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Year One

Welcome to Meerkat Class

Our teacher is Miss Biggin, our school direct student is Mrs Vidgen and our teaching assistants are Mrs Gunn and Mrs Williams.


Welcome to Lemur Class

Our teacher is Mrs Clayton  and our teaching assistants are Mrs Hatfull, Mrs Denby-Jones and Mrs Cook.




Spring Term 2019

Welcome back! We hope you have had a great Christmas holiday and are ready to start the new term!


In English this term we will be continuing to write sentences remembering our capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and we will be introducing the children to new skills such as conjunctions—using words like ’and’ and ’because’ to link two short sentences together therefore expanding the sentence.

We will begin with the text ‘The Wanted Pet’ which has been recommended by Charlotte Raby the literacy advisor we have been working with as a school. This text gives us a great deal of scope to write in different genres such as instructions, writing an advert, writing descriptive pieces and thinking about how the different characters are feeling. As well as engaging all children in a wonderfully illustrated story about wanting a different pet. 


In maths this term we will be beginning with addition and subtraction moving from working with numbers to 10 to working with numbers to 20 and possibly beyond. We will make sure all of the children are secure in their understanding of this before attempting problem solving and reasoning questions. We will then move on to place value working with numbers to 50. Within this we will compare numbers, order numbers, revisit partitioning numbers into tens and ones and also begin to count in 2’s and 5’s.

Also this term we will begin our work on measure looking at weight, volume, length and height. 


This term our science topic is ‘Materials.’ Within this topic we will identify objects and the different materials they are made from, learn and describe the simple properties of materials, group and sort different materials and carry out investigations such as finding the best material to make a rain coat to keep a teddy bear dry. 

For learning in other curriculum areas please see our curriculum newsletter below. 

Click here to see our weekly timetable for Meerkat Class and Lemur Class.

Click here to see the reading, writing and maths expectations in Year 1

Our Curriculum in Year 1

Term 1 curriculum map

Term 2 curriculum map

Term 3 curriculum map


Curriculum newsletters

Terms 1 and 2 curriculum newsletter

Terms 3 and 4 curriculum newsletter


 Creative Home Learning

Term 1 Creative Home Learning

Term 2 Creative Home Learning

Term 3 Creative Home Learning

Weekly Learning Letters

Transition in to Year 1

The curriculum and learning time in Year 1 is quite different compared to Reception and we have a planned transition to make this as smooth and easy for the children. For the first half term we will mirror the learning style of Reception so your child will still have challenge time but there will more expectations with how the children record their work. The children will have different books for different subjects which is a change from Reception. As the year progresses, the lesson structure will become a little more formal in line with key stage 1 expectations.

English in Year One

Reading in Year One

Similar to Reception, children will be listened to on a weekly basis in a guided reading group. This guided reading session is timetabled to enable the children to access a different English based activity everyday e.g. a comprehension activity or a  Spelling, Punctuation and/or Grammar (SPaG) related piece of work.

Continuing from Reception, we will teach a daily, whole-class phonics session. This will be where we recap previous sounds and learn new grapheme, phoneme correspondences. In Year One there is an emphasis on the children being able to decode 'pseudo' words as well as 'real' words. This is due to the statutory assessment that takes place in June. English lessons will be based around termly 'key texts' so that the children really get to explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction books throughout the year.

Writing and SPaG in Year One

Throughout Year 1, children will have the opportunities to learn and practice the key skills of writing. By the end of Year 1 we would like all children to be able to compose an individual sentence both orally and then write them down using capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks to show when a sentence finishes. During Year 1, the children will be taught a range of spelling patterns and we would like them to start spelling these correctly in their independent work. We encourage children to make a phonetically-plausible attempt at those words they have not be taught.

Maths in Year One

Our curriculum map outlines our maths learning throughout the year. In regards to number, children will be taught to count to and across 100 in multiples of 2's, 5's and 10's as well as becoming fluent with number bonds to 20 including their related subtraction facts. During Year 1 the children will also be introduced to halves and quarters of shapes and objects and relating these to their decimal forms. In measures, children will be encouraged to use mathematical vocabulary to compare, describe and solve practical problems. They will tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw hands on the clock to show these times. They will learn to name and recognise the properties of common 3D and 2D shapes.

For the next two terms we will be learning all about plants in science, so lots of exploring our outside area. We will begin with an experiment about how plants grow then move onto looking at the trees in our school grounds. Later on we will look at the parts of a plant and what their job is!




Have a look at what we have been learning in Year One!