Welcome to Koalas’ Class!

Class Teacher: Mrs Curran

YWelcome to Year 1



The Koalas have use of the library every Monday. Please ensure that your child returns their library book if they would like another. 


Home Readers

When your child has finished a reading book, please write a comment to that effect (or just your initials) in the school planner. If your child wishes to change their book before their guided reading session, please ask them to bring their old book(s) to Mrs Curran to change them. Children can change their books as often as they need to. Please try and read with your child each day, even if it’s only a couple of pages or for a few minutes, every little helps. 


Show and Tell

Every Thursday we will send Roxy the koala home for a week with a special book. This is to encourage speaking and listening skills within class. Please encourage your child to draw a picture (or add a photo) to illustrate what you have done at home with Roxy and write a few words or sentences to share their news. If she could come back to school for the following Thursday ready to go home with the next child, that would be great.  

We also do show and tell on Tuesday and each week, a different group are asked to bring something in to share. Dates for this half term are Echidnas 14th January, Emus 21st January, Kookaburras 28th January  and Kangaroos 4th February. 


PE Days

  • Wednesday afternoon
  • Friday afternoon  

Don’t forget to name your PE kit and keep it in school during the week.



Year One children have a daily 20 minute phonics session. Each Monday, this involves a spelling quiz based on what the group has been learning that week and the children also stick in their new spellings to learn.

Koala Class timetable


The children have now finished our Stick Man story. We have been out collecting sticks, making our own stick men and exploring ways to describe movement alongside our writing by pretending to be different types of animals. In science we have been exploring our senses by tasting food, looking through magnifying glasses, listening to voices through tubes, using feely bags to guess what’s inside and smelling various foods. 

Mindfulness Day

We all had a wonderful, relaxing day! We started with ‘socks and books’ where the children could take their shoes off and share a book with a friend. Then we had a visitor who showed us how to use our hearing, sense of feeling and breathing to calm our minds. After that we had Disney piano music on in the background and did some mindfulness colouring. 

We had a wonderful relaxing yoga session in the hall and then went on an autumn walk to get some fresh air and appreciate being outdoors. We collected some leaves, acorns and twigs to create some lovely autumn pictures. To finish the day the children made a ‘buddy book’ to share good thoughts about their class mates. 



The children loved writing their own version of ‘The tiger who came for tea’. We made tiger masks and puppets of the characters. The children worked really hard on their own versions of the story with some fantastic results. In science we continued to learn about the human body by naming body parts. The children also used the greater than, less than and equal to symbols to compare numbers. 


The children spent the first week back writing a super bonfire poem based on their senses. The week ended with a very successful cake sale. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time and cakes! In science we have started our topic on materials by looking at different objects and discussing what material they are made of. The children enjoyed doing a material hunt in the classroom. In English, our story will be based on Pinocchio. To start off, we learnt about different types of puppets and watched a shadow puppet show. The children then used hand and finger puppets to make up a story. On 11th November, the Koalas had a very special visitor. Florrie’s dad came in to talk about Remembrance Day and did a great job of answering lots of questions. 

During Maths week, the children went outside and used beanbags to do lots of active counting by throwing the beanbags and counting in 2s and 10s. For Children in Need, the children took part in the Joe Wicks morning move which certainly woke them up! 


The children have been very busy this month! They enjoyed writing a recount based on Traction man and some fantastic language was used. We have been busy learning about 2D and 3D shape and then moved on to numbers up to 20. The children decided what to spend their cake stall money on, many thanks to everyone that baked and helped out on the day. They have also designed, created and evaluated a pop up toy. We had a great time during our Christmas party and a very special visitor at the end! We are now ready for a lovely Christmas break. 


We’ve had a very busy month! The children are really enjoying the ‘Fur, Feathers and Fins’ topic. We have been busy writing a story based on Australian animals in English. In Art, the children have been working up to designing and making a 3D animal by making animals out of classroom objects. We all enjoyed our special Australia Day, the children brought in  didgeridoos and also a delicious home made Australian cake! In music we have been finding the pulse and listening to different styles of music. We also had a special visitor who came in to talk about Chinese New Year and the children enjoyed trying prawn crackers. 

Welcome to Oatlands Infant School