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Miss Thackray will be on a course on Monday 17th December, Mrs Naylor will be in Year 1 all day. 


Year 1 have had another brilliant two weeks! I have been blown away by how enthusiastic the class have been about space and their ever developing knowledge. The homework projects were absolutely fantastic and they look amazing in our space role play area. During topic, we have been learning about the different planets and some facts about them. We have also looked in detail at Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong. We compared how they were similar and different, the children had some fabulous ideas which even I had not come up with!


Last week, we started to look at the artist Van Gogh and the children will have the opportunity to replicate one of his famous paintings 'Starry Night'. The week before, with Mrs Shaw, Year 1 looked at the 3 primary and 3 secondary colours. They had an opportunity to mix colours and produce their own colour wheel. They then began to look at what happens when black or white paint is added and were introduced to words such as tone and tint. In Science, children took part in an experiment where they had to predict which materials would float and which would sink. They then looked at why oil floats in water. The children were using excellent scientific knowledge and I know Mrs Naylor was very impressed with their sensible attitude during the experiment. 


In phonics, we have introduced 4 out of the 5 split digraphs and I have been amazed by the children's attitude towards understanding them. Year 1 are now constantly hunting for split digraphs everywhere they go and it is an absolute pleasure to see. We can see them growing in confidence on a weekly basis with their reading and we could not be prouder! In maths, we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, forwards and backwards, as well as answering tricky word questions. Due to Nativity rehearsals we will be continuing with counting in 5s next week. I think it is important that the class have a solid understanding before we move on. 


The Nativity rehearsals are going well and we cannot wait for you to see it next week. Thank you so much for helping your children at home learn their lines. It is making such a difference and their confidence is growing every day! The amount of effort,  perseverance and respect for others they are showing just shows what a brilliant class they are!


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

17.12.18 - Miss Thackray on a course, Mrs Naylor will be in Year 1 all day

17.12.18 - Show and Tell (Group 2)

18.12.18 - Church Service

18.12.18 - EYFS and KS1 Christmas Party (PM)

08.02.19 - Parent Event (J-Z 13.15 - 14.05. A-H 14.15 - 15.05)

24.04.19 - Parent Event (A-H 13.15 - 14.05. J-Z 14.15 - 15.05)

23.05.19 - Parent Event (J-Z 13.15 - 14.05. A-H 14.15 - 15.05)

19.07.19 - Y1 Charity Event (Whole class 14.30 - 15.10)


Latest News

Wow ... What another fantastic start to the half term the children have made. They were particularly excited when we had a letter left for us by an alien called Sporkle from Planet Twink. Sporkle had even left a video on my laptop of his space rocket landing in the school field! Thankfully it did not make too much of a mess. Unfortunately, Sporkle came when nobody was at school so he had to go back to his planet. The children have been busy writing letters back to Sporkle to see if he will come back! 


It was lovely to speak to you all at parents evening last week and discuss how well your children are doing! Just a reminder that I am on a course this Friday (23rd Nov) so Mrs Naylor and Mrs Shaw will be leading Year 1. As a consequence, our big write will be on Thursday (22nd Nov) instead. 


This week we have started singing for our Christmas play and I am sure some of you will have heard some of the songs already at home. The children will be given their parts for the play this Thursday (22nd Nov) as well as their lines. Practicing their lines will form part of their homework and any support with this would be greatly appreciated. 


In Maths, we have looked closer at what numbers mean. For example, when looking at the number 34 we identified that this number has 3 tens and 4 ones. This place value knowledge will really help us as we move through school. We have also been comparing numbers using these symbols: < = >. We were very impressed how Year 1 could use these symbols independently. Next week we will be focusing on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and working out if there is any pattern to help us remember them.


In English, we have moved onto the Set 3 sounds in phonics. Next week is a big week as we will be looking at split digraphs as a whole class for the first time. The 4 we will look at first will be: a_e, i_e, o_e and u_e. The split digraphs take the first letters name not sound. For example, a_e is pronounced A. Hopefully, the introduction of these sounds will help children with their reading. I will be encouraging children that if a words ends in a 'e' then it is probably a split digraph and to try to spot the sound. I will also be using the terminology 'chatty friends' for the split digraphs and explaining to Year 1 that because the letters have been talking too much we have had to put another letter in the middle of them!  


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 Topic this half term will be 'Moon Zoom' and we will be looking at all things related to space! Children will be learning a song all about the planets to remember their order and what they look look. We will even look at the dwarf planets! In history, we will be learning all about Neil Armstrong and why he is a significant person from the past. We will compare Neil Armstrong to Tim Peake and see how their space adventures were similar and different. In art, we will be looking at the artist Van Gogh and children will be replicating his famous 'Starry Night' painting. In design and technology children will be making their own space rockets in groups. 



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 5th November. 

Week 1 - Place Value (within 50)

Week 2 - Place Value (within 50)

Week 3 - Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s

Week 4 - Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s

Week 5 - Recap addition and subtraction (within 50)

Week 6 - 2D Shapes

Week 7 - 2D shapes



In Science we will be looking at different materials and their properties. We will look at words such as: absorbent, opaque, transparent and rigid. We will also look at why certain materials are only for used for particular things. For example, why do we not use fabric for windows. Children will also have the opportunity to take part in some interesting experiments ... 



In Computing we will continue to 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 2 we will be looking at Creation. Our key question will be 'Who made the world?' 



Our P.E. days for Autumn 2 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 2 - Football (Tuesday - Outdoor if possible).
  • Autumn 2 - Football (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 keeping and feeling safe. Children will begin to recognise the difference between ‘real’ and ‘imaginary’ dangers, understand that there are situations when secrets should not be kept and to know to tell a trusted adult if they feel unsafe. We will also look at the difference between good and bad touches and understand there are parts of the body which are private.

Curriculum Parent Leaflet Year One