Welcome to Budbrooke Primary School

Year 1 - Elm 2023 - 2024

Miss Thorpe

Miss Thorpe

Welcome to Elm class, 

Year 1 

Our new Summer topic is called 'School Days' and has a History focus. 

This project teaches children about their own school and locality, both today and in the past. They compare schooling in the Victorian era to their experiences today.

Miss Thorpe

Miss Thorpe teaches the year 1 class. She has seven year experience of teaching a range of year groups.

Phonics Screening Check

The Phonics Screening Check will take place in June. To prepare for this please practise reading frequently with your child. Your child should be secure with phase 3 as we are currently working on phase 5. However, I have sent home a phase 3 phonics mat and any your child is struggling with are highlighted in pink. To support them, go over these sounds regularly. I will stick in your child's phonics book our weekly phase 5 sound and words which contain the sound. Please go through them. If you would like to discuss any other ways your can help your child, please let me know and I will be happy to help. 

Some fanastic sites for phonics practise are: 




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Key Messages

PE - Mondays and Tuesdays

This term we are lucky to have Onside delivering PE sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. Our PE lesson with Miss Thorpe with then take place on a Monday afternoon. Please could children keep a drawstring bag containing their P.E. kit in school so they can change into their P.E. kit on the relevant days.

Water Bottles -

Please remember to ensure your child brings in their water bottle daily. 

Suncream - 

As the warm weather approaches, please ensure your child is wearing suncream to keep them protected throughout the day. 

Reading and Phonics

Encouraging your children to read from a young age is essential and we will send a reading book and reading diary home for you to explore together.  Please record any reading you have done with your child in the reading diary.  

In year 1, we will deliver daily phonics lessons and we will introduce the children to new sounds as well as new High Frequency Words. Can we please ask that you practise these with your child and encourage them to use them in their writing. The weekly homework will also be based around the phonics sound that we are looking at in class. 

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It is essential for your child's reading and writing that both you and they are pronouncing the phonics sounds correctly. Please click and follow the links below to watch videos to hear how to correctly pronounce each sound:

Phonics Level 2 Pronunciation

Phonics Level 3 Pronunciation

Phonics Level 5 Pronunciation


This half term, we will be looking at numbers to 100. We will be ordering and comparing the numbers as well as finding one more and one less. To support your child at home, you can encourage them to identify numbers to 100. We wll be dividing and multiplying numbers using arrays. 


If you would like to support your child with our learning related to 'Bright Lights, Big City' then you could do the following:

   -   Read 'Let's Look at the United Kingdom' by Chitra Soundararajan

   -   Read 'My First Book of London' by Charlotte Guillain

   -   Read 'The Great Fire of London' by Liz Gogerly


Each week we will send home English or Maths homework. This homework will be based on activities that we have done in class the previous week. 

Homework will go out on a Thursday and will be due in the following Tuesday.

Our Learning Through Pictures

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Our Trip to Hatton Country World



Our Classroom Environment





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