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 Reflective.

  • 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.
  • 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 our topic of “Into the Woods” by inviting a theatre company to share a performance of the traditional tale ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. In Class we have begun to explore the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, recalling significant events from the story, describing the characters and creating a wanted poster.  We are continuing our learning by reading recipes, cooking and finally writing our own instructions on How to Make Porridge.

The children will help Goldilocks to reflect on her behavior and help to put things write by writing a letter to the Bears as well as retelling our own version of the story. Throughout the term the children will be exposed to a number of traditional tales, retelling parts through drama, sequencing and becoming familiar with the language used.

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.
  • Practice forming their letters correctly


In Mathematics, we will be applying the children’s secure sense of numbers to 20 to support them in their numbers to 40 and finally to 100. 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 and word problems which will put maths into a real life context giving their learning a real purpose.  This half term we have begun the school’s Superhero Maths, beginning with their quick recall of number bonds to 10 and 20.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practice counting forward and backwards to 100
  • Learning their number bonds to 10 (addition and subtraction)
  • Practice number writing.


In Science, we are exploring and investigating every day materials as part of our CREST Awards, learning the properties of different materials, including waterproof. 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 be developing their vocabulary to describe the materials and consider reasons for their use. 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:

  • Collect your recycling waste and encourage the children to sort into different groups depending on their material.
  • Discuss why some materials are better than others for different jobs around the home.
  • Design and make a new chair for Baby Bear – what materials will you choose and why?
  • Discuss the changes they can notice outside as we move through the season of Winter.


Our topic for this half term is “Into the Woods.” The children will be learning through a cross curricular approach based on this topic. We will begin the term by exploring traditional tales through our English and drama work.  In DT and Science, we will be building the houses for the Three Little Pigs, discussing the properties of the materials and which makes the most stable structure.  In Geography, we will explore traditional tales from around the world, identifying countries on a map and comparing these to England. In Art the children will be creating their own pieces of work inspired by the artist Jan Pienkowski, who has illustrated a number of traditional tales.  In PSHE, we are encouraging the children to take responsibility for their environment.  Understanding areas can be special to different people and these need to be looked after.  We will also explore recycling as a way of looking after the world. In P.E we will be taking part in multi-sports and developing our work as a team. As part of Internet Safety Day we will be discussing the rules on how we can keep ourselves and Baby Bear safe online and reviewing child/Bear friendly websites.   

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