Our Year 1 Class

A very warm welcome to our Year 1 class page. In Year 1 the children make the transition from Foundation Stage to the National Curriculum.  The children's confidence blossoms as they quickly develop the skills to become even more independent in their learning. We learn through practical and concrete activities and work as a team to develop our knowledge and understanding.  The staff within the classroom are committed to providing the best learning experiences possible and are always on hand if you need them.

We look forward to a very busy and fun year where we will all have our time to shine!


Our Year 1 Class 2019-2020


Class Information


Who's Who

Miss McCulley- Y1 Teacher

Miss Thistlethwaite- Teaching Assistant



In Year 1 we hope to embed a deep love of reading and therefore base all of our learning around a key text that links with the half termly topic. We study one book either fiction or non- fiction each half term, taking our time to look at it's key features, characters and story line. Taking our time to develop key skills such as inference and comprehension, the story will also be enhanced through wider continuous provision activities within the classroom across each half term. During Year 1 we develop our own ability to read independently and it is really important that reading is celebrated as much as possible at home. In school we will also develop our English skills through daily RWI lessons. 


The Phonics Scheme we use in Year 1 is:

Read, Write Inc


Each day we undertake a RWI lesson. During this time we review the set 2 sounds learnt in Reception and will learn a new Set 3 sound each day. After the Speed Sounds lesson we look at a key text for the following three days. Across the three days we read the book numerous times, answer questions about the story and practice our writing skills by completing 'hold a sentence' each day. RWI is really helpful for embedding spellings and during each lesson we come across new 'Red Words'  which, we learn how to spell and are encouraged to use in our independent writing. We really enjoy our RWI time (particularly the partner work, actions and rhymes!) 



In Year 1 the main mathematical focus is on becoming secure with basic number skills. Some of these key skills include: being able to confidently count forwards and backwards within 100, counting on and back from any given number. Identifying one more and one less than a given number to 100, addition and subtraction of one and two digit numbers within 20 and being able to recall number bond facts to 10 and 20. We enjoy learning through lots of practical activities and embed our skills through daily reasoning and problem solving activities. As the year progresses we also learn to work both pictorially and mentally, developing our quick recall of basic number facts in preparation for Year 2. 

 It is important to keep working hard both at school and at home with Maths, so don't forget there are lots of online sites such as; 'Topmarks, ICT games and Busythings' that we can use to keep our Maths brains active! 


At the beginning of Year 1 your child will be given a packet that will be used as both a homework and reading packet, homework will be given out each Friday. We like to keep homework fun and engaging therefore, the children will be given a variation of activities, both written and practical. All of which will be related to either the children's current learning or recent learning. Homework instructions will be given out each Friday via Seesaw, this will explain the task and highlight whether it is an interactive activity based on Seesaw or a written activity which will be in their packet.



As you are aware reading is high priority for us in school, particularly in Year 1, as this is the crucial time in which your child will become an independent and fluent reader! We change reading books once a week on a Tuesday. The children are encouraged to be independent and change their own books as they enter school in the morning, a picture of your child's books will then be put onto Seesaw. Remember to comment and date underneath this picture each time your child reads at home that week so that they can receive their tally. It is really important that we see evidence of your child reading across the year and I love to watch videos of them reading, so please remember to upload videos as often as possible!  



We love Seesaw in Year 1 and it is our key tool for observations, assessment and communication. You will receive daily updates of your child's progress and I am sure that you will enjoy seeing what they get up to everyday! As stated above we use Seesaw as a regular tool for communication, sending school and class messages through it, so please remember to check it regularly. It is also important that just like in Reception you continue to contribute to your child's learning journey by sending regular observations of your child's home learning and experiences. 


This half term.... Autumn 2 (Oct-Dec 2019)


Over the next half term our topics will be:


