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Year 1 - Alder and Holly


Year 1 spellings

Today (Monday 18th September) your child has brought home their spellings for this half term in their blue folder. (Please do not think that the children have to learn all the words in one go!)


- All spellings are linked to the children's Little Wandle Phonic teaching and cover a review of Phase 3 and Phase 4 and taught tricky words.

- Please practice the words 3 times a week with your child ready for a spelling challenge each Friday. Spelling records will be checked on Thursdays. 

The children will bring their red spelling book home on a Friday so you can see their progress.yes


Your child will have been sent home with one of the spelling sheets below. Please ask the Year 1 team if you are unsure which spellings your child should be doing. 


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 Crawford and Miss Myers will also work in Year 1.


We are so proud of all our children and the way they have settled into Year 1! smiley


This half term's topic is called 'The Big Build'.


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


Science- naming common materials around us and describing properties.


Art - Learning about the artist Paul Klee, famous for block printing of some amazing buildings.


Geography- Investigating different types of houses in our local area.


History- The story of Lego through the years.


Music- Listen, explore, appraise and perform the pop and rap song- HEY YOU!


Computing- Exploring technology all around us


D and T- Building structures- Can you make a house with a door and and window that the big bad wolf can't blow down?


PSHE- Beginnings and belonging


RE- The Christian family



Indoor- fundamental skills

Outdoor- PE coach, multi skill activities


*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: Wednesday and Thursday

Alder: Wednesday and Thursday

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 18 September 2023

We continue to learn about the traditional story ' The Three Little Pigs'. We have turned our focus to the big bad wolf. We are helping the police find the missing wolf be writing descriptive sentences on our wanted posters. We will also get a surprise letter in the post at the end of the week...?



This week in Maths

Week beginning 18th September 2023

We are learning about the place value of numbers. This week we are focusing on counting forwards from different starting numbers. We are also working really hard to make sure that we are forming our numbers correctly and neatly. 

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.