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WOW what a year we have had! I could not be prouder of this amazing class and I have enjoyed every minute of working with them. I can safely say they are ready for Year 2 and I cannot wait to see how they continue to progress with Mrs Hughes! Thank you to parent and carers for making me feel so welcome at the school, I greatly appreciate all the support you have given.


Thank you so much for attending the charity event on Friday, the children absolutely loved it and we managed to raise an amazing £203.46!! I was shocked and so were the children, so thank you again for your generosity. It was definitely a fantastic end to a fantastic year


I have added some photos from the school trip and charity event last week so please have a look if you get chance. The children loved the school trip (and so did the adults!) it was a lovely day where the children got to take part in their very own superhero training sessions.


Thank you for the gifts and presentation, I think it took me a bit by surprise! Once again it was far too generous but thank you. I especially liked the notes from all the children! 


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

23.07.18 - Show and Tell (group 2)

25.07.18 - End of year assembly (2pm-3pm)


Latest News

Wow what another brilliant couple of weeks we have had! I cannot believe how independent the children are and I think they are now super ready for Year 2.


Just a reminder on Friday 6th July we have a parents afternoon. Children with the surname beginning A-M will be the first session (1.15 - 2.10) and children with the surname N-Z will be the second session (2.15 - 3.10). The children have picked the activities they would like to do so hopefully it should be a fun afternoon!


Then on Friday 20th July you are invited to our parent assembly! The children will be having an enterprise couple of weeks and will be raising money for a charity that we choose. The children will be making things to sell at the event so please come prepared with 20ps and 50ps! 


Over the last couple of weeks we have concentrated on independent and interesting writing. We have used pictures of dinosaurs and superheroes as our inspiration and I have been blown away by the some of the language that is being used! We have also looked at independent editing and spotting mistakes which the children enjoyed as they saw it as a challenge. In maths we have been concentrating on measure and weight. We have done lots of practical activities and we have began to use standardised units such as centimetres and grams. We will be moving on to capacity next week and again I will be looking to do teach this area as practically as possible.


In topic, we have looked at the signs of summer and wrote our own poem. The children have also had to sort pictures into the right season and explain their reasoning. As part of our superhero topic we have looked at real life superheroes and why some jobs might be classed as being a 'hero'. The children had some really interesting ideas around this area and we wrote some similes to compare jobs to superheroes. For example, a firefighter is as strong as Hulk. On Friday, Mrs Fraser came and talked to the children about being a doctor. The children absolutely LOVED this event, especially with all the props that Mrs Fraser brought in to talk about. I definitely think the bandages went down the best. Thank you so much Mrs Fraser for giving up your time to come and speak to the lovely year 1!


Next week we are going to be looking at the life of Nelson Mandela and why he is a significant individual and can be classed as a real life superhero. Children will be sequencing Nelson Mandela's life and then writing pretending they are him! We will also be looking at pop art by Andy Warhol and the children will have the chance to design and colour their own piece of art. 


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 new Topic 'Superhero Superstars' will be our last topic in Year 1. We will be learning about real life superheroes such as doctors and nurses. Then we will study Nelson Mandela in detail and look at his achievements and why he might be called a 'superhero'. Year 1 will have the opportunity to make their own superhero cape and mask in Art and Design and even make their own superhero city which they will be in charge of! In Art we will look at different pop art by the artist Andy Warhol and attempt to create our own! In DT we will make our own moving superhero picture book as we did not have time to fit this into our Enchanted Woodland topic. We will also be concentrating on healthy eating this half term and will create our own superhero smoothie / fruit salad. 


Our biggest focus this half term will be the children becoming real life superheroes as they attempt to raise money for a charity they decide on. We will have an 'enterprise' couple of weeks where the children will have to prepare everything for the parents assembly on the 20th July and there they will get to sell the items they have made to raise money for their charity. So please have your 20 and 50ps at the ready :)! This task will test the children but I think it will be a really lovely way to finish the year and it will certainly develop a lot of different skills. 



In English, we will continue to focus on writing. We will specifically be concentrating on the texts; Supertato, Super Daisy and Traction Man. We will be describing our favourite superhero, writing about what we would be like as a superhero and looking closely at the features of a comic. We will also be writing our own healthy recipes, writing our own superhero slogans and looking at the differences between heroes and villains. 


We will continue to concentrate on Read, Write, Inc (RWI) Phonics. We will focus on the sounds from Set 1, 2 and 3 which include split digraphs (chatty friends) as well as looking at the words on our Superhero Spellings list. Alongside our Superhero Spellings we will also be looking at the Year 1 common exception words and high frequency words. 


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', 'because', 'so', 'but'. We will also be concentrating on question marks, exclamation marks, adjectives and maintaining tense. Another focus will be the use of adjectives and sequence work in writing. 


We will continue practicing our cursive letter formation and joining letters. We will be focusing on each handwriting family and making sure formation is correct and all letters are sat on the line and joined in the correct position. 


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 continue to look at nouns and verbs as well as making words plural. Another focus will be adding the suffixes -ed, -er, -est to the end of words, adding the prefix -un and contracting words e.g. I am = I'm or do not = don't.


I will continue to read to the children as often as I can and I will be asking them comprehension questions where possible. There will be a focus on both fiction and non-fiction which will allow different questions to be asked. The children are always so engaged during story time and it is brilliant to see their comprehension skills improving. 


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 June. 

Week 1 - 3D shape and recap 2D shape

Week 2 - Length and Weight/Mass

Week 3 - Assessment Week

Week 4 - Capacity and Volume

Week 5 - Time, Position and Direction

Week 6 - Recap all Shape, Space and Measure

Week 7 - Recap all Number



For our new topic 'Superhero Superstars' we will be having a closer look at materials and will be seeing which material is best for  a superhero cape! We will also be making our own superhero eggs and seeing what materials we can use to protect our eggs from cracking! Another focus will be Summer and this season differs to the others. Year 1 will be producing a piece of artwork to compare the 4 seasons and also be writing a poem all about Summer.



In Computing we will continue with algorithms. We will also focus on data retrieval and visual media, this will include creating and manipulating digital images to make our own superhero stories. 



During R.E. we will be continuing to look at Judaism. Our key question will be Are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important to Jewish children?



Our P.E. days for Summer 2 will be Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that you are wearing your School PE kit, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster. 

  • Spring 2 - Tennis (Tuesday - Outdoor if possible).
  • Spring 2 - Athletics (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 mental health and emotional well-being, with a specific focus on feelings. Pupils will learn about different types of feelings and how to manage these different emotions. We will also look at managing change and how this can feel. 


Lovely Art

Fire Service

Curriculum Parent Leaflet Year One