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Brambles Primary Academy

Year 1 GN

Welcome to Year 1 GN

 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 Gec - Key Stage 1 Lead

   Mrs Juett - HLTA                               Mr Foster - 1:1 support

  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 Tuesday 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.

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 Monday 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

Autumn term 1

Wednesday 7th September 2022 - Pupils return to school

Monday 19th September 2022 - Bank holiday (Queen's funeral)

Week commencing 3rd October - Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - Bikeability 

Friday 21st October 2022 - Last day of Autumn term 1

Saturday 22nd - Sunday 30th October 2022 - Half term holiday

Autumn term 2

Monday 31st October 2022 - Pupils return to school

Tuesday 1st November 2022 - Parents' Evening

Wednesday 2nd November 2022 - Parents' Evening

Friday 16th December 2022 - Last day of Autumn term 2

Saturday 17th December 2022 - Sunday 1st January 2023 - Christmas holidays

Monday 2nd January 2023 - Bank holiday 


This half term we will be learning...


This half term we are studying a range of books and are focusing on writing using out basic skills. We are expanding our vocabulary by using adventurous adjectives in our writing. 



As Mathematicians this half term, we are practicing our place value knowledge. We are doing this using different objects from our maths area. When we are secure in our numbers to 20 we are moving on to addition and subtraction. 



As Scientists, we are studying animals including humans. We are focusing on domestic animals and what they eat. We will be sorting them into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. 



As Historians, we are investigating our family history. We will be learning about what life was like in the past compared to what life is like today. We will be looking at the changes in houses, toys, schools and objects. 

We will be alternating between History and Geography learning every half-term.



As Inventors, we will be designing and constructing our own windmills. We are following the brief of our friend the mouse who would like to move to a new windmill. 

We will be alternating between Art and DT learning every half-term.



We follow the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus in R.E.

This half term we are looking at the special stories and books in each religion.



Our topic this half term is 'Being Me in My World.' We will be thinking about how we all belong to our community in and out of school and how we can make good choices to help those around us. 



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 Tuesday and Thursday. One session is delivered by the class teacher and one is delivered by our specialist sports coach, Kate Mallin.

Author Focus

 For Autumn 1, the Authors that we will be focusing on are: David McKee and Julie Donaldson. 

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         


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