Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Year 1 consists of 2 classes. Beech class and Cedar class.

Beech class teacher - Mrs Jacques

Cedar class teacher - Miss Davis

Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Axten, Mrs Foster and Mrs Tilley.

Important Information


Monday & Tuesday

Mr Bourne (our sports coach) will teach the children a variety of skills on Tuesdays during the year through gymnastics, games and dance.

(Children should have PE kit in school on these days, which is suitable for both indoor and outdoor PE. Please ensure all kit is labelled, including plimsolls or trainers).

Jewellery should not be worn at school and children must be able to remove their own earrings for PE sessions. (ideally they should be removed at home before school on P.E days)


We will be sending home a reading journal and books appropriate for your child's level of reading during the week commencing 13th September 2021. We recommend that you read with your child at least 3 times a week. Please can you initial the diary each week to show this.

If you have any questions about your child's learning; please don't hesitate to get in contact with Mrs Jacques or Miss Davis.

Home Learning

Please see our home learning page for more information.

Autumn Term Topic

This term our topic focus will be In the Garden

We will be learning all about Autumn and the seasonal changes that happen.

We will be finding out about the animals that live in our gardens and thinking about their diets. Identifying the differences between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

We will learn about the weather in Autumn and collect data

In art we will be learning about Henri Matisse and looking at how he uses colour and shape to create abstract art.

We will be learning some harvest songs to share at the Harvest Festival.

In P.E Mr Bourne will focus on multi skills where the children will build on balance, agility and co-ordination skills already learnt.

Miss Davis and Mrs Jacques will be teaching a range of hockey skills through uni-hoc.

The children will continue to access Continuous Provision throughout the term. It offers the children a constant environment that enables them to explore and develop independence.

Autumn 2 Newsletter.

Take a look at our newsletter to find out what learning we will be learning for our second half of Autumn term. Curriculum Newsletter.

Autumn 1 (2021)

What a fantastic fun filled half term we had.

The children took part in Harvest Festival at the Church , performing a selection of songs and a Harvest poem. We were very proud of them all.


The children enjoyed learning about Autumn and went outside to spot signs that the seasons were changing. They collected leaves, chestnuts and chestnut shells. The children found fruit on the trees in our sensory garden. Once back in the classroom we had a discussion about what we had found, made leaf characters and created Autumnal paintings. The children learnt about deciduous and evergreen trees and can talk about the differences.

The children named a selection of common wild animals and found out which foods they ate. They then classified them into Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores. The children thought about which animals hibernate and which birds may migrate during the Autumn and winter months.

Key Vocabulary - Autumn, Seasons, deciduous, evergreen. Herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, hibernate, migrate, diet, temperature


The children found out about how the weather changes in Autumn and recorded some data over a week. The children looked at different weather symbols and then became weather presenters.

Key vocabulary - weather, forecast, symbols, temperature, seasonal, season, compare


The children had lots of fun creating their own Avatars on Purple mash. They learnt how to log in and the importance of keeping their passwords safe. We talked about how to stay safe online. The children learnt how to use the keyboard and type their own name. We also used the computers in maths to group and sort shapes

Key vocabulary - log in, password, private, folder, avatar, image, grouping.


The children learnt about an artist called Henri Matisse. They used his style to create their own picture using brightly coloured shapes. They created a variety of abstract pieces from houses to animals.

Key vocabulary - cut outs, printing, design, techniques, colour, lines, comparison


The children enjoyed learning how to dribble and strike a ball using a uni hoc stick. They learnt how to hold the stick correctly and use it to pass a ball to their partner. The children also learnt how to aim and strike the ball towards a target

Mr Bourne (our sports coach) taught the children some multiskills. They learnt how to throw and catch a large ball and developed their balance and agility skills.

Key vocabulary - hockey stick, send, receive, dribble, aim, underarm throw, catch

We were very lucky to have Robin Windsor and Cheryl Lobo (from Dance lobo) join us for the day, teaching us a variety of dance steps to create a routine to a high school musical song.

January 2022


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