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Gilbert’s challenge for you!

My little boy, Gilbert, has set you a maths challenge. How many different ways can you make 10?


It was so nice to hear from Sophie and Tommy today.  They are keeping themselves busy with lots of fun learning and creative activities. They both miss school and their friends very much, just like the rest of us. Here is how Sophie is keeping herself busy. Just look at that concentration! 

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Here is a very handy list of common exception words and letters and sounds phases for you to practise at home. 

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Look at this lovely photo from Louie!

Louie says hello to all of his friends x x

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Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler giving good advice

To all of our Year 1s. We miss you!
Keep scrolling down to read our messages to you, to find our email addresses (we would love you to send us a message) and to find all the great ideas and activities for you to do at home with your families. Keep going to find some Easter activities too! There’s something for everyone! ❤️
Hello to all our little Year 1’s! We are missing you very much. We hope that you are being good for your families and you are staying safe and healthy. Keep reading! Keep learning those number bonds! And keep washing those hands with soap and warm water. Check the website regularly for new activities and ideas to do with your family. We want to wish all our little Year 1 chicks 🐥 a very happy Easter!  Love from the Year 1 staff xx

All of us in Year 1 miss you all so much. So if you would like to get in touch to say hello, here are our email addresses:


Hope to hear from you soon! Stay home, keep safe!


Look at this fantastic message that has bought a smile to all of our faces. Keep up the fantastic work Pablo!


"Good morning all,

This is Pablo's mum. I hope the email finds you all in good health.
It was nice to find your email addresses on the website, as Pablo wanted to say 'Hello' to you all. He is fine, but missing all of you a lot and asking me when he can go back to school!
The home schooling is going fine so far; Pablo is working on his number bonds, Phonics etc. We are following the class page and Twitter every day and getting new ideas for him to explore.
Attached are few activities that he really enjoyed!
You all are doing a fantastic job with the kids in the school and keeping them happy and safe in this unprecedented time.
Wish you a Happy Easter.
Stay Safe. Take Care.
Pablo and Mum"


Make your own poster for washing your hands 

Remind everyone in your family to wash their hands properly with warm water and soap. Remember to wash in between your fingers, your palms, nails and thumbs. Create your own hand washing poster!



Junk Modelling

Recycle your cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and cartons to make something amazing and unique. The possibilities are endless! 👍👍👍

Times Tables Challenge!

I know that some of you love a challenge, so this is just for you! See how long it takes for you to learn your 2 times tables! Ask mummy and daddy to help you. Then you can all test each other. 

Easter Eggtivities!

On small pieces of paper, write loving messages to your family. Tell them what you love about them. Then fold them and put them inside plastic eggs. You could turn this into an egg hunt too around your home or garden. 

Easter Popcorn 🍿 Cups

If you have some paper cups, you could turn them into Easter bunnies! Then snuggle up and have an Easter movie night with your family!

Using jelly beans or skittles, enjoy this Easter prayer as a family. Maybe you could make your own Easter prayer. 
Make an Easter wreath using different scraps of paper or card, cut into the shapes of eggs.

Easter Egg Nests

These nests are easy to make and they taste delicious 😋. Ask an adult to help you. You can use cornflakes or rice crispies or shredded wheat. Simply ask mum or dad to melt some chocolate. Then stir in your cereals. Add spoonfuls of the mixture into paper cake cases. Leave to set. Finally add sprinkles or mini eggs on top. Just make sure you don’t eat them all at once!!

Teddy in the Window

Children are placing teddy bears 🧸 in their windows, as well as their rainbows, to make passers-by smile 😊. Which teddy bear will you put in your window?

Shopping List

Next time you go shopping, why don’t you write out the shopping list for mum and dad!

Make a fruit salad 🍎🍐🍊🍋🍓🍇🍉🍌🍒🍑🥭🍍🥝

What are your favourite fruits? Choose a selection of ripe fruits. Chop them up into pieces (an adult will help you with a knife). Create a delicious, healthy, colourful fruit salad for your family. 

A Walk in the Park

When the weather is bright and sunny, it’s lovely to go for a walk in the park. My little boy Gilbert has been riding his scooter around the park and playing catch with our dog, Dolly!

Make a windchime

Recycle your tin cans (ask an adult to help you) then attach coloured ribbons or string or pieces of paper to the can. Then hang in the garden and watch the wind blow...

Paint a tree 🌲 

Paint or draw a tree with branches, then add buttons or bits and bobs on for the leaves, fruits and flowers. 

