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Welcome to Year 1! 

Welcome back to the Summer term. It is going to be an action packed half term and we can't wait to get started.

Our learning, this half term, will stem from the story of ‘The Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson. It is a story about a stick man that gets separated from their stick family. He goes on a journey through the forest before he finally gets back to his family. We will be using this story as the stem for our learning all about plants this half term.


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In English we will be centering our learning on The Stickman and things he sees in the forest. In Poetry we will be developing a love for reading poetry by looking at various poems about different plants. In our Fiction topic will be focusing a shortened version of The Stickman. We are going to be focusing on describing the setting in the story and the build up to the action in the story. For our Non-Fiction we will be focusing instruction writing with a link to our Science topic. Will we be able to help other people care for their new plants?

Maths is going to be tricky this half term, but we are up to the task. We will be starting this half term by looking at multiplication and division and using our new skills to solve practical problems. We will then move on to looking at and using number to 100.

Our Science topic will be focused on Plants this half term. We will be doing lots of planting, observing what plants need to grow and identifying a variety of common plants and trees. You can help us by pointing these out to us when you are out and about. In Art we will be drawing our own stick men, looking carefully at the different patterns on sticks and trees. In Geography we will be looking at the local area, using maps and looking at the different way buildings are used. R.E. will give us the opportunity to learn all about the Church. We will be going on a trip to our local Christ Church to see it for ourselves.

Never ones to miss out on an opportunity, this half term our PE sessions will be led by a Gymnastic teacher, Amanda. The children will develop their skills in jumping, rolling and moving in different ways. PE will be every Thursday and children will require an indoor PE kit.

 Staff working in Year 1: 

  • Miss Rutter

  • Mrs Fisher

  • Mrs Wade

  • Mrs Warrington 

  • Mrs Rathbone


PE:  Our PE day is a Thursday. 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.