Year 1 2023 - 2024

Miss Frith

Mrs Currie

Miss Bradley


Summer Term 

Explorers Near and Far


This term our learning will focus around the theme of 'Explorers Near and Far.'

We will begin our learning this half term, using the text 'Bog Baby' by Jeanne Willis. We will be exploring plants in Science; identifying common wild and garden plants, growing our own plants, learning how to look after them and making close observations. We will also begin to explore the school grounds and local area, going on a walk to Marshall's Arms in a hunt for our own Bog Baby! We will find out about real amphibians, like newts amd frogs and explore the main features of this animal group. In English we will be writing our own character descriptions of Bog Baby and writing our own stories about a new imaginary creature. We will then be learning some Poetry around the theme of ponds and minibeasts and creating some of our own.

In Art we will be using natural materials to explore a wide range of printing. 

In DT we will be finding out about where foods come from and using tools to help design and make food for a Summer Picnic. 

In RE we will be exploring other faiths, including Islam. This will be closely linked to our No Outsiders work using the text 'Errols Garden' by Gillian Hibbs.

For more information on the Year 1 curriculum, please see our overview.KS1 Curriculum Overview 


Our priority for homework continues to be reading and supporting our phonics teaching. We ask you to ensure your child reads at least three times a week. Please can you record in your child's reading diary so we know they have read. 

Each Friday, your child will bring home their phonics folder. Please share the most recent phonics learning with your child and re-read the words and sentences. 

We encourage you to use the ‘1-minute maths’ app (White Rose Maths) which supports your child's fluency in counting, addition and subtraction facts.


PE Days

Wrens  - Monday and Wednesday 

Balckbirds  - Monday and Friday 

Please come in PE kit on these days. Please ensure your child comes appropriately dressed for these lessons, particularly in the winter as outdoor sessions still take place. We request that no jewellery is worn in school and on PE days we ask that your child has any earrings covered or taken out.

Celebration assemblies

These will be on Fridays at 9am, every third week. You will get a message from school if your child is receiving an award in assembly.


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Instagram account: @hartfordmanor72

Here you will find updates, reminders and photos of the school in action!


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