  • Literacy - This half term all children in Year 1 will be continuing to work on Read, Write, Inc and will begin to learn the Set 3 sounds. Our whole class reading will focus on non-fiction books relating to our topic 'Significant Events.' We will look at the events of Bonfire night, The Great Fire of London and Remembrance Day. We will learn to identify the features of non-fiction texts and begin to understand how these are used. Our whole class shared text will be 'The Christmasaurus' by Tom Fletcher. 
  • Mathematics - We will continue to develop our confidence in reading and interpreting the addition, subtraction and equals symbols. To begin the half term we will extend our learning of addition and continue finding number bonds within and to 10. The children will continue to use the part-whole model to solve simple addition sums, become familiar with the language of, 'total' and 'altogether' and will learn strategies to 'count on' in order to find an answer. Once secure we will then move onto exploring subtraction. The children will be introduced to the subtraction symbol and will begin to use the language of 'how many left and takeaway.’ Through subtraction we will also work on finding missing numbers by taking away, counting back to find an answer and will become confident in finding the difference.  
  • Topic - Our theme will be 'Significant events within history.' We will begin this topic by looking at the events of Bonfire Night, specifically Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. We will answer the questions: Who is Guy Fawkes? Why did he plot against Parliament? What happened as a result of his actions? We will also look at how this event affects us now in the modern day. From this we will focus on Remembrance Day, learning all about who and what we remember and thinking about why soldiers are so special. Within our significant events unit we will end the half term by exploring the events of the The Great Fire of London. Some of the key questions we will focus on are: What was life like in the 17th century? What was the Great Fire of London? Why did it happen? How did the people involved feel? What were the results of the fire? We will use technology to explore this time period, sequence the events of the fire itself and use our new historical knowledge to discuss its significance to the modern day.  
  • ART/ DT- This half term we will begin by looking at the famous sculpture artist Andy Goldsworthy. Making our own leaf sculptures, working with a range of materials and copying his style. From this we will then move onto our DT unit, linking directly to our history work on ‘The Great Fire of London.’ We will focus on creating our very own Pudding Lane, making structures that are strong and stable.  


  • Music- Across the half term we will continue to work with the Inside Music’ teaching programme. Which will further build our skills of listening and thinking. We will learn how to listen attentively to recorded sound and how to recognise individual voices within music. Moving on from this we are going to be taking a trip down Pudding lane, linking our music lessons to our history topic ‘The Great Fire of London.’ Using the BBC School radio programme, we will continue to build our confidence in singing, chanting, rhymes and use simple instruments. We will also use our appraisal skills across a range of music styles as we explore well known music of the 17th Century. In addition to this we will continue to use our skills of listening and appraising whilst learning the songs for the Nativity.
  • RE- We will start this half term by looking at God and Creation, exploring what Christians believe about the creation of the world. We will talk about what we find amazing, interesting or puzzling and develop our understanding of the story of Creation. We will then move onto exploring Christmas, in particular focusing on why Christians give and receive gifts. Through this topic we will also focus on the gift that Jesus was to Christians, listening to the Nativity story and exploring the true meaning of Christmas. 
  • Computing- We are Celebrating- Through this unit we will develop our basic typing skills, use the web to find and select images, learn how to save these to an IPad and then explore how to combine images with text to create our own Christmas card for someone special at home. At the end of the unit we will reflect on our completed cards, discussing why we chose the images and how they are personally suited to our target audience.    


  • HeartSmart- Don't Forget to Let Love in!                           


  • PE- Indoor and Outdoor

    Indoor PE - Gymnastics

    In this unit the children will learn to;

    - travel safely around our PE space, travelling at different speeds and levels. - Safely lift and carry equipment such as mats and benches.

    - Hold and make different shapes with their bodies.

    - Link two actions with a movement.

    Through this unit the children will explore these objectives by learning Initially how to; correctly jump from 2 feet to 2 feet, being their knees when taking off and landing they will then move onto changing speed when they move, (fast and slow). From this they will expand their jumping skills by learning to jump in order to make wide, thin and curled shapes and eventually once confident with this, will begin to tie these skills together in a basic sequence of movements. The children will also practice their evaluation skills by giving continual feedback to their partner and improving on their own skills as they work.

     Outdoor - Athletics.

    Throughout this unit the children will learn to:

    - warm up safely prior to exercise.

    - Comment in the work of others.

    - Being to use technical language when talking about their learning. - Demonstrate sporting values.

    This unit focuses mainly on running skills, before having a go themselves the children will watch videos of professional track athletes. Whilst watching these they will begin to identify specific techniques that runners use and will begin to also learn these during their lessons. The children will begin the unit by simply running, learning to control their speed and change direction as they run. From this they will learn techniques such as using their arms to help them gain speed, pacing themselves and how to start running on the balls of their feet, just like athletes at the start of a race. From running, the children will move onto jumping, they will specifically focus on long jump techniques and finally they will end this unit by learning basic skills of throwing and slinging events.


Our sporting value this half term is SELF BELIEF and this links directly to our HeartSmart unit 'Don’t forget to let love in'.



