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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

Welcome to our Year 1 Page ! 

You will find all letters, important dates, topic information and photos for Year 1 classes here.

Please keep coming back to this page as photos of the children and their learning will be posted from time to time! 

Topic 2
Shake, Rattle and Roll 
This half term we have been busy learning all about skeletons. Our favourite learning tasks have been: opening our Body Shop with X-ray machine, being palaeontologists, writing a letter to the National History Museum, meeting Bob the skeleton, learning about Mary Anning and her life etc.
Home Learning
We have been blown away by the quality of home learning this term. Thank you so much everyone. We loved seeing the heights of your families in order from shortest to tallest, had great fun using your body-part flash cards, and were fascinated by the different ways you made human skeletons.
Santa Surprise
You will never believe what happened...
We got a party delivered to us in a giant box! Inside there were games for us to play, crafts for us to make and many more treats. We had so much fun 

Topic 1 Wonderful Weather

Weather photos

We have had so much fun learning about Weather this half term. We have been on an Autumn walk, written and performed poems about Autumn using adjectives, made trees in different Seasons, re-told the story Mr Wolf’s Week using Talk-for-Writing and many more brilliant learning tasks. Ask me about Weather and see what I can remember…

Home Learning

Wow! We were so impressed with your home learning. There were brilliant litter bugs made from your rubbish at home, rain gauges with brilliant scales on to record the amount of water collected and fantastic postcards written from Mr Wolf that tell of his great adventures in hot and cold climates!

Rain collectors

Look at our rain gauges we made from 3 items: polydron, multilink and plastic bags. Which one do you think collected the most water and why?


Mr Wolf loves to fly his kite on a windy day so we decided to make kites ourselves. First we designed them, then we made them and finally we evaluated them. We loved flying them as you can see!


Welcome to Year 1!

We hope your children are excited to be in Year 1 and will quickly settle into school life!

Our topic for the first half of term is ‘Mr Wolf’s Week’. Within this topic we will be studying weather patterns and changes connected to the seasons. We will be investigating how to measure using rain gauges and designing our own kites. Literacy and Maths will be taught wherever possible in a cross curricular approach.

After half term the topic will be ‘Healthy Me’. Further details of our curriculum can be found on the curriculum map and timetable on the year 1 website page.

Below are some reminders so that you can help us in the organisation of the school day:

We take part in PE lessons outside throughout the year. The weather can be quite cold so please could you ensure that your child has a warm outside PE kit (jumper, trousers, socks and trainers suitable for hard surfaces). For those children who are part of the football club at lunchtime, please could you ensure that they have appropriate kit (separate to their PE kit) and a plastic bag to store their muddy boots.

Your child has a learning log in their book bags to record their reading achievements. One of the main focuses in year 1 is for them to learn phonemes (sounds). There is a copy of these sounds in the middle of the learning log to enable you to support your child in learning them. Due to the National Year 1 phonics screening test in June, our weekly home learning is to hear your child read on a regular basis. (Phonics Screening week beginning 8th June 2020).

In order to encourage your child to become more independent in their learning, we offer a range of home learning activities that are relevant to the topics we are covering. This will be in the style of a menu and your child can decide how much home learning they wish to cover. At the beginning of each term we will publish the activities on the website, with a date for the children to complete it by. These activities do not need to be completed every week, and not everything needs to be brought in to school. We hold celebration mornings where the children can look at each other’s home learning and see how different people have presented their learning. If your child does something they are really proud of at home please feel free to let them bring it in to show the class.

Your child will also need the following items in school every day:

  • Book bag, reading book/s and reading log.
  • Fruit or vegetable snack for morning break.
  • Labelled bottle of water only to drink throughout the day. We allow the children to get a drink whenever they need to, and although juice or squash is permitted in lunch boxes, it is not advisable for the children to have sticky, sugary drinks in the classroom as they can attract ants, spoil classroom resources and stain the carpet if spilled.

Your children have the opportunity to change their reading books daily during our Early Bird sessions. This could be every day or several times a week. Please make sure your child is only changing their book after you have heard them read and commented in their reading log if you wish. We encourage them to choose their own books, as we want to foster a genuine love of reading. We would also like to encourage your child to join the local library. It is a brilliant way for them to develop reading skills, learn about different genres and take part in reading activities and games.

A website that we recommend (free on a desktop) is ‘Teach a Monster how to read’ where your child can learn Year 1 letters and sounds in a fun game-type setting.

For health and safety reasons, we ask that long hair is tied back whilst at school to avoid the spread of headlice. Please check your child’s head regularly. Young children often play in close proximity, and this can lead to an outbreak across the school.

If your child has pierced ears they should only wear studs. No other jewellery should be worn in school (including loom band bracelets).

Children are encouraged to ride their scooter or bike to school, however we ask that you ensure they do not ride across the playground before or after school in order to avoid accidents with pedestrians.

Details of our 2020 Farmer Palmer’s visit, along with costings will be sent to you later in the term.

We value your partnership with you very much. If you have any queries please do come and see us at the end of the day.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs Hawker and Miss Challands