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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Year 1 Information Booklet

General information


  • Please check that all items of clothing are clearly named.


  • We encourage the children to bring in water bottles and drink during the day. Please could bottles be named and taken home each day so the water can be changed.


  • Please continue to support us by ensuring that Learning Logs are completed on time and in school. The task set is always something that has been covered and we send home some ideas to get the children going.


  • Please encourage your child to use their logins for 'Bug Club', ‘PurpleMash’ and ‘Easimaths’ at home.


  • Reading regularly is fundamental for children at this age to make good progress and develop a love of books. All children read daily in school within phonics lessons, literacy and other curriculum areas to allow them to experience a wide range of genres. We also have a weekly guided reading session to develop comprehension skills. We aim for children to read from their individual reading scheme books once a week to an adult, although some children may read more often. Expectations are that your child will read at home as often as possible and at least three times a week. Please sign the reading record so we can change their books when we check on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

I can’t believe we are welcoming you to our last half term of this academic year. Doesn’t time fly?! We had a busy last half term including our great trip to Whipsnade Zoo, please do remember to scroll down the page to look at some photographs of events that happen. As we near the end of the year I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support and say what a pleasure it has been to see the children grow up and progress so much during the year. We have another busy half term ahead of us; including different events and preparing the children for the transition to Year 2.


With the sunny weather back on its way (with any luck!) please ensure your child comes to school with sun cream already applied and remember to bring in a sun hat for protection.


Dates for this half term


Sports Day


Tuesday 2nd July opening parade at 1 pm. Year groups will compete at the following times:

Year R - 1.30 - 2.20

Year 1 - 2.00 - 2.50

Year 2 - 2.20 - 3.10

Final results at 3.15 pm

Children should come to school wearing colours associated with the country chosen by their class. These do need to be suitable for participating in sports:

  • 1 ASH - NEW ZEALAND (red, white & blue)
  • 1 HAZEL - PAKISTAN (green & white)
  • 1 MAPLE - ENGLAND (red & white)
  • 1 OAK - BANGLADESH (red & green)

Parent/carers who would like to spectate are invited to bring along their own blankets/folding chairs.

All children MUST have a water bottle with them to fill and take out for the events.


Wardown Museum visit


  • Wednesday 3rd July - 1 Ash and 1 Maple
  • Thursday 4th July - 1 Oak and 1 Hazel


To support our learning about the history of Luton we will be visiting Wardown Museum. Children will be leaving school after morning registration and will be back in school in time for lunch.  As we are walking children may wear trainers with their school uniform for comfort.  Please be aware of the weather on the day and provide a light jacket if it looks like rain and apply sun cream and provide a hat if the weather is hot.


Monday 10th June to Friday 14th June (inclusive) Phonics screening assessments will take place.

The screening check assesses the children’s ability to read the different phonemes (sounds) within real and nonsense words. The children are familiar with the process and will work one-to-one with a teacher who they know well. It is not a stressful activity and only takes about 10 minutes per child.  You will be informed of the outcome with the annual reports.


Registration Running

Registration running will continue this half term, weather permitting!

Year 1 dates –

Wednesday 5th June

Wednesday 19th June

Wednesday 3rd July

Wednesday 17th July


12th – 14th June – Father’s day shop.


17th – 21st June – Arts week


19th June – Bushmead Proms


20th June – School photographs


29th June - Summer fair


2nd July – FS & KS1 – Sports day (during the afternoon, further details to follow)


3rd July - Ash & Maple Wardown Museum visit


4th July - Oak & Hazel Wardown Museum visit


12th July – FOBS discos & end of year reports to parents


23rd July – Last day of term


We will also be holding our Summer season day and are hoping to visit Wardown Museum, dates will be confirmed nearer the time.





Send home date:

Return date:

                 Monday 10th June

Wednesday 19th June

Monday 24th  June

Wednesday 3rd July

Monday 8th July

Wednesday 17th  July





We begin the term letting our imaginations run wild while working on a fiction unit of work based on fantasy stories using the texts; Where the Wild Things are, Beegu and the magic key books to inspire us. The themes will include space, pirates, under the sea, jungle and dinosaurs. We then look at different stories set in various locations in the UK. We end the term looking at postcards while reading Meerkat Mail and finally read and write poems based around seasides to get us in the holiday mood!

Phonics, Guided Reading, SPaG (spelling, punctuation & grammar) and handwriting also continue.




We will continue to follow the Year 1 programme of study which builds on previous work and mathematical skills. This will include work on position and direction, time, finding the difference, money and measurement.

We apply much of our numeracy work to real life situations and simple problem solving to give the work meaning to the children.



Year 1 Tricky Words

Arts Week fun! Exploring patterns and textures in the natural world.

Summer 1 News


Welcome back to school for a new term, we hope everyone had a lovely break. 




Thursdays 25th April – Thursday 23rd May (3:30-4:10pm) Funky phonics club

As all the children have had the opportunity to attend the after school ‘Funky phonics club’ we have taken the decision to invite children this half term that we feel would particularly benefit. If you received a parentmail offering you this opportunity we really hope your child is able to attend as we really have seen the positive impact parent support provides.