Hi Everyone, 

I hope you are all adhering to the keeping safe guidance and spending some quality time with your family. Now that the weather has picked up a little and the sun is shining brightly, here are some nature activities you can enjoy! Keep checking the website for more ideas and games. 


Go on a minibeast hunt

Spring is well and truly kicking in now, and the warmer weather will bring lots of creepy crawlies out. So get out in the fresh air and take a closer look at your garden. You'll soon notice it's teeming with wildlife! Can you find...

  • a worm after a spring shower
  • a bumblebee looking for nectar
  • a spotty ladybird exploring the grass
  • a slimy snail in a dark damp spot
  • a butterfly basking in the sunshine?


Make a loo roll bird feeder

This is messy fun you will love to get stuck into. And it will help you learn about the birds in your neighbourhood.

You can make this simple feeder with items you probably already have at home:

  1. Smother a cardboard tube in peanut butter (no added salt and sugar versions are suitable for birds).
  2. Roll it in bird seed and thread some string through the hole.
  3. Tie it up in your garden where birds will feel safe eating.



Make natural art

Art and crafts is a popular way to keep you busy. To mix things up, put the pencils and crayons to one side and look for natural art materials instead. Collect fallen leaves, petals and sticks and use them to make a picture or sculpture.

You could even use the objects as 'stampers' or paintbrushes - dipping them in paint and rolling, brushing or stamping them on paper to create interesting patterns and effects.


Butterfly symmetry art

This craft has the wow factor! All you need is paint and some paper. Simply splodge paint on one half of your paper and fold it in half so the paint spreads on both sides. Carefully open it up to reveal a beautiful butterfly.

It's a great way to learn about butterflies and how their wings are symmetrical.

Once dry, your butterfly will make a cheerful decoration for your home. Or you could even turn it into a card to send to a grandparent you won't see for a while.


Here are some examples of the above ideas. Have fun!

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Make a rainbow 🌈 

At this time of uncertainty, we aren’t able to spend time playing with our friends. So children across Britain are drawing/painting rainbows and putting them on display in their windows. This is a reminder to all of our family and friends that we are all in this together, and we shall come through it! So get making those rainbows for all to see...

Thank you NHS!

Design a bright, colourful poster to say thank you to all of our doctors, nurses and hospital staff who are working so hard to keep us safe and healthy. You could put it up in your window for all to see! 

Make a card

Maybe you know someone who isn’t feeling very well at the moment. Why not make them a card to cheer them up and brighten their day. Ask mummy and daddy to help you post it safely. 

Family Handprint Art

Make a colourful picture of your family’s handprints. You could use paints or you could draw around eachother’s hands and then decorate them with colour and collage. 

A Fruity Start to the Day!

Why not make a delicious, healthy smoothie? Add 2 cups of strawberries, 1 peeled, chopped banana, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of ice and a tablespoon of honey. Blend and enjoy! Which other fruits could you add? 

Build a home for one of your toys 🧸 


My little boy, Gilbert, found a box and made a home for his toys. He decorated the box and made windows and a door. Ask your adult to help you to cut out the holes you need. Get creating with old boxes! 

Art Activities


Who lives in your family? Draw or sketch a picture of your family. Add colour if you wish or even collage!


Go on a walk with your adult for some fresh air.  Collect a range of items as you go. For example, leaves, twigs, daisies. When you get home create your own collage to show what you have found and collected along the way!

Extra Activities


Join in with the Joe Wicks online daily P.E. workout, starting at 9 a.m. every morning. Visit The Body Coach TV using the website link below:


Audio Books

David Walliams will be releasing a free audio story each day for the next 30 days to help keep children entertained. This can be accessed using the link below:


Writing Competitions

Go Ape

Returning for a fourth year running, Go Ape are encouraging all young adventurers to get creative both in and out of the classroom.

From World Book Day (5th March 2020) until 19th April 2020, Go Ape are asking schools and parents to get their students/children involved in the hope of winning some fab prizes for them and their class - including a class trip to Go Ape!

Visit the link below to find out more:

Poetry of Science 2020

Can you write a terrific scientific poem? Then enter the IF Oxford 2020 Poetry of Science Competition for a chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Visit the link below to find out more:

Wild about Writing

Write a story about the natural environment. 500 word entries.

Visit the link below to find out more:

Oxford Owl

A great website for creative writing, reading, mathematics and other kids’ activities. This website features online interactive games that will make learning fun and the time pass quickly.

