Wilby Primary

'I can do all things through Him who gives me strength' (Philippians 4:13*) Wilby CE Primary School
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 Wren Class




Autumn Term 2023

Welcome to Wren Class. We are a mixed class of Year 1 and Year 2 children


Mrs Berkley - Class Teacher  and Mrs Martin-Class Teacher

Mrs Coduri-Dunn - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Kent - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Kerry - Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Edhouse - Teaching Assistant


We hope that you’ve had a lovely Christmas holiday and were able to enjoy some relaxing family time. We are delighted to welcome you all back to the start of our new spring term and are excited about the learning that will be taking place.

This term, once again, teaching will be shared between the two of us, with Mrs Berkley teaching Monday – Wednesday and Mrs Martin, Wednesday – Friday. More details can be found on the class timetable which is on our class story on Class Dojo. We can both be contacted via Dojo at any time and will respond during the school day to any messages sent but any messages sent after school hours may be read but not actioned until the next day.

We have a fun term ahead of us with lots of exciting lessons planned.

This term we will be learning about the Romans and their impact on British history, this will be combined with a visit to Colchester Castle later this half term and will allow the children to see artefacts from this era and take part in an education session run by Roman experts! We will also be learning about the history of communication in the second half of the term so if anyone has examples of ‘ancient’ communication tools such as early mobiles or dial telephones please do let me know!

In Science we will be leaning about different materials. The children will explore what objects are made from and explore the differences and similarities of the materials and how they are used. We will explore the properties of some common materials and thinking about why we choose materials to do specific jobs based on their properties. 

In Art the children will be investigating drawing and architecture using famous architects/artists Gaudi and Hundertwasser’s work as inspiration. In DT the children will be designing and making simple felt puppets, learning about how two pieces of fabric can be joined in a variety of ways.

In RE we will be learning about the Islamic religion and investigating how some Muslims show Allah is compassionate and merciful. We will learn through stories and discussion to educate the children about religions and worldviews and their impact on individuals, communities and the wider world.


In maths both year groups will be revisiting place value and number as well as continuing to learn about addition and subtraction. New areas of learning will include multiplication and division, lengths, heights, mass and capacity. The children will continue to improve their skills and knowledge this term by using objects and pictures to consolidate their learning. Our maths lessons will be largely practical, with a written task included to check understanding. The children will be learning how numbers and maths fit into our world and how we can see maths everywhere.

In English both year groups will be developing their English skills through becoming familiar with texts selected from the Write Stuff scheme, particularly benefiting from the vocabulary-rich learning it provides. The first book of the term that we will be using to support the children’s creative writing is ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’. The children will be learning how to write persuasive letters and developing their vocabulary to describe what they see and how the crayons may feel.

In Music this term, we will be exploring music about weather and seasons.  The children will be developing their vocabulary further and understanding the movement of pitch. They will also use their voices, movement and a variety of instruments to describe the weather.

PE will remain on a Friday afternoon and children should continue to come into school in PE kits on Fridays. Please make sure your child is dresses appropriately for the weather for these lessons as Mrs Coduri-Dunn hopes to do lessons outside with them whenever possible.

In PSHE we will continue to follow the ‘no-outsiders’ scheme focussing on relationships, people who help us and how we can help them. Alongside this the children will also follow a programme called ReflectED in which they will reflect on what helps them learn best, including developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ or positive attitude towards overcoming challenge etc.

Reminders for this half term: Please could homework be completed and back in school by Wednesday. Reading books should be brought into school every day but especially on Friday when they will be changed. PE is still on Friday so children will need to come in their PE kits on this day.

We look forward to helping the children through their learning journeys this term.


Friday         - Reading books changed

                   - New homework given out

                   - PE Kit needed in school.



Oxford Owl Phonics Link

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