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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.Head and shoulders photo of Miss Mendez.


with Miss Hayward and Miss Mendez Munoz 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 1 letter


Dear parents and carers


Hello and welcome to Year 1. We have really enjoyed the last few days with the children and are delighted to see they are already settling in to their new classes. We are very excited about the journey ahead and about getting to know your children even better. It promises to be a wonderful year.

Our priority at the moment is to ensure that all children settle back into life at school with relative ease and to provide a smooth transition from Reception to Year 1. With this in mind, we will be adopting a more EYFS-approach to our learning, with more opportunities for children to learn through play.


Below is a brief overview of what is in store for Term 1:


Our enquiries

This term we have two very exciting cross-curricular enquiries: Who helps us? and How does my city change? These enquiries will be explored through a variety of activities where the children will take on the roles of Scientist, Artist, Geographer, Historian and Author. In Who Helps Us?, the children will be introduced to Princess Campbell, who was of the first black ward sisters in Bristol, while in How does my city change?, we will explore seasonal changes and build a weather station.



We will be focussing on number and place value as well as addition and subtraction as we explore and deepen our knowledge of numbers to 10. We will start by using concrete resources (objects) followed by pictorial and abstract representations, such as number sentences.



This term we will be focusing on mastering the basics of writing: capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and letter formation. We will also be securing the children’s understanding and application of Phase 2 and 3 sounds as well as using different books as a prompt for comprehension discussions.



All children will come home with a new phonically-decodable book from their class teacher every Monday. These are the Rising Stars books, which they used in Reception. They will have the same book for the whole week so they can work on their fluency.  
They will need their book in school each day for group reading sessions so please remember to put it back in their bookbag every evening. They will also be able to pick up an extra book from the Bookbarn. Children should read with an adult at home at least four times a week and we would encourage you to write a comment in their reading record book. Let us know if you need a new reading record book.


Artists and Athletes

On Friday mornings, Year 1 teachers will be out of class for Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) so during this time the children will have lessons from our art teacher Ms Sharples. They will also be having PE sessions with Future Stars, so please ensure that your child/ren bring in their PE kit on these days (even better if they are left in school all week), including appropriate footwear for indoors and outdoors. Like all items of your child’s clothing, please make sure they are clearly labelled.


Teaching Assistants
The Year 1 TAs are the marvellous Mrs Wade and Mrs Cooke who both have a wealth of knowledge and experience working in Key Stage 1 and beyond. They will be working Mon-Wed and Tues-Thurs respectively. We are also lucky to have the delightful Miss Hayward join us from Reception, bringing with her years of experience and a good understanding of how children learn at this age.

We would like to wish a warm welcome to Mr Redshaw who has joined the Year 1 team. Miss Wilson and Miss Slotwinska will be covering Friday afternoons when Mr Redshaw has ECT (Early Career Teacher) time. Both have extensive experience working in Key Stage 1 and across the year groups. Finally, we would like to wish a warm welcome to Ana Mendez in 1JF/Goodall Class and Mrs Virk in 1NR/Braille Class who will both be working as 1:1 support for Year 1 children.


Further information

  • Curriculum Evening is on Wednesday 29th of September at 5.30pm. For this, you will be invited in to see the classrooms and find out more details about the year ahead for Year 1.

  • Parents Evening are on Tuesday, October 12th and Thursday, October 14th from 4-7pm.

  • Unfortunately, the children will be unable to bring in any toys from home.

  • Please make sure your child has a named water bottle, which needs to be taken home and brought back to school every day.

If you have any worries or questions about anything at all, we are always happy to talk to at the end of the day or, if that is not possible, do not hesitate to contact us through the school office.

Here’s to a great Year 1.

Kindest Regards,

The Year 1 team

Mrs Flook, Mr Redshaw, Ms Wilson, Mrs Wade, Mrs Cooke, Miss Hayward, Miss Slotwinska, Ana Mendez and Miss Bains