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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


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.


Please remember to sign up for parents evening, via parentmail, it's Monday 8th October or Wednesday 10th October.


We look forward to seeing you at our phonics workshops for parents to see your children in action and find out more about phonics and ways you can support.

Oak and Maple - Tuesday 16th October 9.15-10.30am

Ash and Hazel - Thursday 18th October 9.15-10.30am 







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.