door is always open with a member of the team ready to listen!


Thank you for your continued support.

The Class 1 Team





Class 1 Curriculum Leaflet - Spring Term 

Reading Workshop Information for Parents

Handouts from Reading Workshop

Phonics Presentation for Parents

How to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Parents' Guide to Phonics and Reading

Maths Presentation for Parents