Welcome to Budbrooke Primary School

Year 1 - Elm 2023 - 2024

Miss Thorpe

Miss Thorpe

Welcome to Elm class, 

Year 1 

Our new Autumn topic is called 'Childhood' and has a History focus. 

This project teaches children about everyday life and families today, including comparisons with childhood in the 1950s, using artefacts and a range of different sources.


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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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.

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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This half term, we will be looking at numbers to 20. 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 20. 


If you would like to support your child with our learning related to 'Childhood' then you could do the following:

   -   Read 'How Will I Grow' by Mick Manning

   -   Read 'Toys and Games (Ways Into History)' by Sally Hewitt

   -   Create a family tree and talk about family members

   -   Look at pictures of your child through different years of their life


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. 



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