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Welcome to Year 1!


Mrs Gemma Harrison

Year 1 Teacher



Hello! I’m Gemma Harrison and I teach Year 1 at Castlefort.  We like to learn through practical and fun activities. Glitter is our favourite resource in Art! We are at the very start of Infants so we are working hard to improve our independent learning.


Our current Cornserstones topic…


Our Cornerstones topic for Autumn 1 is called 'Bright Lights, Big City!' This is a geography based topic with an element of History. Below is a list of some exciting activities we have planned:

  • Writing a fact file about Queen Elizabeth II
  • Retelling the story of The Great Fire of London.
  • Using chalk to create The Great Fire of London Artwork.
  • Using an atlas to help us label a simple map of the UK, including labelling capital cities.


Our Cornerstones topic for Autumn 2 is called 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'. This is a Science based topic. Below is a list of some exciting activities planned:

  • Identifying animals according to what they eat - carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
  • Using different materials and techniques to create animal skin/fur patterns.
  • Creating an animal habitat.


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Homework Ideas

To help the children continue their learning at home, they can carry out these activities. It would be fantastic if the children could bring in any extra work they do at home and it will be displayed in the classroom with the rest of our work. Plus, they will earn bonus ILP and the points add up to prizes! Other bonus homework ideas are listed on the front page of your child's homework book.

  • Create and play with a model city.
  • Write a poem that can be sang to the theme of 'The Wheels on the Bus'.
  • Research your favourite Big Cat -  name, diet, habitat.


Useful Websites

Below is a list of useful websites to help the children’s learning in all areas of the curriculum: This website contains lots of games to develop numeracy and literacy skills   This website contains games and electronic resources for all areas of the curriculum  This website contains games and activities for all areas of the KS1 curriculum. This website contains current news stories that have been written for children. This website is usually used in class for 'News of the Week' on Wednesday mornings. This website contains mathematics games and activities. You can also find a link for English activities too. 

Our topics for the year...

Meet the rest of the Year 1 Team ...

Meet the rest of the Year 1 Team ... 1 Mrs Emily Brady
Meet the rest of the Year 1 Team ... 2 Miss Zoe Williams

If you have misplaced or missed our termly letter click on the link above to find the electronic copy!