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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 2021 - 2022

Autumn 1 Information

Autumn 1 Termly Overview

Phonics Information

End of Home Learning Year 1!

1 more week to go of Home Learning! - A short message from your teachers.

Spring 2 Topic Termly Overview

Spring 2 Topic Termly Overview

We made it to half term! :) Messages from Year 1 Staff

Appreciation in Year 1- Children in School

Well-Being Week - Year 1

Year 1 Well-being week- 'GIVE' the Bushmead Rainbow

Wellbeing Week

Respect Rap Song by Myriam

Myriam from 1 Hazel has created this amazing rap song promoting our value this month which is RESPECT. She would love to share it with you all. We truly hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

Year 1 Maths - Addressing Misconception

We had a lot of feedback that one Math's strategy was a little tricky to grasp this week. This is a short video attempting to explain how it works in more detail. We hope it helps you gain a better understanding. We will obviously reinforce areas once we are back in school too. Any questions, please ask! We are here to help.

Well done from Year 1 Teachers! Week 1 Down!

Week 1 Home Learning Complete!

Just a look back on the little clips we were sent in this week of all the fabulous learning you all did. :)

Spring 1 Termly overview

Year 1 Christmas Sing along

We sang many songs! We hope you enjoy them.

Welcome! smiley Below you'll find all the general information you need to know about Year 1 including information about PE days, Reading Books, Learning Logs and Bug Club! Please make sure you swipe through all the slides so you don't miss anything.

Additional date for your diary this term!


We are planning to have a 'Wow day’, where we would like the children to come dressed up as a toy, on Friday 11th December. We are hoping to inspire some imaginative ideas and role play with the toys coming to life! We plan to watch Toy story 4 on this day too, which is suitable for the children but has a PG rating so please contact your child’s teacher or the office if you do not agree to your child watching this. Thank you.

Year 1 - You've got a friend in me!

Some of our children in Year 1 singing 'You've got a friend in me', during Anti-Bullying week.

Autumn 1 News

In the slides below we are sharing with you the learning that will take place during Autumn 1 (September until October half term). Please remember to visit this Year 1 page regularly to keep updated.

Important information about PHONICS

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

SEPTEMBER 2020 Year 1 yes

We would like to share with you what the children have been getting up to! This is how we spent September together. It was very busy! But we all settled in just fine and had lots of fun!

Last Day in Year 1

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Goodbye Year 1, to everyone who came into school and to all those at home. We will miss you very much!
Take care and all the Year 1 team wish you all the best! :) We hope you go on to do amazing things and be the best you can be!

Our final day of Home Learning!

A message to Year 1 :)

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Hello Year 1! Mrs Anderson, Miss Begum, Mrs Archer, Mrs McNaughtan, Miss Marks and Mrs Murtagh just wanted to send you lots of smiles. So please keep sending your smiles back! Don't worry, be happy and we will see you all very soon!

Back in school we've been very busy too!

Zayd's London project

Using blogs on Purple Mash to keep in touch with friends.

Feedback from Friday 3rd April

MyMaths information

Year 1 Home learning information for parents

Home learning

Year 1 Information Booklet

Spring 2 News

Bushmead's Brilliant Book Week!

Oliver's fruit salad inspired us to make our own!


Spring Term Topic Overview


Autumn 2

Phonics workshops


It was great to see so many of you at our phonics workshops which we hope you found useful and informative. The phonics after school club we are running begins on Thursday 7th November for 1Oak & 1Hazel children and parents who have signed up. After Christmas 1Ash & 1Maple will have the same opportunity.

Reminder - 


As part of our topic on 'Toys' we would like the children to bring in a favourite toy on Monday, 28th October 2019. 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.


Year 1 Anti-bullying

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Be thoughtful, be cautious, be friendly, be nice, be caring and be kind! Say NO to bullying with us! :)

Autumn 1

Year 1 are planning an autumn walk in the local area. On Tuesday 8th October classes Oak and Ash, and on Wednesday 9th classes Hazel and Maple will be going for a short time during the morning. Please send a pair of wellies for your child in a named carrier bag.

Looking for signs of Autumn in our local area.

We took part in different investigations, working together to try and answer questions posed and make our own discoveries.

As part of our work on the sense of hearing we made our own instruments.

Our Year 1 outside area in use!

A huge thank you to FOBs for match funding our wonderful new Year 1 canopy, with an extra thank you to Charlotte for tidying up our area too! The children are enjoying having more opportunity to learn outside thanks to your generosity.

Measuring time!


As part of our 'All about me' topic we have explored using different medium to create portraits.


The children are growing in confidence with logging on and accessing programs on Purple Mash. They have all been sent home with their details so can use the resource at home too.

A busy first week back!

‘Drop in evening’ on Monday 9th September after school, 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. Seeing the children around school it's hard to believe it is only the first week back, they certainly seem 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

Please reference the Key Stage 1 booklet as it contains key information and hopefully will answer any questions you may still have!

Year 1 Tricky Words

Year 1 Phonics

Sound Pronunciation Guide

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

Information about the different phonics phases

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


Useful website links