Learning Log Timetable


Send home date:

Return date:

Monday 29th April

Wednesday 8th May

Monday 13th May

Wednesday 22nd May


Alternate Wednesdays Registration Run on the field –  1st & 15th of May (8:40 – 8:50)                                                         


Monday 6th May – Bank holiday


15th May Whipsnade Zoo trip (subject to sufficient contributions)

To enhance our work on animals we are planning a year group outing to Whipsnade Zoo.


27th May – 31st May – Half term


Monday 3rd June – Staff INSET (no children in school)


10th – 14th June Phonics screening check

The national screening check, which assesses the children’s ability to read the different phonemes (sounds) within real and nonsense words, will take place during this week.



We begin the half term looking at the well known story, ‘The Tiger who came to tea’ and will create our own version of the story. We then focus on our science, non-fiction unit of work, based on animals.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) and handwriting are also a key part of our curriculum and are embedded in our activities.

Children will continue to be taught in phonics groups daily to develop their phonic knowledge at a level and pace appropriate to their needs.


We appreciate your ongoing support with helping your child learn to read and spell 'tricky words' which are taught as part of their phonic and literacy sessions. Please refer to your individual child’s list you were given at parents evening to help you support their needs further. The ‘spelling list’ showing expectations is also below.


We are hoping to be able to celebrate children completing our ‘Reading champion’s challenge’, please remember to sign off books in children’s reading records once they have read.




It was great to see so many of you at our parent workshop where you had opportunity to see how the different operations are taught in Year 1. We appreciated the positive feedback and hope it was useful in giving ideas of practical work you could do with your child. The powerpoint used and handout has also been added here for your information.


We will continue to cover a range of areas this half term, building on previous work and mathematical skills. Our focus will be; number and place value, addition and subtraction, including missing numbers and word problems, capacity and volume, multiplication and division, with elements of money, time and shape included too.

The activities will be differentiated to meet the needs of all the children. 

We develop mental strategies and recall of facts but try to apply much of our numeracy work to real life situations and simple problem solving to give work meaning to the children. You can help support by playing number games, telling the time, using money and talking through ‘problems’ for your child to solve, reinforcing the use of different mathematical vocabulary.

Learning and reciting poetry

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Animal art day.

The children produced some fantastic recounts based on our day out.

The children produced some fantastic recounts based on our day out. 1
The children produced some fantastic recounts based on our day out. 2
The children produced some fantastic recounts based on our day out. 3
The children produced some fantastic recounts based on our day out. 4

Our minibeast hunt

The Tiger who came to tea!

Welcome to Bug Club!

Welcome to Bug Club! 1

We are very lucky to be able to introduce you to Bug Club, an online reading programme that we have recently purchased. Bug Club will complement our existing reading scheme so your child will still bring home their home/school reader and reading record. Books will still be changed as they are currently.


Teachers have been busy this week allocating books to your child’s log in so that when you access Bug Club you can jump straight into reading and explore a range of books. Any books allocated to your child will be stored in ‘My Stuff’.  Throughout the books there are quiz questions for your child to complete. To answer a question, just click on the bug icon. Your child does not need to finish all the quiz questions in one sitting and can come back to a book later.


When your child has finished all the quiz questions in a book, he or she will earn ‘Active Learn Coins’. By reading more books, your child will earn enough coins to ‘buy’ a reward in one of the many reward zones online. The answers to the quiz questions will be sent back to our teacher site so that we can see how your child is progressing.


We will also be able to assign more books for your child to read if the virtual book bag is running low.  This will be done on a half termly basis, so if your child finishes the books allocated before the May half term holiday we would encourage them to go back and re-read their favourite books that they have read, these will be stored in ‘My Library’ within the Bug Club programme. They will also still have their reading books sent home from our reading scheme to read alongside those accessed through Bug Club.


You will get some more information sent home with your child today that further explains the programme, how to access it and get logged on. When you are logged on please explore the ‘grown up section’ for some ideas for how you can support your child’s reading at home.


We hope that you and your child will love these books and enjoy reading them at home.


We will organise information sessions for parents to further explore Bug Club after the Easter Break.  Dates and times will follow.


Mrs Scarrott and Mrs Toyer


Spring 2 News


Welcome back to school for a new half term, we hope everyone had a lovely break. It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through the school year!




BUSHMEAD’S BRILLIANT BOOK WEEK (see further information below).


Tuesday 5th March at 3.00pm – Share a book with your child in class.

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – Dress up.


Maths parent workshop

Weds 20th March 9:15 am – 10:30 am


Parents evenings


25th March and 27th March


Spring season day

Last week of term.




We begin the half term looking at fact and fiction through the topic of plants and food, sharing ‘Oliver’ stories written by Vivan French and linking this to Bushmead’s Brilliant Book week. We end the term with a poetry unit of work based on Spring/Easter.


As you know phonics is a key strategy for developing reading and writing skills and we were delighted so many of you were able to join us for the phonics club. The last session takes place on Tuesday 26th February. We are planning on running another club after Easter.


We appreciate your ongoing support with helping your child learn to read and spell 'tricky words' which are taught as part of their phonic and literacy sessions. Please see attached ‘spelling list’ for expectations for the year.




