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Year One Team

Miss Powell (1P) & Mrs Beckett (1B) 

Mrs Dalbock, Mrs Lavelle, Miss Price, Mrs Wilding, 

Mrs Price & Mrs Baker

Autumn 1- Childhood
Autumn 2- Childhood

Spring 1- Bright lights, big city

 Spring 2- Bright lights, big city
Summer 1 - School days

Summer 2 - School days

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. Any lost or damaged books will incur a charge of £5.


Year 1 starts at 8:45am and finishes at 3.15pm. The children line up at their class spot on the playground each morning. The class teacher will come and collect the class from the playground at 8.45am once the bell sounds. Once the classroom door has been shut, you will be unable to drop your child to the classroom door and instead they will need to come through the main reception.


Thank you for your support and understanding. 

What will Year 1 be doing this term? 



In English this term, we will start off reading 'How to Catch a Star' by Oliver Jeffers. It is a lovely story about a boy who tries in various ways to catch a star. The children will have the opportunity to make predictions about the story, discuss what they like and dislike about the story and write their own sentences. 


Following this, we will be reading a charming story called 'Where the Wild Things are' by Maurice Sendak. Firstly, the children will hear and learn to tell the story themselves using a story map and talk for writing strategies. Then they will be writing sentences using adjectives to describe the characters appearance and feelings. 


Later in the term we will be reading 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes. This is a classic story that the children thoroughly enjoy. They will discuss and answer questions about the text, write sentences and finally create a lost poster. Following on from this, we will introduce 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr The children will have the opportunity learn the story through actions and choral reading before going on to write the whole story themselves. 


We will also be exploring non-fiction. The children will have the opportunity to explore non-fiction books during English lessons throughout the year, in the classroom reading areas, school library and during guided reading. Once the children are familiar with non-fiction, they will proceed to write their own non-fiction text this term  in the form of a set of instructions.


Finally we will be reading and learning the poem 'Grump, Grump, Grump' by Julia Donaldson. The children will go on to recite and perform this poem either as a whole class, small groups or individually. It is really fun for the children to explore actions, expression and volume when performing and it is a fantastic way for them to develop confidence too. 





This term in Maths the children will be focusing on: Place value within 10, simple addition and subtraction, sorting objects, comparing greater or less than, number bonds to 10 and geometry (2D and 3D). 


The children will have fun this term engaging in a variety of hands-on maths lessons. They have the opportunity to use things like counters, tens frames, scales, measuring snakes and other resources to help secure and develop their mathematical understanding. The children will be challenged with reasoning and problem solving tasks to help deepen their understanding of concepts. 







In Science this term, we will be learning all about animals including humans. The children will be taught about 5 animal categories; mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish. We will explore the diets of some animals to establish whether they are a herbivores, carnivores or omnivores too. When learning about humans we will discuss what makes us different to other animals and learn specifically about our 5 senses and the body parts that they are related too. 


The children will also begin to explore seasonal change, specifically Summer to Autumn. This is something we continue to do throughout the school year as the seasons change. The focus will be on naming the different seasons, knowing what months the seasons happen in, knowing how we would dress during the different seasons and identifying signs of change from one season to the next; including what happens to the trees/plants, what different animals do and how the weather changes. 


Religious Education


At the start of this term in Religious Education, we will be learning about Sikhism. The children will have the opportunity to respond thoughtfully to a range of stories from Sikhism including 'Guru Nanak and the sacred thread'. The stories have important messages and morals and the children will be encouraged to explore these and how they can be related to their own lives.  We will also look closely at three different places of worship including the Gurdwara, Church and Mosque and identify similarities and differences between them. The children will be able to hold and explore various religious artefacts and will learn why they are important in worship for each of the religions. 


Later in the term we will look at Christianity, in particular Incarnation. We will be focusing on the key question 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?' The children will learn the Christmas Nativity story, symbols and signs of Christmas, what Christians do during Christmas time and will have lots of opportunities to share their thoughts, feelings and beliefs surrounding Christmas.  



Topic - Childhood

(Primary focus is History, with some aspects of Geography) 

Our 'Childhood' topic this term, will teach the children about some aspects of life in the 1950's and draw comparisons with life today. 


The children will learn about the stages of human life and create a family tree. We will be introducing them to phrases related to the passing of time so that they are able to communicate their ideas well. They will proceed to learn about the 1950's; particularly the vehicles, homes, shops and entertainment. This will enable the children to draw comparisons between the life of a child then and now. We will also spend some time discussing the royal family and learn about the coronation process of King Charles III.

Physical Education


Year 1 will have P.E every Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing the correct school P.E kit on this day.

The first half of the term, we will be working on our gymnastics skills. The children will be learning to extend their agility, balance and coordination by performing balances, jumps and rolls. The second half of the term, we will be focusing on team building. The children will develop their co-operation and communication skills during these sessions. 


School Games Values -

 These are values which we encourage the children to display in P.E as well as during the school day. 

 At the end of each P.E lesson, one child is chosen for having displayed a particular value and/or set of values and are rewarded with a certificate to take home. 


Curriculum maps - These maps show the knowledge and skills we teach children across the year.

Links - Please click to open. 

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

How to voice letters of the alphabet using pure sounds

Learn how to sound out the letters of the alphabet using pure sounds to make blending words together for reading and segmenting words for writing easier.