Dates for your Diary:


School Book Fair: Starts Monday 28th October

Remembrance Service in Church: Friday 8th November

Children in Need: Friday 15th November

Phonics Screening Check Meeting: Wednesday 20th November

Christmas Bingo: Friday 28th November

Nasal Flu Immunisations: Wednesday 4th December

Christmas Fayre: Friday 6th December 

Infant Nativity: Wednesday 11th December

Cinema Trip: Monday 16th December

Infant Christmas Party: Wednesday 18th December



What a busy half term we have had! All of the children have settled into Year One very well and have shown a real love of learning.

In Science, we have enjoyed the topic 'All About Me!' and exploring animals including humans. We started our learning by labelling life size versions of ourselves, thinking about each body part and how we use them. From this we then discovered that we have 5 senses and learnt all about what these are, what part of the body they are linked to and how we use these to do basic daily tasks. We also explored the question 'Are humans animals?' We enjoyed learning about the different types of animals and the groups that they belong to and comparing them to ourselves. We were very shocked to learn that humans are in fact animals! 

As a class we really enjoyed sharing the story ‘The Gruffalo’. The children enjoyed listening to the story and were very good at joining in with the repeated refrains. All children enjoyed working together across the different areas of continuous provision, getting into role and retelling the story in their own way. The children also became familiar with the terms ‘noun’ and ‘verb’ and enjoyed identifying these specific word types within the story. They then worked hard to build simple sentence using a noun and a verb.  

In music the children focused on the key concepts of listening and performing and singing, through the ‘Inside Music’ teaching programme. They enjoyed listening and learning to sing new songs such as ‘I, I, Me Oh My’ ‘Rain in the green grass’ ‘Have you brought?’ ‘Hello, How are you?’ and ‘Copy Me.’ The children learnt to commit a song to memory, using physical actions to help remember the words and continued to build on their skills of keeping a steady beat and pulse. 

In Geography they have enjoyed lots of outdoor practical activities to develop our basic mapping skills. We started by going into the playground and learning how to orientate a basic map, from this we learnt how to navigate ourselves and our partner around the playground following the map. Through this topic we also learnt about aerial perspective and enjoyed pretending to be birds as we learn how to plot on a map from a 'bird's eye' view. We then learnt all about landmarks, enjoying using chalk on the playground to draw out local landmarks between school and the park. To finish our topic we put all of our new mapping skills into practice with a walk to the park! Once at the park we then became scientists, using all of our new knowledge about the human senses to look for signs of Autumn, taking pictures of these on the Ipads and creating our own Autumn Pic Collages. 

We linked our computing unit to our love of ‘The Gruffalo’ story.  Working in small teams we wrote our own algorithms to direct Beebot around the board to different scenes from the story. Most of us were confident directing Beebot and could also ‘debug’ him and make changes to our algorithm when we hit a problem. We are super problem solvers! 

In Art we began the term by creating an amazing piece of art for the Leigh Festival, using lots of glue and paint! Following this and using the artist Paul Klee as inspiration we enjoyed ‘taking our pencils for a walk,’ as we learnt how to create lines and shapes of varying sizes, our artwork is proudly displayed in our classroom! We then moved onto looking at examples across history of artists that have focused on drawing self portraits. Armed with a pencil and mirror we enjoyed attempting to capture our features by drawing our own self portraits and found the game of guess who very interesting at the end of the unit. Finally we ended the half term by focusing on a piece of ‘pop art.’ We recreated our own version of this which tested our knowledge and understanding of primary and secondary colours. 

In PE we have explored the school games value of passion through an athletics and gymnastics unit. In gymnastics we focused on being able to balance and creating symmetrical and asymmetrical balances. We learnt all about the importance of agility, balance and co ordination. In our outdoor lessons we explored basic movement skills, such as jumping over hurdles, ladders and hopscotch. We also enjoyed working on our personal challenges, these involved throwing and catching a ball, jumping accurately over a line with two feet and running round a measured space. These were all timed activities and really reinforced the need for self motivation, encouragement of others and a determination to succeed. 

The children have really impressed me so far with their hard work in RWI and it is great to see such enthusiasm and eagerness to read and write, they are continuing to develop reading fluently and we can’t wait to continue this next half term. 

In RE we enjoyed learning all about Harvest, learning how and why as Christians we celebrate it within England and enjoyed putting this into practice through our church Harvest celebration.