Welcome to Year 1

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 Learning Challenge Curriculum

                                              Why don’t meerkats live at the North Pole?

Linking with our new book in English, “Meerkat Mail”, we will follow Sunny the Meerkat around the world as he looks for a new adventure. This will involve us looking at different climates, including deserts and the North and South Poles. We begin the unit with a hands on workshop held in school, where the children will get to meet a real life meerkat and his friends, including snakes, an armadillo, a skunk and many more!

 We will ask:

  •  Is Burley in Wharfedale near the Kalahari Desert?
  • Why does Sunny live in the Kalahari desert?
  • Which animals live in cold places like the North and South Pole?
  • How do Polar Bears keep warm?


How can we keep the meerkat dry?

Year 1 will be investigating a range of materials, distinguishing between an object and the material from which it is made, and comparing everyday materials. We will be trying to answer the following questions using our enquiry and investigation skills:

  • Can you make a shelter out of either paper, sticks or Lego for Sunny the meerkat?
  • Can you name everyday materials?
  • Can you compare and group everyday materials by thinking about    how they behave?


                           For the long term plan of the learning and curriculum, please click here

Please click here to view the welcome booklet for Year One 2018


Calling all volunteers!

Last year the children enjoyed and greatly benefitted from numerous parent volunteers who supported our curriculum themes, reading and invaluable school trips. This is a real strength of our school, and one which we are very keen to continue!  Please do get in touch if you think you can help in any way.


Phonics Screening Check

All children in Year 1 are required to complete a phonics screening check. It is not a formal test and your child will probably not even realise that it is one. We aim to keep it short and fun and usually find that the children enjoy spending time playing the word ‘games’ with their teacher. Attached is an information sheet about how and when the check will be administered. For further information, please click here

Information about how we complete the check at Burley Oaks can be found here.