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Year 1

Welcome to Year One

Banyan and Aspen Classes



Year One Teaching Staff
Ms Charlotte Butcher - Aspen Class Teacher and Key Stage One Phase Leader
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Ms Patricia Glass - Banyan Class Teacher

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Miss Nia Herbert - Banyan Class


Our Celebration Event

The staff and children of Year 1 would like to thank you all for attending our celebration event yesterday afternoon. We hope you enjoyed it! The children certainly loved sharing their learning with you. Thank you for also supporting our plant sale so well - we raised over £30 for WaterAid!



Why is water precious?

It has been such an exciting term and we have loved being immersed in our Water topic. We have been learning about all the different ways in which water is precious for people, animals and plants. We have learned about the important work of water charities in helping children and adults across the world to access clean safe water. We have enjoyed investigating what life is like for sea creatures, including seahorses and sharks! We have also planted and cared for sunflowers and beans in preparation for our end-of-term plant sale. In art, we have been greatly inspired by the work of sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. We enjoyed creating our own sculptures using water, ice and other natural materials.


Why Do Stars Twinkle and Shine?

We are very excited in Year 1 to have started our new topic this term, inspired by Vincent van Gogh's 'Starry Night' painting. In Aspen Class we have our very own art studio in our classroom where we can take turns to create paintings of our own. We have enjoyed 'jumping into' some of Vincent van Gogh's most famous artwork and we have described our personal responses to his paintings. We are feeling truly inspired to find out more about this amazing artist. We will also be asking and answering questions about Space, including stars and planets, as part of this topic. We have been busy making models of rockets and stars during Plan, Do, Review this week.

World Book Day

The children in Year One participated brilliantly during World Book Day last week! We had a fantastic time sharing our favourite books and imagining we were our favourite story characters for the day. 


The children in Aspen Class were very proud indeed to share their 'Traditional Tales' learning with the children from Reception last week. They took great pride in reading their stories, performing their spoon puppet shows and showing their fairy tale animations. The Reception children loved their performances! Well done Aspen Class. 


Aspen Class have been busy preparing for a series of special performances in Year One. We have written invitations to both Reception Classes, inviting them to visit Aspen Class next week to see our puppet show performances and fairy tale animations. We are also excited to read the Reception children the innovated stories we have published and illustrated just for them! We are excited to use the spoon puppets we have designed and made ourselves in the shows we will perform for them.

Making Porridge for the Three Bears!

As part of our learning about traditional tales, Aspen class enjoyed making (and eating!) healthy porridge for the Three Bears. We enjoyed our porridge with syrup and fruit. 

Spanish Cultural Day in Year 1

Year 1 greatly enjoyed learning about many exciting aspects of Spanish culture today. The children looked fantastic in their Spanish-inspired outfits! We enjoyed learning key vocabulary including numbers, colours and greetings. The Spanish oranges we had at snack time were juicy, sweet and delicious! We learned about Pablo Picasso and created our own Cubist-inspired self-portraits! We even read Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs in Spanish and Aspen class were treated to some wonderful Spanish traditional tales, told by two very special parent storytellers, Ms Lopez and Ms Elicegui! Muchas gracias!

Puppet Show

Year 1 were treated to a wonderful puppet show by professional puppeteer Chris Brown this week. We were brilliantly entertained by his amazing array of puppets and stories! We have been inspired to design and make our own spoon puppets in school next week, to support our own storytelling.

The Three Little Pigs' Houses

The children in Aspen Class have been busy exploring different types of materials in Science. This week in Design and Technology, we have designed and built model houses for our Three Little Pigs finger puppets, using a range of different materials. Some of the materials we selected were plastic, wood, card, foil and straws. We also chose whether to build our models individually or in small groups. When we had finished, we tested the houses to see which could withstand the huff and puff of the Big Bad Wolf!



Year 1 Topic Launch day

'How can we bring Traditional Tales to Life?'


