Welcome to the Year 1 Page

There are 3 classes in Year 1:

1B - Mrs Beswick.

1S - Mrs Smallwood.

1L - Miss Lester.


Our cover supervisor is Mrs Harrison.

Our year group LSAs are Mrs Hodges (1L), Mrs Smalley (1S) and Mrs Leeson (1B).

Find our SEN page here!

Find our E-Safety page here!


This term we are learning 

 Please look at the end of this page to find out how you can help your child learn key skills at home. 

Click here to view this term's newsletter.


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.

English:  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.

They will learn to count forwards & backward; identify 1 more / less from any number to 5; read & write numerals & words; solve problems by representing number bonds using objects & pictures and 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.


REWho is a Christian and what do they believe?

The children will explore what Christian’s believe about God and Jesus, using Bible stories and religious objects.  They will explain why God is important to Christians’ and talk about their own ideas about God.


ComputingThis 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.

Explore how to stay safe online

Have a go at these activities from from  Childnet or try these activities from CEO

Watch how Smartie the Penguin stays safe online


PSHE: Beginning & Belonging

We will be encouraging the children to think about how to make their classroom a safe, friendly and happy place.

They will explore how they feel when they are faced with something new and ways to cope when they have to be in a new place/group including identifying who they can ask for help.


MusicThe 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: Games

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


Geography: Our Class and Our School

The children will explore the physical features of their classroom and other areas they use around school.

They will use positional vocabulary to talk about location, describe a simple route, use simple plans with symbols and create their own presentations of what they see.


Art: Bugs and Beetles

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.

General Information

At the start & end of the school day:

For the safety of all the children we ask all parent/s and carer/s to read the latest information about arrangements for the start and end of the school day on our home page.



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 - Wednesday and Friday

1S Monday and Tuesday.

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. 



Helping your child cope during the COVID Pandemic

Look at ideas from mental health awareness week  Click here to try 'have you filled a bucket today?'

Check out these activities from the Red Cross – build resilience by gaining the first aid skills to help someone else. Click here to see the activities on the Red Cross website. Then use the Kindness Calendar to reflect on your kind acts for the week.

Look at our 'General Health and Mental Health and Well- being' page.

Need some ideas to support your child’s emotional well-being? Try this lovely website which has resources.

Helping your child at home so they can keep learning key skills


Share / read a book each day with your child using either book you have a home or digital books that can be found on the Oxford Owl or Teach Your Monster to Read websites.

Encourage them to discuss what they have read. You might like to try some of these questions.

Reading Pet Challenge – children who read three times a week for three consecutive weeks will be able to adopt a reading pet if the books they have read are written in their reading diary.

To keep their pet the children must continue to read at least three times each week.

Please return your child’s reading pet and diary to school each week so we can congratulate the children who are still meeting this challenge.


Spelling and Handwriting:

Being able to spell words in a sentence is a crucial skill. By the end of Year One most children will be able to spell nearly 100 words! Click here to look at the spelling bank. 

Help your child learn a few new words each week using these fun ideas. 

Encourage them to write each letter carefully starting and finishing in the correct place. Click here to look at our letter formation page. 



Phonics is all about linking spoken sounds to the letters we use to read and write.

Click here to look at our sound mat to see which letter/s are used to write down each sound.

Help your child read real and nonsense (alien) words made up using the letters and digraphs on our sound mat.

Click here to see our phonics page for further activities, websites and apps to help develop your child's skills further. 


Maths: Number

Help your child practice recalling number bonds to 10. Can they tell you two numbers which make a total of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10? Do they know any other pairs of numbers that also make that total?

Can they write addition and subtraction equations using their number bond knowledge?

e.g. 10=3+7             10-3=7

Daily counting is a great way to help your child.

Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards between 0 and 100. Choose a number how many 10s and 1s does it have? Choose two 2-digit numbers, which number is larger? Encourage your child to use their tens and ones knowledge to explain how they know.


Science: Exploring Seasonal Changes

Being able to ask questions and work out how to find the answers is a really important skill – especially for our budding scientists. Luckily there are lots of activities you can do at home all year round to help your child develop these key skills.

Using the colours of the rainbow look at the plants in your garden. Can you find plants for each colour? What has changed since the Winter…Spring…Summer…Autumn? This is not a new idea but worth revisiting – especially as our gardens and countryside change thorough the seasons.

Collect information about the weather in your garden – you might even want to make your own weather forecast video! Click here to down load instructions to make a weather gauge.

Find out what trees, garden and wild flowering plants are growing in your local area. The field study council has some great identification charts.

You could even pick a tree and then visit it in each season to find out what changes have occurred.


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