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Welcome to Year 1!


In Year 1 the team is Miss Hunt, Mrs Wallace, Mrs Skelton, Miss Dillion, Mrs Tovey and Mrs Walsh.


We would like to welcome Mrs Skelton to the team this

term as she is covering Mrs Day's maternity leave.

We are also lucky to have Miss Dillon working in Year 1 at the moment too. She is training to be a teacher and is already a valuable member of the team and enjoying the experiences of Year 1.



Our Topic for Term 5 is

North, South, East, West - Where are we?


This topic is designed to help the children learn more about the different countries that make up the United Kingdom. We have transferred many of our ideas, as best we can, across to the Term 5 Home Learning grid and you will see that there is lots of geography, research, art and music. It really is a varied topic and this is why we really love teaching it! We hope that the ideas on the Home Learning sheet give a good flavour of what we would be doing if we were in school and hope that you find them fun and accessible for you to do at home.


End of topic celebration: At the end of this topic we planned to celebrate what we had learnt all about the UK by baking short bread and scones as well as learning some moves and dances that Morris dancers (a traditional English dance troupe) do when performing a show. We were going to show these dances and offer yummy shortbread and scones to visitors who came to see us at the End of Topic Celebration. One of the suggested tasks on your Term 5 Home Learning grid is to find a traditional recipe from a country in the UK and cook/bake it. Perhaps your chosen recipe could be shortbread and maybe you could find out some Morris dancing moves and create your own dance. Or you might like to look up Irish or Scottish dances/dancing and WOW us with them! You could take part in our celebration of learning by uploading pictures of your baking and dancing to Tapestry.


Please do remember that what we have sent are suggestions for your home activities and are there to give ideas to you and your mummies and daddies if you need them.  We just want to see all of the interesting and varied things that you are getting up to at this very different time.


For more information about our topic please see your emails and the Home Learning 2020 page of the website from Friday 17th April. On there you will also find our Knowledge Organisor which gives a clear view of what we usually like to achive by the end of the topic with regards to knowledge.


We really hope that you enjoy dipping in and out of the variety of activities which we have sent home and we look forward to seeing some of them on the online learning platform of Tapestry.



PE days

Our PE days this term are Tuesday and Friday. Please wear your PE uniform on these days.

Our curriculum theme for Term 4 is

Marvellous Materials and Recycling Rangers.

During this topic we will be investigating and understanding a wide variety of materials, their properties and why they are important to us and the world that we live in. We will also be thinking about how we can look after out world by recycling, reusing and reducing the materials that we use in our every day life.


Please see below for information about what we will be learning this term within our topic and some suggestions of creative activities that you could carry out at home with your child. We love to share these in 'Show and Tell' time. 



Term 4 Information for the topic 'Marvellous Materials'


We hope you are enjoying using Numbots at home! Below we have listed just a few tips to help.


* Access Numbots through Google Chrome only.

* Choose Birdwell School Academy, Bristol when setting up as there is another Birdwell school registered with Numbots too.

* Please note that this programme starts easy for all children but moves with the child to suit their ability. The more challenges you complete correctly, the more challenging it becomes! 

Our Topic for term 2 is

Celebrations and Festivals. 

During the course of the term, we will be learning about lots of different celebrations and festivals from all over the world.

We had a fantastic WOW day, introducing our new topic by discussing when and why we send cards for some celebrations. We even visited The Post Office in Long Ashton to see how it all works! 

Please see below for our Knowledge Organiser, Topic Web and Home School Links.


Term 2 Information for the topic 'Festivals and Celebrations'

Recommended Reads

We have been lucky enough to be given some high quality and brand new story books. We would like to give every child in Year 1 the opportunity to take a number of books, over the course of the year, home to share with an adult.

It is important to note that these are not to replace the children's reading books but are texts to simply kick back, relax and enjoy with you!

Every week a group of six children from each class will be able to choose a book from our year library. We ask that the books are kept for one week only and are returned by the next Monday.

Please encourage your child to look after our shiny new books so that they can be enjoyed by the whole year group.

We hope that you enjoy reading these!

Show and Tell


We have once weekly 'Show and Tell' sessions. In Year 1, we do not do show and tell toys as we like to encourage children to bring in objects and work related and connected to our topic theme. They can also bring in and share something that they have completed/achieved out of school that they are proud of.


Ash Show and Tell = Wednesday

Silver Birch = Thursday

Transition from Reception to Year 1


When in Reception, Tapestry is used to record observations that then help assess your children against the EYFS curriculum. Tapestry also allowed fantastic regular opportunities for individual and visual feedback between school and home.


In Year 1 the children follow the National Curriculum and assessment is carried out in a different way. However, we still take lots of photos of the children's learning!


From Year 1 onwards the children still enjoy a thematic curriculum where learning experiences are linked across subjects. We share the children's learning at the end of each short term in the form of a 'Celebration of Learning' and 'Photo story'.


For the first few weeks, as part of our transition, we will post a short update about some of the activities that we have been doing. We hope that this will encourage a dialogue between you and your child about their time in school that week.




Book Change


Books will be changed every Tuesday and Friday.


If your child finishes their reading book before the allocated book change day, then please feel free to widen their reading experience by reading books from home or the library. 



If you would like your child to have milk at school, please order it from the school office as it is not provided, without payment, after Reception.


Our Topic this term is Dinosaur Detectives.

We have not told the children this yet as we are planning a surprise Wow day next Monday (9th September) so please keep our new topic as a surprise! Thank you!

Below are links to our Knowledge Organiser (facts and vocabulary that we hope all children will be familiar with by the end of the topic), 

our Topic Web (information about what we will be covering this term) and our Home School Links (ideas for you to do with you children at home). We hope you enjoy this topic as much as we do!