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 – Karibuni Kenya! – “Welcome to Kenya!”
The children have chosen to learn all about the fascinating country of Kenya and the people and animals who live there. The values we will be focussing on are humour, followed by respect.
English – To start, we will learn about the Maasai tribe, and write a factual recount of ‘The Day in the Life of a Maasai Child’. The children will then use the structure to write a version all about their own typical day here in the UK. After that we’ll be looking at narrative writing, using Handa’s Surprise as the basis for our stories. To finish the children will write descriptive riddles, based on an African animal of their choice. Daily ‘Read Write Inc’ sessions will focus on our phonic skills in reading and spelling.
Maths – The first two weeks will be all about multiplication – counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, and solving multiplication problems by finding equal groups and using arrays. Then we will learn about weight and mass, comparing and ordering amounts to find the lightest and heaviest. This will be followed by some learning with money – recognising and naming all the coins and notes, and revising our counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, and finding totals and change. Finally we’ll return to addition and subtraction, particularly building on our fluency of number facts within 10 and 20, and finding missing numbers.
Theme – Lots of Geography learning will be based on finding out about and comparing Kenya with the UK, looking at physical and human features. We will learn about the Maasai tribe, and about Kenyan tourism based on safaris and National Parks. In Science we will learn about different animals we might see on safari, comparing and describing different types – mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. We will test out this knowledge on a trip to Dartmoor Zoo Park. The children will also learn about everyday materials, and how Kenyan communities recycle and reuse materials to make new things. In Art/DT we will be making a Maasai necklace, thinking about colouring mixing and patterns and in Music we will learn some African songs and dances. In RE we will learn about different celebrations – weddings, birthdays, christenings, Easter – in the Christian faith and comparing some of these with Judaism. In PE we will focus on throwing, catching and aiming while playing team games.

Dates for your diary:
World Book Day (Pirate dress-up in KS1) Thursday March 7th
Red Nose Day Friday March 15th
Parent Meetings – week of March 18th – 22nd
Y1 CLASS ASSEMBLY 9.05am Friday March 22nd
Y1 trip to Dartmoor Zoo Park Friday March 29th

Our School Priorities for Learning TERM 4
This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:
• Spell Y1 common exception words
• Begin to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark
• Count in multiples of two, five & ten
• Solve one-step problems involving multiplication, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays

Term 3 – Sticks, Stone and Bones!
Building on the children’s interest in dinosaurs and ancient history, they have decided to learn all about early humans in the Stone Age, skeletons and bones, and fossils and sticks. They also wanted to do more making and finding out.
The values we will be focussing on are self-respect, followed by curiosity.
English – We will be learning to tell a ‘Funnybones’ story aloud, using actions and a storymap to help us remember. We’ll use this to help sentence writing, with a focus on punctuation and spelling tricky words correctly. We’ll then innovate the story, adding our own ideas and writing a new version. After that we’ll have a poetry week, based on imaginative and descriptive ways to use a stick when playing – what could you pretend it was…? We’ll finish by looking ways of writing organised recounts of some of the Science learning we’ve done – what we were finding out, what we did and what we discovered. Daily story time will continue with lots of discussions, drama and fun.
Maths – We are going to spend a bit of time every week counting up and back from 100, starting at any number, and reading, writing and representing all the 2 digit numbers. We will spend two weeks working on different ways to add and subtract within 20, using different resources, and trying to build up our fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills. There will be two weeks on fractions – learning how to find ½ and ¼ of a shape and an amount, and the last week will see us using real life number and money skills in learning to do with our PEAPOD sale.
Theme – Lots of History key skills will be covered as we learn a bit about Stone Age settlements, daily tasks and some of the extinct animals that were alive in the UK at that time. We will also learn about Mary Anning and how her curiosity led to amazing fossil discoveries. In Science we will learning about our skeletons, and healthy eating to include lots of calcium rich foods to help our bones and teeth. In Design Technology we will be making fossil kits, which we can then excavate carefully like palaeontologists, and use salt dough to make bones. We are being visited by a scientist from the Earth Science department at Plymouth University, and will be presenting her with some of our learning, before she teaches us about how she investigates dinosaur bones, especially teeth. Music will focus on rhythms and chants using ‘rhythm sticks’ and percussion instruments, and our Art will be based on cave paintings of pre-historic animals.

Our School Priorities for Learning
This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:
• Spell common tricky words from memory eg was where said any here
• Punctuate sentence using a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
• Count to & beyond 100, forwards & backwards beginning from any given number
• Solve problems that involve addition and subtraction, using objects and pictures, and solve missing number problems such as 7 = ? – 9.

Term 2 – Beware of the Bears!

