Darwin Class (YR )

Dear Parents

Hello and welcome to Buckminster Primary School, we hope that you all had a relaxing summer and you made the most of the beautiful weather. We are looking forward to getting to know your children and we hope that they are looking forward to starting their school journey at Buckminster School.

Over the next few weeks we will be spending time working with your children to support them with forming friendships and getting to know the staff and becoming familiar with the day to day routine of school life. We understand that all children start school at different starting points and we will ensure that we build on these foundations. The children’s first term at school is such a special and exciting one. We want them to LOVE learning and be the best that they can be… now and always.

In Darwin class we do PE on a Monday and a Wednesday, so please can you make sure that children come to school in their PE kits on these days. Children need to wear navy shorts, a light blue polo shirt, a jumper and trainers. On colder days children can wear navy jogging bottoms.

We are so lucky to have our own Forest School on site and we are delighted that we have Carrie our Forest School teacher who will be leading the weekly sessions. Forest school is on a Tuesday morning, on these days children need to come to school appropriately dressed wearing old clothes (long sleeves and long trousers as the spinney can get overgrown), wellies or suitable footwear. We recommend waterproofs, either all in ones or separate waterproof trousers and jackets when the weather is wet, as we attend ‘whatever the weather.’ Please bring a separate bag of spare clothes in case children need to change.

Our topic this term is ‘All Creatures Great and Small’- we will be finding out about ourselves and the things we like and dislike; we will be thinking about our feelings and how we can deal with different emotions and finding out about our families. We will also be investigating dinosaurs and finding out about the foods they ate, how big they were, when they were alive and how we know they once existed.


Reading books will be sent home in the next few weeks for you to read with your child, this is a time for you to share these books and talk about the pictures. Books will be sent home on a Monday and we encourage children to read their books at least four times before they are changed again on the following Monday. Please write in the home/school diary when you have heard your child read as this is very helpful. One of the books we send home will be in line with the phonics they are learning in class and the other is for you to share with your child and enjoy together. Throughout the week the children will be heard to read individually and as part of a group.

Children need to bring in a water bottle, so that they can access a drink freely throughout the day.

We are always available after school if you wish to speak to us, alternatively write a note in the home/school contact book or send an email and we will try to respond as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to the term ahead and we hope you are too.



Mrs Bagshaw and Mrs Jackson


Our topic this term is
All Creatures Great and Small
We will be learning all about ourselves and after half term we will be exploring the world of DINOSAURS!!!!
Knowledge Organisers
Knowledge Organisers are usually a one sheet document which presents the key facts of a topic in a simple format and gives an overview of what the children are expected to know and learn by the end of that topic.

They are a useful document to use with the children to understand how much they already know, to help parents understand the parameters of a topic and also as a reference document for children during lessons to support their learning and progress.
Below are several Knowledge Organisers for topics as well as some generic English and maths themes.