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Year 1

Hello and welcome to Year 1!


We really hope our transition classrooms help your child move seamlessly into Year 1 and they are excited about their new school year.


Some information for you:


YEAR 1 OPEN AFTERNOON:- Tuesday 9th October 2pm-5pm


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.


This half term our topic is

'Myself and Other Animals'







This is a Science based topic and we will be comparing ourselves to each other as well as to other animals. We will learn about our bodies and explore our senses. We will be learning new vocabulary such as herbivore, omnivore and carnivore.​​



In Literacy we will be reading animal themed books such as Elmer, Monkey Puzzle and Giraffes Can't Dance as well as like themed non-fiction books. We will be focusing on saying a sentence out loud, before we write it down. We will practise using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Phonics still plays a big part in our literacy time in Year 1.



In Maths this half term we will be focusing on number recognition and place value and practising simple addition and subtraction number sentences. We will look at small steps of place value including:- Sorting objects, Counting objects, representing objects, Counting forwards and backwards, Counting one more and one less, one to one correspondence, comparing objects, greater than, less than and equal to, comparing numbers, ordering objects, ordering numbers, ordinal numbers and using a number line.

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 Which number is greater 4 or 9?

8 is less than 6 true or false?

Give 1 more and 1 less than a number - 'What is 1 more than 10?

Can you give me 1 more car? If I had 6 sweets and I ate one, how many left?

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

Double numbers up to double 10


In RE this half term we will be considering the question

'What makes a good friend?'


We will think about the children’s friendships with each other and explore Jesus’ friendships with his disciples.

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