Visit the link below to find out more:

Welcome to Year 1!

1S are Mrs Sian and Mrs Willis
1HG are Mrs Hartley, Miss Gutteridge and Mrs Khan


Here you will be able to find out about the recent projects and activities we have been involved in.


What a busy Autumn term we've had! We are so proud of our pupils for settling in so well in Year 1 and taking on the new challenges with great responsibility and determination. The information below outlines our learning from the last term.



In science, the children have been learning about looking after animals. They enjoyed having a vet role-play in the classroom. The children identified and named a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. They did lots of fair testing of their own senses. They will be observing how weather affects seasonal change during the summer term. We love Science!



In this unit, the pupils took on the role of the robot-pirate and gave instructions to their peers to get to the treasure.  The pupils were encouraged to use the technical vocabulary, such as the programmer, algorithm and programming.  In our follow up lessons,  the children will program a toy to move around a map to find buried treasure. They will start by thinking of algorithms for their routes, then input these as stored programs for the robot. Our next computing topic is called ‘We are painters’. This unit will particularly engage children who love the illustrations in the books they read. It is a great opportunity for the children to work creatively. We are really looking forward to it.



In Autumn 2, we looked at our local history and discovered some amazing facts about Bartley Green. We also had a visit from the Woodgate Valley firefighters, where we learnt about the history of the fire station.  We also learnt about the people in Cheelo village in Zambia and how important water is to the world. This was part of our Black History Month. During Spring 1, we will be learning about WW1.



Last term, we looked at the geography of where we live, our place in the UK and the wider world. We identified the four nations of the UK and their capital cities. The pupils enjoyed learning about the 7 continents of the world and explored their place in Europe. This term, we will be learning about the key geographical features of the Antarctic environment. We will be looking at how the penguins adapt to this harsh unique environment.  We love penguins!


Religious Education:

This year the children have learned that rules keep them safe and healthy. They have thought about their family roots. They know where they belong and they know the people who love and care for them. The pupils have focused on remembrance, talking about loss and grief. The children know the Nativity story and they enjoyed visiting a school to experience ‘Christmas Through the Keyhole’. 


Physical Education:

In our P.E. sessions, the children have learned and participated in team games. They have improved their catching and throwing skills, developed their balancing skills and explored different ways of moving. They have a weekly session with a sports coach.



The children have used a range of mediums in Art this year, including pencil, paint, pastel and collage. They have drawn a self-portrait. They have looked at patterns in nature and can identify different animal prints. They have created art using shape and African patterns. The pupils collected autumn leaves, conkers, sycamore seeds and mini pine cones to create a seasonal collage.



Music has been delivered by our music specialist Mr Ranger.  Thank you Mr Ranger! The children have enjoyed playing and performing together, using their voices and playing percussion instruments to accompany their songs. Through our music scheme, the children are developing their evaluation skills of various styles of music, such as rap and pop.


Design and Technology:

As part of their D.T. work, the children will be learning how to cook eggs. We will be observing the changes and making our own egg cookbook. In textiles we will be sewing/weaving our own Easter cards.



The children have discussed about feeling special and safe in their class. They know that they are a valued member of their class. They have discussed achievements that they are proud of and how they contribute to the class as a whole. They are learning about how they are different and similar to their friends. The pupils have set simple goals and can identify their successes.

Monthly Blog



Pyjamarama day 

On Friday 7th June we celebrated this day by wearing our pyjamas to school and even the teachers joined in! 

At home we had to record our bedtime stories on a special bookmark.

We had our final bedtime story in school.

Everyone had lots of fun.


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The Tiger Who Came To Tea

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Jackson Pollock

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World book day


It was World Book day this month and the Book Fayre visited our school. 

We had a story session and the theme was India. We heard a story, played instruments and sang a traditional Indian song. Some of us even got to dress up!



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Red nose day


We celebrated Red Nose Day!

We wore a red item of clothing to raise money for Comic Relief and of course our red noses too!!

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Our visit to the REP to see the 'The Cat in the Hat' and Birmingham Library.


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Traditional Tales

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Coming up in the Spring Term….

Our first English theme is Traditional Tales. We will start with Hansel and Gretel. The children will be writing character and setting descriptions. We’ll look at the features and key characters of traditional tales and work towards writing our own story in the same style.

