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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

A Land Before Time

During this term the children will be learning all about Dinosaurs. They will be using non-fiction books and websites to research facts about their habitats, eating habits and features. We will find out about Famous women in British History - Mary Anning who was the first Palaeontologist and Florence Nightingale. Children will participate in a very exciting workshop where they will dress up and learn all about the life of Florence Nightingale. We will be working from various non-fiction texts and making cross curricular links where possible. We will be looking at ‘Special Places’ which includes a visit to a Synagogue.





During our English lessons, we will be looking at information texts and how they are structured. We will start to use question marks when needed and encourage children to ask questions about our topic which we plan to answer through their own research.

Children are used for and using the to discover new facts.  We will continue to work through the year on sentence writing including using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops in the appropriate places. We will make who am I? riddles, make fact files and write dinosaur menus!

There will be a focus on assessing the children’s handwriting formation and introducing leading strokes for children who are ready.


We will begin to introduce phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds Scheme and to continue to consolidate phases 2/ 3 and 4 where needed. We will be learning 

‘tricky words’ that don’t follow the usual rules of phonics – and we will be sending them to word Jail!


During this half term, children will be adding numbers by counting on and will continue with finding and making number bonds. We will be exploring subtraction crossing and not crossing ten. We will be looking at problem solving that involves addition and subtraction. We will use concrete objects and pictorial representations and begin to write number sentences.


This half term we will be looking at seasonal changes.

We will learn to name the four seasons and identify when they are. The children will observe and describe the weather in the different seasons. We will gather data and learn how to make tables and charts about the weather in all four seasons.Your child will identify things in the natural world that change.  We will study how the seasons affect the grass, sky, clouds, sounds heard, leaves, trees, plants, describe those changes and enjoy collecting objects that show the changes throughout the seasons.

Religious Education

This half term we will be looking at the special places in different religions. We will look at what Sikhs believe and what the main features are in a Gurdwara. We shall also discover what happens in a Langar and the types of food which is served. We will also be looking at ‘Special Places’ which includes a visit to a Synagogue.




During this half term, the children will be finding out about famous people in history, including Mary Anning and Florence Nightingale and finding out how they contributed to society, in general.




During this half term we will be learning about keeping well and clean, we will explore how the things we put in our bodies can affect how we feel. We will be discussing why hygiene is important and how simple hygiene routines can stop germs from being passed on. As well as this, we will be learning the importance of physical activity and healthy eating, discovering who helps them to stay healthy e.g parents, doctors and dentists.


During outdoor PE, we will be learning how to walk and run with a ball,  balancing a ball on two hands/ one hand. We will learn how to move the ball along the ground and put a ball in a space and try to hit it with a bean bag. The children will explore throwing and catching whilst walking, rolling the ball around different parts of the body without letting go. In indoor PE, the children will be learning how to rock to stand up, rock to roll over, roll sideways, roll on different parts of my body. In addition we will look at taking weight on different parts of the body. Practising rolling forwards with curled backs and performing a sequence of movements with a partner.


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. 



Creating Media - Digital Painting This half term pupils will develop their understanding of a range of tools used for digital painting. They will then use these tools to create their own digital paintings, while gaining inspiration from a range of artists’ work.

Online safety

Our online safety focus this half term will be Safer Internet Day which takes place on Tuesday 8th February. Computing lessons that week will cover the SID theme which covers two things: having fun online, like playing games or watching TV shows, and how to behave with other people online.