Welcome to the Year 1 Page


There are 3 classes in Year 1:

1B - Mrs Beswick, Mrs Langley and Miss Clamp.

1C - Mrs Collins and Mrs Leeson.

1L - Miss Lester and Mrs Hodges.


Our cover supervisor is Mrs Harrison.

Welcome to the first term in Year One


Science:  This term our big topic is Animals. The children will start by learning about their own bodies: they will name the external parts and explore how key parts of their bodies help them "sense" the world around them. By exploring and naming a variety of other common animals the children will learn to ask scientific questions, make observations and sort animals into groups. Throughout the year the children will be encouraged to continue using their senses to learn about seasonal changes and observe the changes in their outdoor environment.

EnglishThis half term, the children will be focusing on how spoken words are written down in a sentence.  They will find out about the features of a simple sentence by reading information about common animals and begin to check the sentences they write are accurate. Finally they will compose and say their own sentences before writing them down.

Maths: The children will be looking at place value. The children will learn to count forwards & backward. They will identify 1 more / less from any number to 5; read & write numerals & words; solve problems by representing number bonds by using objects & pictures incl. number lines. They will also read, write & interpret statements using < > = signs. There will be a huge focus on fluency throughout Year 1, this term the children will recall number bonds to 5.

Geography: This term the children will be exploring the school grounds and linking these "real" places to 2D plans and simple maps. They will think about the features of different habitats and consider which common animals would choose to live in them.

RE: Celebrations: The children will be learning about different celebrations / festivals and how they are celebrated in order to answer the question ‘How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?’ 

Computing: This term we will find out how to keep ourselves safe online, program a robot around a digit habitat and develop our keyboard skills so we can use a computer network.

PSHCE: Beginning & Belonging: We will be encouraging the children to think about how they feel when they are faced with something new. They will explore ways to cope when they have to be in a new place/group including strategies for helping people who arrive & join their school.

Music: The children will explore and create sounds using their voice, body and simple percussion instruments. They will compose music to capture the atmosphere in different parts of the school.

PE: Through playing individual and team games the children will develop the key skills of agility, balance, coordination and also accuracy when throwing and catching.

Art: The children will be exploring the patterns, shapes and textures of insects. They will investigate how they can transform malleable materials to create their own mini-beasts using their hands, simple tools and their observations of common insects.


Home Work

The children are expected to read several times a week , to learn to spell a couple of new words and practise key Maths fluency facts.

Each half term the children are also given a mini-project to do at home linked to our topic.

 Helping your child at home

(At the end of this page are some links for some common resources you can use at home.)


Weekly Reading

Regular reading, even if for only 5 minutes a day, is the most effective way to help your child. Talking about the book will also help to develop their understanding and enjoyment of reading.

  • Which is your favourite character and why? 
  • What words did the author use to describe this character?
  • How did the characters feel at the beginning/ end of the story?
  • What happened in this story? What might happen after the story finishes?
  • Can you think of a different ending to the story?
  • What places are in the story?
  • Did you enjoy the book? Why/ why not?
  • Can you think of another story/ book like this? What is the same about the two stories/ books?
  • Using the title, can you write the blurb for this book?
  • Why do you think the book was given this title?
  • Does the title help us to choose the right book to read?
  • What happened first, next or at the end?
  • What other title could you use for this book? Why? 

Take part in the Reading Rocket Challenge

Listen to your child read at home then write in their Reading Diary.

Each time your child reads they can move 1 space on the rocket chart!

Every time they land on a star  they will get a special reward or prize.

This can be done with anybody… parents, grand-parents, siblings, cousins or even just friends!    Please write in their Reading Diary so we have a written record to ensure the challenge is fair to all children!

 Home Reading Books

Please can you make sure that your child has their reading books in school everyday so that we can read with them.

The children are encouraged to change their own books when needed.

Every day the children will have some time to go and swap their home reading books.

In addition to the Year One Reading Rocket Challenge any child who reads 3 times a week at home will be entered into our exciting Key Stage 1 Weekly Reading Raffle where they can win a book!  


The National Curriculum states that by the end of Year 1, children should be able to independently write dictated sentences, spelling around 100 common words correctly as they do.


At regular intervals your child will bring home a list of words to learn taken from the 100 common words. Please help your child learn to spell a few words at a time using the ideas sent home with the word list or download them from the link below.

The aim is for the children to be able to correctly spell these focus words independently, whenever they write, and also to write in coherent sentences by the time they move to Year Two.

Click here for a copy of our spelling mat, containing all of the words that the children need to learn to spell.

Click here some fun ideas to help them learn to spell words.

Click here for a copy of our Phonics Sound Mat

Click here for our Phonics page!

Click here to see the handwriting letter formation families 

General Information

At the start & end of the school day:

The children start at 8:50am when they are collected from the playground by a member of staff.

For the safety of all the children we ask all parent/s and carer/s not to enter the building, but to say goodbye to their children whilst they line up on the playground.

Should you need to pass on a message before school starts the office staff will be happy to take your call. Or alternatively you can send a written note to your child’s class teacher.

The children finish school at 3:15am. Please wait on the playground near the Year One door so that we can see you before we let your child leave the class group.



What Ever the Weather

The children spend part of each day learning and playing outside.

If the weather is hot and sunny you are welcome to send your child with a sun hat and sun cream clearly labelled with their name. Please make sure your child knows how to apply the sun cream themselves - as we are only able to supervise.

As the weather gets colder please make sure your child has a warm waterproof coat, hat, gloves and scarf to keep them warm and dry.

If you wish your child can keep a pair of wellingtons at school.

PLEASE make sure everything is labelled with your child's name - thank you!



PLEASE leave your child's PE kits in school ALL week.

  All children need a named indoor and outdoor P.E kit.

Indoor kit: black shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps.

Outdoor kit: joggers, trainers and a long sleeved top.


Each class has two P.E lessons per week.

1B - Monday and Friday.

1C Wednesday and t.b.c.

1L - Monday and Thursday.


 Playtime Snacks

If your child would like to bring in their own snack then please make sure it is a healthy choice and free from any nuts, as some children in school have a severe nut allergy. 



Spare Clothing

Do you have any school clothing that your child has grown out of? 

We would greatly appreciate it if you could donate unwanted uniform to school for us to use.


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