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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter – Autumn 1 2019


Welcome back after the summer holidays.  We hope you have had an enjoyable time with your families and are well rested.  We will continue to remind children about our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty.  We will also be using our awards system called Brookhouse Monster's University  dojo points.  The winning team will be rewarded with a party at the end of term.  Your child's homework grid will be sent home at the start of the term and glued into their homework book.  Please encourage your child to complete the reading, spelling, times tables and topic homework. Homework will be given out on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Wednesday.  It is important that your child learns their vocabulary as this is linked to the book they will be reading the following week in class.  


P.E this half term will take place on a Monday 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.


Our topic this half term is ‘ Penguins, Possums and Pigs'.



In English, we will be writing our own stories based on the story 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers 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.


We will then move onto non-chronological reports where we will carry on with our focus on Animals - especially penguins, possums and pigs.  We will explore the key features of a non-chronological report to enable us to write our own.


As we have the phonics screening test approaching this year, we would be grateful if you could practise reading with your child at home as much as possible and encourage them to use their phonic knowledge whenever writing or reading unfamiliar words.



We will begin by reading, writing and recognising the place value of numbers.  This will involve us counting up and down to 100.  We will be practising our 2x, 5x and 10x tables which all year 1 children should be able to recall confidently.  Therefore, we ask that you practise these with your child at home as much as possible.  We will also be measuring, recording and comparing lengths and masses; adding and subtracting using our number bonds to 20; collecting data to present and interpret it using block graphs and we will also be looking at and naming 2d and 3d shapes.  This term we will be starting to build our confidence with fluency, reasoning and problem solving.



As our topic is 'Penguins, Possums and Pigs', we will start with a geographical focus looking at which parts of the world are hot and which are cold.  We will also be looking at the weather of these places and what it is like to live there.  Our science aspect is looking at habitats of different animals all over the world.  We will group animals, learn the features of them and identify them as herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.  We will use the knowledge we have learnt to design our own.  For our art work, we will use a range of media including charcoal, chalk and clay.



During PSHE, children will be learning about the importance of learning behaviours to enable them to be the best that they can be.  We will also be discussing feelings and emotions in different situations and finding out about how to lead a healthy lifestyle. 


If you have any concerns, there will be opportunities for informal chats at the end of the school day, but if you would like a more formal meeting with any of the year 1 team, please arrange a suitable time at the office.  Otherwise, there will be a formal opportunity for us to meet at the 'Meet the teacher' meeting on Wednesday 18th September at 8.50am.  This will be held in the library.


I hope your child has a brilliant first half term.


   Mrs May           Mrs Haji                 Mrs Hussain             Mrs Matadar

Class Teacher     Teaching Assistant      Special Support Assistant    Special Support Assistant


 Mrs Saleem/Mrs Solkar

Special Support Assistants