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Welcome to Wagtails!


Welcome to the Wagtail class. We are a class of 29 wonderful Year 1 children. Mrs Willett and Mrs Parsons are our teachers in the Wagtail class. We also have Mrs Humpherston as our teaching assistant to help us with our learning.


Mrs Willett

I am in my fourth year of teaching and this is my third year in the Wagtail class. My favourite subjects to teach are Maths, Phonics and PE. I like to make my lessons exciting by linking the learning to the children’s interests and by creating practical opportunities to experience learning in a range of different ways.


Mrs Parsons

I am new to Billinghay CE Primary this term and I am very pleased to be teaching Year One. I have been a teacher for twenty years now and have taught at lots of different schools around the country. My favourite lessons to teach are English and History and I love to teach cookery with my class as my favourite TV programme is The Great British Bake Off!


The curriculum

In the autumn term, our first topic of the year is going to be based around the Three Little Pigs story where we will try to answer the question ‘which materials should the three little pigs have used to build their houses?’ We have many exciting challenges ahead including science investigations and experiments to test different materials for the pigs.

Throughout the year, we will also be working on our phonics skills every morning. This allows us to decode a range of words that unlock our ability to read and access other challenges.


In the spring term we will be exploring the question; “Who first zoomed to the moon?” We will be using our research skills to look at how space travel has changed over the years and will compare this to Tim Peake’s more recent journey into space. We’re also lucky enough to have the planetarium coming into our school where we will learn all about the planets and stars. Our topic leading into Easter will be all about the Gruffalo and what he might see as he walks through the woods. To support our learning we will be going on nature walks around our school and visiting Abbey Farm to find out about plants and flowers and what they need to grow.


Finally in the summer term we will be trying to discover why a dragon wouldn’t make a very good pet. To explore this we will be learning about a variety of different animal types and what sort of things they need to survive. Our final topic for the year will involve us comparing toys from the past and present. Our aim for the end of this topic is to design and create our own game using all the best features of the toys we’ve looked at from different eras.

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