For Your Information
The summer holidays will finally be here at 215pm on Tuesday 23rd July and hopefully the sun will make an extended appearance too!
There are lots of things available to families throughout the summer and we have displayed this information on the noticeboards in the alleyway between the main gates to both sites. We have listed activities to do, cheap or free places for children to eat and information about courses happening for families supporting children with additional needs. Don't forget to take a photo when you are collecting your child at the end of the day!
We are aware that the holidays are not always easy as normal routine and everyday life is suddenly changed (and that's for children too, not just us adults!). If you are finding it challenging, then please visit our website page which lists the support agencies available: Signposts to support home adults
We hope you all have an enjoyable break and can't wait to see you back on Wednesday 4th September for another exciting year ahead!
School Blog Year 1

School Blog

Year 1

The blog for Cherry, Chestnut & Cedar
Mr Barnett, Ms Antrobus and Mrs Wrangles


By Chestnut Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 12 January 2024

We had a great computing lesson today. We used our brand new laptops and were experimenting with the Paint app. Chestnut Class did a great job of logging in first and finding the app on the desktop. We worked out what the different icons did and created a picture on Paint. We all loved computing and are looking forward to our lesson next week!

Shared Reading

By Chestnut Class, in Year 1 - Monday, 18 December 2023

Chestnut class were so lucky to have Poplar class come for shared reading. This time, Chestnut class read to the Year 5 children. They a tried really hard with the reading and phonics! It was great having them and Chestnut class were sad to see them go back to their own class.


By Chestnut Class, in Year 1 - Tuesday, 21 November 2023

This week we have been remembering our learning from Anti-Bullying week. We recapped what makes a bully and talked about what we could do if we are or see anyone being bullied. We said if it was us that was being bullied, we could tell a trusted adult or talk to a friend. If we saw someone else being bullied, we could talk to them afterwards and go with them to tell a trusted adult. We then talked about all the amazing ways Chestnut class know how to be kind and care for others.

Children In Need

By Chestnut Class, in Year 1 - Monday, 20 November 2023

We have loved coming in dressed up for Children In Need. Lots of us are wearing our Pudsey outfits and ears. We started the day with some Children In Need maths where we had to add the objects together. We learnt about Children In Need and that Pudsey bear was introduced in 1985. He is called Pudsey because that is where the designer came from. We looked at the map to see how far away it was and discovered it would take us 3 days to walk there! 

Black History Month

By Chestnut Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 13 October 2023

We have been learning about Esther Mahlangu. She was an artist from South Africa. We were surprised to find out that she only learnt to paint when she was 10 years old! She was part of the Ndebele tribe and we loved looking at the bright traditional clothes that she wore. Her paintings are based on tradiaitonal wall paintings from the tribe and she travelled over the world sharing her art, including on a British Airways plane. We had a go at painting a pattern in bright, bold colours like Esther did, it was great fun!

Safari Stu

By Chestnut Class, in Year 1 - Tuesday, 26 September 2023

We had a lovely day today because Safari Stu came to school. He brought lots of amazing animals such as a lesser tenrec, hissing cockroaches and two pythons. Our favourite animal was the lesser tenrec. His name was Bob and he looks like a hedgehog. We found out that lesser tenrecs come from Madagascar and they live in the trees. We also loved the chameleon and the bright colours. Safari Stu told us that chameleons change colour depending on how hot they are and what they are feeling. We were all very proud as we all held or stroked the animals Sarafi Stu brought to show us, some of us even discovered a new favourite animal!

Home Learning - Friday 22nd September 2023

By Year 1 Team, in Year 1 - Friday, 22 September 2023

The children in Year 1 have had another fantastic week of learning. It is wonderful to see them becoming more resilient each day. Please find attached the home learning which includes some fun phonics sounds to practise, mental maths to help reflect on this weeks learning and an interesting project for your child to complete as the half term goes on. 

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing all of the happy faces again on Monday!

The Year 1 Team

Super First Week Back!

By Chestnut Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 8 September 2023

We have had a super start to Year 1. We have particularly enjoyed learning about our topic of Amazing Animals. We started by thinking of everything we already know about animals. We could name places animals lived, what they could do as well as a large variety of animals.

In maths, we managed to use animals to help us with our learning of ordinal numbers by lining animals up and talking about which position they were in the line.

In English, we have been looking at a book called ‘Plenty of love to go round’ by Emma Chichester Clark and we have enjoyed predicting what will happen with the characters Binky and Plum.

We are really looking forward to learning more about animals next week!

Year 1 Reading Expectations

By Year 1 Team, in Year 1 - Tuesday, 5 September 2023

Become a Reading Role Model

Whether you enjoy relaxing with a magazine or planning your next ‘Great British Bake Off’ dessert with your favorite recipe book, show your child that READING IS EVERYWHERE!

Reading aloud to your children shows them that reading is a pleasure, not a chore.  Older children can read to younger children too!

Make reading part of your bedtime routine. Making time to read alongside one another helps develop children’s reading stamina, interest and their vocabulary as you learn new words together.

Children will pick up on the new and exciting vocabulary they have heard in these stories and transfer this to their writing!


Chat, Play and Learn!

Promote a love of language by fully engaging in conversation with your child.

Modelling language as you play alongside your child is a great way to develop vocabulary and understanding.


Reading Expectations

From Nursery. Children embark on their phonics journey starting with Foundations for Phonics. In Reception, children will begin phase 2 phonics, where they will participate in a daily phonics lesson.

Children will also take part in 3x reading practice sessions at school. On the day of their third session, children will be assigned the e-book that they have been practising earlier in the week, at school.

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. We ask that you practise the decodable (phonics) e-book with your child, a 2-3 times every week. This will be the same book that your child has been practising, with an adult at school.

To ensure children are keeping up, not catching up, we will planning additional opportunities for children to work with an adult to practise phonics and reading skills.

 Reading Expectations at home:

Þ Read a decodable phonics booked 2-3 times weekly with your child. You can log into the e-library or listen to your child read the paper-based phonics book.

Þ Read a range of genres to your child at home, as part of your daily routine. Record this in your child’s reading record.

Þ Share the Little Wandle home learning sheet with your child, to recap the sounds that we have been practising in school.

Þ Sign your child’s reading record when you have shared a story or listened to their reading.

A special visit to Reception

By Cherry Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 7 July 2023

We have been working hard on our changes topic and were excited to have some caterpillars move into our classroom! We watched them transform into chrysalises and then butterflies!  We have been writing all about caterpillars and butterflies and doing our best to improve our handwriting.  We decided to write about what we found out about butterflies and show Reception our wonderful writing.  We loved visiting Reception and they were very impressed!