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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Thank you Year 1 for your contributions to Luton Foodbank!

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Sound Pronunciation Guide

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Here is a little video clip demonstrating how to correctly say the sounds in Phonics.

Year 1 Phonics 


Here are some ideas to help your child with Phonics at home. Below are some games we play at school and some useful website links. 



Silly Soup

Have a bowl and a spoon. Ask children to make your soup yummy by putting objects or pictures with your selected sound in the soup.  Any items that don't start with your initial sound will make the sound disgusting. As you mix the soup, sing;

We're making lots of silly soup,

We're making soup that's silly.

We're going to put it in the fridge,

To make it nice and chilly.


Cross the river

'Can we cross the river Mr Crocodile?' 'Only if your item starts with...'

Children to have a picture card or an item. If their picture starts with the initial sound you have called, they can attempt to cross the river. The adult is the crocodile who is very hungry and attempts to catch the children.



Have a grid with four or six words. Children to cross the words as they are called. When all the words off, children call 'bingo'. This game can also be played with sounds or tricky words.



Have a selection of words or sounds in the middle. When a sound or word is called, it's a race to splat it as quick as possible. The first player to splat the word or sound is the winner.


Tricky Words

Tricky words are words which we can not use our phonics to decode. We must learn them by sight. The Phase 2 tricky words are; I, no, go, the, into.

At school we learn these by playing games, such as bingo, splat and snap.


Useful website links






As part of our topic on 'Toys' we would like the children to bring in a favourite toy on Tuesday 27th November. The toy will be in school for a few days and the children will be sharing them with others during lessons so please don't send in anything too precious, expensive, large or anything electrical.

Welcome back to the new half term, we hope you are all well rested and ready to learn!



It was great to see you at parent's evening and to have the opportunity to share information about your child and how they are settling in. Thanks to those who were able to attend the phonics workshops, the feedback was very positive and hopefully you found it useful and informative. Information from this session will be added to the website shortly.

Colgate's 'Bright Smiles, Bright Futures' Compaign



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This week the children have been learning about caring for their teeth with the help of Colgate's Tooth Defenders! Your child will have brought home a tooth care pack for them to use.

Anti bullying week


This week we have thought about 'good choices' and showing respect to others. Year 4 wrote comics for us which we loved hearing them read! They also taught us some playground games which could involve everyone.

Our outside area

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We have been busy planting bulbs. Thank you if you donated.

An extra special thank you to Charlotte who has been busy brightening up our outdoor area and Mrs Cockfield who has been weeding!

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We started the term looking at instructions and have produced lots of work based on this. We have even written our own instructions which we then followed to make cakes for everyone to share!
Remembrance Day
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We all made a poppy and spent some quiet time remembering those who fought in the war.

Funky Phonics after school club


The Funky phonics club begins Tuesday 6th November for children and parents in 1 Maple and 1 Oak who have signed up. At the end of the day the children will come out to meet you as normal, please then wait until all the children have left and we will then direct you to the right place. The club finishes at 4:10pm.

After Christmas 1 Ash and 1 Hazel children will have the same opportunity.

We have enjoyed the first of our Season days.


The children have really enjoyed exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths this week and finding out about the jobs linked to these.


We have had lots of practical experiences, investigations and experiments!

A special thanks to Charlotte (Peggy's mum) and Areeba (Zakariya's mum) for coming in and telling us all about their fascinating jobs.
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Following on from the information you were sent about 'Reading champions' the children all now have a 'Reading champion' sheet in the front of their reading records. Please could you tick off and initial if they have read a book on the list to help us keep a record. We may read some in class and a teacher will then initial these.









Year 1 Information Booklet

Here's where to find out what to expect for your child whilst they are in Year 1.
Our first full week in Year 1!

Roald Dahl Day - 13th September 2018


We had lots of fun exploring the work of Roald Dahl, thank you to Miss Begum for her creative ideas!

‘Drop in evening’ on Monday 10th September 3:30 – 4:30pm, an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and see their classroom. We look forward to meeting you!


Welcome to Year 1 at Bushmead Primary School. We hope you all had a lovely summer. The Year 1 team are all looking forward to helping the children ensure a smooth and happy transition from Foundation stage to Key Stage 1.


