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 1 (Sept-Oct 2021)


Over the next half term our topics will be:

  • English: This half term we will take our time to settle into Year 1. Firstly we will revisit all of the set 2 sounds learnt in Reception before beginning to work on learning new set 3 sounds. Our focused text for writing will be ' The Train Ride' by June Crebbin which is a familiar story read in Reception. The children will role-play going on a train ride and discuss the physical and human features seen through the window. Using the lense of repetition, the children will describe the train and views from out of the window. They will use onomatopoeia sounds to describe the animals seen at the farm and use dialogue to record what the ticket collector might say. We will introduce writing questions and using adjectives and similes to paint pictures in the reader's head. We will continue to build on the skills learnt in Reception, writing simple sentences ensuring that we use capital letters and full stops. Across this half term we will immerse ourselves in our class author, Julia Donaldson, by reading lots of her stories including 'The Gruffalo'. After sharing the story together we will work on sequencing and orally retelling the story. By the end of the half term we will have used all of this knowledge of the story along with the our writing lenses from writing 'The Train Ride' to produce out first piece of independent writing retelling the story of 'The Gruffalo'.   

  • Maths: This half term we will be focusing on numbers to 10. We will begin by building on our skills of sorting, counting and representing objects and numbers. We will ensure that we can confidently sort a set of objects and count them accurately. We will then move onto being able to identify one more and one less before using the part-whole model to secure addition and subtraction to 10. These units of work encourage the children to explore the wide range of practical resources available to them and become confident using them independently. We will also use lots of songs and rhymes to orally count within 100. Across the unit the children will become confident using the vocabulary, greater than, less than, equal to, more than and less than.  


Our topic work this half term is titled 'All About Me!'        

  • Science: Across the half term we will learn all about the human body. To begin the unit we will focus body parts by drawing around ourselves and labelling all the parts we can find and discussing what we use them for, reinforcing these by playing 'Simon Says Body Parts'.  From this we will explore the 5 senses and how we use these every day. After learning about humans we will then take a look at animals, learning how to sort them into specific groups such as, reptiles, mammals, birds, insects etc. We will also look at how animals have adapted over time and the similarities and differences between them and ourselves.  

  • In Geography we will focus on 'Weather and Climate'. We will begin by ordering the months of the year and the four seasons. By sorting each months into the season it occurs and discussing what we would see in each one through the window, we will learn all about Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. By making a weather station to monitor the rainfall, wind, sunrise and sunset times and weather type weekly, we will start to understand how these alter in each season. As Autumn is upon us we will take a trip to the park  keeping our eyes open for signs of Autumn and may even bring some leaves and conkers back to describe. The children will look at how we dress for different kinds of weather and how the weather can affect people's work.


  • In Art/ DT:   This half-term sees the children looking at the formal elements of art. They will explore shape, line and colour: mixing and painting with secondary colours, using circles to create abstract compositions and working collaboratively to create a class piece of art inspired by water,


  • PE- This half term we will take part in both an indoor and outdoor PE lessons. In our outdoor lessons we will focus on movement skills. Beginning by working on how to move around in a space in different ways safely and confidently. We will then move onto; developing speed and being able to control our own speed as we move around a space, making and following movement patterns, working with a partner and as part of a small group, performing, changing direction and understanding tactical games. The indoor lessons will focus on gymnastics, specifically balancing and spinning on points and patches. These lessons will also include performance skills. It is really important that we not only focus on our physical development during our lessons but also on our personal and social development so, throughout our lessons we will focus on the School Games Sport value of Passion.   


  • Computing - We are treasure hunters. The children will learn about algorithms for moving around using the directions of forwards, backwards, left and right by programming their friend as a human robot. They will create instructions to direct 'The Gruffalo' to the different animals in the deep dark woods. The children will then program Bee-Bot to find different animals. They will predict where Bee-Bot will land and debug their program if it doesn't reach the correct destination first time!


  • RE- Harvest. Across this half term we will be learning all about the Christian festival of Harvest, thinking about where our food originates from, how it travels all around the world before getting to our supermarkets, what charities there are around the world to help farmers during the harvesting season and of course thinking about how we can thank God for all of the wonderful gifts and blessings that he gives to us. We will compare our Harvest to the Jewish festival of Sukkot by building our own class Sukkah and enjoying bread and honey!


  • Heartsmart- Get Heartsmart! This group of lessons focuses on what it means to be 'Heartsmart.' About making the right decision for us and how we have the power to change our feeling sand also the feelings of others.


Dates for your Diary:


P.E. days are Tuesday (PM) and Friday (AM) (Please ensure that your child has the correct kit in school.) 


Parents' Evening: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October