Oldswinford C of E Primary School

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


** 1 Lion - Mrs Downing **

** 1 Crystal - Mrs Hicklin (Mon-Wed) & Mrs Seker (Thu-Fri) **


* Supported by Miss Lillis & Mrs Sheppard

as well as Mrs Dunn, Miss Rubery & Mrs Harris *


Key Information:



We love books in Year 1! 


Reading will take place in various formats, every day in school. Your child will read to adults in groups and one-to-one where appropriate. Reading daily at home is essential. The children will be rewarded by moving up the reading ladder if their diaries have been signed, so please ensure they bring their reading diaries and reading book to school each day.


Home reading books will be changed every Friday. Sets of Rising Stars Online books will be allocated regularly. Once read, please complete the online quiz. 


Water bottles

It is important that children bring a water bottle into school every 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. Children should come to school wearing their PE kit on these days. Trainers with velcro are preferable. Pumps are optional and if chosen, should be kept in school in a pump bag. Please ensure long hair is tied back and any earrings are removed on these days.


Class Dojo

Your children can now earn dojo points for positive behaviour, learning and displaying our school values. We will also keep you updated with our learning and achievements through our class stories so please ensure your notifications are active. We love to hear your feedback so please respond with likes and comments. 


Please note: private Dojo messages will be responded to within 48hours so please contact the school office for any urgent messages. 


This half term our topic is

Marvellous Me!’



This is a Science based topic where we will learn about our bodies and explore our five senses. We will be naming external body parts including genitalia, using the correct scientific vocabulary.


In English, our teachers will read us a story at the start of every day before we have a ‘Book Talk’ session where we explore books in groups.  We will continue to bring home reading books as well as accessing Rising Stars online books. Please help us with our fluency and enjoyment of books by reading every day at home. This will help us to climb the reading ladder to the top of the tree house in the Enchanted Book Wood.


Our Talk for Writing unit will be based on the much-loved journey story, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen. 


We will be focusing on saying a sentence out loud before we write it down, using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will have daily phonics sessions too, reviewing our letters and sounds from Reception before moving on to new graphemes and phonemes. We will continue to strengthen our fine motor skills and pencil grip as we practice correct letter formation in daily ‘Kinetic Letters’ handwriting lessons.



  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 practice fluency, reasoning and problem-solving in the classroom and in the outdoor hive.

To support your child with this at home you could:

  • Practise counting forwards and backwards
  • Practise reading and writing numbers up to 20
  • Give 1 more and 1 less than a number - 'What is 1 more than 10?
  • Practise number bonds to 10 e.g.'6 and what makes 10?' 
  • Double numbers up to double 10
  • Comparing numbers e.g. ’18 is greater than 12’ or ’16 < 17’


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


What makes a book special?


Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.