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Picture 1 Mrs Stevens - Kittiwake Class
Picture 2 Mrs Davis - Kittiwake Class
Picture 3 Mrs Higgins - Robin Class
Picture 4 Mrs Revell - Robin Class

2019 - 2019 - Letters & documents for Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Welcome back from the summer and welcome to Key Stage 1! We hope your children are looking forward to the exciting learning we will be enjoying together this year.


This half term our topic is ‘Superheroes’ and lots of our learning will be linked to this theme.




In English, we will be reading the books ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra and ‘Superhero ABC’ by Bob McLeod. These books provide us with hooks into writing in lots of different ways including writing simple sentences, captions, speech bubbles, signs and labels. Throughout our English lessons this half term, we will be focussing on remembering to use finger spaces between words and learning where and when to use a capital letter and full stop correctly.


In Year 1, we will be introducing the children to writing their letters using cursive script. The children will have regular opportunities to develop their fine motor skills and practise their handwriting.



Phonics is a very important part of Year 1 and the children will experience daily phonics lessons in addition to lots of other opportunities throughout the day to rehearse and apply their phonic knowledge. We will continue to use the Read Write Inc scheme the children are familiar with from Year R. This half term we will continue to recap the Set 1 and Set 2 sounds the children have already learned and then rehearse using the correct sounds within our reading and writing.



In Maths, we will continue to build on skills learned in Year R. This half term we will be focussing on place value. This will include counting to ten, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number. We will also be counting, reading and writing numbers to 10 in numerals and words. We will also be exploring and how to 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. We will also be learning how to identify one more or one less than a given number.






In Science, we will be learning to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. We will also be using our senses when we explore using and drawing fruit in our DT and Art lessons.


As part of our learning about the seasons, we will also be finding out what happens to our special tree in the Year 1 garden throughout the year. This will include observing and recording the changes we notice to both the tree and the weather throughout the each term.




Both classes have PE on a Tuesday and a Friday.

In Year 1, we try to have an indoor and an outdoor PE session. Please make sure your child has a complete PE kit, including trainers or plimsoles to go outside. It is important that all items are named so that we can return any misplaced clothes or shoes to the right child. This half term, we will be focussing on ball skills outside and moving in different ways inside.



This half term we will be creating self portraits, which links to our learning about the body and senses in Science. We will also be learning how to create an observational drawing of different fruit and vegetables.



The children will be learning how to log on to the laptops and will be introduced to how to stay safe on the computers and internet.



Using their senses the children will be exploring fruit and vegetables and learning about where different vegetables and fruits come from. The children will then design and make their own superhero fruit kebabs.



The children will be learning about how bread is used as symbol, this will include the children making their own bread.