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WOW what a fantastic job Year 1 did at the Harvest Festival! They learned the actions and words to the song so brilliantly. Thank you to everyone who could come :). Year 1 were especially pleased as they managed to fill their marble jar and so will be having a treat imminently. 


Once again, we have had a really busy couple of weeks. In English, we have been trying so hard with our cursive writing and I am so happy with Year 1's attitude towards this. We have also been thinking hard about capital letters and full stops and have started to look at when to use question marks. To get the children thinking about what questions are we looked at typical words which begin a question such as: what, when, who etc. We then wrote questions to Mr Cook and we are going to invite him in to ask the questions (he certainly has some testing ones to face). In Phonics, we have been continuing  to recap our set 2 sounds and look at the Year 1 tricky words. We have not only been trying to read words with the sounds in but spell them as well.


In maths, we have been looking at addition and subtraction. We have continued to work on these areas this week and we will do it next week as well. This means we will have to move 2D shape and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s until later in the year. I think it is important that the children feel comfortable with addition and subtraction and have more than one method to help solve problems. We will also look at spelling the numbers 0-10. This can be a tricky objective and one that we will revisit throughout the year. Within addition and subtraction we have looked at number bonds to 10 and played games to try and remember the bonds. 


In topic, we have looked at the artist Picasso and his life. We looked at why his style was unique and what the word cubism means. Children then used oil pastels to make their own animal Picasso picture. The pictures look fantastic and have been displayed in the corridor outside the classroom. The children had to show perseverance skills as some could not complete their work in one day and had to revisit it. Alongside their art work, groups of children have been working with Mrs Shaw to create a clay animal. Children have been using tools to include texture and add features to their animals. Once everyone has finished we will paint them and make sure they are ready to take home after the parent event. Next week we will look at animal habitats and why certain animals are adapted to environments. 


All the children seem excited about our school trip on Thursday 18th October. It will be lovely to see the children use all the knowledge they have developed this half term. On Monday 22nd October I will be on a course. Mrs Naylor will be covering the class and she will be looking at the question 'who God is?' on that day. On Wednesday 24th October in the afternoon we have our first parent event. Children will be making an animal puppet and learning the basic sewing technique. Alongside this there will be some other animal activities and the opportunity to look at the Y1 classroom and your child's books. I know the children are already looking forward to it and so am I!


During the last week of half term it is whole school assessment week. Because I am out of class on Monday 22nd October we will only do assessments on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. However, our writing assessment will be on Friday 19th October. Children will be writing about our trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and all the things we have learned about animals this half term. With this weeks homework I have sent some further information about what assessments will take place. 


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Welcome to Year One


A very, very warm welcome to Key Stage One! I hope you enjoy reading our class page, where topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half-term and latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Wednesday. As always, there will be lots of photographs uploaded after all the exciting activities and events we get up to!


The Year One staff team consists of Miss Thackray, Mrs Naylor, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Meek. Mrs Naylor will support the class every morning and Mrs Shaw will support Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Mrs Meek will teach Year 1 on a Wednesday afternoon.


We are really looking forward to our time in year 1 this year, and hope that you are too!

Miss Thackray and the Year 1 Team


Upcoming Events

 15.10.18 - Show and Tell (group 2)

18.10.18 - School Trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park 

22.10.18 - Miss Thackray on a course (Mrs Naylor will be covering)

22.10.18 - Show and Tell (group 1)

22-26.10.18 - Assessment Week

24.10.18 - Y1 Parent Event 

13.11.18 - Parent Consultation Evening

14.11.18 - Parent Consultation Evening


Latest News

What another super couple of weeks we have had in Year 1. We are certainly into our routine and the children have been working so hard. The year 1 team is especially pleased with the effort and perseverance the children are showing with their cursive handwriting. We practice our handwriting every morning during registration as well as in our phonics lesson and after PE on a Tuesday afternoon. In phonics, we have recapped our set 1 sounds and are now revisiting the set 2 sounds. The children are taking real ownership in their phonics lesson and are even marking and correcting their own work for one part of the lesson! 


I have been really impressed with Year 1s attitude towards their big write and how focused they have been on their writing. We have looked at capital letters and full stops as well as writing the letters the right way round and on the line. There is a lot to remember and I once again have been really proud of their perseverance. I know they cannot wait to show their work to you at the parent event! 


In maths we have been singing a song to help us order our numbers to 100 and even how to count back from 100. We looked at how to find one more and one less using a number square and played some games to make sure the information was embedded. This week we have begun to look at what addition means and what methods can help us find the answer to a problem. We will continue to work on our basic skills with number bonds to 10 being a real focus. 


In topic, the children have AMAZED me with all their animal knowledge! The children became scientists and had to sort animals into groups with their partner. Some of the ideas for sorting were fantastic such as animals who live on land, sea or both. Another idea was animals who live in cold or hot habitats. Then, we began to look at the 6 main animal groups; mammals, reptiles, amphibians, bird, insects and fish. We looked at the characteristics of each group and how we can remember. We thought that deciding if an animal was an amphibian or reptile was tricky so we spent a bit more time on these 2 groups. We then played a game of odd one out to make sure the information was embedded. We will now be moving onto carnivores, herbivores and omnivores! Year 1 (including staff) are really excited about the school trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, especially the polar bear workshop! To prepare for the trip we will look at animal habitats a bit closer. 


