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Year 1 - Alder and Holly


Welcome to Year 1. The teachers in year 1 are Miss Buck (Alder) and Mrs Buckle (Holly) and teaching assistants are Miss Crawford and Mrs Laundon.


All children need a named water bottle in school.

Children in Year 1 are offered fruit every day, if you would  your child to bring in a snack for playtime please can it be healthy- fruit, cereal bar, crackers etc. No sweets, chocolate or nuts. If you would like your child to have milk, please contact the school office. Please also help us by naming all of your child's belongings to help us encourage your child to be independent. 

Reading books will be changed every Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child brings their book in every day to allow us to read with your child at least once per week.

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

This Term's Learning

The Big Build

We are really looking forward to welcoming your children into year 1! Our first topic is ' The Big Build'. We will be learning about The Three Little Pigs, Lego, materials, different types of buildings, building numbers as well as building lots of amazing things!


PE: Alder- Monday and Tuesday Holly- Tuesday and Thursday

Children must come into school in their PE kit. 


Children are expected to arrive in school PE uniform on the above PE days. Please click here for details


Week beginning 13 September 2021

- We have sent your children home with a green homework book. We would like your child to decorate the cover of this book at home in whatever way they like and bring it in next Wednesday! We also ask that you read with your child 3 times a week to build up good reading fluency. 


Week beginning 20th September 2021

- We would like your child to make some puppets and put on a puppet show! If you can, please take a photograph and either stick in, email us or bring your puppets in so we can see what they have created! This week will be themed around 'The Three Little Pigs' so you may wish to use these characters. 


Week beginning 27th September 2021

- This week's homework is all about rhyming. Please get your child to use their phonics to write the word under the picture then match it to the rhyming word!


Week beginning 4th October 2021

- For this week’s homework, we would like your child to write an animal factfile. Please encourage your child to use their phonics to segment words for writing. We look forward to seeing what the children find out!


Week beginning 11th October 2021

- We would like your child to go on a phonics scavenger hunt and write the word in the box. 


Week beginning 18th October 2021

- We have been practicing using capital letters in our sentences so for our homework this week we would like your child to practice forming their capital letters.

Weekly Update

Week 1

(Friday 3rd September)

We really enjoyed our first 2 days back at school! On Thursday, we had a whole school outdoor day. We took part in lots of activities outside including potion making, nature art, parachute games, rock painting and a scavenger hunt. On Friday made fruit kebabs and iced biscuits then had a picnic with the whole school on the field. Thank you very much for labelling uniform, in year 1 children are encouraged to be responsible for their own belongings so labelling everything is really helpful!


Week 2

(Friday 10th September)

What a busy week! The children had had a wonderful week getting used to our new classroom environment and new teachers. This week we have been focusing on settling in and finding out what your children know. We have been enjoying busy learning activities including lego, slime, small world, loose parts, block play and drawing pictures. This week we have sent home books for the children to read and a reading diary. We ask that your child brings this book in every day in their book bag to allow us to read with your child at least once over the week. These books will be changed every Monday and again on a Wednesday if necessary. Next week will be themed around 'All about me' where the children will be completing tasks with an adult alongside some independent busy learning activities. Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing your children on Monday after a well deserved rest!


Week 3

(Friday 17th September)

We have had a brilliant week! The children are really starting to get into the new year 1 routines. This week in English, we have been using our phonics knowledge to write some sentences about ourselves. In maths, we have been practicing representing numbers to 10 in different ways. We have also been sorting materials, designing and building houses and exploring houses in our community on google earth. Next week will be themed around 'The Three Little Pigs'!



Week 4 

(Friday 23rd September)

We have had a fantastic week learning all about The Three Little Pigs. In English, we have been retelling the story- ask your child to tell you the story! In maths, we have been learning 1 more and 1 less than numbers. We are also getting really good at counting in 2s forwards and backwards. We have also been testing materials, designing houses that The Big Bad Wolf cannot blow down and exploring different types of houses. Next week we will be continuing with this week's theme. Please note, on Thursday there will be a 'Welcome to year 1' meeting on the playground. We look forward to seeing you there!


Week 5

(Friday 1st October)

This week we have been continuing with our 'Three Little Pigs' theme. We have been exploring properties of materials to build a house for the pigs that will not blow down. We then wrote to the pigs to share our ideas with them. In maths we have been using the <,> and = symbols to compare numbers. Blockzilla from Numberblocks has been helping us with this! On Friday we enjoyed celebrating Black History Month by learning about Rosa Parks. Next week in English we will be moving on to our '365 days of LEGO' book where the children will be writing instructions. In maths we will be practicing using number lines to order numbers. Thank you again to those who were able to attend our 'Welcome to year 1' meeting. If you were unable to attend, please find the powerpoint slides under 'useful documents'. If you have any questions following the meeting, please let us know! 



Week 6

(Week beginning 4th October)

What a lovely week we have had in year 1! We have begun our new English theme where the children have been reading and writing lego instructions. In Maths, the children have been finding missing numbers on number tracks to 10. We have also enjoyed learning about the history of lego. On Thursday, we had great fun on our outdoor day where the children enjoyed looking for signs of autumn. We would like to make you aware that we are running on skeleton staff throughout the school due to illnesses. If your child has a persistent cough or temperature, please consider doing a lateral flow test to check. Thank you for your continued support through this busy time! 



Week 7

(Week beginning 11th October)

We have had a great Lego week this week. The children have been continuing their Lego instructions and learning about Ole Kirk and the history of Lego. The children have also been working hard to remember our 5 star sentence rules: capital letters, using our phonics, finger spaces, full stops and checking our work again. In maths, the children have been learning how to use part whole models. We have also enjoyed painting in the style of Paul Klee, making houses and learning about Christianity. Next week we will be having a halloween filled learning week. We will be learning to use part whole models to help us solve addition problems. In English, we will be reading Christopher Pumpkin by Sue Hendra! This week Holly class have been really lucky to be taught by Mrs Thatcher. This will continue into next week. Please note that next week, we will be completing phonics assessments on your children to find out what phase of phonics they need to focus on after half term and what book band they need to read. For this reason, 1:1 readers will not be taking place but we will still continue to change books on a Monday and Wednesday if needed! :)


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

Diamond time on Fridays!



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.