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Year 1 - Alder and Holly

Summer Term 2024!

We hope you've all had a lovely Easter holiday and are ready for your last term in Year 1!smiley


We can't wait to welcome you back into school on Tuesday 16th April and hear all about your holiday news.yes

Updates and news

 *Changed Year 1 PE days*


These days are for both Holly and Alder Class


Wednesday- Holly and Alder - Indoor PE


Thursday - Holly and Alder- Outdoor PE


The changes are due to timetabling of the main hall and also classes working with PE coaches.




New spellings will come home with your child on Tuesday 16th April.

Please note


Summer 1 spellings give the children time to go back and revisit Phonic sounds previously taught. This allows the children to consolidate their Phonic learning and spell and use these words correctly in their independent writing. This half term also has some extra tricky word practice!!

This half term our new topic is called...



This Summer's topic is all about the children learning how important it is to stay healthy, look after our minds and bodies and have lots of fun!


Over the course of the half term the children will be learning about staying healthy in all areas of the foundation subjects. Please see below:



The famous painter Arcrimboldo who creates fantastic portraits inspired by using fruit and vegetables to make faces.



Basic computing skills leading up to creating media digital writing.


Design Technology

To explore what makes makes food healthy, design, make and evaluate making a healthy snack.



Children to learn about the famous nurse Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell a British nurse who helped wounded soldiers in the First World War.



Pitch and Tempo with the superheroes!



Indoor- Dance

Outdoors- Fitness skills

Please note there is a change to Year 1 PE days.



Feeling Safe



Parts of the body

Learning about the 5 Senses- Taste, Touch, Smell, Hear and Sight



Books and stories



Week beginning 15th April 2024



This week in English the children will be learning about non- fiction texts. They will be exploring different non-chronological reports all about keeping healthy and looking at the features of this type of writing.



This week in Maths the children will be learning about measures. They will be learning different ways to measure length and height through non- standard measuring using cubes, pencils, paper clips ect They will then move on to measure objects to the nearest centimetre.(cm)


Year 1 Trip to St Neots museum


This week the children in Year 1 are visiting St Neots's museum.


Holly Class- Tuesday 5th December

This is a morning visit, the children will be back in time for lunch


Alder Class- Thursday 7th December

This is an afternoon visit, the children will be back for home time


Please ensure that you have given mini - bus permission via Parent Pay without this we will not be able to take your child on this visit.


The cost of the trip is £4


Any questions please see your child's class teacher.smiley

We welcome all of our year 1 children back into school. We hope you've all had a lovely happy half term.

Year 1 PE changed day!

Year 1 new PE days


For Holly Class and Alder Class


Thursday - outdoor

Friday - indoor

PLEASE, PLEASE label all your child's belongings that come into school.


We will always do our best to return all your child's belongings at the end of the day, but it does become difficult if belongings aren't labelled. All of the children's uniform looks similar and are often the same size. When we find clothing with names in, it makes it so much easier and quicker to return it back to the child.


Thank you for your support

New Year 1 spellings- Autumn 1b 2023

Today (Monday 30th October 2023) your child has brought home their new spellings for this half term in their blue folder. 


- All spellings are linked to the children's Little Wandle Phonic teaching and cover a review of Phase 3, 4 and new words from Phase 5. Spellings will also include tricky words.

- Please practice the words 3 times a week with your child ready for a spelling challenge each Friday. 


-Remember to have red spelling books in school on Friday ready for our spelling challenge.


Any questions, please speak to a member of the year 1 team.smiley

Year 1 Reading Update


- All children should have brought home on Friday a blue folder with a reading for pleasure library book, a reading diary and a spelling book.


-We are currently assessing all children's Phonics so that as from next week each child will have a fully decodable Little Wandle book linked to their weekly Phonics teaching.


- The children have chosen a book to read for pleasure so please spend 5 daily minutes sharing and looking at the book together and then record in the green Bushmead diary. smiley


Thank you for your support. yes





A huge warm welcome to Year 1!smiley


These are the people who will be working with your children over the course of the year.


Holly Classsmiley

Teacher - Miss Maw

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Case

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Wenman


Alder Classsmiley

Teacher - Miss Fox

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Laundon


 Miss Myers will also work in Year 1 Alder Class.




This half term's topic is called 'Let's Celebrate!'


As part of this topic the children will enjoyed themed learning from each national curriculum subject:


Science- Carrying out a Science investigation. Making predictions, observing changes and asking scientific questions


Art - Learning about the artist Gustav Klimt a famous painter of the ' Tree Of Life'



History- The Gunpowder plot, Remembrance Day, and how Christmas has changed over the years


Music- Listen, explore and learn songs from 'Big, Little Nativity'


Computing- Creating own media digital paintings



PSHE-  Family and friendships

             Anti- Bullying


RE- Religious festivals- Diwali, Hanukah and Christmas



Indoor- Gymnastics

Outdoor- Fundamental Skills


*All children need a named water bottle in school.


*Children in Year 1 are offered fruit every day, if you would like your child to bring in a snack for playtime please can it be healthy- fruit, cereal bar, crackers etc. No sweets, chocolate or nuts.


*Please also help us by naming all of your child's belongings to help us encourage your child to be independent. 



*PE days: (Please send you child to school dressed in full, school, PE kit)


Holly: Thursday and Friday

Alder: Thursday and Friday

Finally, we would also like your child to have a pair of wellies to keep in school, particularly as it gets muddier outside! 


This week in English

Week beginning 4th December


This week in English we are continuing to learn about 'The Jolly Christmas Postman' We will be looking at the different letters and cards he delivers and build  up to writing our own letters to Santa.



This week in Maths

Week beginning 4th December


This week in Maths we are re visiting the operations of  addition and subtraction. We will also be practicing our number formation and writing in lots of different fun ways!

A typical day in Year 1








English and busy learning activities

Break and snack

Maths and busy learning activities


Guided reading 




Alongside busy learning activities.



In our busy learning actives we teach in a play-based style where children access a range of activities which support the Early Years and Year 1 curriculum.