Year 1 Hedgehogs 2023 - 2024



Year 1 Hedgehogs


We want to start off by saying a huge WELCOME to all our new Year 1 Hedgehogs! 


In Year 1, the children begin to make the transition from play-based learning, towards a more structured learning style with a new curriculum / subjects, such as English, Maths, Science and Art. As the children enhance their existing skill set, they will also aquire and develop a range of other skills through exciting learning opportunities and independent challenges. Whilst the children begin to take on more responsibility and ownership of their own learning, we still incorporate aspects of play and continuous provision within our lessons. This is because we recognise and appreciate that the children still require the freedom of child-led play for their personal development, cognition and understanding, as well as continuing to develop their social skills and important life skills. Seeing the children grow individually and develop their own unique personality is a joy to experience and encourage. 


Meet the Team

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Hello, I'm Miss Cleary! I like reading, going on long walks, yoga, eating out and travelling to different countries. I have a cocker spaniel dog called Benny and my favourite foods are pasta and pizza. My favourite books are the Harry Potter series and I love to teach Phonics and Science.  



Creative Curriculum 

Autumn Term

Dungeons and Dragons

During this topic, pupils will develop their awareness of the past by comparing Elizabeth I with Elizabeth II. We will look at significant events beyond living memory such as The Great Fire of London, and understand what life was like during those times. We will also identify famous landmarks in London, both past and present. As a class, we will study a variety of different texts linked to this exciting topic, and explore interesting, medieval things such as castles, dragons, knights and princesses. In Science, we will investigate the topic of Animals, including Humans, as well as exploring rubbings and prints in Art. 

Spring Term

The Secret Garden

 In the Spring Term, we will be looking at the local area of Reddish, with a focus on making maps and plotting routes using keys and symbols. We will look at how the area has changed over time and identify significant individuals, places and historical events. We will also look at new local artist called Kate Kelly, who designs 3D artwork of plants and animals as think will link to our Science topic of Plants. 

Summer Term

Going on Safari! 

Our final topic in the Summer Term will be all about the comparison between a Non-European country (a country in Africa) and our local area. With a focus on human and physical geography, weather patterns, and locational knowledge of countries and oceans, pupils will develop their geographical and fieldwork skills. We will also look at significant individuals who have shaped Africa such as Nelson Mandela.


Important information for parents 

The children will have PE twice a week, once with the class teacher and once with the PE coaches. The children will have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The children should come to school already in their PE kits, which they will stay in all day. PE kits must be a white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers/leggings and trainers/pumps. 


Newsletter and Programme of Study 

Please click the link below to view the Autumn newsletter.

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Autumn Term Knowledge Organiser 

Please click the link below to view the Autumn Term knowledge organiser.


Year 1 Statutory Spellings

Below is a list of spellings children in Year 1 should know how to read and write by the end of the year. Please practice these with your child where possible. They wil be sent out throughout the year as weekly spelling practice and repeated to help with memory retention. 

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Useful Websites 

BBC Bitesize:

Topmarks Maths Games:

Phonics Play:

Phonics Bloom:

Purple Mash:


In Year 1, we have a recognition board with all of the children's photos. Each child must work hard to achieve our weekly class target, in order to recieve a treat at the end of the week. In Year 1, we always give lots of stickers out for great work and super behaviour. We also have our Star of the Day, where a child is chosen every day for being noticed and doing something fantastic. They can then choose our class story! 

Contact / Class Dojo

At Abingdon, we use Class Dojo which is embedded within every year group. We use Class Dojo to engage parents by sharing photos and videos of exciting moments in the classroom and around school. It is also an effective way for parents and teachers to communicate, via the app.




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Abingdon Primary School

Abingdon Road, South Reddish
Stockport SK5 7ET

Joanne Murray

0161 480 4531

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