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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 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

Summer term 2024! 


Our driver project this term is 'School Days'.

In this project, as historians, we will learn about our own school and locality, both today and in the past. We will also compare schooling in the Victorian era to our experiences today.


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

Scientists! Learning about Plant parts, this project teaches children about wild and garden plants by exploring the local environment. We will identify and describe the basic parts of plants and observe how they change over time.


As Designers, through our 'Chop, slice mash' project, we will learn about sources of food and the preparatory skills of peeling, tearing, slicing, chopping, mashing and grating. We will then use this knowledge and techniques to design and make a supermarket sandwich according to specific design criteria.


As Artists, we learn about artwork depicting streets and buildings, with a  focus on the work of the American pop artist, James Rizzi. 


In PE - We will be practising athletics in preparation for sports day, as well as our Striking and fielding unit. 


In RE - We learn about Esala Perahera, also known as the Festival of the Tooth, celebrated in Kandy, Sri Lanka, during July and August.


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 comparing the effects of adhering strictly to instructions to completing tasks without complete instructions. We will follow and create simple instructions on the computer and consider how the order of
instructions affects the result.


Our first Literacy text this term is 'Yeti and the Bird'. The children will write a complete story about two seemingly different characters, in the third person using past tense. We will use adverbs to sequence and add cohesion, as well as conjunctions to write sentences using but and and.


In Maths we will be counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, making arrays and doubles. We will also explore mass, capacity and volume.



  • PE will on a Monday and Thursday, Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit on these days.
  • Any 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 and library 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.