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 4 – Mixed-Up Fairytales

Once upon a time, in a faraway place… Year One learned how to become amazing storytellers!

English – The children will be listening to, watching, reading and discussing a wide range of traditional stories, most of which they probably already know, but we may find some new to them. We will consider the common features of these stories and learn to tell some aloud. Our main story focus will be an alternative version of Rapunzel. While exploring the book there will be opportunities to use drama, art and debating, and we will write character descriptions, diary entries and explanatory texts. Our focus will be thinking of our own sentence ideas, and then writing them in sequence, using the correct punctuation.

We will be reading and comparing a wide range of funny and silly alternative fairytale stories, and will use a puppet theatre, puppets and a story-tellers’ chair to practise performing and making up our own.

Maths – First we’ll be carrying on our learning about addition and subtraction from last term, really making sure we are confident and fluent mentally with number bonds within 10, and good at calculating with numbers within 20, comparing number facts, finding missing numbers and solving a variety of reasoning problems. We will then cover measurement, learning more about weight and mass, then length and height. During our ‘PEAPOD’ week we will be using our maths skills in real-life contexts, thinking about the cost of ingredients, how much money we need and how much we could make, then weighing, measuring and timing our bakes (I’m not sure what it’ll be yet… wait and see what the children decide).

Theme – All term in Science Mrs Jewell will be teaching the children about ‘Everyday materials’ and they will learn to name and describe them, considering their properties and the objects we make from them. This will be a very hands-on topic, with lots of the learning stimulated by real-life scenarios of how and when we use different materials to meet our needs (and how fairy-tale characters have used them). Our Geography learning will have a mapping focus. We will think about how fairy tales take place in different settings and landscapes and find out about how other people have created imaginary maps to show these. We will learn about room plans, make a 3D story landscape, then turn it into a map following the route characters take in the story, and we will design our own Far Far Away Land fantasy map using our own symbols to show the different manmade and physical features that we want to include. In DT we will be focussing on different joining techniques using paper and card, making a basket for Red Riding Hood, completing a tallest tower building competition and making paper bag puppets. PE will build on ball skills and team game playing, thinking about tactical aiming and defending. In RE we are covering the unit ‘What do Christians Believe God is like?’ and we will use stories and parables from the Bible to help illustrate this. Computing will focus on drawing and word-processing skills to create their own e-story. Our learning will be shared in a story-telling workshop we would like to invite parents to near the end of term. I’ll give you a date as soon as it’s finalised. The values we will be focusing on this term are Honesty followed by Happiness.

Dates for your diary:

Y1 PEAPOD selling goodies after school Friday 20th March

Our School Priorities for Learning

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

  • Beginning to correctly punctuate a sequence of sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
  • Know by heart all number bonds within 10 (included inverse… 4 + 2 = 6 so 6 – 4 = 2), pairs that make ten and doubles to 24.


Term 3 – Would a dinosaur make a good pet?

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We have a fun-packed dinotastic term to look forward to, filled with learning about dinosaurs and other animals.

English – To start we will be learning lots of facts about a variety of different dinosaurs to help write interesting information sentences, using basic punctuation every time. We will use what we have learned to design and make a dinosaur picture/fact matching game to play with friends and family.  Then we will be learning to retell the story of ‘The Smallest Dinosaur’, using actions and a story map to help us remember the words. The children will use the same ‘lost and found’ story pattern to write a different story version of their own. The focus will be on sequencing sentences to create a narrative, punctuating and re-reading each sentence as we write. All term we will be working hard on our spelling (our writing priority), making sure we use Fred fingers and sound mats to help use the phonemes/graphemes that we have learned e.g. found  follow  sway  first  etc  As always we will be reading lots and lots of stories about dinosaurs, and pets, comparing them and discussing them, extending our vocabularies and re-reading favourites.

Maths – First we’ll be doing lots of learning about place value with numbers to 50 – counting, reading, writing, ordering and representing the numbers. Linked to dinosaurs we will be using measurement of height and length to find out about the real-life sizes of dinosaurs and their fossil footprints. Then we will be working on repeated addition and multiplication, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, and finish with two weeks of addition and subtraction within 20, working on children’s fluency and memory of number facts.