Important Information

  • Reading books will be changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please can you write the name of the new book in the reading record and sign when they have read the book. It is always helpful to leave a comment and it is something that the Year 1 team really appreciate.
  • Show and Tell will be on a Monday afternoon. I have split the class into 2 groups meaning children will be able to show something every other week. Children with a surname beginning with A-H will be in group 1 and children with a surname beginning with I-Z will be in group 2. Please look at upcoming events to keep up to date with the rota.


Homework Expectations

Learning Logs will be given out on Friday indicating skills to be practised. Learning logs need to be back in school the following Wednesday. Some homework will be over longer periods to enable research and the date for completion will be indicated on the log. In Year 1 the children have a session to share homework with classmates and staff. Pupils get the opportunity to see each other’s learning and discuss findings. This enables the children to really engage with homework by sharing good ideas and information. All homework is related to what’s going on in the current curriculum and supports their classroom learning. All homework is read by Miss Thackray and initialled.


Children need to read daily and discuss their reading. At the bottom of the page I have added a document with a list of possible questions you can ask your child when you are reading with them. Your support with reading is greatly appreciated and really enhances learning.


Curriculum this half term 




Our first topic 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers' will be science driven (please see the science section below for more information). Alongside the science objectives children will also have the opportunity to make an animal sculpture using clay then paint them. Also, we will be looking at the artist Picasso and identifying what techniques he uses for his paintings. The children will then have chance to replicate one of Picasso's most famous animal paintings. In Design and Technology children will be making their own animal puppets with the assistance of a special helper. Mrs Meek will be leading the music and the children will be looking at animal songs. 



In English, we will be concentrating on writing sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will also be focusing on writing on the line with our letters the right way round. Children will introduced to the cursive script and will slowly begin to start writing in this style. We will have a 'Big Write' every Friday morning where we will look a bit closer at these areas.


In addition, we will begin to look at how we can make our work more interesting. For example, we will begin to use adjectives in our work as well as conjunctions such as because. We will even begin to use sequence words such as first, then, after and finally to structure our work! Year 1 will look when to use a question mark and what words typically start a question sentence.


In phonics, we will recap the set 1 and 2 sounds from Read Write Inc. We will have a phonics lesson 4 days a week and within this session we will also look at the Year 1 high frequency and common exception words. 


I think children learn a lot by having stories read to them and I will try and read a story every day. The stories are linked to our topic where possible and I will list the books we will be concentrating on this half term once children have been introduced to the topic. 


There are links at the bottom of the page to any English support I think could be helpful. If you require any more information/support please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Year One Team.



In Maths, we will have a particular focus for each week starting from the 4th September. 

Week 1 - Place Value (count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number)

Week 2 - Place Value (count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals)

Week 3 - Place Value (given a number, identify 1 more and 1 less to 100)

Week 4 - Addition and Subtraction (read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +, - and  = signs)

Week 5 - Addition and Subtraction (add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including 0)

Week 6 - 2D Shapes

Week 7 - Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s

Week 8 - Assessment Week 



In Science this half term we will be looking at how we can classify animals into different groups. In particular, we will look at the characteristics of mammals, birds, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians. We will then look at grouping animals into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Then, we will look at where animals live and their habitat. Children will have an opportunity to make their own habitat for a woodland animal.


Also, we will be looking at the signs of Autumn this half term. We will compare Autumn to other seasons and even do a Big Write about this!



In Computing we will focus on E-safety and digital literacy. Children will learn that information comes from different sources e.g. books, websites etc and understand that ICT can give access quickly to a wide variety of resources. We will explore a variety of electronic information as part of our topic and follow links to find information required. Throughout the term we will be looking at how to stay safe online. 



During R.E. in Autumn 1 we will be looking at God. Our key question will be 'What do Christians believe God is like?' 



Our P.E. days for Autumn 1 will be Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that children are wearing their School PE kit - plain white t-shirt, black shorts, trainers (which children can fasten/tie themselves), tracksuit bottoms and top (weather permitting). Please can long hair be tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster. 


  • Autumn 1 - Basketball with a coach (Tuesday - Outdoor if possible).
  • Autumn 1 - Skills (Thursday - Outdoor if possible).



Year 1 will be introduced to Spanish this half term on a Tuesday afternoon. 


PHSE/British Values

Our RESPECT code, as ever, will underpin all our learning, and the children will be encouraged to continue to add to a RESPECT code display and write a post-it when they see a child portraying aspects of our RESPECT code and help to choose the children who will be selected for our leaf assembly. We will be discussing lots about our locality and discussing what it means to be British, recapping our British values.


Our PHSE focus will be physical health and well-being. Children will learn about food and drinks that are associated with special times, in different cultures.

Curriculum Parent Leaflet Year One