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Year 1


Welcome to Year 1

Autumn 1 2021

Welcome back after the Summer holidays. We hope you have had a restful and enjoyable time with your families. We look forward to the exciting term ahead of us. 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. Your child’s homework grid will be sent home at the beginning of the term and will focus on reading, spelling and learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.  Homework books will be given out on a Friday and will need to be handed in by the following Wednesday at the latest. PE lessons will take place on a Monday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit each week, and is not wearing earrings on PE days. 


Staffing in Year 1 is:


Mrs Smith - Class Teacher

Mrs Haji- Teaching Assistant

Miss Read- Special Support Assistant

Mrs Saleem- Special Support Assistant

Mrs Solkar- 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 Monday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school in their full P.E kit - Yellow P.E shirt with the school's logo, black joggers or shorts or leggings, black pumps and their school green sweatshirt. Also make sure that your child has their earrings removed or covered by plasters from home on this day.


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




In English this half term, 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 about a chosen animal.


As we have the phonics screening test approaching this year we would we grateful if you could practise reading as much as possible with your child at home.


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 begin by exploring numbers to 10. We will be counting using tens frames to help us. The children will be writing numbers in numerals and words.  We will learn to count forwards and backwards and know that 0 comes before 1. We will order and compare numbers using the vocabulary greater than, less than and as many as. Then we will find one more and one less than a number up to ten. Next we will be using number bond diagrams to explore different ways of making a number. After that the children will be adding numbers to 10 using a part whole diagram to support them.  Then we will be subtracting numbers within 10.  We will use the methods of crossing out, number bonds and counting back to help support us when subtracting.  Lastly we will use positional and directional language such as left and right.





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 Geography focus will be on the countries in the UK, and to know that there are five oceans in the world and seven continents. We will be using maps to identify the four countries in the UK and their surrounding seas and where they are on a map. Then we will discuss what a continent is and identify the seven continents of the world. After that we will look at the five oceans of the world using an atlas. Then we will learn what the equator is and how countries may be hot or cold depending on where they are located. Next we will identify the weather patterns in the UK. Lastly we will use all of our knowledge to compare two different continents.





In computing this term our topics are ‘online safety and exploring’ and ‘grouping and sorting.’ In our online safety topic the children will be learning how to log in safely and understand where to save their work and find it again. We will be using Purple Mash and the children will be able to log in and out and find and submit their work. Children will be able to find different topics in Purple Mash and find messages that teachers have put on their work. They will also be able to use tools and find the games section on Purple Mash. In the grouping and sorting topic children will be sorting various items using different criteria.





In art we will be focussing on the work of Tanya Russell and her sculpture work. We will draw artic animals focussing on lines and shapes. There will also be a focus on tones, tints and shades we will add charcoal using these features on a drawing. Then we will experiment with clay to create our own artic animal. Then we will use different paints and will mix paints to paint our sculpture. We will then evaluate theirs and others models.




This term we will be learning about who Christians are and what they believe.





This term we will be exploring a range of different music genres, traditions and cultures. We will find the pulse of music through moving and clapping. We will copy simple rhythms by listening to them.



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, Miss Read, Mrs Saleem and Mrs Solkar