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Year 1 Bramblings



The Brambling can be found most commonly in the British Isles during the cold winter months, the rest of the year it explores other regions of the world. They travel in large groups (usually in the thousands!) and we will take this characteristic of this bid and use it in our classroom to ensure that there is a sense of teamwork to encourage all children to work together and support each other in their learning journey!



The theme for the Spring term is 'One World, One Heart' This will be a whole school focus and will give us plenty of opportunities to learn collaboratively across classes and key stages. We will begin our learning by asking the children what 'One World, One Heart' means to them. We will be talking about how we care for our families and our planet. In Science we will learn about materials, in particular plastic and how we will prevent plastic pollution in our ocean.


We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you as we progress through the term. 


For more information on our curriculum please look at our ''Spring Term Curriculum Plan' below. 

Welcome to Year 1

The class teacher for this year is Mrs Nicolette Dann and the Learning Support Assistant is Mrs Rebecca Varney.


P.E. days: Wednesday and Thursday.

Please ensure your child has the correct kit in school all week. We will ensure they are sent home at the end of every half term.


Home Learning: Handed out on Friday and collected in on Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning, if you wish.


Year 1 and 2 Teaching and Learning Lead: Alison Dowdeswell

Key Stage One Lead: Sarah  Jarrett

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher or alternatively please contact a Team Leader:







Whole school learning celebration Thursday 29th March 2018

Academic Year 2017-2018

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 Monday 8.1.18 Maths - Capacity Race!

Today we have been learning about capacity, we have used mathematical vocabulary to describe containers that were full, half full, empty. We had a capacity race  which was great fun and made predictions about which container would fill up the fastest. 

Can you remember what prediction means?

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Thursday 30.11.2017   Riverford Visit


Today we had a visit from Marie and Andy they showed us lots of different fruit and vegetables. It was lots of fun playing the guessing game! We chopped, grated and peeled the fruit and vegetables to make a rainbow on our plates then enjoyed eating them. We tried tomatoes, red cabbage, apples, pears, lettuce and cucumber it was a great experience learning about healthy eating. 

Can you remember what colour your tongue went when you ate the red cabbage?

Monday 13th November 'Senses Walk'


Bramblings went on a senses walk in our school environment. We heard drums, seagulls, a digger and children playing. We saw trees, leaves, grass, a digger and birds flying in the sky. We felt the grass, rough, bumpy bark, climbing frame and crunchy leaves. We smelt mud, grass, leaves and someone even smelt the pollen in the air!

What senses have you used today?

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Thursday 9th November 2017  Shape


We have been learning about 2D and 3D shape. We sorted 3D shapes in different ways and discussed the properties of each shape. How many vertices or corners? How many edges? How many faces?


Can you be a shape detective at home?

Wednesday 18th October 2017 - Dance

In Dance in Year 1, we have been experimenting with how our bodies can move to music. We have used different jumps and turns to produce creative movements. This week, we expressed different feelings through dance, including happy, angry and sad.

Team building     12.10.17

We had a great time using our outdoor learning environment to work with 'Reach Outdoors'. It was a brilliant experience for all of us, we did lots of team building activities allowing us to practise all our school values Teamwork, Leadership and listening carefully to instructions.

Maths  10.10.17

We looked at different ways to partition numbers using the part part whole model. It was fun using the top playground to partition ourselves. We then went back to the classroom to partition bigger numbers and our challenge was to record the calculations. It was fun being able to use the table like a whiteboard to record our work!


Maths - Number bonds to 10   6.10.17

We had a challenge to make number bonds to ten. A number bond is two pairs of numbers that make up a given number.













If you had 2 cubes how many more would you need to make 10?

How many number bonds can you write ?

Letter Formation - 5.10.17

Bramblings have been practising their letter formation in lots of different ways. Writing with paint brushes and water, using magic feathers to write in glitter, forming letters in shaving foam, rainbow writing! Lots of inventive ways to develop our muscle memory. Keep practising at home smiley.

Science - We're Going on a Bug Hunt! 27/09/17

Bramblings were really excited today when we went outside to look for bugs. We found: spiders, slugs, snails, woodlice and worms. Our challenge was to record how many we saw of each bug in a tally chart.

Can you be a bug detective at home?

Phonics - Phonics Workout!    19.9.17

Everyday we do a phonics workout to reinforce the phonemes that we've been learning. We draw a picture of a word with the sound in it, do a one minute challenge to write the grapheme as many times as you can in one minute, Write the alternative graphemes and words with those digraphs and trigraphs in them.


Can you do a phonics workout for the trigraph 'igh' ?

Tuesday 12.9.17 African Necklaces 

Inspired by 'Handa's Surprise' we designed our own African necklaces, we used lots of different patterns in our designs. We found Africa on the globe and enjoyed learning about the Masai tribe who live in Uganda . 

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Maths - Length   11.9.17

We rolled play dough snakes and practised using the correct mathematical language to compare them, longer and shorter.

Can you find things at home that are longer and shorter than you?

Wednesday 6.9.17 - Our First Day In Bramblings!

We had great fun in Bramblings doing French, dance and I.C.T. It was a very busy week learning our new routines but Mrs Dann and Mrs Varney were very impressed with how quickly we settled in!