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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), Mrs Hunt and Mr Bennett (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 is on a Tuesday and Thursday, we do a mixture of sports, gymnastics and yoga.  

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 Lexia Core 5 log in which is an interactive reading programme, they also have password access to 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.  

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.

Autumn First half 2021 - Me and My Wonderful World

Please look at our exciting topic map to find out what we will be doing at the start of year 1!


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 term (assuming no school closures due to Covid)- Week commencing Monday 6 June 2022. We 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.


Harvest Festival

Year 1 visited Lady St Mary church today for a very special harvest festival collective worship. May children had not been to the church before so it was really interesting to have a look around and for Rev Hilary Bond to talk about the important features. We reflected and talked about what harvest means to us and role played the story of the good Samaritan and the story of the 10 lepers. We sang a song and created a pray of thanks together.

RE: Journey Day - Courageous Advocacy

We have been talking and brainstorming what courageous advocacy means to us. We thought it was important to raise issues of injustice on behalf of the animals in the world as they have no voice. 

Jessica said " We need to pick up rubbish and tell other people to do it to keep our plant tidy for the animals."

As a class we wanted to do something to make a difference so we collected rubbish over two days and created posters which were laminated and displayed in the community.

Autumn Second half 2021 - Heroes and Villains

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

We love PE! This half term we are developing our ball skills.

Literacy - Instruction 

This week we are learning about instructions - reading, following and writing our own. We read instruction on how to make a jam sandwich and followed them to make and eat our own. We then wrote our own instructions to help an alien to wash his hands!

For home learning support about instructions please have a look at BBCbitesize - reading and writing instruction.


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 11.11.21

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.

The Christmas Story at St Mary Church

Children in Need -November 2021

This year to support Children in Need Butterflies class brought money in to be able to come to school in non-uniform to help raise money. In class we talked about what Children in Need means to us and how we can support this charity. We reflected and thought about children who are less fortunate than us, what charity means and how lucky we are.

Kayla said " we need to help children that don't have as much as us."

Bray said "its good to help other people."

Ashton said "some children do not have any food so we need to help them."

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. 

Nativity Story 2021

We have discussed that the stories of Jesus’ life come from the Gospels. We have been acting out the nativity story which we have performed and recorded for parents to see. Every child had a part to play and through this we have reflected and discussed examples of ways in which Christians use the story of the nativity to guide their beliefs and actions at Christmas. The children loved performing the Christmas nativity, reflecting on the importance that God gave us his son with the special birth of Jesus and parents really enjoyed watching!

Spring Term First Half 2022

January 2022

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your child had a great Christmas break and are ready for all that 2022 brings! We are looking forward to teaching our new topic ‘Let it Snow’.

During this term we will be very busy in Year 1 learning...



Number: We are learning how to count, read, partition and write numbers to 50 in numerals and count in different steps including 2s, 5s and 10s. Recalling number bonds.

Calculating: We are going to learn to solve simple maths problems that involve adding and subtracting.



We will be developing our literacy skills within our topic theme using books such as “The Snow Queen” and non-fiction Polar texts to inspire our creative writing. We will be learning to create our own non-fiction information report full of interesting Polar animal facts.

Poetry: We are listening to, reciting, performing and writing our own winter poems using interesting verbs and adjectives to describe.

Non-fiction: We are investigating facts about Polar animals through non-fiction books and the internet. We are taking notes and writing fact sheets.

Stories: We are reading and re-enacting ‘The Snow Queen’ with drama and props. We will be making our own story maps and sequencing pictures before retelling the story – starting our sentences with great openers, and using connectives. We are going to be writing speech bubbles for our characters.



We will continue to hear your child read during guided reading. We will be enjoying a range of texts and will be learning and applying the skills of reading. Your child’s reading books will be changed 2x weekly. Please ensure that you record the books they have read so we know which books need changing. Homework folders need to be in on Mondays and Thursdays please.


TOPIC: Our new topic in January is called ‘Let it Snow!’



We are learning about the UK – identifying different manmade and natural areas. Labelling different parts of the UK and their capital cities. Identifying where the Polar Regions are using maps, globes and atlases. We will learn about the famous explorer Captain Scott who went to Antarctica on an expedition. We are using BBC Frozen Planet and wildlife video clips to find out more about life in the Poles for animals and for indigenous peoples e.g. Inuit.



We are learning about different materials and their properties.

Insulation experiment: We are investigating different materials as insulators: what slows ice melting? What keeps soup warm? What makes the best gloves?



We are exploring painting skills and will experiment with watercolours and poster paint to mix colours to make different light and dark shades. We are going to look at the works of the artist Pieter Breugel. Using the picture book ‘A Bird in Winter’ inspired by the artist Breugel to help us create our own winter scene pictures using paint and charcoal.


PE – will be on a Thursday and Friday this term. Please can children come to school in their PE kits on those days and also if they have an after school sports club.




Reading Den Igloo 

Children choose an Arctic animal to read a fiction or non-fiction text to and get comfy in the reading den igloo.

Igloo challenge- can the children a make an igloo using Lego brick or sugar cubes!

RE: Journey Day 17.1.22– Courageous Advocacy


In Butterflies class we thought about what courageous advocacy means to us. We reflected on our Christian value courage and how we can show this.


What is Courageous Advocacy?

It is speaking out against an issue of injustice, often on behalf of those whose voice is not heard. It is being informed about an issue but also that moves beyond just the knowing to saying to doing. This is knowing about something that is not fair and to stand up to say something, for it to become better.


Courageous Advocate: Sir David Attenborough

We first discussed who is he and to support our learning we watched a few video clips about his life and the work he has done. We learnt that from a young age he has stood up for the protection of the world and its inhabitants.


We discussed his passion to fight climate change and how we can support him. We agreed that his work to try to reverse the effects of climate change is very important. We reflected on what David Attenborough would say and what he might say for the animals. We finished our day by sharing how we are courageous advocates and wrote down our thoughts.


Love Your Neighbour As Yourself’ Mark 12: 29-31


Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless Proverbs 31:8

Music - Musical vocabulary (Under the sea) 

We have been journeying into the unknown and exploring under the sea through music, movement, chanting and the playing of tuned percussion instruments. Have a look at our music knowledge organiser. 


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!