The children have chosen to learn all about different sorts of bears – real
and toys. As well as reading lots and lots of bear stories we have a packed term.
The values we will be focussing on are kindness, followed by patience.
English – We will start off by orally making up and acting out our own version of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ based on our school building and grounds. Character descriptions are next – writing descriptive sentences of different real and toy bears using interesting word choices. This will be followed by writing letters to people in our school community to see if they know the whereabouts of our lost class bear. We’ll do some indepth research on polar bears and the Arctic Circle, writing fact files with the knowledge we gain. We’ll end by using the video of ‘The Hare and the Bear’ to write the story in our own words. Daily ‘Read Write Inc’ sessions will focus on our phonic skills in reading and spelling.
Maths – The first week will see us using real life number and money skills in learning to do with our PEAPOD sale. Then the children will spend a week on directions and movement using Bear Hunt grids and games, followed by learning to tell the time – o’clock and half-past. We’ll then return to number and place value work – reading, writing, ordering and representing numbers to 100, before re-capping addition and subtraction within 20. All term the children will be carrying out measurement problem-solving tasks (height, length and width) based on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Theme – There will be mapwork in Geography, based on world maps, to find where different bears live, and on our school and grounds when we go on a bear hunt. We will also be out and about in our local area, finding a postbox for our Community Nativity invitations and delivering some by hand. In Science we will learn lots about bears, their lifecycles, eating and behaviour patterns, comparing them with humans. We will find out about the history of toy bears, putting them in time sequence. Our KS1 Nativity ‘Lights, Camel, Action!’ will see Year 1 as… yes… CAMELS! We’ll be designing and making camel headdresses, designing our own funky camel dance to perform, as well as learning lots of songs and having great fun.

Dates for your diary:
Y1 PEAPOD Friday Oct 4th Children In Need Friday Nov 16th
KS1 Nativity Weds Dec 19th Christmas Fair Weds Dec 19th

Our School Priorities for Learning TERM 2
This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:
Use our ‘Fred Fingers’ to sound out and spell words with 40+ phonemes.
Punctuate simple sentences with a capital letter and . ? !
Count, read, write and order numbers to 100, using objects, pictures and numerals.
Solve problems to do with telling the time – o’clock and half-past.

Term 1 – Mixtures, Mess and Muck

To start us off the children have chosen a messy, mucky, mixing topic which should be great fun, so roll your sleeves up and let’s get started!

English – We will start with ‘instructions’ – following them, giving them, reading them, ordering them and finally writing them. There will be a big focus on thinking of, saying, and then writing all the words for a simple instruction sentence. We will use instructions to find out how to make squidgy, squashy ‘slime’, and will then learn about how to be an expert at washing our hands. Next comes a week of poetry, listening to and discussing a range of poems based on our five senses. Then we’ll learn about the traditional story The Magic Porridge Pot, saying it aloud with actions, using a story map to help. This will involve lots of drama and role-play, and of course, we will be making and tasting porridge! They will use their knowledge of this ‘finding tale’ story pattern to plan and write their own simple innovated version. Daily ‘Read Write Inc’ sessions will focus on our phonic skills in reading and spelling.

Maths – All this term we will be focusing on recognising, writing, counting and ordering numbers to 20. We’ll find out how to represent numbers in different ways (especially thinking about the ten in teen numbers), and how to solve problems by comparing more/most, less/least and equal amounts. We’ll be counting on and back to add and subtract, and will investigate pairs of numbers that bond to a certain value (eg 9 is 7+2  5+4  6+3  8+1  10-1 and 12-3). There will be lots of wet and messy play opportunities involving measuring capacity (full/empty/half/quarter, how many spoonfuls/cupfuls, which container holds the most/least), and in our ‘Potion Station’ children will investigate millimetres with syringes to mix coloured water, and count spoonfuls of ingredients to make their own mixtures. We will also start learning how to count by rote in 2s, 5s and 10s, forwards and backwards.

Other Curriculum Areas – Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ will be a starting point for our ‘Potions Lab’ which will allow the children to investigate lots of different ingredients, smells, mixtures and textures. Science learning will be all about observing, measuring and comparing (using our five senses) – slime, porridge, playdough, gloop and more! There will be lots of paint mixing and creating colourful artwork, finishing with a collaborative class version of Kandinsky’s ‘Concentric Circles’. In Dance we will tell the story of ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ (he actually prefers to be messy…) and in Computing children will practise their independent logging on and mouse skills using a variety of tools in a drawing and paint programme. We will begin our year-long look at the seasons, starting with autumn, and will find out all about soil and mud, and how to plant spring bulbs. This will lead into thinking about Harvest time, and the life cycle of fruit and vegetables.


Our School Priorities for Learning           This term, in year 1, we will focus on:

  • use our ‘Fred Fingers’ to sound out and spell words.
  • Make a sentance by thinking and saying the words aloud, then writing each word.
  • Count, read, write and show numbers to 20, using digits, objects and pictures.
  • Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.


Homework – Homework will be given out on a Friday in the children’s yellow Homework Book. Please return it to school by Wednesday the following week.

PE – Our Y1 PE day is on a TUESDAY, so please send children into school wearing their PE kit on that day.

Dates for your diary: Harvest Assembly Thursday 18th October