Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Please place any money sent into school in an envelope in their folder. Please encourage independence by allowing your child to hang their coat and bag on the pegs outside the classroom. Mrs King and Miss Fowler will be there to greet and direct your child into the classroom.

Information will be placed on the Class Dojo.

Class teacher- Miss Taylor

Teacher Assistant- Mrs King

                               Miss Fowler

  • We ‘show and tell’ items relating to interests, themes & hobbies on FRIDAY.
  • We aim to start the day with a brisk ‘mile a day’  walk around the school grounds as well as some ‘Pause Points’ yoga
  • P.E will be on a Wednesday afternoon. Pupils are to come  to school dressed in appropriate clothes for P.E e.g joggers/shorts, plain T-shirt, jacket/jumper.
  • Reading books will be sent home on a Monday and need to be returned to school in the folder on a Friday. If you can read or share songs, stories or poetry with your child every day this will really help. I would be very grateful if you could write in the home school book when you share a book together at home.
  • Water and milk are available during the day and everyone is encouraged to drink often. Please purchase a school water bottle (£2.50) or provide your own bottle.
  • Fruit can be brought into school or bought for 30p from the ‘fruit shop’.
  • Please ensure all clothing is clearly labelled.
  • Could you ensure that I am aware of any changes in address, telephone numbers or medical information as soon as possible?
  • Any further information you require please ask.

Many thanks

Miss Taylor, Mrs King & Miss Fowler

Memory Box

Are you ready to travel back in time?

This half term, we’re taking a trip to the past to discover what life was like at the time when we were born. Younger children will come along to our Teddy Bear’s picnic, so we can observe how toddlers play and move. We’ll also find out how babies change and grow over time. Thinking about our childhoods, we’ll use photos and objects from the past to help us remember special times including weddings and christenings. We’ll talk about our families and share happy memories of people or pets who are no longer alive. Learning about the days, weeks and months of the year will help us to work out how long we will have to wait for our birthdays to arrive! We’ll decide how objects from the past were used and have fun learning games, songs and dances from bygone days.

We’ll share class memory books, collages and a rap with you at the end of our project and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Help your child prepare for their project

Looking back on the past can be funny, poignant and interesting! Why not get together as a family and share photos from the past, commenting on wacky clothes and happy holidays? Alternatively, visiting a local museum would allow you to see what life was like in the past. You could also play some traditional games from your childhood. Hopscotch, skipping and conkers are all lots of fun!

Moon Zoom!

The countdown has begun. Are you ready for blast off? This half term, we’ll travel through space to learn about the Solar System. We’ll investigate an alien crash site, write an incident report and try to find the aliens who have landed. Where could they be? We’ll make models of the Solar System and design spaceships, space buggies and space-related toys. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space. Floor robots will be programmed to move around an alien landscape, and we will compose space sounds and dances. We’ll also explore satellite images, investigate rockets and use ICT to communicate our ideas and present our work. At the end of our project, we’ll share our learning in a variety of different ways. We’ll read our exciting science-fiction stories aloud, sing space-themed songs and create an exhibition of our space models. It will be out of this world! 

Help your child prepare for their project

There’s so much to learn about space! Why not stay up late and look at the stars? A stargazing app could help you identify well-known constellations. You could also visit the local library and find some exciting space stories and information books to share. Alternatively, create extraordinary aliens using modelling clay or a drawing app. 


This project has an art focus and teaches children about carnival art from cultures around the world. At the heart of this project children write and re-tell a range of stories from a range of different cultures.

In the Innovate Stage children apply their skills and understanding by holding their own seasonal carnival.

In this project the children will learn:

About a range of carnivals and celebrations around the world;

How to use art and design skills to design, make and construct masks and headdresses;

How colour, decoration and pattern is used in different cultures;

About different cultures around the world;

How to re-tell and write a range of stories from different cultures;

How to make patterns using 2 and 3D shapes;

How to work together and perform collectively.

Cardiff Tales

Cardiff is a stunning capital city steeped in history. Are you ready to explore? During this half term, we’ll visit Cardiff and take in the sights and sounds or hear firsthand about the jostling city from a travel agent. We’ll research Cardiff’s magnificent landmarks, using coordinates to identify them on a map and exploring how they have changed over time. Once we’re more familiar with Cardiff’s remarkable buildings, we’ll sketch and label them and use a computer to superimpose ourselves into images. We’ll make a version of Cardiff’s Animal Wall using modelling clay and cut out pictures, and sell our wares at our own Riverside Farmer’s Market. To further our research, we’ll Skype a school in Cardiff and find out all about Billy the Seal, using percussion instruments to play along to ‘his’ folk song. The entertaining childhood story of Cardiff’s local hero, Roald Dahl, will be read to us and we’ll create our own humorous tales. At the end of the project, we’ll share our learning with you. We’ll decide if Cardiff is similar or different to where we live and create TV adverts to promote Cardiff.

Help your child prepare for their project

Cardiff is a city brimming with possibilities. Why not plan a visit together, making a list of all the things you would do? You could also get crafty and make a scrapbook, filling it with pictures and useful information about the capital. Alternatively, choose a story by Roald Dahl to read together and write a short review.

Land Ahoy

This project has a design and technology focus and teaches children about the properties of different materials, a range of mechanisms and forces, and aspects of water and coastal safety. At the heart of this project children will learn how to write narrative stories and additional skills in recording scienti c tests and enquiries.

In the Innovate Stage children apply their skills and understanding by designing and making their own lifeboats to rescue cargo from Captain Buttons’ sinking ship

In this project the children will learn:

• About simple mechanisms such as pulleys, levers and joints; 

• About forces (push, pull, oating and sinking);
• About the properties of different materials;
• How to conduct a fair test;

• About water transport through the ages and across the world; 

• About aspects and features of the Welsh coastline;
• How to use a range of sources to find information;
• How to write and re-tell narrative stories.


Pack up some sandwiches, pick up a fishing net and keep your eyes peeled because we’re off to the coast to go beachcombing!

This half term, we’ll visit a local beach to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the seashore and explore rock pools to find living and non-living things. Bringing shells, pebbles and seaweed back to the classroom will help us to learn about a wide range of coastal plants and creatures. We’ll read a range of seaside stories and use the coast as a setting for our writing. Maps and film footage will help us to find out more about the coast and we’ll create a wide variety of artwork. We’ll use books and the internet to search for information about the seashore and use our knowledge to write our own non-fiction books.

At the end of the project, we’ll decide how we should look after the coastal environment and how the beach can be kept clean. We’ll use our ICT skills to create a final presentation including photographs, captions and sound files.

Help your child prepare for their project

Beaches are fascinating places. Why not visit a beach and go on a rock pooling expedition of your own? Alternatively, you could visit a local pet shop to see a wide variety of fish, crustaceans and aquatic plants. You could also create drawings, paintings or models of sea creatures using online images for inspiration.

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