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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1. Our teacher is Mrs Brown. Our classroom teaching assistant is Mrs Pinder. Mrs Anderton also teaches English and PSHE on Thursday afternoons.

Our current topic for Spring 2 is 'Memory Box' 

This half term we will be starting our topic by designing and making a memory box to store baby photographs and objects which were important to us when we were very little. Children will look at how they have changed in the 5 or 6 years they have been alive. They will be learning more about the recent past in their lives and comparing new and old objects throughout history, such as clothes, toys and transport amongst others.


Please help by bringing in a box with a lid for Monday 6th March and talking about your family's past with your children.

Previous topic in Spring 1:

The Spring 1 topic was called 'Moon Zoom'. We enjoyed the inflatable planetarium which came to visit on Wednesday 11th January. We will learned about our solar system, the moon, stars and planets. We also found out about how astronauts work and live in space.

Previous topic in Autumn 2:

The Autumn 2 topic was called 'Dinosaur Planet'. Jo the artist came into school to help every child design and create their own 3D dinosaurs using a range of materials. All the children helped to create a volcano, dinosaurs and weave leaves for our display. Here are some photographs of the children at work.

Next Topics:

We will be learning a range of new skills across the curriculum and we will be linking our topic work to reading and writing too. 

Bright Lights, Big City (Summer 1)

Enchanted Woodland (Summer 2)

More details about each topic will follow each half term.


Throughout the year in literacy, we will be focusing on storytelling, phonics, reading comprehension and writing. All children in year 1 will take a phonics test in June 2017. Parents and carers will get their child's score with the final written report in July 2017. More details will be given at a later date.


In Maths, some of the work we will be focusing on includes: counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will also apply Maths skills in problem solving investigations and develop our mental calculation skills during 'Big Maths' lessons on Fridays.


Reading: We expect year 1 to read at home every day with their adult. Progress in reading last year was excellent for all children who read at home with their adults. I am sure we will make fantastic reading progress this year with your parental support.

Spellings: The children also have weekly spellings given to them on Mondays to practise and a spelling test on the Friday morning. Please practice little and often throughout the week as we find this helps the children more than doing it all in one day.

Maths: The children also have weekly maths homework given out on Friday to focus on what they have learnt that week in class. This needs to be returned by Wednesday of the following week. We ask that as parents/carers, you continue to support your child as much as you can with their homework. Please see us if you are unsure about any homework given.


Dance (indoor P.E.) is on Tuesday afternoons and Outdoor P.E. is on Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure your child has a full kit for indoor and outdoor P.E. Velcro trainers must be worn for outdoor P.E.


Our year overview is below - please have a look to see what we will be learning about this year.