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Bill Costen (KS1 class)

About our class

Welcome to Costen! We believe that Bill Costen (also known as The Balloon man) needs to be remembered because he is the first African American Hot-Air Balloon Master Pilot in the world.


This year the children are taught by Mrs Thorne supported by Mrs Ryan, Mrs Jeapes and Miss Dunn. The school day begins at 8.40 with registration from 8.45am through to 8.55am. The end of day is at 3.10pm. The children wear school uniform each day which consists of our burgundy school jumper, a white school shirt and black trousers or skirt. Please make sure your child wears black school shoes, rather than trainers. The children will need to bring their bookbag into school each day with their Reading Diary and book. This term we are practising lining up at the start of the school day with our Reading Diary and book, ready to start the day.


Our curriculum learning this half term

We have a lot of fun topics in Costen this term.



In Science we are learning about Animals Including Humans.

We will be learning the following vocabulary and would ask that you consolidate this at home:

Basic: head, neck, arms, elbows, legs, knees, face, animals, water, food, air, meat, plants, birds, fish, hair, land, egg, adult, ladybirds, butterflies, baby, toddler, child, teenager, breathing, grow, wash

Appropriate: ears, eyes, hair, mouth, teeth, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates, feathers, scales, gills, fins, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, dragonflies, stages of life, health/y, germs

Specialised: survival, carnivores, herbivores, omnivores backbone, skeleton, classification, invertebrates, larva, pupa, nutrition, respiration, energy



In our Geography topic the children will be considering the enquiry question: Why Don’t Penguins Fly?

We will be learning the following vocabulary and would ask that you consolidate this at home:

Basic: Mountain; Valley; Snow; Ice; Desert; Wind; Rain; Pebbles; Shore; Hill; Cliff; Summer; Winter; Animal; Plant; River; Waterfall; Country; Jungle.

Appropriate: Continent; Blizzard; Landscape; Ice Sheet; Temperature; Ocean

Specialised: Antarctica; Southern Ocean; Environment; Habitat; Adapted; Africa; Iceberg; Sand dune; Arctic; Carnivore; Predator; Food chain; Krill; Phytoplankton; Gorge


In Design Technology they will be learning about templates and joins. In Music they will be taught following the In The Groove Charanga unit. In Religion and World Views the children are learning about how Muslim people live. In PSHE, the children are learning about how to make friends and what makes a good friend through our Jigsaw Relationships unit.


In English the children will be learning how to write a simple story based on A Mouse Called Julian by Joe Todd-Stanton. In mathematics the children will be continuing their learning on place value as well as starting their multiplication learning journey.


Please see the curriculum pages on our website for more details.


Please take a look at the following links to support your child’s learning at home:

Science   https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv?scrlybrkr=8a325072

Geography https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyhp34j/articles/zjg46v4

Maths https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/place-value

English https://www.bbc.co.uk/games/embed/small-town-superheroes?exitGameUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fbbc.co.uk%2Fbitesize%2Farticles%2Fzncgvk7&scrlybrkr=8a325072



Our P.E. days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please may we remind you that our P.E. kit is a T-shirt (colour of house), black shorts and black plimsolls. We ask that your child comes to school in their P.E. kit on Tuesday and Thursday this half-term so that they are prepared for their P. E. lesson.



We really value reading at Upton and ask that each child reads for 10-15 minutes each night and records their reading in their home reading diaries. Please can parents/carers sign the reading diaries to show that that your child has read and bring them back in each day.  This term your child will be changing their book up to twice a week. This will give them the opportunity to practise the vocabulary and really become confident with the text before moving on.



This term Costen are continuing to learn their Set 1 and Set 2 sounds following the Read Write Inc Scheme. The children have a substantial lesson each morning in ability groups before their English lesson. We then have an extra afternoon whole class phonics lesson to reinforce their morning learning. You can help your child practise their phonics by listening to them use their sounds to sound out new words when they are reading. Your child’s reading book is linked to the phonic teaching they have received and is based on the stage they are currently at.


Home learning

Children all have a Numbots username and login. We ask that they practise their number skills using this site for at least 15 minutes per week. Please let us know if you need help logging in.



This term your child will be bringing home 5 words to learn to spell each week. This will be based on Year 1 and 2 curriculum words, as well as spelling rules and patterns following our No Nonsense Spelling Scheme. They will be tested on these words in class in a short dictation.

School Motto

"Rising to our best"


‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12 v:30 – 31)

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