We are a dedicated and hard working team at Finlay and all our staff contribute to the children’s learning and well-being, offering many activities to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but also to enrich the children’s cultural capital and develop our school SMILE values. 

The adults working in our class are: Mrs Natasha Codd, Miss Ammara Badat and Mrs Michelle McPherson

If you need advice on any information below, get in touch by calling us on 01452 530310 or email: Natasha.codd@finlay.gloucs.sch.uk


What are we learning about in the Autumn Term? 

Our theme for the Autumn Term is The Finlay Toy Factory. The focus of this theme is to look at the change in toys throughout history. We will focus on the Victorian Era during this theme. We will use our comparing and contrasting skills, looking at what is the same between the toys and what has changed. We will have lots of opportunities to explore real life artefacts, using our inference skills when thinking about how the toys may have worked. 

In DT, we will be developing our construction skills, creating a toy using axels and wheels. 

Throughout this unit, we will be writing descriptions of a toy of our choice, as well as retelling the story of ‘Old Bear’.  

In Science, we will be exploring everyday materials and their properties, including: distinguishing between an object and the material from which it is made; identifying and naming a variety of everyday materials, and comparing, describing and grouping materials together based on their simple physical properties. We will apply all of our scientific learning to our work in history on toys. 

In RE, we are exploring two big questions from the Gloucester Agreed Syllabus: ‘What does it mean to belong to a faith community?’ and ‘What do Christians believe God is like?’

In PE, we will be developing the practical game skills of underarm throwing and rolling, as well as developing our practical gymnastic skills.

In Jigsaw/PSHE and RSE, we will be learning about ‘Being Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference


What are we learning about in the Spring Term?


Our theme for the Spring Term is ‘Once Upon a Time’. During the Spring Term, we are transported into the worlds of many different traditional fairy tales. We will work hard to orally rehearse different traditional tales and use storytelling language to articulate these with our friends.


Our learning in Science will link to the stories that we read, with a focus on planting and growing, linked to Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as understanding different materials and their properties, as we begin exploring how to build houses for the Three Little Pigs. Which material will withstand the huffing and puffing from the Big Bad Wolf?!


In RE, we will be exploring another two big questions from the Gloucester Agreed Syllabus, this time answering: ‘Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians?’ And ‘Why is Easter so special to Christians?’


In PE, we are working to develop our ball skills, focussing on underarm throwing and rolling, developing confidence, competence, precision and accuracy when engaging in activities that involve a ball, before moving on to throwing, passing and catching. During this unit of work, we will develop skills including: throwing, catching, kicking, passing, batting and aiming.


In Jigsaw/PSHE and RSE, we will be learning about ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’.


Home Learning 
Please see a copy of our home learning activity sheet for the Autumn Term (The Finlay Toy Factory) and Spring Term (Once Upon a Time). These grids includes a range of activities for children to complete at home. Evidence of these home learning tasks can be uploaded to Seesaw or completed in home learning books.

The children should also access Numbots at least three times a week using their individual log ins.


They also are required to read their fully decidable reading book to an adult at least three times a week, and record this in their reading logs. 

Home Learning – The Finlay Toy Factory


Home Learning – Once Upon a Time


Useful links

Looking for extra learning, please follow links below


Educational videos
A wide range of educational clips/videos can be found on these websites:

National Geographic Kids 

Wild about reading!
If you have a library membership you can borrow ebooks and emagazines for free: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/ebooks-eaudiobooks-and-emagazines/



Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Oxford owl activities:

Cbeebies Radio 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio Listening activities.

Useful links

Year 1 - useful links for learning from home

Times Table Rockstars 

children will need their username and password to login from home. https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student 

Scholastic: 5+ days of reading activities

watch the book, read the story and follow up activities. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-1-2.html

Wild about reading! 

If you have a library membership you can borrow ebooks and emagazines for free: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/ebooks-eaudiobooks-and-emagazines/



Classroom secrets Home Learning Packs

Maths, Reading, SPaG and Practical Ideas – booklet can be downloaded or printed. Worksheets accessible at three different levels: WTS, EXP and GDS https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Cbeebies Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio Listening activities.

BBC Bitesize has a host of materials for



Educational online games



More Useful Sites