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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




Miss Richardson - Class Teacher              Mrs Juett - HLTA                      Miss Clark- 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 Monday and Thursday.

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

Summer 2

Thursday 20th June

Year 1, 2 Sports Day

This will be from 1pm to 3pm 

Monday 24th June


School will be closed on this day. Children will return on Tuesday 25th June

Tuesday 2nd July

Transition Day

This will be for the whole school to meet their new teachers

Friday 5th July

Summer Fair

Running between 3.30pm to 5.30pm


Friday 19th July

Break up

Break up for the summer.

Children will return on Tuesday 3rd September 2024


This half term we will be learning...


This half term we will be reading the book "Omar The Bees and Me". "Omar the Bees and Me" by Helen Mortimer is a charming children's book about a boy named Omar who discovers a special bond with bees in his backyard.  Through his interactions with the bees, Omar learns about their crucial role in the environment and develops empathy towards them. With the help of his bee friends, he gains a deeper appreciation for nature and the need to protect it. The book's engaging illustrations and themes of empathy and environmental stewardship entertain and educate young readers. Overall, "Omar the Bees and Me" is a heartwarming tale that inspires both children and adults to cherish and protect the natural world.

 We will also be reading The Queen's Handbag by Steve Antony. What does the Queen do when a sneaky swan snatches her handbag? Gives chase, of course. By car, motorbike, plane and more! Hold on to your hats (and handbags) for a whirlwind trip around the British Isles.
Year 1 will then write their own versions of a chase story. We are looking forward to seeing where the children's imaginations take them!


 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 be spending some time looking at place value up to 100, recognising tens and ones and comparing two digit numbers using mathematical vocabulary 'greater than' and 'less than'. Following this we will be focusing the rest of the term on using money and telling the time. 



 In our science learning this half term, we will be exploring animals including humans.

Children will think scientifically and begin to demonstrate their findings using tables and diagrams. Children will be able to name different animal classes and particular features of each animal. Through research and investigation children will be able to name common animals that are carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. Children will be encouraged to ask their own questions and find out answers based on research and observation. 


In Geography Year 1 will be going on an expedition: exploring the UK and the surrounding seas. They will be able to name the countries which make up the UK and identify these on a map. Children will then name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas. 



 Linked to our science topic, in Art/DT children will be focusing on birds. Children will be taught to look carefully at photos and films of birds, take in the details and overall shapes, and then made drawings of the features they have noticed. Children will be challenged to experiment with a variety of drawing materials and test ways to make marks.

In some cross-curricular learning children will be creating their own animal puppets to represent some of the animals they have learned about in science.



 For our RE studies we follow the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus. 



 In Year 1, we believe that it is 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 this half term explores 'Changing Me', understanding some of the ways that our bodies change as we change and grow older.  


 As musicians, we follow the Charanga music scheme. This half term we are learning how to find  the rhythm and identify the pitch whilst exploring lots of different songs. We will do lots of singing and playing along to the music.

We will also listen to our whole school 'Focused Artist' each week. Here we will experience a broad genre of music whilst deciding if we like or dislike what we have been listening to.





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.


Author Focus





Helen Mortimer

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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