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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 was the first African American Hot-Air Balloon Master Pilot in the world.


The children are taught by Mrs Thorne supported by Mrs Ryan and Mrs Jeapes. The school day begins at 8.40am 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 Log and book. This term we are practising lining up at the start of the school day with our Reading Log and book, ready to start the day.


Our curriculum learning this half term

This half term is based around the theme of 'Change’. Please see the curriculum information on our website about why ‘Change’ is an important ‘Curriculum Upright’ at our school. https://www.upton-st-james-primary.torbay.sch.uk/change-1/


In worship we will be focusing on ‘Loving ourselves’. Our Jigsaw theme is ‘Changing me’ which fits perfectly with our 'Change' upright.  


In English this term, Year 1 and 2 are continuing to learn and practise all the sounds in the Read Write Inc programme in preparation for the Phonic Screening Check. The children are working really hard and are practising them throughout the day. The children are making steady progress with their reading and can now apply their skills to other areas of the curriculum. This term we are focusing on sentence building through Read Write Inc Get Writing! Programme so that all the children can write more confidently.


In Maths this term Costen are learning to tell the time to o’clock, half- past, quarter to and quarter past the hour. They are also learning to say and read the days of the week and months of the year. Later this half term the children will learn about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.


In Science this half-term Costen are learning about Animals Including Humans. They are learning about the lifecycles of animals including frogs and butterflies and what animals need to survive.


In History this half term Costen are learning about animals in the First World War through the enquiry question: Why was Charles Sent To prison? They will learn about carrier pigeons and how other animals helped humans.



Our P.E. days are Monday and Tuesday. 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 Monday and Tuesday 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 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.


Home learning

Children all have a Numbots username and login. This can also be used to access TTRockstars for year 2 children. 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.


School Motto

"Rising to our best"


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

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