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Welcome to Year 1 - Murphy Class


 This page is where you can find out about our learning in Year 1, our projects and what we will be learning, as well as any useful websites to help you at home.


In year 1, we have decided to build upon our high quality early years principles and practice and continue to provide children with elements of independent, play-based learning. Our school experience and research tells us that young children learn best through play, exploration and hands on learning´

Play is absolutely essential to learning because it IS learning.’ Bottrill (2020)

Below is a link to our PowerPoint we shared at our Parent information session to find out more about our pedagogy and approach to learning in Year 1. 



Continuous Provision

Continuous Provision PowerPoint for Parent briefing

Spring term 2024! 


Our driver project this term is 'Bright Lights, Big City'.

In this project, as Geographers, your child will learn about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the characteristics and features of the capital city, London.


In addition to the main project topic the children will  also be ...

Scientists! Learning about Seasonal changes, this project teaches children about the seasons, seasonal changes and typical seasonal weather and events. We will learn about measuring the weather and the role of a meteorologist. We will also begin to learn about the science of day and night and recognise that the seasons have varying day lengths in the UK.


As Designers, through our 'Taxi' project, we will explore wheels, axles and chassis and learn about how they work together to make a vehicle move.


As Artists, we learn about about collagraph printing, including how to develop a motif to make single and repeated prints as we enjoy 'Rain and Sunrays'. 


In PE - We will explore Dance and target games through ourGet Set 4 PE programme. 


In RE - Purim, the lively festival that commemorates the strength of the Jewish people.


As musicians, we follow Charanga, the children will learn how to: listen and appreciate music, sing in groups and play along with known songs. They will have the opportunity to improvise using a range of instruments as well. 


Computing -  This term Year 1 will be learning how to log in and navigate the Purple Mash site as well as learning about  online safety. We use Purple Mash for our computing lessons which is a child friendly site if you would like to access this at home for any extra practice. 


Our first Literacy text this term is 'Beegu'. The children will find out that a friendly alien is on the loose somewhere in the local vicinity and needs our help! We will be describing the alien before writing letters of advice to Beegu. We will make sock puppets of our own alien and write reports on these before writing our own narrative based on the story shape of Beegu.


In Maths we will be learning place value within 20. This moves our learning on from place value within 10. 



  • PE will on a Monday and Thursday, Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit on these days.
  • Home learning will be set on a Friday - to be completed and handed in by the following Wednesday. Any problems with this please let us know.
  • Guided and individual reading will take place throughout the week so please send in reading folders every day.
  • Reading books will be changed on a Friday.


If there is anything you need to ask or find out more about, please contact the school to arrange a time to chat with a member of the team.

We look forward to working with you all!


Miss Haley and the Year 1 team

Meet the Teacher Key Stage 1 Sept 23

Useful information to support your child during our Spring term projects





The web links and documents below may be useful for home learning.