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Year 1 Maple

Mrs Dhami - Teacher Miss Gilmour- Teaching Assistant

Useful Information
Transition Booklet (Reception to Yr1)  

Welcome to our class page - Year 1 Maple!
We hope you have had a lovely summer and feel refreshed ready for the new year ahead of us. The Year 1 Team are very excited for all of the fun and creative learning opportunities we have started to plan for the children. On this page, we will keep you updated with learnning topics, key dates for your diary and will also display photos of some of the activities that we have been up to in and around the school.

Mrs Dhami

Summer Term Learning

This term we are focused on preparing for the Phonics Screening Test (w/c 12 June). We are applying all our decoding skills to read real and nonsense word. The nonsense words have an alien next to them so we know not to change them into words we already know! Here is a good website for practising - Phonics Screening practise

 Our Literacy topic is: Tales of Rags to Riches and we are looking at the Farmer Duck story by Martin Waddell (here is a video of the story).

In Numeracy: In numeracy we are revising the areas we have been learning this year, including numbers & place value, addition & subtraction, multiplication & division, fractions, measures and geometry. In particular, we are concentrating on laying out our work, using hundred squares and applying reasining to solve numeracy word problems.

Our Science topic is: Plants. We have been given a flower bed on the front playground to plant and observe our own flowers growing. Perhaps the children could also help out if you have a garden at home. At the end of term (on Thursday 6th July) we will be spending a day at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve doing experiments and workshops!

Our Creative Curriculum topic is: Pirates! We will look at songs, stories and poems, as well reading and creating treasure maps. We will also look at coastlines and the features of an island.   
In computing we will practise using search engines as a research tool for our Pirate work (this will also involve lessons on eSafety). We will continue to use Purple Mash (www.purplemash.com) to write algorithms and coding.
Our P.E. this term will be a mix of invasion games and atheletic skills. After half term we are hoping to have specialist coaching in Golf!

In R.E. we have looked at festivals from all of the main religions and will continue to look at Holy books and artifacts. Whilst in P.S.H.E. we are learning about mental heatlth and emotional wellbeing, including choices and consequences. Art is linked to our Pirate theme and we will explore seascapes and the use of warm and cold colours.


Autumn Term Learning

Our Literacy topic is: Patterns in Language (Stick Man)

Our Numeracy topic is: Repeated Addition & Multiplication​

Our Science topic is:​ Animals (including Humans)

Our Creative Curriculum topic is: Famous People

In the news....


As part of out anti-bullying week and during our PSHE leessons, we have been talking about our feelings. We jave discussed the kinds of things that make us feel happy and sad. We have spent some time looking at bullying, what it is, and how to deal with it. 

We are particularly proud of how well the children have taken so much of this on board; there seems to be a real team ethos in our class where we strive to look after and take care of one another. 

Check out our recent anti-bullying display...I couldn't have put it better myself. 

Well done, Year 1!


In our Literacy lessons we have been studying the traditional tale of 'The Three Little Pigs'. We have been working hard thinking of different adjectives to describe some of the​ main characters in the story. Some of us said that the wolf is foolish because he is tricked by the last little pig who is very smart and hard-working, unlike his brothers!

3 little pigs

3 little pigs


We have also been very busy using numicon in our Numeracy lessons. We have been using this resource to help us find number bonds to 10 and to help us with halving and doubling. 

using numicom

Creative Curriculum

During our Creative Curriculum lessons, we have been learning about why Guy Fawkes is so famous in British history. We have learnt about his gunpowder plot on the Houses of Parliament and what happened to him when King James VI found out. We created out very own 'wanted' posters for Guy Fawkes and added our own old and ancient effect by soaking our posters in tea-stained water! 

guy fawkes posters

Our Guy Fawkes Posters

We have been focussing on Invasion Games as part of our PE Curriculum this term. We have been very busy developing our hand-ball coordination, throwing and catching skills, and also our football! Here we are playing a game of 'Shrek and Donkey' - we worked in pairs where one child practised bouncing and catching the ball as they travelled around the hall whilst the other followed and watched on carefully. 

Invasion Games

Invasion games


During our RE lessons, we have been learning about Diwali - a festival of lights for Hindus and Sikhs. In celebration of this, we created our very own paper lanterns. 



What a great start the children have made in Year 1 Maple! We are so pleased with how well the children have settled into their class this half term and how well they are adjusting to new expectations and a new curriculum. 

Please may you ensure that your child's PE kit is back in after half term ready for our PE lessons. The children will also need their water bottles in school.

We hope that the children are enjoying their well-deserved break. Take a look at some of the learning that we have been up to this month below.

See you all on the 31st October. :)  

Autumn walk

Take a look at our recent photographs from ourAutumn walk through Whitley Woods where we hunted for signs of Autumn​. We found lots of conkers and Mr Austin showed us what we could find inside when we cracked one open.


We have been very busy looking at the work of the well known artist Vincent Van Gogh in our Art lessons. We have studied some of the techniques he uses in his art work and tried to magpie some of those in our own self-portraits. Here we are concentrating on our self-portraits. We know how important it is to take our time and be patient in order to produce the final piece. 

Self portraits


In our PE lessons, we have been doing Gymnastics. We have been looking at 4 components to this; balancing, travelling, jumping and rolling. Here we are trying to put some of these into a sequence. 


Computing and Literacy

We wrote our very own Autumn poems based on our 5 senses. We then had the opportunity to type these up on laptops for our Autumn display. Mrs Dhami also showed us how to change the colour of our writing to make it stand out.

Autumn poems


We have had a very busy start to the new year in Year 1 Maple and all of the children have been settling in well. We are well into our learning now. 

In Literacy we have been learning about story maps to help us re-tell and write stories in our own words. 

Take a look at the story map we created for The Tiger Who Came to Tea:  ​

In Numeracy, we have been doing lots of work on ordering numbers as well as learning to write number sentences.

In these photos we are 'fishing' for number and then putting them in the correct order.

Fishing for numbers

We have had lots of opportunities to discuss the area that we live in during our Creative Curriculum lessons. We brought in pictures of our homes to discuss some of the similarities and differences that we share.

Creative curriculum

We know that we are all different and unique in our own ways but ultimately, as we have been learning in our Science lessons, we all have senses (touch, taste, smell, sight and sound) that make us equal.​