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                  Cherry Class 2020-2021

Welcome to Cherry Class!

We have lots of fun in Year 1 and always try our best!


Cherry Class is taught by Miss Fritchley on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and a Thursday. Miss Beal, Mrs Walker  and Mrs Wilson also help us with our learning. 


A few reminders: 

  • Our PE day is a Tuesday afternoon . Please come to school in your PE Kit each week. In the Winter months you will need long trousers and a jumper. In the Summer months you will need shorts and a t-shirt. 
  • Our Forest Schools session is a Thursday afternoon so please come to school wearing your Forest School kit. We will put waterproofs, extra layers and wellies over the top. 
  • As we have a lovely outdoor space for us to use each day please send your child with a pair of named wellies that can stay in school all week. 
  • It is important that your child reads every day! Please write in the dairy so that we know they have read at home. The children can change their reading books as often as they need to. 



Our Classroom


Have a look around our lovely classroom. 

Our Learning 2021-2022

 What's This? 

This half term our History focus is Toys. We are thinking about toys in the past and present.  Year 1 will be looking at a variety of toys through the ages and considering whether they have changed or not and why. We will be thinking scientifically about the materials that the toys and other objects are made from and deciding why. 

Where Do I Belong?

This half term we will be looking at our local area and discussing the place that we live. We will be go on walks around our local area and visit important community locations. We will be identifying and naming different parts of a plant and will be going out in our outdoor area to spot deciduous and evergreen trees and explain what makes them special. 

Summer 2

This half term, we are thinking about What Gives us Superpowers? We will be making our very own healthy superhero snack  in Design and Technology and using different skills, such as chopping, slicing and grating, to do so. We will also be discussing what foods are healthy and how we can keep our bodies healthy. In History, we will be focusing on a very special nurse from the past. We will be exploring the life and work of Florence Nightingale and finding out how she changed hospitals and nursing for the better. 

Spring 2


Did Neil Armstrong achieve the impossible? 


This term we are thinking all about space. We will be finding out about famous astronauts like Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and comparing the journeys that they took. We will be finding out about Neil Armstrong's life and thinking about the steps he took to become a successful astronauts. 


In our English we are learning the story 'Whatever next by Jill Murphy' and we will be using the Talk for writing sequence to write our own journey story. We will also be looking at nouns, verbs and adjectives throughout out story and will be thinking about hoe the emotions of characters change within a story. 


In Maths we will be looking at measuring in standard and non-standard units. We will be thinking about numbers up to 50 and looking at different ways of practically showing and drawing this. We will also be comparing numbers up to 50 thinking about the 10s and 1s. 


Space day!

Whatever Next!! We have used the text whatever next and innovated it with our own ideas!

Sentence work- thinking about punctuation and adjectives!

Moon buggies!! 


Our DT project this term was to make a moon vehicle. 


We explored ones that already existed and looked at what we liked and disliked. 


We then learnt how a wheel and axel worked. 


We then planned our biggies thinking about all the tools and equipment we would need.


Then we had a  fab time making them using the skills that we had learnt. 


Finally we evaluated our moon vehicles thinking about what we did well and what we could do better next time! 



Moon vehicles!!! Our DT project this term!

In Maths we have been learning how to measure. 

First we looked at measuring in hands, feet and cubes. We thought about how to measure accurately and measured each others body parts and height. 


Then we looked at measuring in cm using a ruler. We measured different length straws and then measures astronauts footprints that had been found on the moon! 


See the pictures below! 


English work: Discussion- Should the stars go back to work?

Spring 1

Who Lives Here?

Year 1 are thinking about whether we live in the United Kingdom, Great Britain or England this half term. In Geography we will be looking at the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, their capital cities and the surrounding seas. We will also take a closer look at our capital city, London, through our English and will write fact files about the city and it's landmarks. We will also help Paddington Bear plan a trip to London, tell him all the exciting things there are to do and keep him informed by writing a letter

Chinese New Year!

In Music we have been thinking about keeping the rhythm and the beat! 


We have been doing this using our bodies and then using instruments. 


We also worked in small groups to use the instruments to make up our own short piece of music. 


In English we have been thinking all about London and Paddington Bear. 


We used our knowledge of writing instructions to plan how we could tell Aunt Lucy how to make them. We used pictures to plan and then we wrote our instructions. We thought carefully about our time connectives and imperative verbs! 

Making marmalade sandwiches and writing instructions!

14.1.21 - Snow!

We've had lots of fun in the snow. We have made snowballs, snow angels and were real Team Effort Experts and worked together to build snowmen!

Autumn 2



This week we have been learning about a Christingle and how it is used a symbol for Advent for Christians. 

We learnt how the orange symbolises the world, the red ribbon is to symbolise Jesus's blood, the fruits are the for the four seasons and the candle is that Jesus is the light of the world. 


It was so special to experience this all together! 

Forest Schools!

At forest schools we have been learning how to use tools safely. We have learnt how to use a jacket to warn others that we are using a tool. We have also explored the parts of the tool and how to use them properly. It was hard work but we persevered and it paid off. We also worked together as a team to build a swing using ropes and logs. 

  What's This? 

This half term our History focus is Toys. We are thinking about toys in the past and present.  Year 1 will be looking at a variety of toys through the ages and considering whether they have changed or not and why. We will be thinking scientifically about the materials that the toys and other objects are made from and deciding why. 

We watched a video on how toys have changed over the years! It was really interesting!

Designing and making puppets in DT!

Looking for signs of Autumn at forest schools!

Lots of learning happening in our classroom!

