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At Millbrook we are committed to teaching a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges all of our pupils and enriches their life experience. As of September 2014 in line with Government initiative Millbrook is delivering the New Curriculum.

In Key Stage one we plan our topics around the interests of the children. The children help us by thinking of visits they’d like to go on, questions they’d like answered and challenges they want to complete. The teachers build on the children’s ideas to plan a creative, motivating and child-centred curriculum that provides challenge for all.
Our reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree from Oxford University Press, supplemented with the “Floppy’s Phonics” scheme. We use the ” Letters and Sounds” programme to teach phonics.

Once Upon a Time – Fables and Legends


        • Counting
        • Identify one more and one less
        • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements


Reading and Writing Opportunities

  • Learning to appreciate rhymes and poems
  • Sequencing sentences to form short narratives
  • Saying out loud what they are going to write about
  • Re telling a fable – The Tortoise and the Hare
  • The North Wind and the Sun
  • Bundle of Sticks
  • The Boy who cried wolf
  • The Ant and the Grasshopper


  • Phonics – vowel digraphs
  • Introduction to capital letters and full stops
  • Common exception words
  • Long and short oo




  • Name, locate and identify the four countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cities
  • Identify key physical features including – beach, cliff,hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley and vegetation
  • Identify daily and seasonal weather patterns in the United Kingdom
  • Locate hot and cold areas of the world

Discovery Scheme

          • How should we care for others and the world



          • Multi-skills
          • Gymnastics


Scheme: Rising Stars Switched on Computing

          • Beebots and turning on/off the computers

 Creative Arts

          • Design and make a variety of products
          • Charanga music scheme – “Hey You”
          • Using our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes


          • Jigsaw scheme – Being me in my world

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Recent updates from Turtle class

  • Vet visit to The Ark, Year 1 & 2

    On Tuesday 4th April The Ark, Year 1 and Year 2 were visited by Thameswood Vets. Lovely Luna the dog joined them. The children learned how to care for a dog. They were shown how to brush a dog’s teeth, signs to look for if a dog seems unwell and how to make sure germs are not spread from pets to owners. It was a fantastic morning and the children learned a lot.

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  • Sainsbury’s Active Kids Voucher collection

    Millbrook are again collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers this year which are available to collect from all Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations and when ordering online from Wednesday 25th January. Last year we collected 6529 vouchers which enabled us to purchase some items for the outside area in KS1, this included a giant crossword connect, a camouflage wigwam and a sandbox. The more vouchers collected, the more equipment your children can benefit from in their P.E. lessons, playtime and at after school clubs, so let’s…
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  • KS1 Book Advent Calendar

    The children in KS1 have loved their book advent calendar this December. Every day there is a new book to open and share! They have enjoyed a variety of Christmas poems and stories.

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    The children have been busy making anti-bullying displays to put up in their classrooms to remind them of the ‘Power for Good’. The displays will help the children to understand the difference between bullying and being unkind/mean. They will also help the children to identify different types of bullying and what to do if they see bullying happening at Millbrook.

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  • KS1 Library visit

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