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 2020-2021


Class Information


Who's Who

Miss McCulley- Y1 Teacher

Mrs Keay- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bayatti- 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. This year we are introducing a new way of writing called '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 Numots' 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 that spelling list and rule for that week. For Maths we are now using 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. 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 a d can be found under the 'homework instructions' folder. Any work completed at home and evidence 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 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.... Spring Term 1 (January - February 2021)


Over the next half term our topic will be: Polar Adventures


  • Literacy - This half term we will share and focus on the popular children’s story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers as a whole class. During this time we will explore a wide range of Year 1 writing objectives such as: adding the suffixes 'er, est, ed and ing', adjectives, the prefix 'un,’ using a capital for the personal pronoun, finding where capital letters have and should be used, begin to use question marks and will become confident checking our own writing. As we share the story we will cover the following reading objectives: how to use pictures as clues to support understanding, identify unfamiliar words discussing meanings and context, make predictions and learn to form opinions based on what we have read and knowledge gained. By the end of the half term we will be able to retell parts of the story, plan and write our own versions of the story. We will also complete some cross curricular writing, as we learn to write a non-chronological fact file about penguins.     
  • Numeracy - We will begin the half term by recapping over and consolidating our subtraction skills learnt at the end of last half term. We will then begin a new unit on place value, beginning with numbers to 20 and then moving on to work with numbers to 50 and above. Within this unit we will add the vocabulary ‘tens and ones’ to our mathematical word bank and learn the basics of place value such as learning how every number can be made, partitioned and represented in different ways.      
  • Topic - Get your hats, scarves and gloves ready as we prepare for a journey to 'The Polar Regions'. We will begin our topic by exploring various maps including, Google Earth on the internet and atlases as we explore and identify the 7 Continents and 5 Oceans of the world. We will look at the climate in the Arctic regions, learn about human and physical features of the environment and will later compare these to our own environment in the UK. During this topic we will also extend our scientific skills by completing various science investigations. Our initial experiment will be linked to our work on the climate as we explore the day length in the Arctic, this will involve some data collection and interpretation of results. We will then explore different everyday materials, using the question ‘How do you keep warm in the Arctic?’ as our investigation starting point. We will answer this by investigating properties of different materials to find out which ones will keep us the warmest and most dry! This will involve a lot of ice and water! We will also explore the different animals that live in the Arctic, how they survive and even what the animals eat by investigating their poo!     
  • Art- This half term we will be looking at patterns from a range of Victorian sources as part of a unit on printing. We will learn how to identify different shapes within patterns and about the different materials that were printed on during the Victorian times. We will explore how to create patterns of our own by folding, cutting and arranging different shapes.        
  • RE- This half term we will be looking at a unit called ‘Jesus was Special.’ Initially we will take a close look at our own relationships with friends, thinking about how we make and sustain friendships and what these mean to us. From this we will explore the special friends that Jesus had and how they tried to follow his teachings. We will focus on stories from the New Testament such as; The Calling of the Disciples, The Stilling of the Storm, The Feeding of the Five Thousand and Jesus turns Water into Wine, discovering the characters and power of Jesus.       
  • HEARTSMART- 'Too Much Selfie isn't Healthy!' In this unit we will learn that being 'HeartSmart' means knowing that just as we are important, other people around us are important too. As we become aware of the people around us and consider their needs as well as our own. We will learn that it is through doing this that our and their hearts strengthen.     
  • Music- This half term we will be exploring the sounds and weather of the Arctic. Across the weeks we will extend our dimensional approach to music skills by exploring how to create vocal and instrumental sound scapes and graphic notation. We will complete this by using a wide range of resources available to use within school, one in particular being the Charanga production ‘The King of all the Polar Bears.’     
  •  Computing- We are collectors- This unit also directly links to this half terms topic as it explores the different animals of the Arctic. During this unit the children will learn how to; find and use pictures on the web, understanding what to do if they encounter pictures that cause concern, group images based on binary questions, organise images into more than two groups, sort images according to some criteria and ask and answer binary questions about their images. The children will use the ‘Key Note’ app on the iPads to complete this unit of work and through the sorting of their images will gain a further understanding of how algorithms are used within computer programming. 


  • PE- Indoor and Outdoor

    Indoor PE -

    In this unit the children will learn to;

    - Follow simple movement patterns at different levels, speeds and through a variety of pathways. 

    - Demonstrate leadership skills. 

    - Become physically confident and make a purposeful contribution. 

    They will do this by completing a dance unit based around puppets. The children will initially be taught how to copy basic dance movements. They will then be shown how to link small movements together to make a short sequence of movements and  by the end of the unit the children will be able to create their own small performance with a partner or as a small group.

  •  Outdoor PE - 

    Throughout this unit the children will learn to:

    - Link performance actions and sequences of movements. 

    - Communicate effectively with others. 

    - Demonstrate and understanding and interpretation of rules and are accepting of decisions made during games and activities. 

