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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Year 1 is a busy year with a very full timetable and there are many things that you can do to help your child to make sure they are making the most of every opportunity.


Our topic for this term is “Beside the Seaside” The focus of our learning this half term is Geography, but it will also include a variety of engaging curriculum areas. If your child does anything at home that supports their topic, please send it in, as it’s always lovely to celebrate children’s enthusiasm for learning! Next half term, our focus will move to History where we will look at seasides in the past and compare them to today. 


Year 1 are very excited about their upcoming trip to Weston-super-Mare so please make sure consent slips are returned to school as well as the payment via the payment portal. Thank you! 


For regular updates about what happens on our classes, don’t forget to visit our Year 1 page on the school website and our Twitter pages. 







You will receive an email from Mrs Perry regarding your child’s Teams login details. When you have set up their account, please give your child’s login and password details to their class teacher.


Your child will need to keep their PE kit in school at all times. PE will be on a MONDAY every week.  


“Beside the Seaside”




In maths we will be using numbers to 20 to count and compare. We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes including positions and turns. We are developing our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and number facts and bonds to 20. 


In our English lessons we will be reading a variety of texts this term including: Aliens Love Underpants, Poems Aloud, Send for a Superhero, The Day the Crayons Quit, Lucy and Tom at the Seaside and The Way Back Home. We are developing our ability to work independently and use our phonics confidently in our writing, applying the different sounds we know. 



This term we move onto Plants. We will be planting seeds and learning about the conditions needed to help them grow. 



Children will be making cards with a lever and/or slider, creating a strong structure for the Three Little Pigs and fruit kebabs in DT. Art lessons will link to our Seasides Topic with collages, texture and drawing skills. 


Our current value is Forgiveness and next half term we are moving onto Fairness. We are now using the Kapow! scheme for weekly PSHE lessons. 



RE focuses on the Easter story and Judaism in the second half term. 





We will be having weekly yoga sessions and some athletics lessons outside. 



 Additional Information

PE kit




P.E lessons are on a Monday. Please make sure your child has a full P.E kit in school which should include: White T- shirt, bottle green shorts, suitable trainers/pumps, green or black joggers / leggings.  


A water bottle, your child’s book bag and appropriate clothing depending on the great British weather!







Reading books will be checked in school every day. We ask that your child’s school book is read at home at least twice before changing. It is important that you read daily with your child and record their reading in their reading journal. Books will be changed on a Tuesday and Friday. In addition to their reading book each child will be able to choose a bedtime story book to share at home. This is something to be enjoyed by the whole family. Please return to school on a Friday.





Spelling lists will be sent home each Friday and the children will be tested on the following Friday. Please support your child in learning the words that they bring home. These are common words that the children will need and use to support their writing development. Please feel free to speak to the class teacher about different ways you can help them learn these.  



Mrs K Davies, Mrs S Carter, Mrs H Gosling, 

Mrs Jones, Miss Smout and Mrs Gardner.

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