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Welcome to Autumn Term 2021

We are excited to begin a new year of fun, engaging and creative year 1 learning! We look forward to welcoming and getting to know all of the new year 1 children and their families. We can't wait hear about what they all got up to over the summer holidays and to settle them into their new classes.

We will be updating our Year 1 page every half-term with updates, important information and a curriculum overview for the half term. 

*staff photo*

Class Teachers:

Miss N Perkins


Miss T Swainson


Learning Support Staff:

Miss D Haines

Mrs T Morrison

Miss Treagust  

Key Information

P.E Days

Mondays (indoors) & Fridays (outdoors).

Children to come to school in full P.E kit on these days.

White t-shirt, black leggings/skirt/shorts/jogging bottoms, white socks and plimsoles or trainers. Long hair needs to be tied back and earrings must be removed or covered with tape for PE.

Library Day Wednesday Mornings
Spot Books Changed daily or when required 
Important Dates

First Day 2nd September 

Spanish Day 24th September 

Lonely Beast Party (details to follow) 21st October 

Inset Day 22nd October 

Half term 25th October 


If you have any questions please talk to us in the morning or after school or arrange a meeting through the office. We are always happy to respond emails, please find these details above.

Autumn 1 Topic: Ourselves & Friendship
Curriculum Overview



This half term our book led topic will be 'The Lonely Beast' by Chris Judge.

 The Lonely Beast goes on a journey in search for friends. When he arrives at the city, the people are frightened of him. They soon realise that he is kind and caring, so they welcome him to live in the park. The Beast continues to feel lonely and decides to return home, where he is welcomed by lots of Beasts. The story teaches children the importance of friendship and kindness to others. We also explore how everyone is unique and special in their own way. 


We revisit and build upon the speech and language, drama, reading, comprehension and writing skills previously learnt in Early Years. The main writing outcomes include a character description about the Beast, a friendship letter from a new Beast, retelling the story and instruction writing about how to look after a Baby Beast.


For more information on the Year 1 English national curriculum please visit:


National Curriculum 



This half term we will be revisiting and consolidating Number and place value. We will interpret and solve addition and subtraction problems, using concrete and mental methods.


-Number and Place Value (3 weeks)
- Addition and Subtraction (3 weeks)

- Measurement Length and height (2 weeks)

For more information on the Year 1 Maths national curriculum please visit:

National Curriculum 


Here are some useful websites for Maths games and resources:



We will be learning about and naming basic body parts on humans. We will be learning about and exploring our 5 senses. We will practise using our 5 senses in creative ways and carry out investigations using them. 


Longitudinal Environment Study


Observing and predicting changes in our school environment and identifying animals and flowering plants in different seasons.

Foundation Subjects


We will be learning how to use mouse control and simple commands on a laptop. We will be creating pictures using 'Purple Mash'. 



Get Heartsmart! We will be learning about what it means to be Heart smart. We will be learning about new beginnings and how to be a good friend to ourselves and others.



We will be creating self portraits. We will also be using different materials to create characters from the Lonely Beast story. 



We will designing, creating and evaluating new Beast stick puppet friends for the Lonely Beast. 



We will be learning all about human and physical features of our school and comparing these to those of a Spanish school in Madrid.



Funny bones song and playing simple instruments to a steady beat.


Your child will be read with once a week by a member of staff and they will also join in with small weekly guided reading groups with their teachers whereby they will explore texts which link to our book led topic.  . Children will be able to change their spot books daily or when needed. Members of staff will move them onto new spot book bands as they make progress throughout the year. The book bands will link to their phonetic knowledge, the sight reading of tricky words and their ability to understand and answer questions about what they have read. If you would like to discuss ways in which you can support your child's reading further, please speak to your child's class teacher. We will visit the library weekly on a Wednesday Mornings, where children will be able to return and pick a new library book. 


Reading with your child at home is a fantastic way to support their learning and progress. We suggest that a 'little and often' approach is best, i.e five minutes, five times a week. As well as decoding the words, ask them questions to check their understanding. In addition to listening to your child read, please read to your child as this will support them to behave like a reader, copying what they see and hear. We recommend that you share favourite stories, allowing them to join in with predictable phrases. Also, visiting your local library is a great way to discover new and exciting books. 


