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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1



The Year One Team:

1 Lion – Mrs Preece

1 Crystal – Mrs Hicklin (Mon – Wed)  Mrs Seker (Thurs & Fri)

Mrs Sheppard and Miss Lillis support Year One

Also supported by Miss Rubery


Some information for you:


Each week the children will have guided reading sessions.  They will also have a reading book to bring home.  We will change these books weekly. As we now have the addition of Rising Stars, our online reading system, we will also be setting books on there, but ask that children also complete the comprehension to ensure understanding of what they have read.


Water bottles

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-a-Bag' for lunch, please fill in the slip at home if possible. Blank slips can be obtained from any member of staff or in the ‘Grab Bag’ baskets in the classroom.



PE for both classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure long hair is tied back and any earrings are removed on these days.





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

‘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 four countries within the United Kingdom and learning their capital cities and identifying famous landmarks. We will then move on to exploring countries in Africa. We have our passports ready for our train, coach and plane journeys! We will compare what the places are like as well as comparing our lives to the people who live in Africa.


TASK - EARN 2 DOJO POINTS! Write down the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities, then 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, full stops and question marks.Our Talk for Writing text this half term is writing a postcard and Handa’s Surprise. We will be looking at the adjectives used to describe the delicious fruits in Handa’s basket.


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




In Maths, we will be looking at: 


Subtraction- crossing out, taking away, find a part

Fact families- the 8 facts

Subtraction- counting back, finding the difference

Compare addition and subtraction statements

Recognise and name 3D shapes, sort 3D shapes

Recognise and name 2D shapes, sort 2D shapes

Patterns with 3D and 2D shapes

Count forwards and backwards and write numbers to 20

Tens and ones

Count one more and one less

Compare groups of objects

Compare numbers

Order groups of objects

Order numbers





This half term, we will be exploring our five senses.






In RE this half term we will be considering the questions:


What do Christians believe God is like?

We will explore the story of The Lost Son




Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

We will explore the Christmas story and its importance to Christians

Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.