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Brambles Primary Academy

Year 1 Cherry 


Did you know...

Cherry trees tend to have a short lifespan, typically around 15-30 years.

The cherry blossoms (and leaves) of varieties we find in the UK are edible. In Japan they’re pickled and used as ingredients for sweets, baking and tea. Don’t eat cherry pips though, they’re toxic and can be dangerous in large amounts.

While pink is the colour most people associate with cherry blossom, it tends to change from dark pink, to light pink, to white when fully in bloom. Some varieties even begin as a greenish yellow colour before changing to white and then to pink.

Welcome to Year 1 Cherry 

 Welcome to Year 1!

It is the first stage of Key Stage One and we are so excited to have you here!

We have three school rules:

Be Ready

Be Respectful

Be Safe



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Miss Richardson - Class Teacher              Mrs Juett - HLTA                      Miss Kausar - TA          

Important Information

The School Day

The class register will be taken at 8:45am and learning will begin immediately after this.               It is vital that pupils are on time to school so that they do not miss any important learning.

Pupils should bring to school each day:

  • Their reading book and reading record
  • A water bottle with their name on
  • Suitable clothing for the weather to ensure they are comfortable during outdoor break times
  • A packed lunch (if required)

Pupils are to be collected from school at 3:15pm


PE days 

PE is taught on a Wednesday (outdoor) and Thursday (indoor).

Please send your child to school wearing their PE kit. For more information on uniform please click Uniform.

Please make sure your child's name in in their PE kits, school uniforms, coats, hats, scarves and gloves.



Reading books will be given out every Friday.


Each week, your child will bring home a Little Wandle book, a shared reader and a 50 must read book. These will be sent out each Friday and collected back in across the following week as follows: Little Wandle Your child’s Little Wandle book will be collected back in on Mondays. This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise and celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.  

Little Wandle books will be collected every Monday and the shared readers will be collected on Friday. 



At the start of each half term, you will receive an updated homework guide containing all instructions for homework. This will also be uploaded to Class Dojo. Please click on the icon below to be taken to this half terms homework guide.



Please note that homework is optional.





It is important to keep hydrated throughout the school day, so please ensure your child brings a water bottle with their name on.

Key Dates

Autumn 1


Black History Month Showcase - Thursday 9th November 9.00am


Nativity Production - Week commencing 18th December: Day to TBC 


This half term we will be learning...


This half term we will be writing our very own setting descriptions using inspiration from the book 'Clean Up' by Nathan Byran. Children will join Rocket as she sets off on a mission to save a Caribbean island from plastic pollution, whilst also writing detailed descriptions of the effected environments featured in the story.

This half term, we will also spend some time writing Recounts. Children will learn that recounts retell past experiences or events, and that these are written in first person and past tense.  They will learn that recounts include a setting, a series of chronological events and a conclusion.



Our maths curriculum follows the White Rose Maths scheme, which is designed to help children develop a deep understanding of key mathematical concepts.

This half term we will continue our work on addition and subtraction before moving onto shape. Children will explore the part whole model, fact families, bar models, number lines, and finding missing parts.

When focusing on shape, children will learn the names of common 2D and 3D shapes, and will explore the different properties for shapes. They will identify faces, edges and vertices.  




 In our science learning this half term, we will be exploring:

We will begin by identifying, naming and exploring different materials before sorting materials dependent on their properties. Children will identify and compare materials using words such as bendy, rough, smooth, hard etc.  

Through hands on observations and discussions, children will develop critical thinking skills and use their new knowledge to suggest answers to intriguing questions about materials.

History / Geography

As Geographers, we are excited to embark on a fascinating study of our local area. During this unit, your child will learn about their locality beyond the school gate, building on their knowledge of our school and home. They will explore their local area using first hand observation to enhance their locational awareness. By the end of the unit children should be able to recognise familiar places in their local area, use maps to gather information about the local area, locate places and landmarks on a map, use arial photographs to recognise basic human and physical features, recognise basic map symbols, use simple fieldwork skills to study the geography of the local area. 



 This half term, children are invited to explore the world about them as a way to begin to understand the concept of 'print'. Children use their own bodies, then things they collect around them to create a variety of prints. They use their hands and feet to make prints, and they take rubbings of textures from the environment around them. They make 'plates' by making impressions in plasticine, and then by using printing foam. They explore how they can build up images by creating multiples, and use line, shape, colour and texture to explore pattern, sequencing and symmetry.




 For our RE studies we follow the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus. This half term we are focusing on 'How Do We Celebrate Special Events?'. This topic will help children consider the concept of celebration. It links a number of ideas together: the ways in which we celebrate special events and how religions mark festival days. It includes a study of harvest festival, Eid ul Fitr and Sukkot. Pupils are enables to respons and reflect by creating their own class celebration.



In Year One, we believe that it's important for children to develop a strong sense of self and an understanding of their place in the world. Our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education) topic explores the key questions of "Who am I?" and "How do I fit into the world around me?" Children will learn valuable life skills and develop essential personal and social competencies.



As Musicians, we follow the Charanga music scheme and learn how to find the pulse of a song. We do lots of singing and playing along to the music. 

Along with Charanga, as a whole school each week we listen to a focused artist. This enables children to experience a broad genre of music.

Click here to view the focused artists across the year.


 As Athletes, we have 2 sessions of PE every week.  These are on a Wednesday (outdoor) and a Thursday (indoor).

Author Focus


  Find out more about Nathan Byron here!


Links to try at home

 Reading  - E-Library  


Little Wandle Letters and Sounds

 Phonics Games                                  Phonics Games

 Maths Games                                          Maths Videos and Games

           TT Rockstars Times Tables         


Class Dojo Year Group Page

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