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Welcome to Year 1

The Year One team:

Mrs Dalbock and Mrs Beckett (1D)

Mr Brown (1B)

Mrs McComb

Mrs Davenport

Mrs Bruce

Mrs Lavelle


Welcome back, we all hope you had a great half-term break. We have another busy term ahead in

Year 1, so please check the website regularly for updates. This half term the children will be partaking in lots of Christmas activities and hosting the Christmas production of 'Born in a Barn'.


We have started spellings and homework in Year 1, so just a reminder that spellings go home at the end of half term (please leave these at home or in your child's book bag and not homework folders)and are tested on a Wednesday. Homework is set on a Friday and is to be returned by Wednesday.

Many thanks. 


Half Termly Topics

Autumn 1 - Dinosaur Planet
Autumn 2 - Paws, Claws and Whiskers
Spring 1 - Splendid Skies
Spring 2 - Superheroes
Summer 1 - Enchanted Woodland
Summer 2 - Moon Zoom


Our topic this half term is:

Paws, Claws and Whiskers
Throughout this topic we will be learning about animals that have paws, claws and whiskers. To launch our topic on Wednesday 1st November the children will be making an animal mask and participating in a workshop led by the 'animal lady'. Most of our topic this half term will be a science focus. We will be looking at the following:
* Animals that are herbivores, carnivores and omnivores
* Comparing human teeth to animals teeth
* Food tasting to see which teeth we use to eat certain types of food (please check the poster in the window and let the year 1 staff know if your child has any allergies to the foods we will be sampling)
* Children will be investigating features and abilities they have in common with other animals in our 'can you leap like a frog?' investigation
* Looking at why some animals are camouflaged
* Identifying human and animal body parts

On Wednesday 1st November 2017, the animal lady came into school to launch our topic on paws, claws and whiskers. She brought in lots of interesting animals; a chinchilla, hermit crab, stick insect, kitten, barn owl, tortoise and a bearded dragon.

Thank you parents and carers for supporting your children at home with their spellings, homework and reading. It really does make a difference.


Important dates:

Wednesday 1st November - Year 1 launch day including a visit from the animal lady

Wednesday 1st November - 1D's Moveathon

Friday 3rd November - 1B's Moveathon

Wednesday 22nd November -  Parents evening 3:40-5:30

Thursday 23rd November -  Parents evening 5:00-7:00pm

Friday 1st December- non-uniform day for the Christmas Fayre

Friday 8th December - Christmas Fayre

Thursday 14th December - 2pm Christmas play

Friday 15th December - 9:30am Christmas play

Thursday 21st December - Christmas party

Friday 22nd December - Break up for Christmas

Important reminders

Please make sure that your child brings their water bottle, reading book and book bag into school every day. Your child may not necessarily read on the same day each week so it is really important that they come prepared every day. We cannot issue the next book until the previous book has been returned. Thank you for your support with this matter.

Homework is given out on a Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday.

Spelling tests will take place every Wednesday.

Please ensure your child's PE kit is in school at all times. They will be sent home at the end of each term to be washed.PE days for 1B are a Monday and Wednesday and Wednesday and Friday for 1D.


Year 1 - Key National Curriculum Objectives



  • spell words containing each of the 40+ phonemes to be taught
  • correctly spell all common exception words for Year 1
  • write sentences by composing a sentence orally before writing it
  • sequence sentences from a short narrative
  • saying out loud what they are going to write about
  • composing a sentence orally before writing it
  • sequencing sentences to form short narrative
  • re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense
  • sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly begin to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
  • form capital letters
  • form digits 0-9
  • understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these regularly
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG):
  • punctuate sentences using capital letters and full stops
  • use finger spaces between words
  • add prefixes and suffixes:
* using the spelling rule for adding –s or –es as the plural marker for nouns and the third person singular marker for verbs
* using the prefix un–
* using –ing, –ed, –er and –est where no change is needed to the spelling of the root word [for example, helping, helped, helper, eating, quicker, quickest]
Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:
  • listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
  • being encouraged to link what they read or hear read to their own experiences
  • recognising and joining in with predictable phrases
  • learning to appreciate rhymes and poems, and to recite some by heart
  • discussing word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known
  • checking that the text makes sense to them as they read and correcting inaccurate reading
  • discussing the significance of the title and events
  • making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
  • predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • participate in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say
  • explain clearly their understanding of what is read to them
  • apply phonic knowledge and skills to decode words
  • respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes for all 40+ phonemes taught
  • read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words containing sounds already known
  • read common exception words taught
  • read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs
  • represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
  • add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero
  • solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7 = – 9.
  • recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes
  • sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening]
  • recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years
  • tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
  • identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and the location of hot and cold countries of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles
  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features including season and weather
  • learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements - Sir Francis Beaufort

  • observe changes across the four seasons
  • observe closely, using simple equipment
  • use their observations and ideas to gather and record data to help in answering questions
  • perform simple tests
  • observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies


Year 1 Parents Meeting Presentation

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