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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 Downing, Miss Bailey and Mrs Jeapes. The school day begins at 8.45 with registration from 8.45 through to 9.00 am. 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.


Our curriculum learning this half term

At Upton St James CofE Primary School, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable all our pupils to ‘rise to our best’.

This term you can read what your children will be learning in Costen by visiting the Curriculum page on our school website, where you will find curriculum progression documents for each subject.


In maths the children will be learning about the place value of numbers. In Y1 they will learn to count forwards and backwards to twenty. In Y2 the children will learn to count and represent numbers to 100. They will learn to count in groups of 2, 5 and 10. In Year 1 the children will be learning the key maths vocabulary of: after, answer, as many as, before, bigger, compare, count and equals. In Year 2 the children will learn the vocabulary of numeral, greater than, less than, multiple of, tens, tens digit, sequence, zero, partition.

In English the children will learn how to recognise and write rhyming sentences based on the fun fiction text ‘Oi Frog’ by Kes Grey and Jim Field. They will describe characters using simple adjectives and will retell the story. The children will learn the key vocabulary of: letter, word, sentence, punctuation, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark, rhyme.


In geography the children will learn all about their local area to be able to answer the question: What is the geography of where we live? They will learn the key vocabulary of:


England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, people and place, human geography, physical geography, connected, local area, transport, residential, United Kingdom.


In science the children will learn about the seasons, months and weather. They will set up investigations to measure the rain and temperature over time and learn how to record this. They will learn the key vocabulary of: months of the year, winter, summer, autumn, spring, weather, temperature, rainfall, wind


In RW, the children will learn about the Muslim faith to answer the question: Who is Muslim and how do they live?


In Design and Technology, the children will learn how to make a model using slides and levers, which will be linked to the Oi Frog! Text.


In PSHE the children will be taking part in lessons following the excellent Jigsaw scheme beginning with the theme of Celebrating Diversity.


In music they will be singing in the Charanga unit: Hey You!


To further support your child’s learning we recommend the following websites:

BBC Bitesize: follow the links to Primary Year 1 and Year 2


Phonics Play: supports phonics learning with fun interactive games




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. Please make sure that your child’s P.E. kit is in school at all times.



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.

Costen class have been issued with a book to read or hear, which is in their book bag. Please engage with your child to read the book together. If your child is an emergent reader please read the book to them. Can they recognise and sound out any of the words? If your child is further along the reading journey they will be able to read to you.



Costen will begin their phonics lessons covering Read, Write, Inc Set 1 sounds so that they are really confident to move onto Set 2. The children will bring home phonics homework each week.


Home learning

Children all have a Numbots or Times Tables Rock Stars username and login, which is written inside their reading diary. We ask that they practise their number skills using these sites 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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