Blue Bell Hill

Primary School

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.

  • P.E is on Thursday - please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school.  P.E. kits include a t-shirt, a pair of shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or plimsolls.  Please ensure that children do not have any earrings in or jewellery on.
  • Please make sure you read with your child (and write it in their reading diaries) at least 3 times a week as this is an important part of their reading development.  We will count up their number of reads and change their reading books on a Tuesday
  • Please make sure your child has their book bag and their book in school every day.
  • As the weather gets warmer please make sure your child brings a water bottle to school each day, this can be filled with water or squash.


In English, we are focusing our learning around our topic of ‘Our World’.  This will include looking at Bog Babies, life cycles and water pollution. We will be looking at fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts throughout the term.   

We will be practicing our spellings in class weekly and these will also be sent home- please practice these at home with your child.  We will also be practicing phonics and handwriting daily.  A big focus this year will be on our handwriting, where we will be persevering with correct letter formation.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Regularly practicing their spellings with them
  • Reading regularly and recording this in their reading dairies; remember, this could be anything and is not limited to their home reading book
  • Asking the children questions about what they have read, before during and after reading



In Mathematics, we will be learning about numbers to 100, time, money and volume and capacity. The children will need to use their reading skills to read word problems, where they will have to apply their number and calculation skills (addition and subtraction). We will also focus this year, on using our mathematical knowledge to reason, thinking about different ways to solve problems, choosing the best and most efficient methods to do this.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practising their two, five and ten times tables
  • Showing them and exploring different coins and notes with them
  • Solving addition, subtraction problems



In Science, we are going to be developing our knowledge about animals, humans and life cycles. This will include, looking at our own experiences of growing, exploring habitats, learning about animal adaptations. Throughout our science learning, we will be using the following skills by working scientifically: predicting, investigating, conducting experiments, recording, questioning, analysing and concluding. 

You can help your child at home by:

  • Looking at different animals that they might see every day in the world around them
  • Discussing different habitats when you’re out and about
  • Encouraging your child to ask different questions


Our topic this term is ‘Our World’.  We will be using our topic of ‘Our World’ to make lots of links in our learning across the curriculum. This will include artwork where we will be exploring the creations of illustrators and creating our own creatures as well as looking at famous artists and replicating their work. In Geography we will be looking at different countries to find similarities and differences. In computing, we will be using technology to create a story character and in Music we will be taking inspiration from different cultures from the world around to create a rhythm.


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