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Welcome to Explorers 2021 - 2022

Our class is made up of Year One and Year Two children.

Our class teacher is Miss Wynne. 
Mrs Ramsdale is on maternity leave.
We also have Mrs Tucker who helps in our class.


This page will include what we have been learning and what we are going to be learning (don't forget to check out the gallery page and our Facebook page for more regular updates). If you cannot find a letter you are looking for please check the letters page under the 'parents' tab or pop into the office to ask. 

Key Information:


Please ensure your child brings in a water bottle and their reading book/record every day. It would be helpful if you can also ensure that their belongings are labeled - it makes it easier to return when left around school!



For Autumn term 1 - Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday.


For PE lessons, Children will need to come in their PE kit.  This should be: plain white t-shirt, black shorts/ joggers and plimsoles/trainers. Please ensure a bobble is provided to tie back long hair and your child is able to remove their own ear-rings (or has tape to cover).



Homework will be set on a Friday.
 Each week they will have a list of spellings to practise in their reading diary. 

Pupils also need to read at home as much as possible, daily is best. 
Pupils can also log into Numbots or Purplemash to complete extra activities if they wish.


We really enjoyed learning about our bodies this term. Explorers enjoyed drawing the organs inside their bodies.

Moon Zoom! We loved making these satellites!

World Book Day 2020

The bad weather hasn't stopped Little Explorers having a good time!

Today we say goodbye and good luck to Mrs Coupe as she goes on maternity leave. We hope you loved your gifts and cards!

*GASP* A tiger has escaped and has been spotted in school grounds. But don't fear little Explorers are on the case!

Explorers (reception) have had a great time baking cakes to raise money for an animal charity, big thanks to Mrs Salt for helping them out!

Explorers (Reception class) have had a great time making bread with Mrs Tucker - They have been reading a story all about making bread!

Explorers had some very special visitors last week. Bidwell Henderson came into school to present the children with a book about the head judge of the supreme court.

The Naughty bus is back and up to no good again!

Our new children are settling in fine and enjoying learning and exploring around school. Check out what they have been up to!

We have created a range of videos to help you support your child at home! They all show the different methods we use to teach Maths calculations and Phonics at Westhouses Primary School. Use the link below to access them.

PE is on Monday (Outdoor Yr1 & 2) and Friday. (Indoor ALL)

Homework is spellings and Maths for Year 1 and 2. Phonic sounds for Reception. 

Homework is due in on THURSDAY and given out on Friday.

Explorers have been learning all about Festivals, check out our displays below!

Crash landing!

Still image for this video
Today there had been a crash in our playground!
We think aliens have landed!

Snow day fun!

Yoga bugs!

Cleethorpes Seaside Trip

Beachcombers Topic Travellers Projects

Making Beach Buses in D&T



  Morning Afternoon Things to remember




PE - Yoga

Guided Reading

Indoor PE kit




Topic work

Guided Reading










PE - Outside

Guided reading

Hand homework in.

Warm PE kit in school.


Phonics - Spelling test



Topic work
Guided Reading

Homework is sent home





 Your child will get 3 pieces of homework a week or term where relevant.  They will have:  

  1. ‘Topic Travellers’ project work which is to be carried out over the duration of half a term and completed in their project book.
  2. Weekly spellings to learn.  These will go out on a Friday in their homework book and they will have a test the following Friday. 
  3. Your child may also have a piece of Numeracy homework where relevant.  This will be completed in their separate homework book (NOT the ‘Topic Travellers’ book) and will be sent on a Monday and collected on a Friday. 


Reading will be done through guided group sessions or one to one with your child in school.  However, it would be really beneficial if you could hear your child read on a daily basis at home.  If you do it would be helpful if you make a brief note in their home/school diary that you have done so. Children will receive up to 3 merits a week based on how much they have read at home.



Your child's book is changed if the reading diary is filled in by a parent/carer and placed with their reading book in the red tray in the classroom.  


Sharing a book with your child helps to promote reading and develop their skills and enjoyment of the written word. The comment in the reading diary might be about their enjoyment of the book, their view on one of the characters or the plot.  It might also be about their understanding, a new word that they have learnt or highlight a particular sound that they are finding difficult.


Here are some questions that might help:

1 - Look at the front cover and title. What do you think the book will be about?

2 - What do you think will happen in the story? Why do you think that?

3 - What has happened so far?

4 - What do you think might happen next?

5 - Can you tell me the story in your own words? (After finishing the book)

6 - Who was your favourite character and why?

7 - Where was the story set?

8 - What words didn't you know the meaning of? Look them up in a dictionary, discuss them or use the sentence to have a guess - does that make sense?

9 - Is this story like any other that you have read?

10 - What was the best part of the story? Why?


Reading is beyond sounding out the words.  Children often need to read their book two or three times to build up the fluency or to change their voices for the different characters.  It is also important that children build up their recall, so they can re tell the story and remember all of the key parts. 


Having a story at bedtime can be very calming and relaxing and also easily built into a good bedtime routine.



We worked hard designing and making a simple rocket.

An alien spacecraft has crash landed in the field and we are exploring how to make a light turn on and off so they know where we are.

Land Ahoy Topic Travellers.

A Surprise Visitor to Westhouses Primary School

Dogs Trust came to visit Class 1. Sarah taught us all about how to care for dogs and be safe around them.

We have had a great Spring term getting creative.

Thank you to everyone who came to the 'Stay and Play' session, we had a great time and hope you did too.

Stay and Play 11th February 2016.

Class 1 would like to say a huge thank you to the Friends of Westhouses for their support in purchasing 8 stands for the Reception area.  These have already been an invaluable resource. 

We would also like to thank Kaydor signs Ltd for their design.

Please find a links to the Friends of Westhouses and Kaydor Signs Ltd below.

The artist 'Mr Coley' came to support us drawing our favourite book characters. He is going to make a mural using all our pictures.

David Woolley and Maitre ‘Samsou’ Camara from Joliba West African Drum and Dance Workshop came to Class 1. We had an amazing time and even performed to our parents at the end of the day.