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Year 1


Welcome to Year 1

Autumn 2 2020 

Dear Parents,


Welcome back to Year 1!


We hope that you have had a lovely holiday. The letter to remind you pick up/drop off of points and timings remains at the top of this page.  We have followed government guidelines to keep your children safe when they return and things will be slightly different to what they are used to. The children will be reminded of our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty and they will continue to earn dojo points for good behaviour, attitudes and effort.


During the second half term we will be trying to return to usual in terms of year 1 curriculum coverage. Although there will be many catch up sessions taking place in order to fill any gaps in learning from the missed months in Reception.


Staffing in Year 1 is:


Mrs Smith - Class Teacher 

Mrs Haji- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Maqsood- Special Support Assistant



Please encourage your child to complete their homework each week. Homework is given out on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Tuesday.  It is important that your child learns to read their spellings and understand the meaning before attempting to copy them into their spelling book.  It is also vital that they learn their vocabulary as this is linked to the book they will be reading in class the following week.  Once passwords and logins have been sorted, there will be some online homework too through Purple Mash, My Maths, and TT Rockstars. 


It is crucial that you read with your child as much as possible at home to support their phonics and also their understanding of different texts.


Your child will be given fact sheets with information and vocabulary based on these topics and others that we are learning about in class. Please support and encourage your child with learning these facts, as this will support and consolidate their learning with the classroom.



PE will take place on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has their earrings removed or covered by plasters from home on this day. The correct PE uniform must also be worn: Yellow PE shirt, black PE shorts or jogging bottoms and black pumps. 




In English this half term, we will be writing our own stories based on the story ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson to develop our use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will explore the text and use the Talk 4 Writing approach to retell, innovate then invent our own story based on the original.


Phonics will continue throughout the day and there are some links in the website star for you to support your child at home.



We will be practising our 2x, 5x and 10x times tables which all year 1 children should be able to recall confidently. Therefore, we ask that you practise these with your child as much as possible.  Our main focus will be ensuring the children have mastered numbers up to 20 by: counting, writing, ordering and adding and subtracting them. We will then be using positional language such as: left, right and one-ten. After that we will recognise, group and make patterns out of shapes. Lastly we will compare and measure height and length.



This half term we are identifying and naming a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.  We will discover which of these animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.  We will also be learning about the seasons with a focus on describing features of autumn and winter.



Our history focus will be on the ‘Great Fire of London’. We will be learning facts about the events of the great fire and of London. We will London in the past and present. We will also learn about Samuel Pepys and his importance in London in 1666.



We will have discussions each day during PSHE to ensure your child feels safe and happy and there will be an emphasis on the importance of keeping clean and away from germs.  We would appreciate this discussion happening at home too.


If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to discuss these with us at the beginning or end of the school day or arrange an appointment through the school office.


We hope your child has an amazing first half term being the best that they can be.  As always, we all hope that you stay healthy, safe and happy! 


From all the Year 1 team: Mrs Smith, Mrs Haji and Mrs Maqsood