The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Welcome to Year 1


Week 5

This week, Year 1 have been preparing for their trip. In Maths, we have been learning how to compare and measure length using mathematical vocabulary and non-standard units. We have also been looking at how zoo's measure animals. In literacy, we began looking at the Port Lympne Reserve Animal Guide. We have been learning about the key features of a non-fiction text to learn more about animals. In Art and Science, we enjoyed sketching then labeling animals using scientific vocabulary. 


Week 4

This week, Seahorses have been celebrating Maths Week. We have done lots of fantastic things including finding out the schools favorite dinosaur! - Both Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor got 44 votes. We also made our own fossils by measuring and weighing different ingredients by ourselves. In Art, we have been exploring pastels and learning about local artist Charles Newington.








Week 3

This week, Seahorses have enjoyed writing their story, 'Where the Wild Things Are'. In Maths, we have been counting back from 20 and writing subtraction number sentences. We have also enjoyed practicing our two times-table on TTRockstars. In Topic, we have been researching Mary Anning, a paleontologist who was responsible for the discovery of the Ichthyosaur. You can visit her fossils at the Natural History Museum! 



Week 2

This week, we have enjoyed acting as Max and exploring his emotions as he journeys through the story, 'Where the Wild Things Are'. In Maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and have enjoyed using bead strings to explore bonds to 20. In Science and Topic, we have been using vocabulary such as carnivore, herbivore and omnivore to talk about familiar animals and dinosaurs. Eleanor did some fantastic Science writing this week all about different animal groups!

Wow! A brachiosaurus was 26m long. 



Term 3: Dinosaur Roar!

Welcome back! In Term Three, our topic is ‘Dinosaur Roar!’ We will be asking questions and conducting research to find out more about these fascinating creatures who once shared our world. We will also be comparing what we find out to the animals inhabiting the world around us today.   

In Literacy, we will be reading the book, 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. We will be writing our own poems and short stories. Later in the term, we will also write our own dinosaur fact files. Our SPaG focus this term is to use conjunctions in our writing.  

In Maths, we will be consolidating our knowledge of addition and subtraction and applying what we know when solving problems. Later in the term, we will be comparing length and height. 

For further information please see our Topic Web – Term 3: Dinosaur Roar!

Upcoming Events

During this topic, we hope to visit Port Lympne. Additional information will follow once confirmed.

Home Learning

  • All children should read for 5-10 minutes a day. Please remember to write in your child's Reading Diary as each read will count towards their Red Ted.
  • Homework will be set each Friday and is due on Wednesday. 
  • Weekly spelling will be tested each Wednesday.

Class Mascot

Stan the Stegasaurus will come home with a chosen friend each Friday and should be returned to school the following Monday. He enjoys going on adventures and loves his class family very much. When it is your turn, please feel free to draw, write or stick photos in his journal ready to share on Monday.


We have PE on Monday and Thursday. Please ensure a complete, named PE kit is in school on these days.



We are really looking forward to journeying through our new topic. We hope you have a wonderful break; see you again on the 3rd January!

Mrs Goodeal & Miss Maynard