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Rufford Park Primary School


Rufford Ave, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7QR

0113 391 0906

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Pear Tree Class - Year 1 (2019-2020)


Welcome to our class page!

Year 1 Pear is taught by Mrs Connolly with support from Miss Peacock and Miss Birks. 

Miss Peacock will be in the cloakroom to welcome children every morning. If there are any messages to be passed on for that day, they can be given to Miss Peacock or Miss Birks. Please feel free to come and speak to Mrs Connolly after school any day!

PE: PE lessons will be Thursday morning and Friday afternoon each week and children will need to wear PE kit to school on those days. If your child has earrings these will need removing on PE days. Long hair will need to be tied back for all PE lessons.

Reading books: Reading books will be sent home on a Monday and must be returned on the Friday to be quarantined over the weekend.
Homework:  TBC
Spellings: TBC


Please see our newsletters below:

Pear Tree Autumn 1 Newsletter




These are the non-negotiables for Year 1 writing:

1. Capital letters to start a sentence.

2. Full stops to finish a sentence.

3. Finger spaces between each word.

4. Neat writing in pencil.

5. Use your phonics and tricky words.

6. Read your work back and check these 5 things are correct.


Phonics is really important in Year 1. We do lots of phonics work in class but if you need any reminders you can download these wonderful Twinkl phonics mats below.

Phase 3 sounds are taught in Reception

Phase 4 blends are taught in Reception and Year 1 Autumn term.

Phase 5 blends are taught in Year 1 Autumn 2 and Spring terms.

We read lots of words that contain these sounds. It would be lovely if you can practice reading words (real or nonsense) at home!


Spring 1

We had a wonderful World Book Day on 5th March. We themed our day around Julia Donaldson, particularly The Smartest Giant in Town book. We had a lovely stay and read when some adults were able to come and read with their children. It was lovely to see those who could attend, don't worry if you weren't able to attend as we had a big group story on the carpet. Then we made a giants tie! We used templates to cut out the outlines and we decorated our ties. We were very proud of our smart outfits. After lunch we learnt about rhyming words and took part in different activities all based around rhyming words and finding pairs that match. Finally we ended our lovely day with a bedtime story, hot chocolate and biscuits.  

Reading has been a focus in our class and we are really working hard to read at home and in school as much as possible. Thank you to all the children who have been reading at home and for parents who help support reading in a variety of ways. We were proud to get the trophy in our first week back in March. We were the winning KS1 class with a massive 89%! Well done everyone! 

Autumn 2

The children have been really engaged in discussions about the fantasy character Edgar, the dragon from the recent John Lewis Christmas advert. The children have previously drawn wanted posters to try to find Edgar but he has not appeared so we decided to try to find him. The children read some instructions on how to trap a dragon and how to feed a dragon and decided to combine the instructions to make our own. We are going to find Edgar by tempting him with food!

As a class we talked about a title for our instructions which became ‘How to find a dragon’ and then we set about writing instructions. The children used the time opener words that they had read to start each sentence and we came up with a super set of instructions. We even changed the word ‘finally’ from instruction number 4 to instruction number 5 when we added a new one, because ‘’number 4 isnt the last instruction any more’’.

Then we finished by thinking about the equipment we would need to catch the dragon. The children suggested some safety clothing to ensure that the teachers clothes wouldn’t get burnt off if Edgar breathed his fire! When another adult came in the room the children were excited to tell her our plans and they read our instructions back to her. After all this wonderful hard work let’s hope we catch Edgar this weekend!


Autumn 1 


What a wonderful day we had with our Fire Fire workshop, delivered by the company Get Out More. 

Our day was themed around The Great Fire of London. We had a discussion where the children explained their knowledge of the fire, and we learnt a few new facts too! One of our inquisitive children asked if they would have had house numbers in 1666, and we learnt that they would in fact have had pictures above the door, rather than numbers! We learnt about how the houses were structured and we designed our own buildings. Then we had the opportunity to use cereal boxes to make our own houses. We painted the wooden structures on our houses and made sure that they had a couple of windows (although they wouldn't have had many) Some children also worked in small groups to make St Pauls cathedral. After lunchtime we went down to the field in small groups and we listened to a safety talk about fire. Then we stood back and watched as the houses started to set fire starting at the bakery. The fire spread quicker when the wind blew (children wafted the air to show the wind) and even though we threw some water, it wasn't enough to put the fire out. Finally we used a fire break to collapse some of the houses in the middle of the row. This meant that the fire stopped and we could see how exploding the houses helped bring The Great Fire of London to an end. 

Have a look at our pictures below to see what a wonderful day we had. 



The children have settled into Year 1 really well. We are incredibly proud of how well they have adapted to a different style of learning and the children continue to impress us with their hard work and positive attitudes to their learning.

Our topic this half term has been The Great Fire of London. We have really enjoyed learning about the fire, how it started and why it spread so far! We have learnt about Samuel Pepys who wrote his diary as an eye-witness account of the fire and in our most recent English lessons we got to meet 'Samuel' and hear his diary first hand. The children even had a go at being Samuel and retelling his diary; they did a fantastic job!

Also in English we have been looking at the story book 'Katie in London'. We have talked about the book, retold and re-written the story. We have learnt how to describe the character, and the children came up with some lovely adjectives when describing Katie. In our SPaG lessons, we have learnt what nouns, verbs, and adjectives are and we have used these in our writing. We have also learnt how to write a good sentence and we have been practising capital letters and our lowercase cursive letters too. 

In Maths we have ordered our numbers and talked about teen numbers. We have learnt about greater than and less than, one more and one less. We have also started to learn our number bonds to 10 and the children are very good at this! Try testing them!

Please enjoy having a little look at some of the photos from this first half term below.