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Welcome to Year 1! 

 Our topic this half term is based around ‘Billy’s Bucket’. 

“I want a bucket for my birthday,”said Billy.

 “All right,” sighed Billy’s dad. “You can have a bucket for your birthday.”

“Yippee!” shouted Billy.

This wasn’t just any bucket, this bucket was special…

“Wow!” said Billy, peering inside his bucket...

I wonder what Billy can see?


Find out about the exciting learning Year 1 will be doing this half term!


Billy’s Bucket will be used to enrich our own writing and we will recite a portion of the text using ‘Talk For Writing’ actions. We will be thinking about the different environments and explore a variety of settings for our own writing. We will begin with seasonal poetry, exploring the autumnal changes, using our senses and identifying the features of the poem. We will then be creating our own recount of an adventure into an unknown environment based on our class text. The children will be focusing on the setting descriptions as their characters explore new worlds.


In Maths, we are going to further developing our knowledge of 2D and 3D shape. We will be exploring the different shapes, what they look like and their properties. How many can you find in your home and local environment? We will then extend our knowledge of place value, working within 20 using a variety of resources during both adult lead and independent learning activities.

At home you can help you child by encouraging them to count up in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, as well as developing their understanding of number bonds to 10 and 20.


This year we will be following a new reading challenge. The children can travel through their class reading challenge adventure and collect gold stars along the way. For every three times you read at home together your child will move up a step on the reading challenge. When you reach the sixth step you will receive a gold star.  Each gold star is worth a raffle ticket. There will be a raffle draw every half term and the children have a chance to win a brand new book to keep. We hope you will join us in developing a love of reading in your child by reading regularly at home. If you have any questions regarding our new reading challenge, please do not hesitate to ask Miss Rutter or Mrs Fisher

Other areas of the Curriculum:


 Our topic, this half term, is seasonal changes. We will be discussing the changes across the four seasons and the weather types associated with the different seasons. We will extend our knowledge of the weather and explore the length of the daylight varies as the seasons change.


 In Geography our  learning will be linked to Science and the seasonal changes. We will observe the weather and the differences around the school grounds as the seasons change. We will be discussing what we already know about the different weather types in our local environment and further developing our knowledge of seasonal weather patterns. We will compare our weather patterns to other countries.


This half term our PE will be dance. We will be working to develop our skills of movement to music and choreographing our own dance routines . Make sure you have a full PE kit in school every Thursday so you don't miss out!


We continue with our study of Christianity and this half term we will  be learning about the story of Christmas, including the birth of Jesus. We will discuss the biblical account of  Christmas, along with the values and practices at this time of year.

Art/ DT:   

In Art, this half term we will be focusing on 3D sculpture using a range of different materials.    


We will explore how to be a good friend by discussing getting on and falling out.


We will be working to develop our talents in music. We will be learning new songs in preparation for our Christmas performances and how to change our voices for the audience.


This half term we will be creating simple programmes, editing and checking, to ensure that we use precise instructions. 

Staff working in Year 1: 

  • Miss Rutter
  • Mrs Fisher
  • Mrs Wade
  • Mrs Warrington 


PE:                 Our PE day is a Thursday afternoon. We will have PE sessions both in the hall and outside so please ensure the children have outdoor shoes, warm joggers and a top for the cooler days. 


Homework:        Homework is set on a Wednesday and is due back in by the following Monday. 

Reading:     Children should be reading a minimum of 3 times per week. Please write this in their diary so we can see clearly when the children are reading. 

Planners should be in school every day as they are checked by the class teacher each morning. As well as recording reads in your child's planner, you can use it for communicating information and notes for the attention of the teacher. Please phone the school office should you require a meeting and we will be happy to help! 

Spellings:   Children in Year 1 will begin spellings after the Autumn Half Term holiday. Children will bring home spellings on a Friday ready for their test the following Friday. Please ensure children have their spelling books with them.

To keep up to date and informed about what we are learning, please follow us on twitter or check our class page as we will keep it regularly updated.

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Many thanks for your continued support. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.