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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!

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 Bourke - 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 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 Monday your child will receive a set of spellings and a maths worksheet to complement the learning in school. Homework is optional.

 Click to view the homework map for Autumn 2


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 -  INSET Day 

Tuesday 1st November 2022 - Pupils return to school

w/b Monday 14th November - Parents' evening week: date to be confirmed

Monday 14th November - Anti-bullying Week: wear odd socks to school day

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 reading Clean up! By Nathan Byron.

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 practicing our understanding and developing our knowledge of addition and subtraction, before moving onto shape. 

We will be:

  • solving addition and subtraction problems
  • learn fact families
  • recognise and naming 2D and 3D shapes
  • sorting 2D and 3D shapes
  • creating patterns with 2D and 3D shapes 



As Scientists, our topic this half term is materials. We will distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.  Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.

History / Geography

Our topic in history is Our Local Area.  We will use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop.

We will identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.

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



As Artists, we will learn how to use a sketchbook - a must for all artists to record their ideas, inspiration and a place to practise and refine their skills. We will be exploring colour mixing, printing with paint and experimenting with media. 

We will explore and analyse the work of Kandinsky and Mrs Gec's favourite; Louis Wain.

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



We follow the Kirklees Agreed Syllabus in R.E.

This half term our R.E. unit of learning is 'How do we celebrate special events?'

This unit allows the pupils to 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 will help develop pupils’ understanding of celebrations, including religious festivals. It includes a study of Harvest festival, Eid ul Fitr and Sukkot. Pupils are enabled to respond and reflect by creating their own class celebration.



Our topic this half term is 'Celebrating Differences.'



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 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         


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