The week beginning 4th March will be Bushmead’s Brilliant Book Week where a range of exciting activities will take place to inspire every child to want to read! We would like to invite you to share a favourite book in school with your child on Tuesday 5th March at 3.00pm. Remember on Thursday 7th March the children have the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book character but alternatively they can come in their uniform and simply bring an item that refers to their character, or a book (thus allowing other pupils the opportunity to guess their character). Please send in any half term challenges that your child has completed. The challenge entailed creating a ‘Book in a Box’ using a box (no bigger than a shoebox) to retell a favourite story chosen by the child. These boxes will be put on display for others to view during book week.

Don’t forget Reading champion’s challenge too!



In maths we will continue to cover a wide range of areas. We will focus on money, fractions, position & direction, time, shape, addition and subtraction, including missing numbers.

We will use this knowledge to solve simple problems with a lot of our work being practical as well as developing mental calculation strategies. Talking to your child about maths in everyday life helps them to understand how these skills fit into their lives.


We are planning on holding a parents workshop on Wednesday 20th March to share expectations and help you support your child. You will have the opportunity to see how the different operations are taught in Year 1 and the importance of practical work, with us sharing the message maths can be fun!






Monday 25th February

Wednesday 6th March

Monday 11th March

Wednesday 20th March

Monday 25th March

Wednesday 3rd April


Brilliant Book Week

Brilliant Book Week 1
Brilliant Book Week 2
Brilliant Book Week 3
Brilliant Book Week 4
Thank you to all the family members who came to share stories with their children, it was great to see so many of you!

'Oliver's Vegetables' and 'Oliver's fruit salad'

World Book Dress up

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World Book Dress up 2

Book token

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All children received a book token on World Book Day. Happy reading!

Spring 1 News


Welcome back to school for a new term. We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday and we all wish you a very Happy New Year!

Spring 1 topic overview

To end our unit of work on Traditional Tales, Year 1 are planning a 'WOW Day' on Friday 8th February.

To make the day more memorable, we would like the children to dress up as a FAIRYTALE/TRADITIONAL TALE CHARACTER or dress in smart clothes ready for a ball! (No football kits or action heros please).

We hope to have an enjoyable day by doing a range of different activities.

Thank you


On THURSDAYS ONLY, from 31st January, your children will be exiting at the end of the day from the following doors:

ASH will be exiting from WILLOW classroom.

HAZEL will be exiting from BEECH classroom.

This is a temporary arrangement for 6 weeks only - 31st January until 14th March.

‘Winter Day’

To support part of our Geography and Science teaching at various points during the year we plan to hold a ‘Season Day’. We aim to hold our ‘Winter Day’ on Friday 11th January where children will take part in various activities within the school grounds as well as the classroom.


Funky Phonics club

We hope those who were able to join us last half term from Oak and Maple found the club useful and fun. It is now the opportunity for parents and carers with children in Ash & Hazel to sign up via the parentmail you will have received. The club runs on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:10pm, beginning Tuesday 22nd January – 26th February (5 sessions).


Humanities Week

Week beginning 21st January.


School Values

January – Independence

February - Empathy


RM Easimaths

The children will have brought home a letter containing a personal log on and information about an online maths program to support learning. They also have access to Purple Mash to support their learning.



Please continue to hear your child read at home and sign the reading record so we can then change their books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Any comments you make are appreciated.


Remember the ongoing ‘Reading Champions’ challenge! Please sign the sheet in your childs reading record when they have read/shared one of the books.


Please check that all items are clearly named and return any that don’t belong to your child.


Please send in a water bottle daily.




Tuesday 8/1/19 Wednesday 16/1/19

Monday 21/1/19 Wednesday 30/1/19

Monday 4/2/19 Wednesday 13/2/19

Please continue to support us by ensuring the Learning Logs are completed and in school on time.



We focus on different genres during our literacy units of work. We begin the term exploring some different traditional tales and then focus on Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, producing a range of written work including character profiles, invitations, wanted posters as well as story writing. We are planning on holding a Traditional Tale Dress up Day during this topic (more details to follow nearer the time). We end the term looking at rhymes and poems.



We will continue to follow the Year 1 programme of study which builds on previous work and mathematical skills. This will include work on number and place value (tens and ones), multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, and weight/mass. We apply much of our numeracy work to real life situations and simple problem solving to give work meaning to the children. A lot of our work is practical as well as developing mental calculation strategies. Talking to your child about numbers in everyday life helps them to understand how numeracy fits into their lives. For example, when shopping, ask children to count how many items are in the trolley, how many items would be left if some were removed, how many more/less do you need of something. The ability to recognise coins, add coins to 20p and give change can be a challenge to children but is another area that you can practise at home.



Our topics are ‘Materials and Caring for the Earth’ this half term. Please see overview for further details.


We thought about different materials when making houses for the three little pigs.
Internet safety  posters.
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Winter art

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Thank you Year 1 for your contributions to Luton Foodbank!

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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






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

Our outside area 1
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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.









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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Bushmead's 50th Celebration Picnic 2

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 Spring Day  2

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.