Spurcroft Primary school

Spurcroft Primary school

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Key Stage 1


Our Current topic is: Castles

We will be studying this topic over the first Autumn term. The children celebrated the start of this topic by coming into school dressed as knights, princesses, and dragons!

 We are eagerly awaiting our trip to Winsor Castle were we will be discovering whose home Windsor Castle is, finding out why the Castle was built on this site, discovering how the Castle was successfully defended against enemies, and looking for the coats of arms of the Knights of the Garter.  We might even get to try on some replica armour!

For our 'Exit Point', we are hoping to hold a 'Grand Banquet'. More details to follow later on in the term.


Home Learning

Home Learning in KS1 consists of:

·         One termly project linked to the topic. The children are given a choice of projects and expected to complete at least one. This is set at the start of each term then collected in and shared during the final week of each term. Children get the opportunity to look at each other’s work and give structured feedback. Guidance and success criteria are provided to give children a starting point for their project. This term’s project tasks can be found here.

·         Children are expected to read daily to an adult or older sibling at home.  We ask that parents support this by commenting in and signing their child’s reading record whenever they have been listened to at home. Children will also bring home their phonics folders at least 2 times a week, the expectation is that they will read through some of the sounds they have learnt recently with an adult at home.

·         Maths homework is set through the MyMaths website, usually fortnightly, and is then checked by your child’s class teacher online.

·         Spellings lists are sent home once every half term and are for you to practise at home with your child. In school, the children are practising them routinely during the school week. For further information on the new spelling strategy, please refer to the recent letter sent home by Mrs Exton.

We try our best to match tasks to children’s abilities so that they are suitably challenged and find tasks accessible. However, if you are having difficulties in supporting or challenging your child with their home learning, please speak to their class teacher. Also, if you would like to further support your child in a particular area of their learning, please speak to their class teacher who will be happy to offer further suggestions and advice.


A termly KS1 newsletter is sent out at the start of every short term. This will give you updates on the learning for that term, as well as give any specific information regarding KS1 pupils. 

Although we still send some paper copies of letters home with children, many of our letters are now sent electronically and we also send out regular communication via text. To avoid missing out on important information, it is important that the school office has up-to-date contact details. Please also contact the school office if you need another copy of a letter.

A link to the most recent KS1 Newsletter can be found here.


Hello and welcome to the KS1 Team. Below you can find out a little bit more about who we all are.


Holly Class – Year 1 & 2

Mrs Mulford

Class Teacher

Beech Class – Year 2

Miss Pritchard

Class Teacher

Conifer Class – Year 2

 Mrs Carroll

Class Teacher & LKS2 Team Leader

Willow Class – Year 1

Mrs Chandler (Thursday & Friday)

Mrs Stagg (Monday-Wednesday

Class Teachers

Cedar Class – Year 1

 Mrs Madle (Monday &Tuesday)

Mrs Bennett (Wednesday-Friday)

Class Teachers

Conifer Class – Year 2

Mrs Chandler

Class Teaching Assistant

Beech Class – Year 2

Mrs Marlow

Class Teaching Assistant

Holly Class – Year 1 and Year 2

Mrs Frewing

Class Teaching assistant

Willow Class – Year 1

 Mrs Taylor (Mornings) and Mrs Weller (Afternoons)

Class Teaching Assistants

Cedar Class – Year 1

Mrs Blyth

Class Teaching Assistant




Mrs Davey – Speech and Language Intervention Teaching Assistant


Transition from Early Years - KS1


Carly Chadler is returning from her maternity leave and will be teaching with Mary Stagg in on of the Year 1 classes. Terri Madle is coming up from Early Years and will be teaching with Emma Bennett in the other Year 1 class. We are pleased to welcome back Emily Mulford, who worked at Spurcroft two years ago. She is returning from Dubai and will be traching in the mixed Year 1 and 2 class.

Nic Carroll will be the new Key Stage 1 Team Leader and will be working in a Year 2 class. Also joining the team is Katie Pritchard who is moving from Year 5.


In Year 1, in September, children will have Independent Learning time when they first come into school in the morning, followed by English and Maths. In the afternoon they will have a short Phonics session followed by Independent Learning for the rest of the afternoon. A full timetable will be published on the website at the beginning of next year.

Outdoor learning

This works in a very similar way to what the children are used to in Early Years, all the children in Year 1 will have their outdoor learning one afternoon a week. They will come into school in their school uniform and they will need to bring a change of clothes in for the afternoon, appropriate for the weather, which they will change into in the afternoon for their Outdoor Learning. 


Children will be given homework at the start of every half term that will be based on their current topic. They will be given 3 choices of home learning with an explanation of what is expected for each. They will be given a number of weeks to complete this.

Alongside that children will also have spellings lists that will go home at the start of every half term and they will be tested on 5 of these words every week by their class teacher.