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Year 1





Our Year 1 Team: Mrs Preece, Mrs Hicklin,

Mrs Sheppard and Mrs Brown​


Our new topic this half term is


'Once Upon a Time...'



This is our Literacy based topic and is based on Traditional Tales and Fairy Tales. We will use the Jolly Postman and his visits to many fairy tale character's homes as our introduction then delve deeper into some well-known tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Cinderella.


Home learning ideas:

Read traditional or fairy tales that you have at home or find on the internet. 

Keep a reading journal.

Write a letter to your favourite character.

Make a cartoon strip or comic book of your favourite fairytale.

Write a recipe for a spell - similar to the one mixed in the cauldron on the postman trail.

Invent a game based on your favourite story - use ideas from the games played during The Jolly Postman trail.





In maths this half term we will be:

Continuing counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s

Finding the inverse of an addition or subtraction


Division as sharing

Finding halves and quarters of shapes

Finding halves and quarters of numbers

Recognising half and quarter turns

Adding and subtracting 1 digit & 2 digit numbers to 20

​Learning that addition can be done in any order

Practising our doubles

Recognising and naming 2D and 3D 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 10 ? What is the total?

How many different ways can you make 8?

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

If I had 23 sweets and I ate one, how many left?

Practise​ number bonds to 10 -'8 and what makes 10?'


Look at house numbers, look at how they sometimes count in 2s

Practise counting in 5s



In RE this half term we will be thinking about the Bible and other special books.





In Science, we will be naming and identifying a variety of flowers and plants in our gardens and local parks.  We will look at the conditions required in order for plants to grow.  You could have a go at growing some plants of your own!


Some information for you:


PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. 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 obtained from any member of staff, or from the link at the top of this page. 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.​

Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.