At Cotton End Forest School, we are committed to providing a creative curriculum which is based on ‘Learning Beyond the Classroom’. This approach is hands-on, broad and balanced, and provides our pupils with opportunities to gain essential knowledge, skills and understanding. We intend that all children should enjoy their learning, achieve their potential and become independent life-long learners.

Through a creative, holistic, outdoor-focused approach, we will aim high, striving for every child to achieve highly, both academically and socially. Through learning opportunities in the classroom and beyond, including Forest School, our curriculum will nurture curious minds, stretch imaginations and provide opportunities for every child to become leaders in their own right. We believe that education takes place beyond the walls of the classroom, and we utilise our outdoor space to promote a fully inclusive environment where children feel safe and confident to try new things.


Welcome to Wagtails Class!

Wagtails is our Key Stage 1 class for children in Year 1. Wagtails Class is taught by Mrs Gormley.

We enjoy a creative approach to our learning where all of the children’s needs are catered for.

In Wagtails class we begin to develop the skill of working independently and children are encouraged to find things out for themselves and to challenge and extend their ideas.

The children learn through a range of hands on, practical tasks as well as more formal written activities. We link our learning objectives to our high quality termly themes and the children immerse themselves in their learning.

Some important information:

Homework is sent home in the children’s learning logs on Friday. It is due back into school the following Wednesday. To view the Year 1 homework grid, please click here:

Year 1 homework grid

Spellings are sent home on a Friday. Spelling books are due back on the following Thursday and the children are tested on the Friday.

Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school which includes sensible footwear. PE lessons take place on a Wednesday afternoon. Please also ensure your child has their waterproof trousers and wellies in school at all times. Wagtails Class go to Forest School on Tuesdays.


Our Summer term topic is Let’s Build! Our topic is Science and DT focused, and we will be finding out about different materials, different types of houses and animal habitats. To view our curriculum overview, please click here: Year 1 Summer Term 2022 Curriculum Overview


Year 1 children enjoyed mud-painting at Forest School.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.


We look forward to a fun and busy term ahead!

Mrs Gormley