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Year 1

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.


Please make sure that all uniform is named - children are asked to put their jumpers/cardigans on their pegs but they can easily fall off and get mixed up: names make it easy for us to reunite children with their missing items.


Bookbags are needed in school every day to enable children to take home their reading book and any letters. They will be bringing home a Reading Record for you to record their reading in: we expect children to aim to read daily where possible, with 3 times a week the minimum: this will greatly support not only their enjoyment and confidence with books, but also their phonics knowledge and writing ability. Children will have a book based on their phonics group and the new sound(s) they are learning as well as a book for enjoyment throughout the week and a Bedtime book to share over the weekend - more information will follow about this when the new routine is established. 


Our topic for this term is “Going Places”. 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 travel in the past and how transport has changed lives.


In Science the children will be learning about "Animals including humans" where they will learn about our 5 senses and how animals are grouped.


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: 








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






“Going Places”




In Maths we will be using learning about Place Value and developing our counting skills. 


In our English lessons we will be reading a variety of texts this term including: Beegu, Mog the forgetful cat and Oi! Frog. 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 will be learning about Animals Including Humans and our 5 senses. 



Children will be exploring colour in Art and Levers and Sliders in DT by designing and creating a card. 


Our current value is Kindness. We are now using the Kapow! scheme for weekly PSHE lessons. 



RE focuses on the Christmas story next half term.  





We will be having weekly indoor PE sessions this half term focused on Ball Skills



 Additional Information

PE kit




P.E lessons are on a Thursday. 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. . It is important that you read daily with your child and record their reading in their reading journal. Books will be changed on a Friday to allow for increased reading of the same text to develop phonics knowledge, confidence and fluency. 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.





More to follow on this. We will begin with learning the Red Words linking to our phonics lessons.



Mrs Gosling, Mrs Carter, Mrs Davies, Mrs Jones and Miss Evans. 

Welcome to Year 1 Letter - September 2022

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