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 2021-2022


Class Information


Who's Who

Mrs Clarke- Y1 Teacher

Miss Taverner- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Chadwick- Teaching Assistant

Miss Isherwood - 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 each half term that can be both fiction and non - fiction. We teach writing using 'The Write Stuff.' This focuses on the mechanics of writing as we teach the children how to write with an awareness of audience, purpose and context, whilst increasingly developing new and wide vocabulary. As we work through our focus texts each half term we will use the writing rainbow lenses to construct our writing and form our narratives. We also encourage a love of reading by sharing a whole class text each term, which we read daily together.


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. 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 we use Power Maths. The aim of Year 1 is for the children to become secure with basic number skill, being able to; confidently count forwards and backwards within 100, count on and back from any given number, identify one more and one less than a given number to 100, add and subtract one and two digit numbers within 20 and be 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.

 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, Maths Shed and Numbots' 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. Each week the children will be given a Spelling Shed activity sheet that highlights the spelling list and rule for that week. For Maths we use the interactive all 'School Jam' this sets fun and interactive maths games for the children to attempt at home that are directly in line with their learning in school or a maths sheet maybe sent for reinforcement. Alongside this we expect the children to read at least 3 times a week at home also. Homework instructions are given out weekly via Seesaw. Any work completed at home and evidenced via Seesaw is awarded with Dojo points. 


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 Friday. The children will be given either the RWI book read in school that week or the one read the previous week and either a non-fiction book or another related story from the same level, 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 reward of a dojo point. It is really important that we see evidence of your child reading across the year and I love to watch and hear them reading at home, 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 so 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 (November - December 2021)


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 continue to learn and revisit the Set 2 and 3 sounds. During our English lessons we will focus on the Jane Considine poetry unit 'Firework Night' using a variety of lenses to produce a guided poem about fire work night. The children will then plan, develop and write their own poem all about Christmas. Later they will study the Literacy Shed unit 'Mog's Christmas Calamity' were the children will write open questions to interview a witness and then write up their interview.  


  • Mathematics - We will begin Unit 3 - addition and subtraction within 10. Within this unit we will; use the part whole model to add two numbers below ten together, earn techniques to add more and find a missing part within an addition sentence, find number bonds to numbers within ten and solve word problems practically. Within Unit 4 we will move onto subtraction learning how to; find how many are left, subtract by breaking apart, explore related addition and subtraction facts, subtract by counting back, find the difference and problem solve. Later in Unit 5 we will learn all about 2D and 3D shapes. 


  • History - The children will start our unit 'Fire! Fire! by looking at who Guy Fawkes was and the gunpowder plot. For remembrance day we will look at the life of local hero Alfred Wilkinson. Learning about his life as a soldier and how soldiers are important to us now in the modern day. Following on from this, we will study 'The Great Fire of London', discovering how it started, how we can be sure what happened, why so many buildings burnt down and how London would be best rebuilt.    


  • ART- We will be looking at printing, starting with making fireworks, then looking at printing with lego, playdough and stamps, before creating repeating patterns and applying these techniques to our Christmas crafts. 


  • Music- Linked to our History unit this half term we will learn to sing 'Five Little Firefighters - singing hands London's Burning. We will compose body percussion - 'Soundscapes FIRE' and listen/move to Ed Sheeran 'I See Fire' and Falla's 'Fire Dance'. In addition, we will learn to play the chime bars.                                     
  • RE- We will explore the Christmas story, 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!   The children will learn how to let love into their hearts through kind words and actions. They will learn to understand truths and lies about what they hear and only to listen to the things they know are true.                                                                                                                                                          
  • PE- Indoor and Outdoor

    Indoor PE - Dance- Starry Skies

    In this unit the children will learn to;

    Use their bodies to express ideas, make different shapes with their bodies, dance in different formations and perform simple movement patterns as part of a group. 

    Outdoor - Bat and Ball

    Throughout this unit the children will develop balance and co- ordination and master basic movements when exploring a range of activities. They will learn to correctly hold a racket in order to hold a bean bag, apply racket skills to play a target game, use a cricket bat to control a ball along the ground, hit a ball with control and apply all of their skills when playing a sided game. 


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


Autumn Term 1 NEWS!

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 exploring the writing rainbow through the story 'The Train Ride.' Looking at the lenses of repetition, dialogue and the basic lense looking at nouns and adjectives the children were guided through writing their own version of the story selecting words from our list of new vocabulary. Following on from this we explored the text 'The Gruffalo' using the lenses to retell the story in their own words as an independent write. 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 music we created musical sound effects in response to 'The Gruffalo'. We listened to the soundtrack from the 'Gruffalo' film and learnt to sing the 'Gruffalo' song. We learnt to play the clavers and were introduced to stick notation.

In Geography we have enjoyed learning about the weather and seasons. We started our unit by learning the months of the year and the four seasons. Through looking at different photographs we learnt to look for the signs of each season. We looked at different articles of clothing and decided which season we would wear each in. We made wind gauges and a rainfall measuring tool to keep track of the weather. Using the weather symbols we have learnt, we have been recording the weather daily and will continue to keep track of this all year.  To finish our unit we visited the park to find the signs of autumn.

In computing we have been learning all about coding. First, we learnt to follow simple instructions and how these are algorithms.  We used the directions of forward, backwards, left and right to write simple algorithms for 'The Gruffalo' to find the different animals in the woods. We then wrote our own algorithms to direct Bee-Bot around the ocean to different animals the snail found on his journey with the whale. Most of us were confident directing Bee-Bot and could also ‘debug’ him and make changes to our algorithm when we hit a problem. We are super problem solvers! 

We began our Art work by looking at shape in abstract compositions by Beatriz Milhazes and used coloured circles to compose our very own piece of abstract art.  We studied the work of Bridget Riley, using a specific technique to create our own class master piece using different lines in chalk. We then moved on to the artists David Hockney & Vija Celmins, using lines to represent the waves in the sea. Finally, we looked at colour mixing the primary colours to make secondary colours using playdough and paint.

In PE we have explored the school games value of passion through a gymnastics unit. We began our unit by learning how to safely move equipment around the hall, learning how to lift and carry safely and we understand that this is a key skill. Following on from this we learnt how to travel safely around the hall, at different speeds, levels and in different ways, we pretended to be different zoo animals to help us with this. Throughout the unit we learnt how to make and hold different shapes such as; log rolls, egg rolls, Teddy bear rolls and straight jumps, tuck jumps and star jumps. Towards the end of our unit we focused on being able to link two actions to make a sequence and to also link two or more actions with a movement. We worked independently and were able to perform our sequences in front of each other. 

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 online celebration with church. We then looked at God and his amazing creation of the world, understanding how he feels when we don't look after it.