The Brilliant Butterflies - Year 1

Welcome to our class page!

Autumn 1

Stand up Derbyshire

We took part in Stand up Derbyshire day! Children did exercise between each spelling during the test. We also did an active math's session outside and during science we played a seasons weather game where children had to do moves to go with each season 

Slime making!

We have been busy following instructions to make our own slime as part of our English instructions unit. We will now text map and rehearse our instructions ready to write our own instructions for someone else to make some.  


 A few pictures from our outdoor adventure unit this half term. Children are using maps of the school to go on treasure hunts and trails. 

Newsletter & topic web

                                                                                                September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back to a new school year and to year 1, I hope you have all had a fantastic summer break! Our topic this term is ‘Barnaby Bear’s Highland Adventure!’ and as many lessons as possible will be linked to this topic. I have created a topic web so that you can see what this topic will be covering.


Science Targets

This half terms topic is ‘seasonal changes’ and these are the targets we will work to achieve.

  • I can observe and comment on changes in the seasons.
  • I can name the seasons and suggest the type of weather in each season.
  • I can explain what I have found out using scientific vocabulary.



If you want to help with your child’s writing at home we are focusing on using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops correctly this half term. We will then move onto using ‘and’ to join ideas and a huge focus will be on joined handwriting. Every child is also placed in a phonics group to suit their ability in order for them to progress at their level. They will be learning new sounds and spelling patterns each week, ask them to share these with you, but please feel free to ask if you need further support or advice.



Children will get 5 spellings a week; if they correctly spell all 5 then they will be rewarded with a team point. The spellings they receive will initially be the year 1 words and then will be linked to the phonics sound that they have been working on and they will be tested on a Friday. Any help you can give your children at home is greatly appreciated and makes a big difference in their writing. Occasionally children will receive bonus words linked to spelling patterns looked at in class and will be used towards their assessment.




Children will have the first few weeks to settle into their new surroundings before homework is given. Homework will be given out on a Friday and a photo is to be put in the correct portfolio file on Dojo by Wednesday. If this is a piece of homework that requires answers e.g. Maths then the answers will be posted after the deadline and children can either mark their own work or parents can sit with them to mark it. Your child may need support reading the task but as the year progresses they should become more confident at having ago by themselves. You are welcome to work with them and let them know if an answer is incorrect, supporting them to correct it.


Week 1

No homework

Week 2

No homework

Week 3

No homework

Week 4


Week 5

Maths booklet

Week 6


Week 7

Literacy – instructions




P.E will take place on a Monday and a Thursday. Children will need to come to school in their PE kit on these days. As it gets colder children may need gloves and a hat for outdoor PE.



Reading/ book bags

Book bags should be brought in on a Monday and left in school until Friday. Children will be sent 2 paper books home during the first week and will need to return 1 of those books in their book bag on the following Monday. They will then have one book at home during the week and a new one sent out each Friday. (The previous week’s book will then be returned on the Monday) I will also be setting online reading books.



Passport statements

The PSHE areas that we are working on from our passports are:

  • Always follow class rules
  • Always try my best.



A few further bits of information:

  • Just a reminder that children with pierced ears should have their earrings removed or taped up before school on PE days.
  • Please avoid booking to go away during June as this is usually when the phonics screening check that we have to do in year 1 takes place. I will speak to you more about this during the first parents evening.



If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to catch me before or after school.


Thank you,

Miss T Ward

Class Teacher