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Welcome to Ruby Class Foundation/Year 1


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Term 6 - Why do ladybirds have spots?

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a BIG surprise!

Spiders and caterpillars, beetles and ladybirds, voles and mice scurrying in the undergrowth. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints… animal or imp? You decide!

Why do ladybirds have spots? Why do spiders spin webs? Explore these questions and more in this project about minibeasts and their habitats.

See the curriculum newsletter for more information.


Did you know?

  • Minibeasts are ‘small creatures’, like worms, snails, insects and spiders. The scientific term for them is ‘invertebrates’ – a creature without a backbone
  • The Lundy Cabbage Flea Beetle is only found on the Isle of Lundy and no-where else in the world.
  • Comma caterpillars disguise themselves as bird poo!
  • Slugs have four noses.
  • Some worms have ten hearts!
  • Worms have existed for around 600 million years.
  • The Giant African Earthworm grows up to 6.7 metres in length.
  • Dragonflies have been around on Earth since before the dinosaurs.
  • Butterflies and caterpillars use their feet to taste with.
  • The Giant African Land Snail can grow to 30cm in length.
  • Invertebrates make up approximately 97% of the creatures living on Earth.


Click on the links below for fun phonics games.

Ruby Documents


Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

Fun and Games

Purple Mash

A reminder that we have joined the Purple Mash community for teaching and learning computing and digital literacy. The children all have their own logins to access the games , activites and programs on the website, and they will be able to explain to you how it all works. If they have forgotten their login, we have a record of them and will be able to provide them to you! Click the picture to go to the login page. 

Oxford Owl

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