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In Cuckoos’ we learn, we explore, we grow and we have lots and lots of fun.

I love being a Cuckoo because we create lots of art with our friends.


Welcome to Cuckoos

Welcome to Cuckoos’ Class. We are the Year 1/2 mixed class and our teacher is Mrs Stainsby.  We also have Ms Reed and Miss Wilbert who help us with our learning. 

Changes moving from Reception to Year 1

We understand that the transition from the Reception style of learning, which includes a mix of teacher led and self-directed activities into Year One, can be quite challenging for some children.  There are some children who are ready for a more formal learning style, while others take a little while to fully adjust to the change.  As we are very experienced in managing this change, in the Autumn Term we try to give the Year One children some additional practical learning activities to help this process.  We also differentiate the amount of formal learning required and give extra support to those who need it.  Throughout Key Stage One, we try to plan learning opportunities that will seize the children's attention and build on their interests.  You may find your child is more tired at the beginning of the year as they work to increase their stamina, but please be reassured that the majority handle this change very well. Tapestry is no longer used in Phase 1/2 as we use other methods to record your child’s progress. 

Once your child reaches the age of 5 they will no longer receive free milk. If you would like your child to continue having milk, please contact the school office.

If you have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to see the class teacher.


Reading : Your child will take home their school reading book each day. We ask that they spend time reading at home each day and record their reading within their Reading Record book. We ask that your child brings their reading book and Reading Record book to school each day.   They can do tests on Accelerated Reader after finishing their books if they have moved onto the Accelerated Reader scheme. Reading books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays.

Click here for more information on reading.

PE (PE kit)

To see when your child has PE please click on this link to view the PE timetable.

Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed in the appropriate kit on these days.  As the weather improves please can you ensure your child has their water bottle and has had sunscreen applied.

Please make sure that long hair is tied up on PE days, and earrings, if worn, are removed. 

Trips and Visits

In Years 1/2, we organise a range of trips and visits, each year. The aim of our trips is to supplement our children’s learning for that half-term. They give our children real-life contexts for their topics.  This year we will be following cycle B.

Cycle A 2023-2024

Autumn 1

'History off the Page' workshop

Spring 1 -

Raptor Foundation

Summer 2 -

Woburn Safari Park

As part of our History topic ‘Toys’ the children will have a workshop to investigate toys from the past. 

The children will be visited by the Raptor Foundation and will experience birds of prey at school

As part of our ‘Creatures Great and Small’ topic, the children visit the Safari Park to find out about different animals.

Cycle B

Summer 1 – Mosque Visit

Summer 2 – Hunstanton Beach

In preparation for learning about ‘Muslim Special Places’, the children will visit and tour the inside of a mosque.

The children will visit Hunstanton beach as part of their learning about the seaside.


Year 1 / 2 Production: At Christmas, we produce a nativity, full of songs, in which all children across the phase take part. Please don’t miss it!