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James Brindley Community Primary School
‘Working together to fulfil potential’

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1



Welcome to the Year 1 webpage which will be updated throughout the year with our class curriculum and news, updates and photographs of the exciting things that we have been getting up to.


**Please note that in the event of the Year 1 bubble needing to isolate and the need for home learning to recommence, all work will be accessed from our class page and Purple Mash will resume as a means of communication between myself and the children**


Don't forget to check the James Brindley Twitter page; @JamesBrindleyPS for more updates too.


*** Please can you ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school with them every day ***


Summer Term

Our Newsletter for the Summer Term can be found at the top of this page. 


During the Summer Term our topic is History based. We will be exploring how aspects of our lives have changed since our grandparents were young and then comparing them to how they are today. In Science we are learning all about plants and as part of our work on this, we will be taking an exciting trip to RHS Garden Bridgewater on Tuesday 17th May. A letter has been sent out with more information regarding this trip.


Reminder – An online phonics meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday 4th May at 5pm with Mrs Sharrock and myself to outline the details of the phonics screening which all Year 1 children complete. The phonics screening will happen during the month of June and during this time we request that where possible children have full attendance to ensure that they are able to complete their assessment.



*Important Information*



We are continuing with the Pick and Mix style of homework for the Summer Term and all of the children will be required to complete the activities on their Pick and Mix at home (ideally 1 per week) and share them with me via Purple Mash so I can see all of their wonderful work. Homework will no longer come to and from school each week and no homework should be sent in to school.  You will find the Summer Pick and Mix Homework at the top of this page. We will be holding a homework celebration day towards the end of the term so please ensure that you send some of your child's work to me on Purple mash so we can share it on this day. Date TBC.



Spellings will be sent home on a Friday and tested the following FridayAccess to the Spelling Shed has been put in the front of your child's reading record. You can use the games on there to practise each week's spellings.


Please ensure that your child is accessing spelling shed regularly to practise their spellings. 


Please can you check that you can log into spelling shed using the logins provided in the front of your child's reading planner. Children will be set spellings every week and spellings are dependent on their phonics phase. 


Children will play the game to practice the spelling I have set for that week and then we will do a written test every Friday. The results will be communicated via their spelling books. Please also encourage your child to access spelling shed frequently throughout the week. If you have any questions please let me know. 



Lessons will be on Thursday and Friday. If your child wears earrings they will need to be removed by yourself or them prior to the sessions. Children are unable to participate when wearing earrings or any other kind of jewellery. All children will also need an outdoor kit please (plain joggers/jumper and trainers) PE kits will be sent home every Friday to be washed over the weekend and returned the following Monday. 



Please ensure that ALL of your child's clothing/shoes are clearly labelled.


Reading Books

Reading books need to be in school every day. Your child will read of specific days each week both individually and as part of Guided Reading sessions. Please ensure that your child reads at least 4 times at home each week and that this is recorded in their planner with any comments you feel are relevant to your child’s reading.


Useful Documents 

In the documents posted at the top of this page, you will find Year 1 Knowledge Organisers.  These documents set out and explain all of the key vocabulary that will be covered during your child's time in Year 1, we hope that you find them useful. 


Creative Fund

Creative fund will be continuing in Year 1 and Mrs Simmons has passed over any remaining funds to myself which have been used to ensure that there are lots of creative opportunities available for your children in the first few weeks as they settle into Year 1. 


In order to provide your children with the variety of snack, baking opportunities and creative consumables we request a contribution of £10 per term or £30 for the full year. They will enjoy baking some tasty treats and as the weather grows colder we will have a nice cup of warm hot chocolate.  We have many activities planned this term that include, seasonal crafts, making and decorating cakes, making monster slime, salt dough constructions and lots more. Please ensure your money is in an envelope clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. Thank you smiley


Outdoor Area

We are also looking to improve our outdoor area to make it exciting and inviting for our wonderful children. We need your help! 

We would be very grateful for anything you could donate to us and it would be highly beneficial for our children to explore and investigate with such open ended resources! 


Examples include..

Crates (wood/plastic)








Planks of wood (all sizes)

Plant pots




Natural materials stones, shells, straw etc


Water trays

Cable reels


Please also take the time to look through the Year 1 end of year expectations below.


 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to us.


We look forward to a successful year with your child. 


smiley Miss Jewell smiley Mrs Lyth smiley Mrs Kerns