A very warm welcome to Year 1!

We are really looking forward to the new school year, starting on Monday, September 5th. We have worked really hard in school to create an inviting, creative and fun environment for your children to have the best learning experience in Year 1.

Our Year 1 Classes are:

Year 1 Introductory Meeting

This blog post contains the important information for starting this year. There will be an opportunity if you have any further questions at a meeting on the Year 1 class patios on Thursday 15th September at 3:00-3:20pm.  

Start and Ends of the Day

In a morning, our doors from our patios will be opened at 8:50 am with registers completed by 9:00am. We finish school at 3:30pm.The children will need to be dropped off and collected from their classroom patio door. This is paramount in managing risk and we ask that you still keep distance and keep your children close to you as you wait on the patios. Remind them that this is not a time for playing, especially when there is equipment which may have been set up for the day’s learning. Please let your class teachers know if you have different pick up people throughout the week and if your child will be attending any clubs or after school club on certain days. If the person picking up changes during a school day then please call the office as we are unable pick up our class emails during the school day.


The designated days for PE for each class are as follows:

Bluebell Class – Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Cherry Class – Wednesdays and Thursdays

Each class will have 2 sessions of PE each week. Your child’s PE kit should remain in school in a named drawstring bag on their peg. The PE uniform is a white t-shirt and black shorts. They will also need a change of appropriate footwear, trainers or pumps. All of these also need to be named. We ask that you take some time to support your child with changing out of their school uniform at home to practice their independent changing for school. Make sure fastenings etc. are easy for them to undo, especially on their PE day.


The children will have the same choices as in their Reception year.
The children can have:

  • A Packed lunch brought from home in a named box.
  • A cold lunch option of ham, tuna or cheese wraps with fruit and biscuit/cake/flapjack (provided by school).
  • A hot meal (provided by school). We will post the menu choices on the website and via email once when they have been released by Chartwells.

Please can you help your child by making sure they know what they are doing for lunch each day.

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What to bring

Please try to keep your child’s bag small as there is not a lot of space for big rucksacks. They will need their Named PE kit bag that will stay in school and a named Book Bag to be brought in each day to go into their drawers.

Please make sure all items of uniform are named as jumpers and cardigans are taken on and off constantly during the school day! Please also ensure that your child has a waterproof coat in school, daily and whilst the weather is still good, a sunhat for outdoor play. These too need to be named.

Henleaze Infant Red PE Bag

Children are also asked to bring in a named water bottle and piece of fruit each day.
Milk may be ordered. Please get details from the school office on how to order milk.

Our First Term’s Theme and Learning 

Our over arching theme this term is ‘Beegu and ME!’ We will share more with you about the this over these early weeks on this blog page. Each week you will also find information here about the week’s learning. We shall also post on here other relevant information of up and coming events on the noticeboard section  and Star of the Week etc.

More information about our teaching and learning for the year and expectations for the curriculum and assessments (including the Year 1 Statutory Phonics Screening)  can all be found on our website. We will also be running an evening where more of this information will be shared and explained early in Term 2 . More information will follow on the exact date, time and  format and running of this evening will be given nearer the time.


Your child will bring home 2 reading books each week and 1 book for sharing from our class and school libraries during the first few days. A new log book will also be provided for you to record home reading with your child. The log book will  include some information about how to fill in the book and guidance. We will also be sending home new bookmarks as we start a new year of our ‘Reading for the Stars’ Reading challenge. Please allow us sometime to settle your children in and we will look to move any children to new book boxes when appropriate. 

Later we will also send home a ‘Sounds and Keywords’ book for your child to write down   the sounds and keywords that will also be  written on the blog weekly. This book will provide a place to record each week’s sounds and keywords and the focus is first to read these and then to spell them. More information will follow as we start this in their third week.   

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Year 1 WOW day

We will be having a WOW day in Year 1 to help kickstart our new year and themes for learning. We will invite the children to dress in clothes showing what they might want to be when they are older or just clothes that they feel special or comfortable in. We will be looking at ourselves and what makes us special.

Our WOW day will be on:

Monday 12th September


The first couple of weeks will be all about helping your children to settle in and learn the new routines of Year 1.

On our first blog post in September you will find our more usual weekly format of our blog, including a summary of the learning week by week for each subject.

Thank you. We are very much looking forward to working with yourselves and your children during this year.

Year 1 Team

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