Year 1


Welcome to Year 1



This year's class teachers are Mrs. Johnson (1J) and Mrs. Cooper (1C).


On Thursday afternoons the children are taught by  Mrs Underhilll  1C ,and Mrs Ellis  1J.








In Year 1 we aim for all children to become confident and independent writers. This term we will read and investigate non-fiction texts; their features and layout. Initially the children will explore the text as readers before planning and thinking about writing their own piece of work. Throughout the term the children will be supported to speak and then write in complete sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 





All children will be exposed to maths every day, through a range of practical and real life activities. The children will continue to work on their number recognition and counting skills. They will regularly practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, as well as number bonds to 10 and 20.  In particular the children will be focusing on adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers, finding fractions of shapes and numbers, measuring different amounts and collecting and interpreting their own data.


Lots of our work will be investigative. We encourage you to practice maths skills at home with your child. Look for numbers around the house, count the stairs, help pay for items in the shop… maths is everywhere!





All children take part in daily phonics lessons to support their developing reading abilities. Children in Year 1 read once a week. Some children will be heard individually, by one of our Reading Buddies and all children will take part in a Guided Reading session. 


We welcome comments from parent(s)/carers about how your child has read, even if it is just to let us know they really enjoyed the book! The children will be responsible for changing their own book as often as they like. To enable reading to happen frequently we advise that your child brings their book and reading diary in their book bag every day.


Remember we have the reading challenge scheme in place throughout the school and the children can earn extra playtimes and small rewards plus a lovely reading certificate for every 20 reads they complete at home.





  Topic-Spring 1- Schools in the Past. (History Focus)

In this topic we will be focussing on our History skills and encouraging the children to understand what school was like during the Victorian Times. The children will have opportunities to compare school today with that of the past and consider how and why it is different. The children will also begin to gain an understanding of Historical vocabulary using key words such as old, past and long ago in order to begin to understand chronology.

Spring 2- My School Grounds.  

During this topic the children will build upon their Geography skills from Autumn 1. The focus for our learning is our school and the children will explore the school grounds and it's immediate environment. The children will get the opportunities to explore, use and make simple maps, plans and aerial photographs and begin to understand the difference between each type of image. The children will consolidate their compass skills and use them to explore the school grounds.










Please ensure suitable indoor (Thursday) and outdoor (Tuesday) clothing is provided and named. For their outdoor kit, they will need joggers/leggings and a fleece/hoodie, especially as the cold months are approaching and the children will still take part in outdoor P.E. sessions.




Extra Information


Please make sure you write your child’s name in all clothing they wear to school. (even shoes!)


Children can bring in a bottle with their name on to keep at school for the week but it must be filled with water. They can fill it up during the school day when they need more.


At break time your child will be offered fruit as a snack but if they want to they can bring in a healthy snack (nut free)  to take outside with them. (fruit)




We very much look forward to the new term ahead. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to any member of the Year 1 team.