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Butterflies - Year 1 Class

Hello and welcome to Year 1

We will do all we can to make the transition from Ladybirds to Butterflies as smooth as possible. We look forward to learning together in the year ahead. 


What’s it like in Year 1 

As the children move into Year 1, they will continue to learn in a practical and exciting ‘hands-on’ way. During the year, we will be encouraging a more independent approach to their learning, and gradually shifting the balance of ‘learning through play’ towards more ‘taught sessions’, as the children get more mature. 



Let us introduce ourselves; the Year 1 team are Mrs Muir (class teacher) and Mrs Hunt (teaching assistants). All staff are experienced in supporting Year 1 learning.  



We have different topics each half term to keep the children motivated and inspired to learn. Topic plans go home to show what we will be learning about and to encourage parents to be involved in their child’s learning. Homework is set linked to the learning objectives from that week in class. 



We have a fruit snack every day and we do encourage children to try all the different fruits we receive. Children need to have a named water bottle which they can access all day. Milk is also available.  



PE days can vary each half term and we do a mixture of sports, dance, gymnastics and yoga

Autumn First half PE is on a Tuesday and Wednesday.  


Kipper’s Diary 

Kipper is our class mascot. The children in year 1 take it in turns to take him home on Fridays. They look after him over the weekend and return him to school. On Friday afternoons they have time to share their diary entry and tell the class about their special time with Kipper.  


Home Learning 

Each child has a Homework Folder, and any homework activities they have for the week will go in it along with interactive learning tasks that will be messaged out via Marvellous Me. Reading books are changed every Monday and Thursday and we expect children to read at least 5 times a week. This will mainly be literacy, numeracy or topic based learning, in addition to daily reading. All children have a password to access IXL which covers both maths and literacy skills. Children in Key Stage 1 are expected to do one hour a week of homework, and we try to make this as fun as possible.  


Please come and see myself (Mrs Muir) or Mrs Hunt if you have any questions or need to discuss anything.

British Values

We have talked about rules and why we need them. Together we created our own Butterflies class charter and discussed how rules are there for everyone. The children wrote the rules out for us to follow and drew pictures to represent them which went on a display to help remind us of the right choices.

We also all agreed;

  • We all have the right to learn and to grow in confidence.
  • We respect the culture and beliefs of others.
  • We understand the consequences of our actions.
  • We treat everybody equally.
  • We listen to and respect other people’s opinions and values.


In Year 1 phonics is very important. We practice our phonemes everyday in a very structured fast paced session. We assess our children so that they are in a 'stage not age' group so that their learning is appropriate to them. Phonics games are also sent home weekly to help support learning. We encourage children to use their sound mats in class to support sounding out and spelling. These are also sent home for children to practice with their parents.

Please have a look at an example of a phonics powerpoint used in a session.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Information for Parents


What is the Phonics Screening Check?

Children complete a word-reading check towards the end of Year 1 so that parents can be confident their children are being taught to read successfully. Children read 40 words. It takes between 15-20 minutes but children can read in their own time and not rushed. If they do not manage to read 32 of the words, they are given extra support in year 2, and repeat the check at the end of Year 2. The 'pass' mark of 32 is subject to change by the government and schools will be notified some time in June of this figure. Year 1 will take the Phonics Screening check during the summer termWe politely request that parents ensure children in Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have to retake the Check are in school during the administration of the phonics Screening Check.


How can you support your child out of school?

Support your child by sharing their home reading books at home and playing any phonics games that have been sent home. Please go through their sound mat and tricky words which are attached to their reading diary. An excellent website for phonic games is: All phonics phases are covered on this website.

Read as much as possible to and with your child. When children become more capable readers they develop the skill of word recognition. However, it is important that children continue to practise good sounding out and blending.

Here is some information regarding the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check for you to read.


Autumn Second half 2022 - Heroes and Villains

Please have a look at our new learning for this half term.


We are learning about significant individuals from the past who have changed our world.

Last week we learned all about Guy Fawkes and discussed our opinions about whether we thought he was a hero or a villain for doing what he did.

Next we are researching about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. Two very brave women who changed the world of nursing and forged the way for better conditions in hospitals. 


For more information look at BBCbitesize:

  • (Guy Fawkes)
  • (Mary Seacole)
  • (Florence Nightingale)

Science - The Seasons

This half term in science we are learning about the seasons. What they are and how the weather, plants and what we wear changes to in each season. We are also talking about day length and how that varies in each season. We have investigated different ways to measure the weather and as a class decided to measure in cm the rainfall over a week. To do this every child made their own rain gauge to record data and make conclusions.


For more information to support home learning see Oak National Academy: 

Marvellous Maths

In Year 1 we combine practical exploration of maths knowledge with recording in our books. We use extension questions to develop reasoning and problem solving skills. We take photos to document their practical activities. 

For home learning support please have a look at the Year 1 White Rose website. There are supporting videos, activities and lots more!


Praise Points

The children were really proud to put their praise points from class into the whole school house tubes. Lots of good work, fulfilling our Christian values and super home learning being achieved.. .. well done Butterflies!

Remembrance Day 

Today at school we all wore poppies to remember those who have given their lives in battle. We reflected on the importance of wearing a poppy and talked about how they were the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended. We all respected the silence at 11am and said a prayer together, reflecting on their sacrifice and how it impacts us today.


For literacy this half term we are exploring a variety of traditional tales. We have looked and read lots of different traditional tales, discussing their settings, analysing their features and talking about the characters. We have retold the stories through drama, story mapping, character descriptions and written our own Jack and Beanstalk story. 

For home learning support please have a look at BBCbitesize -Fairy stories and traditional tales, which has lots of different stories to watch and interactive activities to do.

Design Technology 

Brief: To design a traditional tale puppet to be used to retell a story by a child.

Year 1, have been busy following a brief to design and make traditional tale puppet they could use to retell a story. We selected a character, did a design plan and thought about what resources we would need to make our own puppet. We sewed on buttons, ribbon, beads and cut up different textured fabrics to make clothes. 


We have been learning how to use a watercolour palette and today focused on blue shades -making a shade lighter by adding white.

We looked at a colour chart and talked about how many different shades there are. We thought about how blue made us feel and described it as a cold colour (revising blue being a primary colour.)

We have been looking at different artist works and how blue is used to portray cold wintry scenes in some of the paintings we have looked at. We created different shades (of blue) by adding black and white paint and then referred back to the colour chart to find the shade of blue we had created!