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Please note there will be no show and tell on Monday 11th December due to the Year 1 Christmas Party. Show and tell will resume on Monday 8th January (group 1).  


Please note there will be no homework set next week for the Christmas holidays. The children have worked incredibly hard this term and definitely deserve to enjoy their holiday! Thank you so much for your support this term, I am thoroughly enjoying teaching this wonderful class! Have a lovely Christmas and New Year if I don’t get chance to speak to you in person next week.

We are committed to safeguarding; if you have any concerns about the well being of a child in school please contact a member of staff.

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

11/12/17 - Year 1 Christmas Party

12/12/17 - Carols at the Church

13/12/17 - 'Collingham Showcase'

15/12/17 - Christmas Jumper Day

04/01/18 - Children return to school

07/02/18 - Year 1 Parent Event (PM)


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.


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 Topic this half term will be Space! The children have already shown their enthusiasm for this Topic and I am very excited about the half term ahead. The children will have the opportunity to learn more about the planets and the solar system. In History, we will be concentrating on Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake looking specifically at their achievements. In Art, we will look at the painting 'Starry Night' by Van Gogh and the children will have chance to replicate the painting. In Design and Technology, the children will have chance to make their own rocket. Towards the end of this half term there will be a focus on Christmas and the children will have opportunities to take part in various activities. 



In English, we will continue to concentrate on Read, Write, Inc (RWI) Phonics. We will focus on the sounds from Set 3 which include split digraphs (chatty friends) 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. The books I have chosen for this half term are; Man on the Moon, Whatever Next, How to Catch a Star and Aliens Love Underpants. Alongside this, I will be reading the children a Roald Dahl story (I am going to let them vote to decide which one we read first). 


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'.


We will continue practicing our cursive letter formation and begin to look at joining letters together when ready. This is something which will be a focus all year so please do not worry if your child is finding it tricky at first.


Another focus this half term will be using interesting words in our writing. I would like children to challenge themselves with the vocabulary they are using and we will be looking at meanings of a variety of words every day. We will look at nouns and verbs as well as capital letters for places, names and days of the week. Also, we will look at making words plural and when to add 's' or 'es'. For example, cat becomes cats but wish becomes wishes. 


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 30th October.

Week 1 - Addition and Subtraction: Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +, - and = signs.

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

Week 3 - Place Value: Read and write numbers in numerals 

Week 4 - Place Value / Fractions: Look at representing numbers through drawing. Stick = 10 and Dot = 1. Recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity. 

Week 5 - Fractions: Recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity. 

Week 6 - Time: Sequence events in chronological order. Recognise and use language relating to days of the week, months and years.

Week 7 - Time and Consolidate: Tell the time to o'clock and half past. 



In Science, we are going to have a real focus on materials this half term. Children will learn to distinguish between objects and the material from which it is made. We will identify and name a variety of everyday materials including; wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock. We will then describe the simple physical properties of these every day materials. Finally, we will compare and group together a variety of everyday materials based on their simple physical properties. 


Also, the children will continue to investigate seasonal changes  as well as observing and describing the weather associated with each season.



In Computing we will be looking at instructions and algorithms. We will be looking at programming beebots and using a programme on the computer which teaches algorithms through simple games. 



Our R.E. topic this half term will be 'Who made the world?' We will retell the story of creation from Genesis. We will then recognise that 'Creation' is the beginning of the 'big story' of the Bible. We will then think about what the story tells Christians about God, Creation and the world. 



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 2 - Gymnastics (Tuesday - Indoor).
  • Autumn 2 - Gymnastics (Friday - Indoor).



Year 1 will be introduced to Spanish this half term 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 keeping safe and managing risk. 

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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