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Year 1

Mrs Julian & Mrs Laye

Mrs Aripin


Welcome to the Maple class page! Here you will find lots of information about what we are doing this term as well as information about our routines, PE days and our weekly 'Star of the Week'! Firstly, let me give you some information about ourselves:


Teacher Bio


Mrs Julian


I’m Mrs Julian and I will be your Year 1 teacher. I will be teaching in Maple on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I have been teaching in Early Years and Year 1 for over 10 years and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.  I love reading and promoting a love for reading for pleasure. I will be leading phonics and I’m looking forward to supporting your children on their reading journey.  

I live with my husband and two children. My daughter is 3 years old and my son is 1. We love to share stories, books, play with favourite toys together and go on days out to farms, forests and Legoland! 


Mrs Laye

Hello again! I am so excited to be in Year 1 with you this year, I will be teaching in Maple on Thursdays & Fridays. Over the summer holidays, I got married so I have a new name! My husband, our 2 boys and our dog love to go on holidays in our campervan. I like swimming, the sunshine and spending time with my friends. I can't wait for all the learning we will do this year - it's going to be great!

Meet the Teacher


Please come to one of our Meet the Teacher meetings on Wednesday 13th September at either 3.30pm or 4.15pm. We will be talking about what to expect in the year to come. We will upload the PPT here after the meeting for anyone who cannot make it. 

Class Routines


School gates open at 8:40 and the day finishes at 3:10. Our main classroom door for the start and end of the school day is Maple Class, located by the gate near EYFS.


Our regular PE lessons are as follows:

Indoor PE - Monday

Outdoor PE - Wednesday

On these days, children should come to school wearing their PE kit.


We will change reading books on a Monday and Thursday.  However, please bring your child's reading book and diary in every day, as they will read 3 x a week with an adult during Reading sessions. Reading books will be changed when an adult has signed in your child's reading record.


Current Learning

Heroic Humans

What inspires creativity?


In Year One we have moved to a continuous provision approach which may look similar to our Reception classroom. In our topic this term we will be learning about some key inspirational humans such as Queen Elizabeth and other royals. We will move onto learning about other influential people and why they are memorable.


Phonics: We follow the Little Wandle Phonics Programme where by every child learns 4 new sounds a week. If any children struggle within their phonics learning we may support them with additional 'Keep Up' activities. There are many games and websites that you can use, for example phonics play which is a free resource. We encourage the children to put sound buttons on their words to ensure they slow down and spot the diagraphs/trigraphs. 


Art: During this half term we will be looking at some key art skills such as sketching, cross-hatching and revisiting colour mixing. We will use these skills to create our own piece of art in the style of Andy Warhol’s Pop Art.  


English: We will be continuing our focus on forming our letters correctly when constructing simple sentences with correct capital letters and a full stop. We will be encouraging stamina for the children to write a few sentences to compose a familiar narrative.


Maths: We will be revisiting place value, this time within 20. We will be solving addition & subtraction number sentences, using our knowledge of number bonds and place value. We will be using a range of strategies such as counting forwards, backwards & crossing off.


Geography: In our Enquiry Area this year the children will be revisiting the map work from last term in their self-led learning. Children will be accessing atlas’ and globes to encourage interest in our planet.


History: We will be learning simple chronology of some famous Kings & Queens. We will look at King Charles, Queen Elizabeth 2nd & King John and discuss are all monarchs ‘good’?


PE: The children will be perfecting some ball skills using their feet.


PSHE: We will be thinking about respecting ourselves and others. We will focus on how our behaviours can affect others around us. We will highlight how important it is to be polite and respectful.


Science: We will be learning about materials, naming some common ones and thinking about their properties and what they can be used for. We will be use this knowledge to inform our DT learning.


Design & Technology: We will be researching, planning, making and evaluating a castle. Selecting our own materials and following our own plans.


Computing: We will be using laptops, tablets and other forms of technology. We will be programming Beebots using directional language.

Star of the Week


Our star of the week this week is:





always challenging herself in her self led learning! Keep it up :)   


Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Recommended Websites: - quickfire number games to help children learn basic number facts - Number games to reinforce the concept of place value - Fun songs with actions to teach many learning concepts in English, Maths and other subjects. This is my new favourite resource! - Loads of story telling, poetry and punctuation short films to watch. - Useful Maths short films to watch. Fractions and telling the time would be particularly good ones to try. - Games from any of the Maths categories will really help your child practise skills they have learnt at school. - great game for learning common exception words. - this is a great website with some typing games


Our expectations for homework are as follows: 

Reading: Reading aloud with an adult progressing to more independent reading as often as possible. 

Spellings: Children should be able to spell all words on the Statutory Word Lists for year 1.  

Project: Each half term, children are expected to complete a project that is linked to their current topic.