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Welcome to Year 1


There are two classes in Year 1 at Ashbrook School, one is called the Zebras class and one is called the Giraffes class. Our classes are next door to each other and we have a wonderful shared area with a large role play area. We are also lucky enough to have an outside play area which we use whenever the weather permits us to. In the Zebras class the teachers are Mrs McStraw and Mrs Megeary, the Giraffes teacher is Miss Orr. We also have Mrs Harrison-Payne, Mrs Flynn, Mrs Kayoko, Miss Holmes, Mrs Wood working with the children in Year 1. Year 1 is an important new adventure for the children as they start to become more independent and take part in more structured learning.


We have a topic every half term which we love to embed in everything that we do. They are usually story based and lots of fun!


Autumn 1 – The Gruffalo

Autumn 2 – Pirates!

Spring 1 – Paddington Bear

Spring 2 – Funnybones!

Summer 1 – The Victorians

Summer 2- Where the wild things are


Alongside these exciting topics we perform a Christmas play and a special assembly to the parents. We love to celebrate at Ashbrook, especially days like Eid, Diwali, Birthdays, Chinese New Year and many more! We also plan exciting learning days, such as Science Days, Maths Day and World Book Day.


We have some exciting trips planned this year. We will be going to the City Centre and to the MK Library as part of our English and Art curriculum. We will be learning about and enjoying the Library and going on a sculpture walk across the city before we come back to school and make our own. We also enjoy a visit to the Victorian Museum at MK Museum in Wolverton, we dress up as Victorians and live a day as a Victorian child at home and at School!


Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!

Year 1 Parents Meeting - Expectations for the Year Presentation

World Mental Health Day


On World Mental Health Day this Thursday (10 October) Year 1 will be thinking about how we can stay healthy on the outside and inside. We will be considering how we can help our minds if we are worried or nervous and also how we can help our minds switch off. We will be drawing and writing our ideas.  In the afternoon we will be listening to some relaxing music and trying some Yoga.

Apple Day


We celebrated harvest on Friday 11 October. Year 1 children harvested some apples from our forest fun area and enjoyed making apple crumble. We wrote recipes and produced art using fruit by printing in our Maths lesson and also donated food for the local food bank.