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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

'All Aboard'


This is our DT based topic and therefore we will be doing lots of research and experiments into materials leading to us designing and making our own boats! We will also look into the history of boats & related things by learning about The Titanic, Grace Darling and lighthouses. We will be finding out how our local area contributed to the creation of the Titanic. In addition to this, we will be learning how to write a fact sheet and also be writing about pirates and sea creatures. 



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

Our Talk for Writing text this half term is a Titanic fact sheet and Pirate Tom story.




In Maths this half term we will be focusing on number recognition and place value and practising 

  • Recognise and name 3D shapes- cube, cuboid, cone, sphere, pyramid
  • Sort 3D shapes
  • Recognise and name 2D shapes 
  • Sort 2D shapes
  • Patterns with 2D and 3D shapes
  • Subtraction- finding the difference
  • Comparing addition and subtraction statements a + b > c
  • Comparing addition and subtraction statements a + b > c + d
  • Count forwards and backwards and write numbers to 20 in numerals and words
  • Numbers 11-20
  • Tens and ones
  • Count one more and one less
  • Compare groups of objects
  • Compare numbers
  • Order groups of objects
  • Order numbers

To support your child with this at home you could:

Practise counting forwards and backwards

Practise reading and writing numbers up to 100

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

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

Double numbers up to double 10

Get the children to finish sentences 7 is greater than __ 4 is less than __

Discuss statements 3 + 2 is greater than 4, 2 + 1 is less than 5

Find objects in the cupboard that are 3D shapes, can you find any cuboids?


In RE this half term we will be thinking about- 


Who are Muslims and what do they believe?


In ICT we will be working on algorithms and inputting instructions.

We will be learning how to move objects using arrows and then arrows and numbers. We will then understand that an algorithm is a set of instructions and create our own simple algorithm to make an object move.  


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.