    They will achieve these objectives through a unit of net and wall game skills. During this unit the children will focus on key ball skills from popular sports such as, volleyball, dodgeball and baseball. They will learn and practice ball skills such as catching, sending and receiving accurately, striking upwards using their hands and forearms as well as how to bounce and then strike a ball. This unit requires lots of this half terms sporting value TEAMWORK as the children learn new games and rules as they apply the key skills learnt each week. 

  • Please ensure that your child has the correct kit for both indoor and outdoor so that they can fully join in with each lesson! 

Our sporting value this half term is TEAMWORK and this links directly to our HeartSmart unit 'Too much selfie isn't healthy'.

Dates for your Diary:


Parents Evening: 2nd and 3rd February 2021


Autumn Term 2 NEWS!

During Autumn term 2...

We have worked very hard and have enjoyed learning about various topics. 

We have become very knowledgeable on the Great Fire of London across this half term and have been engaged with topic from start to finish. We began by focusing on where, when and how the fire started, enjoying looking at various non-fiction and fiction texts. We have developed our enquiry based skills through building, asking and answering questions throughout the topic, enjoying finding out about life in London in 1666 and comparing this to modern day. We had lots of interesting discussions about how to identify and compare old and new artefacts and photographs. Across the topic the children have produced some fantastic pieces of writing, from factual reports about the events of the fire to personal recount letters in role as a person experiencing the fire first hand. They have shown their growing confidence in being able to use specific grammar and punctuation independently when writing, particularly basic sentence punctuation such as capital letters and full stops and I look forward to seeing this independence grow even more in the coming term! The class worked really hard across the topic and to finish it off in style created some great 3D houses from basic materials and equipment for the DT project on houses and homes. 

In Maths we have taken our time to secure our learning of addition and subtraction within 10 and 20. We have worked hard on being able to identify addition facts to numbers within 10 and quick recall facts of number bonds 10. We are now all mostly secure with these and after a short recap will be ready to move on next term. We have also continued to work hard within RWI. We are now all confident with the set 2 sounds and shortly after we come back will learn all of the set 3 sounds. It is really important to keep up the hard work with the set 2 and 3 sounds in the coming term alongside regular reading, as preparation for the Phonics Check gets under way.  

The children have really enjoyed this half term's RE unit and found it particularly interesting when it started with a surprise, unopened gift! We have worked hard thinking about the gift that Jesus was to the world, understanding the 'true' meaning of Christmas and the children have truly inspired me with their ability to think about others and about the importance of how gifts that cost little to no money to others. 

The children enjoyed both our indoor and outdoor PE sessions this half term as we tested our accuracy and endurance skills outside learning specific athletic skills and tested our balance and jumping skills indoors and we explored our animal antics gymnastics unit. The children worked well to show this half terms sporting value and are working hard on their listening 

Our Science themed day was a huge success and everyone should be rewarded for their scientist costume efforts! It was during this day that we learnt about the early life and work of famous scientist Marie Curie and the children produced some wonderful independent writing about her. In the afternoon we enjoyed a practical science test that tested our reflexes, I think everyone’s were quicker than mine! 

As always our term was finished off by a wonderful Nativity performance, the children were fantastic sheep and did us all proud with their fantastic singing voices! 

I have thoroughly enjoyed this half term and look forward to seeing how the children develop across Spring term 1. Well done everyone!



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 new writing rainbow through the story 'Last Stop on Market Street.' During the first few weeks back to school we focused on being able to form and write a simple sentence. Following on from this we explored the text 'The Gruffalo' using the noticing lense to identify what the Gruffalo looked like and wrote basic adjectives within a sentence to describe him.

In music we began by playing simple copy me games and follow me games within which we had to copy a basic rhythm and steady beat. Following on from this we explored body percussion through the story 'Starry eyed Stan' a musical starfish. We worked in small groups exploring, basic notation through pictures and finally were able to compose a short body percussion sequence that we performed in front of each other. 

In Geography we have enjoyed lots of outdoor practical activities to develop our basic mapping skills. We started our unit by going out into our local area for a walk to the park. On our journey we looked for local landmarks such as; the canal, the bus stop, the church and the park. Along our journey we learnt how to orientate a basic map and marked off each landmark as we went along. Once back in school we continued our map skill work by exploring aerial and non aerial views, learning about the importance of map symbols, eventually creating our own symbols and adding these to our maps of the local area.  To finish our unit we spent some time reflecting on the landmarks in our area and talked about our own likes and dislikes. 

We linked our computing unit to our Geography mapping unit.  Working in small teams we wrote our own algorithms to direct Beebot around the board to different landmarks that we saw in our local area. 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! 

We began our Art work by recapping on our knowledge of primary and secondary colours enjoying lots of colour mixing ideas. Following on from this we studied the work of various artists, beginning with; Bridget Riley, using a specific technique to create our own painting. We then moved on to the artist Paul Klee, we went on a colour walk around school and used these colours to create a piece of abstract art focusing on lines and shapes. Finally, we studied the art of Wallis Kandisky and created our own pictures using one of his techniques 'squares with concentric circles.'

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. 

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.