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Puffins - Year 1

A snippet of what we've been up to during week 4 (21.09.20)

Our Octopus Shape Poem 21.09.20

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We have been thinking about 'wow' language to create shape poems for creatures that live in The Great Barrier Reef. Puffins have done an amazing job at learning our octopus shape poem! Enjoy...


It was wonderful to meet so many of you at the recent 'Meet the Teachers' Zoom meeting. Thank you for your time and we hope that it was useful in some way. For those of you who were unable to make it, we have included the PowerPoint slides for your reference. 

We hope that our web page will act as a method of communication, and keep you up to date with what is happening in the classroom. We will do our very best to update Puffin's page often, to include useful information and pictures/videos of what we've been up to.

At the start of every term we will include a curriculum map, which will provide details on curriculum coverage for that term.

Our topic this term is The Great Barrier Reef and the children are already learning quite a bit about it. As the largest reef in the world and one which can be seen from space, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world!

Children will be learning about the location of The Great Barrier Reef and will be exploring life beneath the surface. We have been encouraging children to generate their own questions about this magnificent structure…


How long has it been there?
How big is it?
What creatures live there?
Why is it endangered?


This term, our whole class reading book is Manfish – the story of Jacques Cousteau. We have chosen this story as it is beautifully and poetically written and links perfectly with our descriptive writing focus this term. As well as whole class reading, where children will be answering a range of questions linked to vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and sequencing (VIPERS), we will also seek to listen to children read at least once a week.      

Daily phonics will continue throughout the year and will be taught using the Read Write Inc scheme. In addition, children will have focus spellings - these are spelling that your child is expected to know by the end of Year 1. We will also share 'Red Words' with you (in our useful documents section)  and would very much appreciate your help with getting your child to read these words ('Red Words' are phonetically irregular words -they are quite simply words that can't be sounded out and need to be learnt). Each term, we will include both the spelling and Red Word focus words on our curriculum map, so please look out for them on here.

We look forward to getting to know you all and working with your children.

Many Thanks, The Puffin's Team.

Learning Resources

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