Yardley Road, Birmingham, West Midlands B27 6LG

0121 7062742


Cottesbrooke Infant & Nursery School

An Academy

"Caring... Inspiring... Nurturing... Successful"

Year 1

If you would like to contact your child's teacher by email:

Dolphins: a.highfield@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs Highfield

Penguins: f.ahmed@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mr Ahmed

Sharks: c.mcnickle-edwards@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs McNickle-Edwards

Staff will not be replying to emails after 6pm and on weekends.

Year 1


In Year 1 we love learning new things!

Here are a few things parents and families need to know about supporting your child at home:

  • Book bags are sent home on Fridays and should be returned by the following Thursday. Inside there will be a reading book, a phonics book, some homework and spellings.
  • Please spend a few minutes every day listening to your child read. You can also help your child at home by working together on their homework.
  • At the moment, we are not asking children to bring in PE kits, but they will need to wear them to school on PE day.
  • We love to reward children for their good behaviour and hard work at school and at home! We do this by giving out 'Dojos'. 


Children who return their completed homework can earn an extra Dojo!


In Year 1, we love to read! We spend time in the choosing library books to take home, as well as reading from our class libraries in our classrooms. We also spend time learning the different sounds and strategies needed to read words. We use Fred Talk to break a word up and then put it all back together again.


In Maths, we love to learn new ways to solve problems and find patterns along the way.  We have been learning about addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  We have been finding different ways to count in twos.  Have a look at our amazing work!



We love to write in school and show our creativity.  We have been learning the story of Avocado Baby, practising the story with our actions and creating our own story maps.  Adjectives make our work more interesting so we try to use them in our writing.  We made a fruit salad and then wrote instructions using time connectives.



In History, we have been learning all about toys from the past. We looked at different old toys and thought about which ones were our favourite. They looked very different from the toys that we have now! We have also been learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.  We know they did lots of important things and inspired a lot of people.


In Geography, we have been learning all about the different countries in the United Kingdom.  We have found the countries on a map and learnt about the different places we can visit in the United Kingdom.  We would really like to visit some of them!