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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


** 1 Lion - Mrs Downing **

** 1 Crystal - Miss Southall**


* Supported by Mrs Sheppard and Mrs Edgar

as well as Mrs Harris and Miss Rubery *


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. Every day begins with 10 minutes of reading for pleasure. Reading frequently at home is essential. The children will be rewarded by moving up the Reading Ladder each day their diaries have been signed, so please ensure they bring their reading diaries and reading book to school each day. Children are rewarded with dojo points and anyone at the top of the ladder on a Friday will receive a special reading star sticker!


Home reading books will be changed every Friday. School books should be read at least 3 times per week to help with fluency. Of course, other books from home can be read for pleasure. 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. Please ensure bottles are the 'sport's cap' variety and do not have large open tops as these easily spill.



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 Term our topic is

'Where do I Live?'


This is our Geography topic. We will begin by thinking about our school and our homes, leading out into the local area and then further afield.


Homework ideas to further your learning: Bring them in to earn extra dojo points!

Do your own research on our local area and create a fact sheet.

Sketch pictures of places in the local area such as Mary Stevens Park and the nature within it.

Look at a map of Stourbridge and see if you can spot any places you are familiar with.

Talk about the different types of buildings in the area and their uses, such as homes, shops, factories and cafes. 

Create a map of an area locally, showing where different things are.

In English, we will be working hard on our reading, writing and spelling through phonics and will be focusing on writing in sentences, using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. 


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 study our Model Text 'Millie Mouse went for a Walk', making adaptations and eventually write part of our own journey story.




This half term, we will be with practical equipment in maths to develop our understanding before moving on to pictorial and abstract representation.


  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 science this half term 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 and exploring which body parts are responsible for which senses. We will conduct fun experiments using our senses.







In RE this half term, we will be asking 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.