Cherry Class Macmillan Coffee afternoon!

Mini den buildng at Forest schools!

Den Building at Forest Schools!!

Autumn 1


The colour monster


We have been reading the colour monster this week and have been thinking about how we are feeling. We have done some fabulous art work using paint and straws. We used the straws to blow and move the paint. We then added facial features using coloured paper. Look below for the finished pieces!



Art Week!

We have been looking at the painting 'All Dressed up and no where to go' 


We enjoyed using different techniques to create our own interprtations of the painting. 

We have been getting busy!

Our learning 2019-2020


Welcome to Cherry Class

Year 1

Cherry Class is taught by

Mrs Buxton.

Mrs Elliott works with us and supports our learning Monday - Thursday.

We have lots of fun in Year 1, working with Maple Class and always trying our best.


A few reminders:

  • Our PE day is a ThursdayPlease ensure that all children have a suitable PE kit with them each week. We advise that children bring their PE kits into school at the beginning of a term and leave it on their pegs for the whole term.
  • Children need their book bags in school every day. We read with your child several times throughout the week and it is very important that this is recorded in your child's reading diary.
  • It is important that children are reading at home as well as in school. When you listen to your child read at home, please write in their diary so that we know their book needs changing. Remember to try and read at least 5times a week
  • Cherry's forest school day is an alternate Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure that children have suitable clothing and footwear to change into for this session as we will be going out in all weather.

Our Learning 2019-2020


Autumn 1


Our first topic is


Under the sea


We shall be discussing seasides from the past and present. Children will also have the opportunity to discuss the places they have visited on holiday. The children will learn all about sea creatures and the features.

Autumn 2




The term we shall be learning about lots of celebrations that  are celebrated all around the world. We shall be learning who Guy Fawkes is and why he was so famous. But which celebration is he linked to? We shall be creating our own diva lamps using clay to sculpt them. 

Nearer Christmas time we shall be learning the Christmas Story. The children will be able to make their own Christingle to celebrate the beginning of advent.


The children will perform in a year one nativity, this will be in the last week of term.

Spring 1




Our topic this half term is superheroes. In English we shall be reading superhero stories and then as authors we will be writing our own story. The children will investigate Florence Nightingale and we will then compare modern day hospitals and nurses to those on the past. A superhero needs our help! The children will be designing and making their own snack fit for a superhero.In Maths we shall be learning about place value to 20 and adding and subtracting numbers.

Spring 2


Moon Zoom


This term in history we shall be learning about Neil Armstrong and why he is so famous. We shall compare the moon landing with Tim Peake. The children will have the opportunity to design and create their own moon buggy. Please bring in any recyclable items for this.



WoW! What an exciting day this will be for the children. The children will get to learn all about the stars, planet and moon. The children will be able to investigate and explore many space artefacts and see what it is like to launch a rocket.

Our Learning 2018-2019

Spring 2 - Moon Zoom

Our topic this half term is 'Moon Zoom'. We will be learning about space, our solar system and historical events such as moon landings and Tim Peake's mission into space. 

National Space Centre - 4/3/19

The children and staff had a great time on our trip to the National Space Centre. We went up the Rocket Tower, experienced a launch pad and control room and learnt a lot from the different exhibitions, such as The Universe and Our Solar System. We also watched a planetarium show about Astronauts, how they train and the conditions they have to survive and work in during their time in space. What an amazing day! 

Spring 1 - Superhereos!

This half-term we will be looking at Superheroes. Year 1 will be looking at both fictional superheroes and real people that have helped changed the world. Within this topic we will also be looking at the art work that surrounds superheroes; Pop Art and visual effects. 

Autumn 2 - Celebrations!

We will be looking at a range of different celebrations from different religions or parts of history. Year 1 will be looking at Bonfire Night and why we celebrate it, Diwali and how that is celebrated around the world and will also be looking at the Christmas Story.

Instruction Writing - Sandwich Making

This week, Year 1 have been looking at Instructions.  We have looked at a variety of different instruction texts, identified their key features and collected a bank of 'bossy' imperative verbs ready to write our own set of instructions. On Thursday, we made jam sandwiches all by ourselves! We thought about the different steps needed to make our sandwich. We are now going to write our own set of instructions all about how to make a jam sandwich. 

We are very proud to have won this term's Attendance Competition!

Punch and Judy - Puppet Making

We had a Design & Technology Day on Thursday 11th October. As part of our topic this term, we have been thinking about holidays in present day and holidays that Victorian people would have had in the past. We have thought about similarities and differences and have looked at the activities Victorian adults and children would have taken part in during their seaside holidays. We discussed the Punch and Judy show and looked at the basic story line. As part of our DT day, Year 1: designed, made, performed and evaluated using their own hand made puppets. We used wooden spoons for our puppets,  included a range of different materials and had a go at using lots of design and fixing skills to create our puppets. We had a lovely time and worked really hard. They look amazing!

​​​​​​Grandparent's Day

A huge thank you to all the grandparents that came along to our Grandparent's Day afternoon today. We had a great time out in Forest School and the children really enjoyed building dens, making swings and being outdoors with the grandparents that attended. We are glad the weather stayed dry for us!

Friday 28th September's forest school

Autumn 1: Under the sea

Year One's first topic this year is Under the Sea. We will be learning about different sea creatures, their habitats and thinking about different holiday destinations around the UK and abroad. 


The Phonics Screen Check

In June 2019, the children will be taking part in the national phonics screening tests. This means during the run up to this date staff will be putting boosters in place in order to increase children's confidence with phonics. Below are some links to websites that can help you practice with your children.