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Welcome to Year 1!

 Our topic this half term is based around ‘The Lion Inside’.

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In a dry dusty place where the sand sparkled gold,

Stood a mighty flat rock – all craggy and old.

And under that rock in a tinyful house,

Lived the littlest, quietest, meekest brown mouse…


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



 This term in English we will be basing our work around ‘The Lion Inside’. We will be using the text 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 animal poetry, identifying rhyme and rhythm within our own poems.



In Maths, we are going to further develop our knowledge of addition and subtraction. We will be exploring addition and subtraction of one-digit numbers to two-digit numbers using a variety of methods and resources. We will then extend our knowledge of number bonds up to 20 and place value within 50, using a variety of resources during both adult lead and independent learning activities.

At home, you can help your 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:

Science:        Our topic, this half term, is Animals. We will be identifying different groups of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will discuss the classification of these groups and the differences between them. 

Geography:  In Geography our learning will be linked to Africa, specifically South Africa, and the differences between the countries. We will be discussing what we already know about the habitats within African and compare these to our own habitats and local environment in the U.K. We will also be further developing our map skills by studying maps of  Africa and the U.K.   

PE:  This half term our PE will be throwing and catching. We will be working to develop our skills of co-ordination and accuracy. Make sure you have a full PE kit in school every Friday so you don't miss out! 

RE: We continue with our study of Christianity and this half term we will be learning about Jesus’ life, including the teaching of his stories and beliefs.

Art/ DT: In Art, this half term we will be focusing on African art and look at a variety of techniques used to create this art. We will experiment with different materials and techniques to create repeating patterns.   

PSCHE: We will challenge ourselves and setting goals. We will discuss the importance of perseverance, how we can learn from our experiences and how this can help us to achieve our goals.

Music:  We will be working to develop our talents in music. We will be experimenting with pitch and be exploring different animal sounds.

Computing: This half term we will be learning about operating systems and the types of software that are included. We will be learning how to use that software, how it connects to the hardware and the how they run on the different operating systems. 

Staff working in Year 1: 

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


PE:  Our PE day is a Friday 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.