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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Throughout the year, we are trying to become more like our Captains – Captain Reciprocity, Captain Reflective, Captain Resilience and Captain Resourceful. This half term we are trying to be more awesome like Captain Resilience; we are working hard on managing our distractions so that we can set learning goals and work towards them. We are also going to be encouraging the children to be resilient in their approach to the new challenges of year one and the changes to their learning and their routines.

  • P.E is on Wednesday - please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school every day (as P.E. sessions may change days) P.E. kits include a t-shirt, a pair of shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or plimsolls.
  • For this half term we are excited to be going Ice-Skating on Wednesday afternoons as part of our PE provision. This encourages the children’s co-ordination, resilience and independence. To help us with this activity pleased ensure your child knows their shoe size and send them to school with a spare pair of socks, a winter coat and gloves.
  • Please make sure you read with your child (and write it in their reading diaries) at least 4 times a week.
  • Please make sure your child has their book bag and their book, water bottle and a coat in school every day.
  • Please remember to check our class notice boards for any other information and to see what your child is learning in class.
  • Children are not allowed to wear any jewellery in school please keep this safe at home.


In English, we have started the year by looking at the story “The Everywhere Bear”. This book is about a bear that lives in a year one classroom and goes off to have many adventures.  We will encourage the children to become familiar with the story by applying the same ideas to our own class bears.

The children will write about the journeys our own bears get up to at school. Our topic during Autumn is Life is a Journey, and we will be using this as a stimulus for all of our writing. The children will be exposed to a variety of stories as well as doing their own journeys to school and a class trip to the Park, to help develop quality writing about a real life event.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Reading with your child at least four times a week. It doesn’t always have to be their school reading book it can be reading a text message, take away menu, recipe or a shopping list. Please remember to make a note of all reading in your child’s reading diary.
  • Encourage your child to speak in full sentences.
  • Help your child to practice writing their name.


In Mathematics, we will be ensuring the children are really secure with their numbers to 10 and beyond. The children will continue to develop a solid sense of number to allow them to move their maths learning forward. We will be asking the children through our use of questioning to develop reasoning skill as a way of them justifying their answer which will in turn develop higher levels of thinking. The children will be exposed to mathematical problems which will put maths into a real life context giving their learning a real purpose.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practice counting forward and backwards to 100
  • Using objects with your child when counting out different quantities eg 10 sweets
  • Practice number writing.


In Science, we are exploring and investigating every day materials as part of our CREST Awards, learning how to keep ourselves safe at night. We will introduce the children to looking at different everyday items and to identify the materials they are made from e.g. wood, metal, fabric or glass. We will also be learning about animals and their habitats, by going on an animal hunt around the school grounds. We will then extend the children’s learning to describe animals, compare and group. The children will be introduced to different scientific language using the science tool kit in the classroom as well as coming up with their own ideas for investigations and testing out their initial predictions.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Asking your child if they can identify which material everyday items are made from.
  • Discuss why some materials are better than others for different jobs around the home.
  • Make a boat to float in the bath. What materials have you used and why?
  • Looking for different animals in their garden.
  • Talking about the differences between animals.


Our topic for this half term is “Life is a Journey.” The children will be learning through a cross curricular approach based on this topic. We will begin the term by discussing the school journey the children have made from Foundation to Year 1, looking at the similarities and differences. In History and Geography, we will learn about great explorers and their journeys, finding out about their adventures and where in the world they travelled to and why. In Art the children will be creating their own pieces of work inspired by the story Journey by Aaron Becker. In P.E we will be taking part in gymnastics and developing our partner skills. In ICT we will be programming Beebots to follow simple routes. In D&T we will be creating a moving picture using a sliding mechanism.

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