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The Year 1 children have had a fantastic start to 2020! They engaged brilliantly in our 'Great Fire of London' topic and loved sharing their learning with the parents during our topic celebration afternoon. The facts the children could remember about the Great Fire of London was amazing and they performed the Great Fire of London songs brilliantly. The different projects the children made at home were fabulous and it was wonderful for the grownups to see all the different ones. The children loved our visit from the Wetherby Fire Service and really enjoyed making bread with Mrs Naylor. The children have also been learning about the different countries that make up the UK and their capital cities. They compared a map of London in 1666 to a map of London today. 


In maths the children have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, adding and subtracting within 20 and also number bonds to 20. We have also been reading and writing the numbers to 100  and have also been practising writing the numbers to 20 in words. The children have looked at different representations of 2 digit numbers in tens frames, numicon, base ten and part whole models. The children have been comparing numbers using more than, less than and equal symbols and finding missing numbers in a sequence. 


In phonics, we have started the set 3 sounds including split digraphs. We have also been concentrating on the Year 1 superhero spellings and thinking of ways to remember them. Year 1 have also been learning about nouns and verbs and have been practising recognising these in sentences as well as writing their own. The Year 1 team have been super impressed with the writing children have produced in our recent Great Fire of London themed 'big writes'.The children's attitude and effort has been fantastic and their cursive handwriting is developing well. 


I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the support you have given at home as well as coming into school for our topic celebration afternoon. I look forward to meeting with you all over the next few weeks. 


I hope you have had a lovely half-term and the children feel refreshed and ready for our learning in Spring 2. 


Miss Cuthbertson and the Year 1 team :)

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Welcome to Year One


A 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 Monday. 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, Miss Cuthbertson, Mrs Naylor,  Mrs Crabtree, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Meek, Mrs Stubbs and Mrs Lowe. Mrs Naylor will support the class every morning, Mrs Crabtree will support on a Wednesday afternoon and Mrs Shaw will support Thursday and Friday afternoons. Mrs Meek will teach Year 1 on a Monday afternoon when Miss Thackray/ Miss Cuthbertson is out of class. Mrs Stubbs will support on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Mrs Lowe will support on a Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday.


If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to let us know.

Miss Thackray, Miss Cuthbertson and the Year 1 Team


Upcoming Events

25.02.20 - Show and Tell (Group 1)

03.03.20 - Show and Tell (Group 2)

05.03. 20 - World Book Day (dress up)

05.03. 20 - Parents evening 4.30 - 7.30pm

10.03.20 - Show and Tell (Group 1)

12.03.20 - Parents Evening 3.30 - 6.30pm

17.03.20 - Show and Tell (Group 2)

24.03.20 - Show and Tell (Group 1)

31.03.20 - Show and Tell (Group 2)

01.04.20 or  02.04.20 - Enchanted Woodland school trip 




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PE days for spring 2:


Monday - Yoga (indoor with coach)

Tuesday - Multi Skills (outdoor)


Show and tell will be on a Tuesday this half-term due to PE with the Yoga coach on Mondays.


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. We will not be able to change the book unless the record has been signed. 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 Tuesday 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-L will be in group 1 and children with a surname beginning with M-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/ Miss Cuthbertson and initialled.


Children need to read daily and discuss their reading with an adult. 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 it really enhances learning.


Curriculum this half term 

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Our new topic is 'Enchanted Woodland' and the children will be learning all about forests and different plants. They will also be continuing learning about maps and will have the opportunity to create their own. In science the children will be learning about the basic structures of flowering plants and trees as well as being able to identify a wide variety of wild and garden plants . In art, the children will be learning the technique of printing and will create pictures by repeating print patterns of leaves and fairies. In DT the children will be making their own moving book as well as designing and building fairy houses. 



In English, we will continue to concentrate on writing sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The children will also be practising writing questions and exclamations. In our SPAG sessions the children will be learning about prefixes (un) and suffixes (s, es, er, est and ed). We will also be focusing on writing on the line with our letters the right way round. We will have a 'Big Write' every Friday morning where children can apply these skills writing at length. 


In addition we will be continuing to develop joining letters using our cursive script. This is something we will concentrate on all year and lots of support will be given to both children and parents to help with this process. Year 1 will practise handwriting every morning for 10 minutes during registration to help them become familiar with the strokes of the letters 


In phonics, we will continue learning the set 3 sounds. The sounds are: a-e (make a cake), i-e (nice smile), o-e (phone home), u-e (huge brute), are (care and share), ear (hear with your ear), ire (fire, fire), ure (sure its pure), au (haunted house), ie (pie in the sky), ue (blue statue), ea (bread for breakfast), ey (wonkey donkey), e-e (Steve centipede), wh (white whale), ph (dolphin on the phone) as well as revisiting previously taught sounds. 


We will have a phonics lesson 4 days a week as well as short recap sessions. Within these sessions we will also look at the Year 1 high frequency and common exception words. On a Friday morning we do our Big Write and on a Friday afternoon we will have a grammar session. We will be reading lots of traditional tales and alternative versions of tradition tales during story time. 


In Spring during our grammar lessons we will be learning: 

  • What is an adjective?
  • When and how to use an exclamation mark
  • How to add the prefix un to change the meaning of a word
  • Adding plurals s and es, est and er and ed


Children learn lots by having stories read to them and we will have class story time regularly. The more children read or/and are being read to, the greater their vocabulary and imagination becomes. This really helps with their creativity when it comes to their own writing. Now children are becoming more confident with their reading it is important they have the opportunity to choose their own books. The school reading books are brilliant at helping children develop and embed their phonic skills/recognise tricky words but they might not necessarily be about a topic which is interesting for your child. I really want to encourage a love for reading and hopefully children having more ownership of what they are reading will promote this.


Some ideas of authors to look at are:

Julia Donaldson

Anthony Browne 

Oliver Jeffers

Francesca Simons

Dav Pilkey

Roald Dahl

Jacquline Wilson

David Walliams 


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 recap and continue our place value learning, practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and practise addition and subtraction skills.

During Spring term Year 1 will be learning to:

-Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals

-Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: -equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least

-Recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts.

- Recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts.

- Know doubles and halves to twenty.

- To solve one step problems involving multiplication and division using objects, pictorial representations and arrays.

-Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +  - and = signs 



Our main focus in science this half term will be plants as well as continuing our learning about the seasons. We will also be taking part in some science experiments as children begin to understand the importance of a fair test. Some areas which we will look at are asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways, observing closely, using simple equipment, using observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions as well as gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.



In Computing we will continue to learn how to use technology safely and respectfully, keep personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about material on the internet or other online technologies. Year 1 will learn about Algorithms and how to code. We will be using Purple Mash to help with his objective which the children will remember from Reception. 



During R.E. in Spring 2 our theme will be 'Salvation'. Our key question will be 'Why does Easter matter to Christians?'.  At the end of the unit children will be able to 



Our P.E. days for Spring 2 will be Monday (Yoga indoors) and Tuesday (multi-skills outdoors).


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. Please can long hair be tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster. 


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 'Drugs, alcohol and tobacco education'. Pupils will learn about what can go into bodies and how it can make people feel. The children will identify whether a substance might be harmful and know how to ask for help if they are unsure. 


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Curriculum Parent Leaflet Year One

Homework Policy