The first few days and weeks back are always busy but we have been very pleased at how quickly the children have already settled into life and routines in Year 1. I had the pleasure of visiting each of the classes on Friday and it was hard to believe it was only the first week back, all the children were calm and engaged with smiles on their faces. They certainly seemed very grown up and should feel proud of themselves!


Although the Year 1 rooms, timetable and curriculum may appear quite different to aspects of Foundation Stage our lessons build on the work the children have previously done. We incorporate whole class teaching, independent, small group activities and teacher directed tasks, and we certainly don’t expect the children to all be sitting doing one task for a whole lesson! We include lots of practical, first hand, experiences and games with opportunities still to 'learn through play' to help maintain interest, develop language skills and understanding of topics.


Mrs Anderson, Year 1 Leader


PE days

All children in Year 1 will have PE on a Monday & Thursday.


Library day

All children in Year 1 will go to the school library on a Thursday. Please ensure they bring their library book so they can change it.


Show and tell

Children will have the opportunity, once a week, to bring in something they would like to show to the rest of the class. Only one item please, which ideally fits inside their red bag. Each class will organise this with a table group having a turn each day.


Ash - Monday – Sharks, Tuesday - Whales, Wednesday – Crabs, Thursday – no group, Friday – Seahorses & Starfish


Hazel – Monday - Simba, Tuesday - Pluto, Wednesday - Baloo, Thursday - Nemo, Friday – Bambi


Maple – Monday - Red, Tuesday - Green, Wednesday - Orange, Thursday – no group, Friday – Blue & Yellow


Oak - Monday - Lions, Tuesday - Tigers, Wednesday – Giraffes, Thursday - Kangaroos, Friday – Zebras



Developing a range of reading skills is a key aspect of the Year 1 curriculum and children will read a variety of texts during lessons, We strive to hear each child read their book once a week and will change books three times a week. We will only allow children to change their reading books if you have signed the reading record books. These records are checked on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To encourage reading at home, when records are checked and it has been signed, your child will receive a ‘stamp’ in their book. I am sure you can appreciate that individual reading takes approximately 10 minutes per child and if you multiply this by 30 you can see that this one activity alone could occupy us for five hours! Any reading which the children do at home will benefit them greatly. It is very evident those children who share and discuss books at home and not just their school reading books. A list of example questions has been sent home in the back of reading records to help you support your child further.


Please reference the Key Stage 1 booklet, Year group newsletter & topic overview as they all contain key information and hopefully will answer any questions you may still have!

Newsletters and Topic Sheets

The Year 1 team wish you all a safe and happy holiday, enjoy the break and good luck for Year 2!

Summer 'Seaside' Day


Summer Seaside Day was a success and as you can see, fun was had by all! The children enjoyed dressing in their shorts and t-shirts, playing games, making seaside crafts, playing volley ball, eating ice lollies and sharing a year group picnic on the field. Special thanks go to Mrs. Duckworth for teaching the children all about Punch and Judy and putting on a wonderful show.


Year 1 International Day


On Tuesday 3rd July, Year 1 held an International Day to celebrate what we had been learning during our 'Magical Mystery Tour' topic. We came dressed wearing clothes from other cultures/countries or in the colours of different flags. There was singing, dancing and food making from around the world. Some of the children did an amazing job in teaching others new languages and facts about different ways of life.

We all enjoyed a lovely day!




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Bushmead's 50th Celebration Picnic

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Year 1 and 4 enjoying 70's activites together.

KS1 Sports Day

Arts Day - My Home Town

Our Cheerleading Practise

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Year 1 Trip to Whipsnade Zoo

Our Spring Day

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Our Wardown Museum Visit

A fun end to the half term with Christmas parties and Santa's toy workshop. A busy start already to the new half term with our winter seasons day and Aladdin pantomime.
For science week, in Year 1, we have been investigating the signs of autumn. We went on a lovely autumn walk around our local area, allowing the children to collect anything to do with autumn. We ended science week with our autumn seasons day, further exploring the season and some of the nature that comes with it, whilst also thinking about our senses.
Little Animals Activity Centre - The fun way to play and learn at home.