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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 Nelson - Class Teacher             

   Mrs Juett - HLTA                            

  Kate Mallin - Sports Coach                                      Miss Rice -1:1 support

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 Friday.

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.

Your child will receive a Little Wandle guided reading book, which they will have been reading as part of our guided reading sessions in school.

They will also receive a shared reader matched to their phonic reading level.

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 a phonics pack detailing which sounds we are covering each week. Every Friday your child will receive a set of spellings and a maths worksheet to complement the learning in school. 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

Spring term 1

Friday 10th February - Last day

Spring term 2

Monday 20th February - First day back

Friday 31st March - Last day



This half term we will be learning...


This half term we are reading Emma James Aeroplane!

We are using the plot points in the story to write perfect sentences all about the setting. We will be using adventurous adjectives and focusing on our basic skills!  



As Mathematicians this half term, we are continuing our learning about place value with numbers up to 20. 

We will be:

  • solving addition and subtraction problems up to 20.



As Scientists, our topic this half term is plants. We will be learning about the different parts of plants, naming a range of common plants and trees, looking at deciduous and evergreen trees and how they change throughout the seasons. 


Our topic in history is Great Inventions.  We will learning about what an inventor is and what an inventor does. We will be focusing on the inventors of the aeroplane and how it has affected our lives and looking at inventors in our local area.

We will also be looking at who invented the internet.



In DT this half term we will be making our own puppets! We will do this by exploring different joining techniques and using a template to create our own designs! We will also be decorating the puppet to make it our own!



We follow the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus in R.E.

This half term our R.E. unit of learning is 'What does it mean to belong to a church or mosque?'.



Our topic this half term is 'Dreams and Goals'.



As Musicians, we follow the Charanga music scheme and learn how to find the pulse of a song. We do lots of singing and play along to the music. 

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.


 As Athletes, we have 2 sessions of PE every week.  These are on a Monday and Friday. One session is delivered by the class teacher and one is delivered by our specialist sports coach, Kate Mallin.

Author Focus

For Spring term,  Year 1 will be focusing on these authors: David McKee, Julie Donaldson, Nathan Bryon and Jeanne Willis.

 Find out more about David McKee here!

 Find out more about Julia Donaldson here!

  Find out more about Nathan Byron here!

  Find out more about Jeanne Willis here!

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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