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 and writing about different traditional tales, including the Elves and the Shoemaker, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs and The Gingerbread Man. In addition to writing and science lessons, we will be creating lots of pieces of art including shoe designs, collaged wolf faces and pig story sliders. Our topic will culminate with a visit to the pantomime to see Snow White!


We will be sequencing events of stories; labelling characters and objects using adjectives; story writing; creating Wanted posters; writing character descriptions and setting descriptions; writing letters of apology from characters; and innovating the endings of stories. In Grammar specific lessons we will be looking at sentence structure, practising writing simple sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will also be learning to identify nouns and adjectives. 

As a school, we have recently made changes to the school's handwriting style. This can be seen on the basic code below:


Reading and Phonics

Phonics is taught daily, recapping Phase 3 sounds (taught in Reception) and exploring Phase 4 sounds during the first term, moving onto Phase 5 (alternative written forms of sounds) after Christmas. 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. 

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


This term we are developing our knowledge of number. We are using lots of practical resources and pictorial representations to explore the size of numbers, the position of numbers, how numbers can be represented in different ways,  as well as reinforcing our understanding of this when we add and subtract.


Our Science lessons link with our topic work, and in the Autumn term will have a focus on Everyday Materials. We will be learning to identify and name common everyday materials, as well as comparing these and testing them for their basic physical 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.


In the Autumn term we will be focussing on multiskills - developing movement, team games, personal challenges and ball skills.


Homework and spellings will be set every Friday. Homework will be due in on the following Thursday.

Spellings will be tested on a Thursday morning.

Important Dates

9 December 2019 - Nativity Production (10am)

11 December 2019 - Pantomime trip to Snow White!

12 December 2019 - Nativity Production (2pm)

16 December 2019 - Christmas Carols Afternoon (2.30pm)

20 December 2019 - School Carol Service (time tbc)

23 March 2020 - Class 3 INSPIRE morning (9-11am)

25 March 2020 - Class 4 INSPIRE morning (9-11am)

1 April 2020 - Class 3 Grandparents Morning (9-10am)

2 April 2020 - Class 4 Grandparents Morning (9-10am)

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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