Year 1 greatly enjoyed launching their new topic 'Traditional Tales' today! The children arrived at school brilliantly dressed as traditional and folk tale characters this morning to discover that their classrooms had been magically transformed into fairy tale wonderlands! We have enjoyed exploring our exciting new learning areas, including a castle, an enchanted forest, the house of the Three Little Pigs and the Three Bears' cottage! Please feel very welcome to visit and enjoy our immersive learning environments, the children would be very happy to see you!

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Winter Decorations


We have been so busy creating our beautiful winter decorations over the past few weeks. We felt so proud this morning when our grown-ups admired our wonderful artwork that is now decorating our school hall. Everyone is welcome to come in and see our amazing decorations, which were inspired by the Nativity story.

Year 1 Trip to the Opticians


As part of our topic about the senses, we visited a local opticians on Gloucester Road. We had the chance to try on different frames, ask questions about how they eye works and we discovered some exciting facts about sight. We also enjoyed looking at the different types of trees that grow in St Andrew's Park during our walk there and back. We noticed many deciduous and evergreen trees!


Gloucester Road Treasure Hunt

In Aspen Class, the children have worked collaboratively to create a piece of art work to depict the wonders of Bristol's Harbourside. We have been invited to participate in the Bristol Best and Brilliant treasure hunt.  Bristol Primary School children aged 5 - 7 years are invited to create a Bristol-themed template which will be displayed in one of the shop fronts on Gloucester Road during the October Half term as part of a great community event. Selected templates will also form a calendar. 

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Welcome to Year One!

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday. We are extremely pleased with the way the children have settled so quickly into Year 1 and we are all very much looking forward to the term ahead.  Over the past fortnight, we have joined the rest of the school in developing our mark making skills.  The children are now all experts in hatching, cross hatching, scribbling and stippling!  We have also explored how to use line, colour, tone and shade creatively in our drawings and paintings. We look forward to exhibiting our wonderful art work next week! For the remainder of the term, our topic is ‘What makes Me, Me?’ which has a Science focus.



In English this term we will be enjoying a variety of topic-related narrative and non-fiction books. As in Reception, the children will continue to develop their knowledge of letters, sounds and key words during daily phonics lessons. In addition to child-led activities, we will introduce daily teacher-guided reading and writing activities.



In Maths this term we will focus on developing the children’s understanding of numbers up to 20. The children will practise and consolidate their counting, matching and ordering skills. We will also explore addition and subtraction using numbers to 10 and we will begin to practise recalling number facts mentally.



PE will be on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons in Year 1. It is important that your child keeps a named PE kit in school.  This needs to include T-shirt and shorts for indoors and warmer clothes, including trainers or daps, for outdoors.  If children wear jewellery and watches, they must be able to remove them independently. Any earrings that cannot be removed must be covered with plasters and long hair should also be tied back. Although the weather is currently good, it will soon begin to turn. Please ensure that your child has a rain coat in school for those odd rainy days as we still play outside during the wet weather.



We will ensure that your child changes their bookbag reading book during the school day, as often as required.  Please ensure that you read with your child at home for 10 minutes daily. We encourage you to note down and comment upon any reading that takes place at home in your child’s yellow reading record book. We welcome parent helpers to come in and read with the children.  If you would be willing to spare half an hour or so a week then please speak to your child’s class teacher.


We hope this has given you an overview of what your child will be learning this term and you can find out more details on the school website.  If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to one of us. We are available outside of the classrooms at the end of the day or alternatively leave a message with the office and we will get back to you.  


Best wishes from the Year One Team

Charlotte Butcher (Key Stage One Phase Leader and Aspen Class teacher)

Patricia Glass and Nia Herbert (Banyan Class teachers)


Outdoor Learning

The children in Year 1 love their new playgrounds! We have been busy exploring all of our exciting play areas including the 'mud kitchen' and the Safari playground. We have enjoyed using the crates and wooden blocks, and we have also been taking good care of our new plants!


Mark Making and Painting

Indoors, the children have been developing their mark making skills this term. We have also been exploring how to use line, tone and shade creatively in our drawings and paintings. We look forward to sharing our art work with you during the exhibition in school on Thursday 29th September.