Year 1 2019 - 2020

Miss Henshall

Welcome to Year 1's page!

Hope you all had a lovely summer break, are feeling refreshed and are ready for the new school year. 

If you wish to pass a quick/urgent message to me, a member of staff will be on the gate to assist you.


Our topics this Term

Maths – In Year 1, we are building on the skills in Mathematics that your children learnt in Reception. We focus on three areas: Number, Measurement and Geometry. This term we will be looking at numbers within 20, addition and subtraction within 20 and 2D/3D shapes.

Image result for toys in space front coverEnglish – All our work in English will be linked to our book for this term ‘Toys in Space’.

History – Our topic in History is linked to the book we are reading in English ‘Toys in Space’. We will be looking at ‘Why is the Wii more fun than Grandma and Grandad’s old toys?’

Science – Our main topic for the Autumn term is everyday materials and their properties. Throughout the Year, we will be observing the changes in the seasons by observing and describing the weather and how the day length changes. Across this term, we will be exploring Autumn and Winter.

Geography – After Half term, we will be looking at seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and exploring the question ‘Where do all the leaves go in winter?’

Jigsaw – Our topics in Jigsaw this term will be ‘Being me in my world’ and ‘Celebrating differences’.

Computing – In computing, we are going to be treasure hunters and using programmable toys, as well as being painters and illustrating an eBook.

Design and Technology – After half term, we will be creating a moving book using the mechanism - levers.

Art – In Art, we will be exploring primary and secondary colours, painting using these colours and developing our skills in line, shape and pattern. We will also be looking at the artists Piet Mondrian and Paul Klee.



An important aspect of our reading and writing learning in Year 1 is our phonics lessons. We have recently started using Read, Write Inc to teach phonics and have a 30-minute lesson every day. In June, all Year 1 children across the country take a statutory 'Phonics Screening Check' to assess their attainment in phonics. The website 'Phonics Play' has some excellent games, many of which are free, that may help reinforce your child's learning. Please click on the logo below if you would like to take a look at the site.


The children in Year 1 are becoming independent readers and we want them to keep developing their reading skills, which are so essential. Each child gets to select two reading books from within their colour band to take home; these are changed once a week so that the children have the opportunity to read each book lots of times. This re-reading builds confidence and fluency and is really important. Please read as much as you can with your child at home (at least 3 times a week). As well as being able to recognise or sound out (decode) words, it is also important for children to understand what they read, and discussing the book with your child greatly helps this. It is also important for children to be able to predict what they think might happen at the end of the story and why they think that. We also encourage them to read other texts that interest them. From magazines to websites, leaflets to roadsigns - all reading is encouraged! In this case, more is, in fact, more!


P.E. Lessons

P.E. is delivered by Sportscape and is taught in Year One on Tuesdays. The children absolutely love these lessons, so we ask that you please make sure they have a P.E. kit in school so that they can fully participate. The P.E. kit consists of a white T shirt, black shorts, white socks and black pumps or trainers. We are keen to get the children outside for P.E. whenever the weather is suitable. So please will you ensure that your child has a tracksuit top and tracksuit bottoms to keep them warm whilst outside.



Homework involves:

  • Reading (daily if possible). Reading books to be returned on Monday so that they can be changed. 

  • Spellings (These are sent out on a Friday to be completed every night and to be returned every Friday morning). Children in Year 1 need to be able to read and spell all words on the tricky word list, as well as the days of the week. If you require a copy of the tricky words list I have attached it below or you can contact me for a printed copy.

  •  RM Easi maths (at least three times a week) - Logins will be provided over the next couple of weeks. 

Housekeeping Bulletins...

Milk: Milk money must be brought in a named envelope by children on Monday morning, if you wish them to have milk for that week during morning break times. The cost is 25p a day.  Unless a child is absent, we are unfortunately unable to take money for milk after Monday. This is due to our ordering system.

Toast: As with milk money, toast money must be brought to school in a named envelope on Monday morning, due to our bread ordering system.  Toast costs 20p per week and our children have their toast on Thursday at morning break time.

Fruit and Vegetable Snacks: At morning break, Year 1 children are entitled to a free piece of fruit or vegetable every day and a selection is offered to them. Please remember that we are striving to be a healthy school and snacks sent in with children for playtime should be fruit or vegetables only. Bottles of drink must be plain, unflavoured water in a plastic bottle.


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