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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


1JF - Jane Goodall class 


Why Jane Goodall?


Jane Goodall, smiling, sitting on the ground with a chimpanzee leaning against her.


We chose Jane as our role model because she has dedicated her life to the conservation and well-being of chimpanzees. She is a conservationist and animal welfare activist.  Born in England, she has spent most of her life living and working in Africa, and is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on chimpanzees.


1NR - Louis Braille Class  


Why Louis Braille?


A bust of Louis Braille and a pair of hands, reading Braille.


Louis Braille was born and raised in France.  He lost his sight at the age of 3, but didn't let this hold him back with his education.  He was an accomplished musician, but is most recognised for his work developing a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired.


Louis Braille Presentation



Head and shoulders photo of Mrs Flook.


Goodall Class is taught by Mrs Flook,


Head and shoulders photo of Miss Hayward.


with Miss Hayward assisting.


Head and shoulders photo of Mr Redshaw.


Braille Class is taught by Mr Redshaw,


Head and shoulders photo of Mrs Wade.


with Mrs Wade, Mrs Cooke,


Head and shoulders photo of Miss Bains.Head and shoulders photo of Miss Slotwinska.


Miss Bains and Miss Slotwinska assisting. 


Mrs Cooke helps across both classes through the week.


Here's to a fun year ahead!


The Year 1 Team



Term 5 letter


We are very much looking forward to Term 5 as it is crammed full of more engaging learning opportunities. Below is a summary of some of the fun and games we have in store for you over the coming weeks:



Our enquiry this term, ‘Where is my city?’, will enable us to become great geographers when we take a closer look at Bristol and where we are in relation to the rest of the world. We began by comparing the UK with Australia then using Google Earth to find and compare Bristol with Brisbane. Then we had a team-building activity in Arnos Vale Cemetery to develop our map reading skills and identify some famous Bristol landmarks. We will also be looking at the difference between physical and human features of the school grounds, using a 2D aerial view and comparing it with the 3D objects. Our trip to Caldicot Castle in week 3, will give us the opportunity to compare landmarks in different countries of the UK. (Details to follow).


The skills we will be focusing on in writing are capital letters and full-stops, question marks, exclamation marks and plurals.  In reading, we will be concentrating on our DERIC skills (Decoding, Explaining, Retrieving, Interpreting and Choice) as we read this term’s book, ‘Goram and Ghyston: The Bristol Giants’ by Oliver Rigby.  We will be using the book to further develop writing imaginative character and setting descriptions, which will lead onto innovating the end of the story.  We will use our trip to Caldicot Castle as our focus for writing interesting and informative recounts.


Phonics and Reading
In phonics we will be consolidating Phase 2, 3 and 5 sounds as well as looking at alternative spellings and pronunciations.

Please ensure that you record your child’s reading in their reading records each time they read with you at home.  The children are recording their home reading on a class chart, and if they read 4 times or more in a week, they receive raffle tickets which are entered into a prize draw at the end of term!



In maths, we are focussing on grouping (multiplication) and sharing (division) before moving on to fractions.  As usual, we introduce children to new concepts through concrete resources (objects), giving them time to explore ideas and share knowledge with each other.  Next, we move on to pictorial representations where children demonstrate their understanding.  Then, we introduce the abstract form, using mathematical symbols and number sentences, before finally applying the knowledge to reasoning and problem solving questions.  We will also consolidate counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, and finding number patterns.  Our fractions work will include halves and quarters of objects and amounts. We encourage the use of real-life maths at home as much as possible. Ask your children to count forwards or backwards from any given number or perhaps ask them to identify house numbers, or even count their pocket money. Remember maths is all around us! 



Year 1 class teachers have their PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) on Wednesday mornings. During this time the children will be continue to be artists with Ms Sharples and athletes with Mr Roberts. We will also have a second PE session on a Monday.  Please remember to bring in labelled PE kits, including suitable footwear.


If you have any worries or questions about anything at all, we are always happy to talk to you after school or, if that is not possible, do not hesitate to contact us via our emails: or


Kind Regards

Mrs Flook, Mr Redshaw, Mrs Wade, Mrs Cooke, Miss Hayward, Mrs Virk and Ms Quenault.