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Brambles Primary Academy

Year 1 Ivy 

Did you know...

Ivy is an evergreen plant so leaves can be seen at any time of the year. It flowers in September to November and its fruits ripen in November to January.

Ivy is particularly important to many insects before they go into hibernation. Some of the main insect species which forage on the nectar and pollen of ivy are bees, hoverflies and common wasps.

Many rare insects are attracted to ivy flowers, including the golden hoverfly.

Welcome to Year 1 Ivy

 Welcome to Year 1!

We are so excited to have you here!

We have three school rules:

Be Ready

Be Respectful

Be Safe



Miss Donnelly - Class Teacher                                                          Ms Marshall - Class Teacher

  (Mondays and Tuesdays)                                                   (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)



  Mrs Juett - HLTA

                    (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons)                 

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 books and reading record
  • A water bottle with their name on
  • Suitable clothing for the weather
  • A packed lunch (if required)

Pupils are to be collected from school at 3:15pm


PE Days


In 1 Ivy, 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

Your child will receive new reading books every Friday. They will receive three books - a 'Little Wandle' practise reading book, a shared reader and a library book. The second two books are for your child to read with pleasure alongside an adult, and the 'Little Wandle' book is closely linked to their phonics learning and reading ability. Your child should try to read this book as independently as possible.


Little Wandle books will be collected every Monday and the shared reader and library book will be collected every 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 on a Friday.

Please note that homework is optional.

Key Dates

Summer 1


Eureka! - Friday 19th April  


This half term we will be learning...


This half term we will be persuading you to come and visit our Winter theme parks! Children will learn all about writing techniques used to persuade an audience to come and visit their spectacular new theme park. 


This half term, we will also be looking at 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.



 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 multiplication and division. We will expand on our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s, as well as making arrays and equal groups. We will also delve into fractions, where we will be finding halves and quarters of various shapes and quantities.  



 In our science learning this half term, we will be exploring plants.

Children will embark on an exciting journey of discovery as they learn about the wonders of the plant kingdom. From understanding the fundamental concept of what defines a plant to identifying various types of plants, our students will engage in hands-on activities and immersive learning experiences that foster curiosity and understanding. They will have the opportunity to plant their own seeds, nurturing them as they witness the process of growth.  Additionally, our curriculum emphasises understanding the parts of a plant and the essential elements they need to thrive, instilling a sense of responsibility and care for the natural world. Through this immersive exploration, we aim to inspire a lifelong love for nature and cultivate a deeper understanding of all living things.

Through hands on observations and discussions, children will develop critical thinking skills and use their new knowledge to suggest answers to intriguing questions about materials.


History / Geography

As Historians, we are excited to learn about the seaside in the past. Through captivating lessons, we will transport ourselves back to the 1950s, immersing ourselves in the sights and sounds of vintage beachside escapes. Our young historians will develop a keen understanding of the seaside landscape of the past and its evolution over time. They will channel their creativity by designing and crafting postcards reminiscent of those sent in the 1950s. Moreover, we will explore the stories within old photographs, uncovering the secrets of holiday experiences of generations past. As a finale, we'll juxtapose past and present holidays, fostering a deeper appreciation for the traditions and transformations of leisure time. Join us as we embark on an exhilarating voyage through time and tide!




 This half term, children will be exploring Flora and Fauna. They will create intriguing and intricate observational drawings of both minibeasts and plants, using a variety of materials such as watercolour, charcoal and pencil. This will culminate in children creating a collaged minibeast final piece of work in the style of Eric Carle.




 For our RE studies we follow the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus. This half term we are focusing on 'How Do We Celebrate Special Events?'. This topic will help children consider the concept of celebration. It links a number of ideas together: the ways in which we celebrate special events and how religions mark festival days. It includes a study of harvest festival, Eid ul Fitr and Sukkot. Pupils are enables to responsd and reflect by creating their own class celebration.



 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 'Healthy Me'. Children will explore how to make healthy choices to maintain a healthy lifestyle, how to keep themselves clean and learn about road safety.



 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.




Author Focus


Helen Mortimer

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