Theme – All term in Science we will be using the story ‘Dinosaur Pet’ to think about whether a dinosaur would make a good pet and the children will learn about real-life pets that come from different animal classifications – mammals, birds, lizards, amphibians and fish – describing and comparing their different structures and key features. As part of this learning we hope to visit the Aquarium – there will be a letter coming home about this soon! We will use learning on fossils of dinosaurs and their teeth to think about whether they were herbivores, carnivores or omnivores, and we’re lucky enough to have a Palaeontologist from Plymouth University coming in to visit and run a workshop on her job, and real fossils and dinosaur bones. We will find out about Mary Anning, a Victorian palaeontologist, think about time scales and timelines for when the dinosaurs walked the Earth, and how they became extinct. In computing we will learn to use the 2animate software to design a short dinosaur themed animation, and in Art/DT we will create a Jurassic jungle landscape with paint and collage, and use a sliding lever to make a dinosaur travel from one side to the next. In RE we will covering the unit ‘Who do Christians say made the world?’ learning about the creation story from Genesis and thinking about creation stories from other faiths and cultures.  PE this term focuses on gymnastics. Our learning will be shared in Year 1’s class assembly on Friday Feb 14th. This will be followed by a 20-minute workshop talking about how we teach phonics for reading and spelling using the Read Write Inc programme – come and learn all about Fred fingers! The values we will be focusing on this term are Courtesy followed by Honesty.

Our School Priorities for Learning

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

  • Use Fred fingers to sound out and spell words using the 40+ phonemes we have learned.
  • Say by rote the patterns of counting up and back in groups of ten, two and five, and use this knowledge to solve simple multiplication problems.

Dates for your diary:

Y1 Class Assembly Friday February 14th 9.05am


Term 2 – Stickman and the Seasons

Using the wonderful Julia Donaldson story ‘Stickman’ as a starting point the children have chosen to learn about the seasons, weather, light and dark and plants all rolled up into a great bundle of learning.

English – We’ll start by writing a factual guide to the seasons, then move on to a lovely book ‘Orion and the Dark’ as a basis for story writing. Drama, character descriptions, shadow puppets and art will all play a part. We’ll then learn about instructions –listening and following them, giving them, reading them and writing them, mainly based on making simple Christmas decorations. Punctuating simple sentences, joining ideas with ‘and’, using tricky word spellings and re-reading to make sure each sentence has all the words will be our technical skills focus.

Maths – We’ll start revising the skill of subtraction, then move on to learning about ‘time’.  The children will learn to tell and show the time for o’clock and half past and we’ll look at days of the week, months of the year, measuring time and using time concepts like before, after, quicker and slower to solve problems. Then number work will look at the place value of numbers to 20 – reading, writing, representing, ordering and comparing, and using reasoning to solve number problems.

Theme – Science and Geography are the main focuses of our learning. The children will investigate the four seasons and learn about weather – naming and describing different weather types, weather watching and thinking about how it affects our daily lives through the year. We will find out about a daffodil and nasturtium’s life cycle, plant some bulbs and learn how to identify different trees from their leaves. As the days grow shorter we’ll find out about how the hours of daylight change as we move through the seasons, how reflective materials keep us safe on dark evenings and how shadows are formed. Art will be looking at the beautiful paper cutting work of Matisse, thinking about shapes and colours to create a ‘seasons circle’ and DT will be making a Christmas card with a moving lever part. In RE we will learn about the story of Jesus’ birth, how Christians celebrate this and why it is so important to them. We’ll also learn about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Music lessons will be all about learning and performing the songs for our Nativity. PE learning will be based on team games using throwing and aiming skills, then dance. The values we will be focusing on this term are Consideration followed by Humility.

Dates for your diary:

Y1 PEAPOD sale Thursday Nov 7th 3.15pm

Remembrance Service Alexandra Park Monday Nov 11th 10.30am

School Christmas Fair Thursday Dec 5th  after school

KS1 Nativity Thursday Dec 12th 10am and 2pm

Our School Priorities for Learning                                                TERM 2  

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

  • Read and spell the Y1 tricky red words
  • With the numbers 0-20 count up and back aloud, read, write, order, compare and represent in objects, pictures, tens and ones and on a number line.

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.