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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

09/10/17 - Show and Tell (group 1)

10/10/17 - D Side Safety talk

16/10/17 - Show and Tell (group 2)

18/10/17 - Harvest Assembly

19/10/17 - Year 1 Parents Afternoon (1.30pm - 3.00pm)

20/10/17 - Training Day


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-M will be in group 1 and children with a surname beginning with N-Z will be in group 2. Please look at upcoming events to keep up to date with the rota.


Latest News

Autumn 1 (Week 3)

I cannot believe how well the children have settled into Year 1. They have made such a fantastic start and adapted so well to the change in structure and routine. It has been a busy start to the year which has included a visitor from Owl Adventures and the new R.E. launch (pictures are at the bottom of this page).


We have been looking at numbers to 100 in maths and sequencing forwards and backwards as well as counting in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s from different start points. The children have been answering word and problem solving questions such as 'I start counting from 58. I will say the number 56. True or false? Explain why.' I have been super impressed by the attitude and perseverance towards these questions and the use of mathematical language has been brilliant.


In Phonics, we have recapped the sounds from Set 1 and we are now concentrating on Set 2. As well as the sounds we are learning our 'Superhero Spellings'. We have looked closely at capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and writing on the line. The children are also having a chance to practice their cursive writing everyday and I am really pleased with their progress. I know how tricky this can be and it is something which will be continued all year.


In Topic, we have looked closely at the different groups of animals and the characteristics of each group. Children have then sorted animals into their correct group and explained their answers. We will be moving on to comparing animal structures as well as identifying carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.


I was very impressed with the children's engagement during the R.E. launch and the profound questions they were asking. The core concept Year 1 concentrated on was 'God'. The children drew pictures of what they thought God might look like and listened to different stories from the Bible. We also made a 'Jar of God' where different colours were used to represent the layers of God and the children chose words for each layer. The children made the different layers using salt and chalk, they decided they wanted to use the colours of the rainbow and so we had 7 layers to our jar.  


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 



I am very pleased to announce that our topic for the first half term is 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'. We will be looking at animal paintings by Picasso and the children will have an opportunity to draw their own animal painting in this style. The children will be making a sculpture of an animal as well as identifying suitable materials for an animal habitat and making our own version in the classroom. In Geography we will name, locate and identify characteristics of the 4 countries of the United Kingdom. We will also look at where animals live in the world and the reasons why they live there.



In English, we will mainly be concentrating on Read, Write, Inc (RWI) Phonics. We will be recapping the sounds from Set 2 as well as looking at some of the words on our Superhero Spellings list. Alongside our Superhero Spellings we will also be looking at some of the Year 1 common exception words and high frequency words.


I will also be reading stories to the children which will include animals from all over the world. An example of a story I will be concentrating on is 'Handa's Surprise' which will enable the class to have a closer look at nouns, verbs and adjectives.


As always, in our Friday 'Big Write' we will be emphasising the use of capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, using our phonics and spelling knowledge and joining sentences with conjunctions such as 'and'.


I will be introducing the cursive letter formation to children which is a whole school policy from Year 1. All the letters have a 'lead up' and it is used to help the children progress to joining up their letters. This is something which will be a focus all year so please do not worry if your child is finding it tricky at first.


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 11th September.

Week 1 - Number and Place Value: Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

Week 2 - Number and Place Value: Count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s.

Week 3 - Measures: Compare, describe and solve practical problems for lengths and heights and mass/weight.

Week 4 - Addition and Subtraction: Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +, - and = signs.

Week 5 - Addition and Subtraction: Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.

Week 6 - Geometry: Recognise and name common 2D shapes.



In Science, we are going to have a real focus on animals this half term. Children will learn to identify and name a variety of common animals including, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals as well as identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also learn to describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets).


Also, the children will be investigating seasonal changes in Autumn as well as observing and describing the weather associated with this season.



In Computing we will be looking at how to stay safe. We will identify how to retrieve data and learn how to create and manipulate digital images and animation.



Our R.E. topic this half term will be 'What do Christians believe God is like?' We will tell the story of the Lost Son from the bible and recognise a link with the concept of God as a forgiving Father. We will also tell the key points of the story of Jonah from the Bible and recognise a link with the concept of God.



Our P.E. days for the Autumn term will be Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that you are wearing your School PE kit, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster. 

  • Autumn 1 - Badminton (Tuesday - Outdoor)
  • Autumn 1 - Ball Control and Motor Skills (Friday - Indoor)



Year 1 will be learning French on a Tuesday afternoon.


PHSCE/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.


A particular focus this half term will be physical health and wellbeing. Children will have the opportunity to learn about food that is associated with special times in different cultures as well as active playground games from around the world. There will also be a session on sun safety.

Curriculum Parent Leaflet Year One

First Week in Year 1

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Owl Adventures

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R.E. Launch

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