Reading Challenge

Each time children read at home and their grown-up records this in their reading record, they get to move their rabbit up the burrow or their squirrel up the tree. Once they have reached the top of the burrow or tree, they get a sticker for their bookmark. When their bookmark has 5 stickers they will receive a reading challenge certificate to take home.


After October half term, we are hoping to welcome back volunteers into school. If you are interested in volunteering to read with the children in school weekly, then please let your child's class teacher know. 

Phonics and Spellings:

Throughout year 1, the children will be revisiting and learning phonics phases 2, 3, 4 and 5. They will have daily phonics sessions, including games and on a Friday children will use the sounds which they have learnt that week to write in their phonics books. They will also learn to read and spell the 'tricky words', high frequency words and Year 1 common exception words. We will be sending out handouts at the beginning of they year to remind you of the phonics phases and tricky words. It would be beneficial to practise reading words containing the sound patterns which we are learning each week, identifying them in books and spelling words containing them.


We will send out weekly phonics sounds and spellings each week to practise at home with your child. The children will use the sounds which they have learnt to carefully segment and blend words. For example:

'chair' ch-air
'shelf' sh-e-l-f 
'home' (children will recognise the split vowel digraph o_e)



We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. Find out more below.

Letters and Sounds 


Here are some useful websites for phonics games and resources:





We will be following a handwriting scheme of work called 'Letterjoin'.


Children will be learning the leads in, the formation of and the leads out of letters. We call this handwriting 'pre-cursive'. This will prepare them to begin joining up their handwriting when they are in Year 2. Here are the log in details for children to practice pre-cursive handwriting at home:


Tablet Edition
User name: jk78829
Swipe code: A capital 'L' shape starting at top left.
Home-School Account
User name: jk78829
Account Password: home

Home Learning: 

The home learning tasks for this half term will be attached below and can be completed any time before October half term. These are by no means compulsory and we do not expect the children to complete every task, unless they would like to. We set these tasks to create and encourage dialogue between home and school. Children can bring in their homework or they can share it on SeeSaw. 


We will send home paper copies of our weekly phonics sounds and spellings fortnightly for children to practise reading and writing at home. 


Please see your class teacher if you any questions or queries regarding these tasks.


Topic homework:

*To be uploaded soon* 


Please view our online learning page in the event of school closure, bubble closure or individual self isolation from school time.

Year 1 Online Learning Page

Behaviour for Learning and Rewards

In year one, we encourage children to be kind, respectful and tolerant towards others. We use a wide variety of positive reinforcements and rewards in order to create a nurturing and engaging learning environment, where all children are motivated and ready to achieve their very best. 


Our main behaviour for learning system is our rainbow. Children have their names on pegs and all begin on the sun. They then have their names moved to the rainbow for doing something brilliant. At the end of the week, all the children which have been on the rainbow receive a rainbow sticker. We then pick one star of the day from the rainbow, whos peg moves to the star. If children do not follow the class's rules, which are agreed by the children at the beginning of the school year, then their name moves down to the raincloud. If they begin to show much more positive behaviour then their name can move back up.


However, if their negative behaviour continues then their name will move to the storm cloud which means they will receive a sanction. This may be a time out or a missed playtime, depending on the severity of the behaviour. Everyday is a new start and all the names return to the sun. 



The teachers pick a star of the day each day, for a child who completes a certain piece of work brilliantly, who follows the class rules or for being resilient/kind to others. These children receive a certificate. During our Friday assemblies, Miss Fripp awards one child with a Head teacher certificate each week, for a very special rabbit or squirrel. Children also receive a reading certificate for completing the reading challenges (please find out about this above in the reading section of the website). 


Children receive dojo points when a teacher or member of staff notices something brilliant which they have done. They can get points for lots of reasons, but it may be following one of our class rules, completing a learning task well or for being a kind friend to others. Once children reach 100 they can change their dojo monster and get to pick from a variety of fun characters. The two children with the top dojo points at the end of the half term receive a prize. 


We also have a class teddy in each class that goes home with one child each Friday and returns to school on a Monday. The children are encouraged to write about, draw pictures of or take pictures of what they get up to with the teddy over the weekend. They will then share this with their class on the Monday.


We have a class chatter bag that also goes home weekly. Children take it in turns to bring in one item from home to share with their class during the weekly show and tell. This can be a special item or toy. We ask that children wait for their turn to use the chatter bag and we discourage children bringing in toys from home at any other time.