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Year 1 2020 - 2021

Mrs Shipley

Mrs Shipley

Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Hunter

Mrs Hunter

Year 1 Teacher

Miss Wilkinson

Miss Wilkinson

Year 1 Teacher

Autumn Term 2020

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new Year 1 children into school and making sure they are settled and happy back in school.  There will be a strong focus on their personal, social and emotional well-being during this time.  We are keen to ensure they are fully supported in their transition from EYFS curriculum to Key Stage 1 curriculum.  


We are really looking forward to sharing some engaging and exciting books with our children this term!  These focus books will include The Colour Monster, The Jolly Postman, Traditional Tales and Beegu.  We will be teaching children to develop their basic skills in writing such as letter formation, spelling of key words, use of capital letters and full stops.  We will also focus on developing their vocabulary in their speaking, reading and writing, and will be modelling  how we can use this for a variety of purposes such as story telling or letter writing.

Children are taught to read and write through developing their awareness of sounds in words - 'Phonics'. We have a daily phonics lesson focusing on blending sounds for reading and segmenting sounds for spelling, as well as the reading and writing of tricky words.  The sounds and words that they learn are divided into phases and in Year 1 we focus our teaching on Phases 3 - 5.  Please looks in the 'Files to download' section below for a list of our tricky words and support for each phase of phonics.


In Maths this term we will learn about the place value of numbers to 20 and addition and subtraction facts to 10.  We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties.  Children will have opportunities to work with concrete apparatus before moving on to representing numbers with pictures and symbols.  We encourage the children to use mathematical language and to explain their ideas and solutions clearly to others.


Our topic this term is Animals Including Humans.  We will be looking at bodies, senses and what we eat.  We will also be learning about the seasons as we move into Autumn and Winter and looking for the changes that take place.  


Our theme for Geography this term is Our Local Area where we will first look at where we live, including our address, and the human and physical features of our local area.  We will also learn the countries of United Kingdom and the seas around it. 

In History we will be learning about Neil Armstrong as the first man on the moon and will look at how space travel has developed over time.

In Art we will be learning to create self portraits in the form of popart and will be using clay to create sculptures. 

Reading Books

Children will have the opportunity to take a new reading book from our scheme twice a week - Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/ Thursday - if they have completed their previous book.  We would encourage you to share these with your children on a daily basis and record this in your child's blue Reading Record.  

In addition children will be able to choose a class library book to take home on a Friday.  Please encourage them to look after these and return them to school the following Monday.  All books will be quarantined on their return until it is safe for them to be shared with other children.


Children should come into school in their PE kits with joggers and trainers on their allocated PE days.  They should also have pumps available in a bag on their peg for indoor PE sessions.  The allocated PE days for each class are:

Year 1SH - Tuesday and Thursday

Year 1HW - Monday and Thursday


Our main focus on home learning in Year 1 is daily reading and, as the year progresses, basic spellings.  Once they are settled, Year 1 children will be given one piece of homework linked to either maths, English or topic work to support our work in class. 

Useful webistes

Phonics screening check example




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