Year 1

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Mrs Salvetti
Class 3 Teacher
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Miss King
Class 4 Teacher

A Warm Welcome To Our Year 1 Page!

Our topic this term is 'Once Upon A Time'. We will be reading lots of traditional tales and our writing will be inspired by the following stories - The Elves and the Shoemaker, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs and The Gingerbread Man.


In addition to our handwriting focus this term, in our writing lessons we will be sequencing the events of stories, writing letters, using adjectives to create short character and setting descriptions, as well as creating 'Wanted' posters for some of our cheekier characters! We will be thinking hard about creating super sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.


Reading and Phonics

Phonics is taught daily and initially we will be recapping the Phase 2 and 3  reception sounds, before moving onto Phase 4 blends. Towards Christmas we will be concentrating on Phase 5 sounds - those alternative ways of writing previously learnt sounds.  In addition to reading using phonics, we will practise identifying 'Tricky Bug words' (those 'common exception' words that cannot be sounded out and that the children 'just need to know'.)

Every week the children will be heard read by an adult and will participate in a Guided Reading session - this may take the form of small groups or as a whole class activity.   All children now have a phonics related book which is changed once a week

Please see the links at the bottom of the page for some useful websites to support phonics at home.


This term we will begin by focussing on 'Number and Place Value'. We will be doing lots of counting forwards and backwards as well as ordering numbers and sequencing numbers. We will also be using lots of mathematical language and symbols to describe numbers (eg.more than / less than / equal to). Towards half term we will move onto a unit looking at Addition and Subtraction in which we will explore the 'Part-Whole' concept.


Our Science unit this term is 'Everyday Materials'. Linked with our work on traditional tales we will be finding out what materials are, naming some common materials and exploring their properties.


In computing we will be exploring basic programming using Beebots, iPads and laptops, In addition to this we will discuss and explore e-safety. Mr Freeman will be teaching the class Computing on a Wednesday.


This term our focus is 'multi skills' - developing our skills of moving around a space safely and in different ways as well as basic ball skills (bouncing, throwing and catching).


Homework will be set every Friday and will have a handwriting focus in the first half term. Homework will be due in on the following Wednesday. 

A weekly spelling test will be introduced after Christmas with 5 spellings sent home on a Friday to be tested the following Thursday.

Useful websites/Resources

Phonics Play

Interactive phonics game. Please select 'Phase 5'. 

Read with Fonics

This site and accompanying app explores all the sounds we are learning and includes all the phases.  It is available for iOS, Android and Amazon devices.

Letters and Sounds Phase 5 Resources

Free Phase 5 Resources for the Letters and Sounds phonics teaching programme. Bright, colourful individual word cards. All resources can be downloaded and printed free!

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