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 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.