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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

The staff working in this year group to support your child's learning are:


Ms De, Mrs Harryman, Miss Nash, Miss Walker, Miss Ninon, Miss Menari and Mrs Bonito

Homework & Routines 

Homework will be set each FRIDAY and handed out in a homework folder in your child's book bag. It is due to be handed in on the following WEDNESDAY. Please could you clip the homework sheet in the folder. The weekly homework will include: Phonics, maths or English, reading or challenge homework. Children are also expected to read for 10 minutes each day with an adult. 


Your child will have 2 PE lessons during the week, so please ensure that they come to school wearing their PE kit on a Tuesday and Thursday. They are not to bring their PE kit bag to school due to restrictions within the school. Their kit should include; dark short/jogging bottoms, a white polo t-shirt, their Queenswell sweatshirt and trainers NOT plimsolls.

Our Learning Journey


Where in the World ?

In this half term, the children will be learning the names of the continents and oceans in the world.  We will also explore the basic compass points to locate them on a world map. We will be visiting a local park to explore flowers, plants and tree life. We will be asking the questions about their habitat and finding out what helps them to grow into healthy flowers and trees. 

We will continue to work on developing our sentence writing including using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops in the appropriate places. 

We shall be understanding what it takes to be a Leader and what that might mean in different situations.






The children will be reading a marvellous book called ‘Superato’,by Sue Hendry and Paul Linnet, where good actions triumph over the wrong actions, even with vegetables ! We shall be using the story to write our own instructions on how to do or make something, as well as designing and making fun comic strips based on the story. We will be relating the ideas from our book into real life events from the children’s own experiences and perhaps some in the world.


The children will be continuing their learning with ‘Little Wandle’ and starting to read e-books for their homework.


This half term the children will be  taught to: describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns. This children will also Count to 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.Count, read and write numbers to 10 in numerals Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.


Children will be identifying, describing the basic structure of a  variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. They will also be naming some of these flowering plants and trees.

Religious Education

Children will understand who is special to them and to others.  

They will also learn about key people or leaders who are important because of their influence in the founding and development of different faiths. Children will also recognise those people who are special to them in their daily lives and explain why and discuss special stories 

about two key religious leaders.





The children will be using simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) to describe the location of features on a map.They will also be naming and locating the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans, whilst using maps and globes as well as comparing and contrasting two different areas or countries.                         


In art and DT the children will begin to explore drawing materials e.g. pencil, graphite, pen, chalk, soft pastel, wax, charcoal. They will explore mark-making  and build up mark-making vocabulary e.g. drawing soft toys, drawing leaves. In addition to this we will explore

Observational drawings (draw what you see), experimental drawing (to share what is felt) –e.g. making magic spells, woodland exploration.



Children will learn what happens when things get lost or change. They should also be able to express how they feel when they lose something or if things change (including moving home).

They will also explore different kinds of families and  identify who can help when families make us feel unhappy or unsafe. 

Children will also learn more about road safety and who helps us keep safe and they 

should understand the role of the emergency services.



In indoor PE this half term the children will be exploring  under the sea through dance. The children will learn to perform basic actions with increasing control.They  c will investigate appropriate dance actions and phrases to convey meaning.  During this unit the children will also be taught how to jump, turn, roll, slide, stretch, curl, sway with speed and rhythm.


During outdoor PE the children will continue to learn to move fluently, changing direction and speed easily. Throw and catch a variety of equipment accurately when working on their own or with a partner. They will begin to  recognise and understand space in games and how to use it to their advantage, planning where to stand to make it difficult for their opponents. 



This half term children will be learning about rhythmic and melodic patterns in music. They will be able to identify high and low pitch when playing and listening to notes in an octave. Pupils will be able to create short melody patterns when using various notes in the octave by using colour patterns. Children will continue to participate in singing warm ups and sing songs related to their learning journey. 


Coding Level 1 On the move

This half term the children will be introduced to Discovery Education Coding and they will begin to learn that when a computer does something, it is following instructions called ‘code’. They will learn that code can represent objects and actions.

Online safety

Our online safety focus this half term will be to understand that photos can be shared online and the importance of seeking permission before sharing a photo.