• Meridian
  • Primary School
  • Comberton, Cambridge
  • Learning for life, striving for excellence

Pear Tree - Year 1

Welcome to Pear Tree Class!

We are a Year 1 class full of enthusiastic learners and big smiles. Our class teacher is Miss Gemma Lilly and we are supported in our learning by our class Teaching Assistant, Mrs Moore. On a Thursday, when Miss Lilly has her PPA time and prepares our learning for the next week, we are taught by Mrs Tarring for the afternoon.



We follow the National Curriculum, with our learning themed around topics that make links between different subject areas. You can learn about each year group's topic themes for each half term by clicking on the curriculum overview under the curriculum section of the website, and if you would like to know more about our topic in Pear Tree Class this half term, you can download the topic web from the downloads section on this page.


We learn about all the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum: English, Maths, Science, PE, History, Geography, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology and Music. Although we're not required to learn a modern foreign language in KS1, we have Spanish lessons each week to introduce us to the language. We also learn about and from other religions in our RE lessons, based on the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus, and about other useful life skills in PSHE, using the Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme. More information about each subject is also available under the 'Curriculum' area of the website.



Life in Pear Tree Class

In Pear Tree Class we are friendly, inquisitive and enthusiastic. We take pride in our achievements and we are always excited to learn and share our knowledge. We value everyone for who they are and we have lots of fun together! It's important to us that everyone feels safe and happy about the classroom and their learning, so if you have anything you're worried or unsure about, please let Miss Lilly or Mrs Moore know (even if it's just a little thing!) and we'll do what we can to help. 


We usually learn Maths and English (including phonics and spellings) in the mornings and foundation subjects in the afternoons. 


In Maths lessons, we use the White Rose scheme of work to support fluency, reasoning and problem-solving in all areas of the subject. Homework each Friday is linked to our maths learning.


All children in KS1 have weekly spellings, which we take home on Wednesday to learn for our spelling test the following week (spare spellings sheets can be downloaded below). Miss Lilly, Mrs Moore and Mrs Shepperson use the results to assess how well phonics knowledge is embedded and which sounds/common exception words need more practise.

Spelling books go home on Wednesday afternoons so parents/carers can see the results, but need to be back in school again by the end of the week.


Reading books can be changed as soon as the children have finished reading them. We encourage the children to put their own reading book folders in the blue reading folders box, then an adult will help them find books on their level to choose from. If your child has trouble remembering to change their book, please let us know and we'll double check each day.


We do PE every Monday (indoors) and Tuesday (outdoors). We wear PE shorts and our house top when we do PE indoors. We wear long track bottoms, a jumper or a fleece, socks and trainers when we do PE outdoors, and no jewellery during PE at all - any children who wear earrings ideally need to take them out before school on PE days. Please also make sure that PE clothing has the right name in it!


On Friday we take home our homework books, and you can also download a copy from this page. The homework aims to review and extend the learning that we have been doing in class as well as to prepare the children for next week's learning. If your child hasn't completed a week's homework for any reason, please don't worry, but please do bring the book back anyway! We don't want homework to become a cause of stress, but we do use to it help us check how well class learning has been understood where possible.


We also take home our Class Newsletter every Friday, summarising what we plan to do in the week ahead (although the plan does sometimes change during the week!). If you have any questions about it or would like to talk about what we're learning in more detail, please just ask!


We like to hear about what everyone has been doing outside of school, which is why we have 'Show and Tell' every Friday afternoon. Everyone in the class a chance to show and/or tell us about something every week, and we're always happy to to hear the 'tell' part even if children forget to bring something to show!


Supporting your child



  • Maths No Problem is the current approach to teaching maths. This approach emphasizes mastery of mathematical concepts from a developmental perspective. Children learn mathematical concepts first by manipulating real objects, then by working on pictorial representations of objects and, finally, by working with abstract concepts such as numbers. In the below link are some videos for parents which explain how children learn maths:
  • In this link you can find interactive maths games for year 1 children: or follow this link from the same website for interactive games in other curriculum areas:
  • The Family Maths Toolkit of the National Numeracy initiative provides parents with advice on including maths in family activities. There are also lots of activities for children:

More useful websites

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MeridianPrimary School

  • Harbour Avenue
  • Comberton
  • Cambridge
  • CB23 7DD