Try reading some of these traditional Tales over the Christmas Holiday:


Snow White

The Three Little Pigs

Little Red Riding Hood


Goldilocks And The Three Bears


In maths we will be telling the time and learning the days of the week. We will also be continuing with our basic maths skills of addition, subtraction, counting and the 2 times table.

We will be starting our ‘New Life’ topic which will include our work with the living eggs that will be arriving in school in the spring term. We will be dancing in PE and learning how to move to a rhythm and make different shapes with our bodies.


Year 1 will also be performing the KS1 Easter Production. We will be learning lines, songs and dances.

Autumn Term

Summary of our Autumn Term: 

We have had a very exciting Term in Year 1…time flies when you’re having fun. And we have had plenty! We have learned all about The Great Fire of London. We have enjoyed our optician and vet role-play areas and now we know how to look after our eyes and our pets. 

We have done some super artwork on ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds and we designed hats for the fish from ‘This is not my hat’ by Jon Klassen. We went on an educational visit (or 1HG tried to!!) to Woodgate Valley Country Park. We went on a nature trail and collected leaves, twigs and acorns. In Maths, we learned about 2D and 3D shapes…they are all around us! Year 1 has enjoyed having Dan, our Sports Coach, on Tuesday mornings for P.E. We have learned new games such as ‘Cat and Mouse’ and ‘Sharks and Lifeguards’. We know all about keeping our bodies fit and healthy. 

Year 1 enjoyed ‘Christmas Through The Keyhole’, where we walked into the Christmas Story and learned the true meaning of Christmas… We have enjoyed helping Santa’s elves wrap up Christmas packages for all the good boys and girls in our Christmas Post Office. 

We would like to wish everyone a very happy and merry Christmas! Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones and stay safe and healthy…Don’t eat too many mince pies! See you in the New Year for a fabulous exciting fresh start to new hopes, dreams and learning!... 


Making Our Christmas Cards

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We now know lots about 2D and 3D shapes. Have a look at what we have made!
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Children in need

We raised lots of money by having a non uniform day and wearing our Pudsey clothes and accessories.

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Autumn Art

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We looked at the colours of the leaves. We sorted the leaves and took the most beautiful ones we could find back to our classroom to use in our art work. We used wax for rubbing, water colour, pencils, glue, scissors and much more to create some lovely pieces of art.
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We have started to incorporate some simple drama techniques into our English lessons. This month we have started to perform freeze-frames to demonstrate our understanding of story characters and settings.

Music with Mr Ranger

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Mr Ranger is a specialist music teacher who works with both classes every week. We learn about beat and rhythm using musical instruments. We have been learning a song about Harvest time.

Black History Month

As part of Black History month Year 1 have been discussing the story 'Zahra'.


Zahra spends all day collecting water in order to help her tree grow so she can get some shade.  She travels back and forth to the water pump but to no avail.  The tree won't grow.  It is not until a bead of sweat falls on the roots that the tree springs forth and grows protectively in order to protect her from the sun.


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Thank you to all the parents who came along. We had a fantastic turn out. The children loved it!

Year 1 heard stories and brought books from Primary Books.

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The Great Fire of London Workshop

On Friday 21st September the Freshwater Theatre Company joined us for a workshop all about the Great Fire of London. We found out all about life in London at the time, how the fire started and spread and how Samuel Pepys wrote a diary.


We acted out a London street scene to see what it was like to live in London at that time,  including shop keepers, factory workers, children and even horses!







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The Fire is spreading!

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We're Going On A Bear Hunt!


We have been role playing the story using bear masks and props. We have made houses for the family to hide from the bear and re-enacting the story with grass, mud, leaves and water. We enjoyed singing the Bear Hunt song and doing all of the actions. Ask us to show you!!

Jack And The Beanstalk


We have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk. We have imagined what the magic beans could have turned into...maybe a monster, or a magical flower, or an orange tree! We have used old cardboard boxes to design and create a castle for the giant..."Fee Fi Fo Fum!!

Helpful Information

Year 1 Autumn term homework journal grid

PE kits

Our PE sessions are held on a Monday and Tuesday.


Due to Health and Safety reasons, children who do not come to school with the correct PE kit will not be able to participate in PE lessons.


Please ensure that your child's PE kit is in school every day as occasionally we may have to change our day or are offered an extra session. 


Our PE kit is a red t-shirt, black shorts and trainers.


Please make sure that long hair is tied back for safety reasons.




Please visit the Phonics area of this website to see some videos of your children showing you how to say the sounds and how to form their letters correctly.