Year 1

Year 1 - Bay and Cherry

Autumn Term – Curriculum Newsletter – Key Stage 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fabulous summer.  We are hoping that the children are ready to settle into their new classes and enjoy the challenges of their new year groups.

This half term the children in Year 1 will be following a topic entitled…


We have started off our term discussing our holidays and all the exciting things that have happened - it sounds like everyone was very busy! This first week is very exciting for our new year 1 children and we want to use this week to make sure that the children feel comfortable in their new environments and know where everything is. This first week is a ‘settling-in’ time for the children and whilst we will be doing lots of learning, we are very aware that the children are very nervous and need a bit of time to adjust.

ENGLISH -This half term we will be looking at a variety of different fairy tales and using these as a basis for some fantastic writing. We will be creating postcards, writing instructions, character descriptions, speech bubbles and so much more. Throughout year 1, we will be concentrating on using our phonics to help us spell and will be working on our handwriting.

As a year group we will also be reading the story Dogger by Shirley Hughes.

As always the key skills we concentrate on are writing in sentences, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces and beginning to use question marks.

PHONICS-We will be teaching Phonics twice every day throughout year 1. We will be learning new phase 5 sounds in the morning and will be recapping and consolidating our phase 3 sounds in the afternoon. We use a combination of letters and sounds, jolly phonics and other phonics resources that best suit the needs of our children. This is very important as the children will have a Phonics screening test at the end of the year and we want them to do as well as possible.

READING - Guided reading takes place every week.  Every day special reading activities are planned for groups of children with one group taking part in a focus Guided Reading session with the class teacher.  This group session will focus on reading and understanding the text.  Individual reading also takes place each week. We aim for two reads each week; however during busy times it may only be one. 

HOME READING - Home reading continues to be an important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book.

SPELLINGS & KEYWORDS - Keywords are checked in class and always in a different order from the list. Spellings are tested weekly.   It is also part of your child’s homework to practice their key words to read and spell every day with you.                                                      

MATHS - We continue to build on what the children learnt in reception. We will continue to work on counting and being able to read and write our numbers, including looking at zero. We will be looking at one more and one less. The children will be introduced to the symbols =, > < and will begin to use mathematical language such as equal, more/greater and less/fewer.

ART – The children will be provided with opportunities to experiment with a variety of different media e.g. chalk, charcoal and pastels. They will be investigating tone and textures and will be given opportunities to create their own shapes, lines and drawings.

SCIENCE This half term the children will be learning about plants and they will be growing their own beans. The children will be doing observations and recording their findings. The children will be looking at identifying some wild flowers and garden flowers. They will also be looking at the differences between deciduous and evergreen trees.  

ICTWe begin our ICT topic with exploring how to use Purple Mash. This is a valuable tool that lets the children explore and enhance knowledge they learn in school in a fun and creative way. All the children will be provided with their own logins and passwords and they are encouraged to use these at home. Teachers can monitor what they have been doing and can leave comments for the children to see.

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing.

RE – This half term the children will be learning about Hinduism. The children will be learning about different ceremonies and festivals and they will get to participate in some of these as a year group.

OUTDOOR LEARNING – The children will get the chance to access outdoor learning as often as possible.  As a Key Stage we feel that it is important that your children get chance to spend time outside learning about the world around them on a bigger scale.  We are very lucky to have some excellent equipment for them to use. 

HOMEWORK – This will be handed out every Friday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them.

As always if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please come in to arrange this, after school is better as we will have more time to spend with you. Thank you.

Miss Duggan and Mrs Waterland