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Irk Valley Community School


The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Year 1M

Welcome to 1M


Our Teacher is Mrs Matusiak & our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Galbraith.


Class Information



We have P.E on Mondays and Wednesdays. Children must wear a full P.E kit including sensible footwear to take part in our lessons. 

P.E kits can be left in school and taken home at the end of every half term to be washed and brought back into school. 



Children are allocated a book to take home to read. Only books that are signed by somebody at home will be changed.

Books are sent home after your child has read with Mrs Galbraith and they have a full week to read their book at home.

Books MUST be in school before your child's allocated reading day which is Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Please check your child's day in their reading book.



Here at Irk Valley, we have an amazing new website for our children to use for Maths. This can be accessed online or much easier if you download the app from the app or play store. Each child has an individual log in and password, which can be found in the front of their reading record.




Every Friday your child will bring home a new spelling sheet to practice ready for our spelling test the week after on Friday afternoon.





All children will receive English and Maths homework on a Friday in their yellow homework books. Your child must place their yellow books back into our homework box before Wednesday. 


This week's homework for your child's table is below:

Useful Websites

Class News


Our class attendance for the week was 96%

Well done 1M! 

Remember to be in the line at 8.50 each morning!



This term we will be looking at Stories by the same author - Julia Donaldson. 




Julia Donaldson


Growing up

I grew up in a tall terraced Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Chopin waltzes.

I studied Drama and French at Bristol University, where I met Malcolm, a guitar-playing medic to whom I’m now married.



You can visit this website to find out more: 


Maths- Spring Term


In the first two weeks, we have been focusing on place value.


Here are our favourite songs that will help us with our work this term:


Counting to 100:


Counting in 2s:


Counting in 5s:


Counting in 10s:


This week we have been focusing on 2D and 3D shapes.


What is the difference between 2D and 3D shapes?


Can you name them?





We are very lucky as we get to use our I-pads every Friday to earn as many points as we can. We can also get a certificate and a prize! Don't forget - you can earn your points at home as well! If you need any help please come and see Mrs Matusiak or Mrs Galbraith. 

Let's Get Fit | Count to 100 | Count to 100 Song | Counting to 100 | Jack Hartmann

Teach your children to count to 100 as they get some great exercise too. This cool kid-friendly song starts out with a message about staying healthy and fit and having fun counting to 100 together. It's a great count to 100 song for Year 1s.
1M love to sing and dance and this is one of our favourites!

Count by 2 | Dancing 2's | Skip Counting by 2 | Count to 100 | Educational Songs | Jack Hartmann

Dancing 2's is a fun way for kids to learn to skip count by 2. Children follow me doing different dances as we count to 100 by 2. Every time we hit a place holder of tens we change dances. Children sing-a-long with me as we dance to this fun skip counting song.

Count by 5's | Exercise and Count By 5 | Count to 100 | Counting Songs | Jack Hartmann

It's easy to count by 5! My video, Exercise and Count by 5's is a classroom hit across the world. It's cool Latin beat makes it easy to exercise and count by 5. Kids count by 5 as they exercise by stretching their arms and legs and across the mid-line of their bodies.

Count by 10's Count by 10| Count to 100 | Counting Songs | Jack Hartmann

Skip Counting Forward and Back is an educational song that focuses on skip counting by 10's to 100 and then skip counting back. The upbeat fun Caribbean rhythm makes it easy to also incorporate movements as you count. This is a wonderful brain and body connection for learning and moving.

Topic work:

As part of our new topic, we will be focusing on Geography and Art this term.


In Geography, we are going to:


- Ask simple geographical questions e.g. What is it like to live in this place?- Understand how some places are linked to other places e.g. roads, trains

- Describe seasonal weather changes

- Name, describe and compare familiar places

- Link their homes with other places in their local community


In Art, we are going to:


- Use artwork to record ideas, observations and experiences

- Experiment with different materials to design and make products

- Explain what he/she likes about the work of others

- Use a variety of tools including pencils, rubbers, crayons,  pastels, felt tips, charcoal, ballpoints, chalk and other dry media to represent objects in lines

Our curriculum: