Year 1


Ms Rebecca Stone

Year 1 Class Teacher

Welcome to Year One!

Welcome to Year 1! New classroom, new adults, new routines – it’s all change for the children, but hopefully they will settle well, enjoying themselves and the challenges we give them. Please do come in and talk to us if you are worried about any aspect of the transition into Y1.


Term 1 – Astronauts and Aliens

What an ‘out of this world’ way the children have chosen to start Year One!

English – Our writing will firstly be based on a simple step-by-step recount of Neil Armstrong’s journey to the Moon, followed by a narrative using a lovely story about a lost alien called ‘Beegu’. Both types of writing will involve lots of drama, talk, creative Art activities and imagining, alongside a clear focus on simple sentence structures – thinking of the words, rehearsing saying the words aloud, writing all the words and then re-reading them to check for sense. We’ll look at sentence punctuation making sure we leave clear finger spaces, and will definitely be using our ‘Fred fingers’ to sound out words and our memories for tricky ‘red’ spellings. We’ll finish with a fun week of poetry based on describing the Moon. We’ll also share lots and lots of books together.

Maths – We’ll spend time investigating and securing early number skills – sorting groups, counting accurately 1:1, investigating amounts, matching, finding two parts of different whole numbers and using reasoning to solve problems and explain our thoughts. There will be lots of language and vocabulary work to ensure children understand different ways to compare amounts – more than, less than, equal to, most and least. We’ll then find out more about simple addition and subtraction using a variety of approaches, and will start learning some number facts by heart.

Theme – History and Science are the main focuses of our learning. The children will find out about the 1969 ‘Moon Landing’, the build up to this historic event, how people watched and celebrated around the world, and finishing with the children planning and organising their own pretend ‘Moon Landing’ Party. In Science the children will think about the differences between our human bodies and those of aliens we find in storybooks – our faces, body parts, and senses. They will find out about life on the International Space Station, and the challenges that astronauts face. In D.T. they will be using their imagining and planning muscles to design a split-pin alien puppet. PE learning will involve dance lessons based on retelling the Moon Landing, and collaborative games working on our listening, throwing and catching skills . As part of our Computing learning the children will be becoming more independent logging on and opening different programs, thinking about safety, as well as gaining confidence with mouse skills. In RE we will be comparing the Christian Harvest festival with our Y1 focus religion, Judaism, learning about the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

The values we will be focusing on this term are Friendship followed by Equality.

Dates for your diary:

Y1 ‘Meet the Teacher’ – after school Weds Oct 2nd and Oct 9th

Individual school photos Oct 16th    Harvest Assembly Oct 17th

Our School Priorities for Learning 

This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the correct place.
  • identify and represent numbers using objects and pictures and use reasoning to solve problems using ‘equal to’, ‘more than’, ‘less than’, most and least.