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Year 1

Hello and welcome to Year 1!



Important Dates:



Wednesday 5th December 9.30am - 1 Crystal and 2 Crystal

Thursday 6th December 9.30am - 1 Lion and 2 Lion



Friday 7th December 5pm


Class Assemblies:
1 Lion - Thursday 23rd May

1 Crystal - Friday 24th May



Welcome back!


We had a fantastic time last half term and we were so brave holding and touching the animals.We hope you were able to see the photographs on our class dojo pages.


Our new topic this half term is

'Around the world’

This is our Geography based topic and our main objective is to compare where we live to another country outside of the EU. We will begin by exploring the 4 countries within the United Kingdom and learning their Capital Cities. We have our passports ready for our train, coach and plane journeys. We will then move on to Uganda in Africa. We will compare what the places are like as well as comparing our lives to the people who live there.



TASK - EARN 2 HOUSEPOINTS! Write down the 4 countries and their capital cities and give it to your teacher.


We are still working hard on our reading, writing and spelling through Phonics and are continuing to work on writing in sentences. We are thinking about using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.


Towards the end of the half term we will focus our learning on Christmas.





In Maths this half term we will be focusing on addition, subtraction and 2D and 3D shape. We will look at small steps of addition and subtraction including:- Part-whole model, fact families- addition facts, find number bonds for numbers within 10, Systematic methods for number bonds within 10, Number bonds to 10, Compare number bonds, Addition- adding together, Addition- adding more, Finding a part, Subtraction- taking away, how many left? Crossing out, Subtraction- taking away, how many left?  Subtraction- finding a part, breaking apart, Fact families- the 8 facts, Subtraction- counting back, Subtraction- finding the difference, Comparing addition and subtraction statements. 2D and 3D shapes- Recognise, name and sort 3D shapes, Recognise, name and sort 2D shapes, Patterns with 3D and 2D shapes.

To support your child with this at home you could:

Practise counting forwards and backwards

Practise reading and writing numbers up to 100

Ask questions eg  What two numbers can be added to make 7? What is the total?

How many different ways can you make 9?

Can you give me 1 more car? How many have I got now?

If I had 6 sweets and I ate one, how many left?

Practise number bonds to 10 -'6 and what makes 10?'

Look at 2D shapes- square, triangle, rectangle, circle

Look at 3D shapes- cuboid, cylinder, pyramid, cube, sphere, cone


In RE this half term we will be considering the question

'Does it matter if we're different?'


We will also be exploring The Christmas Story.



Other Useful Information


PE days are Monday and Friday for 1 Crystal and Monday and Thursday for 1 Lion. Please ensure long hair is tied back and any earrings are removed on these days.


Children may change their Home Reading books as often as they like, although we do recommend reading a book at least twice before moving on to a new one. Children simply need to pop their reading book and Reading Record in the box in the classroom and it will be changed during the day. Although we are not able to hear Home Readers in school as regularly as Reception, please be assured that your child does lots of reading, in different formats during the school day.


Children will also have the opportunity to borrow a library book when we visit the library each week, this will be on Wednesdays.


Children still need to have a water bottle in school each day. These bottles will be sent home each night to be washed and refilled.


If your child requires a 'Grab Bag' for lunch, please fill in the slip at home if possible. Blank slips can be downloaded from the link at the top of this page or obtained from any member of staff. If your child has a favourite Grab Bag selection we would encourage them to put their slip back in their bag after lunch to be re-used the following day.


As in Reception we base our work in school on topics. We start a new topic each half term.

Embracing the fullness of life, embedded in a Christian ethos of caring and sharing.