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Year 1

Autumn 2 

Welcome to Autumn 2 where we will be covering lots more things. School is a little different at the moment so if you have questions or queries then please let me know. 

Our classroom 

We are fortunate to have a big classroom in Year 1 and we will be using this classroom to continue some things you have experienced in Reception. In our classroom, we have: 

- an art area 

- role play area

- writing area

- maths area

- construction area

- funky fingers table (fine motor skills)

- games table 

- reading area 

We also have a small group area for the teacher to work with groups of children. 


8:40-9:15 - Morning activity (spellings), registration, handwashing 

9:15-9:30 - Handwriting 

9:30-10:00 - Read Write Inc phonics which includes guided reading 

10:00-10:20 - Break 

10:20-10:30 - Introduce activities in areas/reminders 

10:30-11:30 - English + continuous provision 

11:30-12:30 - Lunchtime 

12:30-12:45 - Handwashing, registration and Newsround 

12:45-1:40 - Maths 

1:40-2:10 - Afternoon break 

2:10-3:00 - Foundation subjects 

Our Learning 


At the start of this term, we finished our book 'Room on the Broom' and made a rhyming spell. 

The book we are looking at now is 'The Little Red Hen' a traditional tale that has been passed down through generations. 

We will be making predictions, asking the hen and animals questions, and writing speech bubbles. As well as this, we will be looking at syllables, spelling words ending in ed, ing and y.  


In Maths, we have been using a new scheme called Power Maths. We have been looking at numbers to 10: counting forwards and backwards, ordering numbers, comparing numbers and ordinal numbers. 

Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to be looking at adding and subtracting to 10 in a variety of ways. 


Our topic this term is everyday materials and we will be also looking at seasons in particular Autumn this term. 


Our topic in Geography is linked to our science topic on seasons and we will be exploring the question 'Where do all the leaves go in winter? 


In Art, we have started to look at the primary colours and how the artist's Piet Mondrian uses them in his art. We will then look at secondary colours. 

We will also be drawing Autumn leaves and creating an Autumn tree using thick and thin brush strokes, as well as using the double-loaded paintbrush technique to add leaves. 


On a Wednesday afternoon, Mrs Aartse-Tuyn will be teaching the children about the Christmas story. 


PE is on a Monday and the children must come to school in their PE kit. As the weather is beginning to change, please ensure your child is wearing an appropriate PE kit for the weather. 



Your child will be sent home every Friday with a new reading book so please ensure you bring the books back every Friday to be changed. 

Please try and read as much as possible at home - at least 3 times a week. When the children 5 times at home they move up the reading rainbow. Once your child reaches the top they will receive a certificate and prize. 

Also, in the back of your reading records is a list of Year 1 common exception words. Please practice reading and writing these words at home. 



In Year 1, we use two different book programmes: Read Write Inc and PM benchmarking books. 

Read Write Inc. books link to our phonics lessons and the children are sent home with a book that is at their ability in terms of decoding. 

PM Benchmarking books are books that focus on decoding as well as comprehension. 

Most children are sent home with two books: a Read Write Inc. book bag book and a PM benchmarking book. 

See below for the colour bands for each scheme: 

Read Write Inc Book Bag Books 

Blending books
Red books 
Green books
Purple books 
Pink books
Orange books
Yellow books
Blue books
Grey books


 PM Benchmarking books

Pink books
Red books
Yellow books
Blue books
Green books
Orange books
Turquoise books
Purple books
Gold books 

You also have logins to RM Easi maths, in the front of your reading records so please keep accessing this at home too. 

Other important information 

Please send your child in with a bottle of water as they will be unable to use the water fountain at school at the moment. 

As the weather is getting colder, the children need to be wearing a jumper or cardigan and a coat. A hat and gloves will also keep them extra warm. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

Miss Henshall



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