Dear Parents /Carers,

Welcome back!

The new school year is here and we are very much looking forward to meeting our new classes; we hope you had a great summer and are well rested.

We have a very exciting curriculum in Year 1 this year. This letter outlines the topics that Year 1 will learn about this half term.


This half-term, we will be reading some exciting new books. Welcome by Barroux  is a powerful, beautifully illustrated book with positive messages that will offer opportunities for rich discussion on your children's return to school. During this half-term, we will be using the work of children's favourite Julia Donaldson to inspire narrative writing. As well as looking at her collaborations with Axel Scheffler, we will also explore The Everywhere Bear, beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Rebecca Cobb; this book explores the bond between children and their teachers. Finally, children will read about a superhero with a difference - Traction Man (written by the celebrated author and illustrator Mini Grey) to inspire further narrative writing.


The children will begin with looking at and understanding the value of numbers to 10, including 0. They will further learn how to order and compare these numbers. Following this, children will look at how two numbers can be added to make a bigger number. The children will explore different ways to make numbers up to 10. To finish the half term, children will begin to learn about addition. Within this, the children will learn the method of counting on and will begin to create their own methods for solving addition equations.

Geography – What is special about our area?

Children will be investigating this question by looking at different types of maps and satellite images, using compasses and exploring their local area. They will be thinking about what they like about where they live as well as how it could be improved in the future.

Science – Senses explorers!

Children will become Sense Explorers! They will learn about our sense of smell, hearing, taste, touch and sight and understand the role of each in helping them to understand the world around them.

Music - Duration

Children will be taught by our specialist music teacher Samantha Hughes. This term children will be exploring duration where they will learn to keep the pulse, Identify the beats in 4/4 & 3/4 time, identify and play long and short sounds and sequences on cups and singing softly. They will begin to compose sound sequences using different durations of sound.

ICT and Computing – Multimedia and eBooks

This term the children will be using the software ‘Book Creator’ to create their own eBook version of ‘Traction Man’. They will be learning techniques such as formatting, cropping and labelling.

Art – Exploring Paul Klee

Inspired by the artist Paul Klee, children will create a 'Magic fish' drawing, exploring mark making and texture with oil pastels.

RE – Belonging

Children will be learning about ‘Belonging’ and thinking about how different religious groups show they belong. They will also be reflecting on the importance of belonging to a community.


On the days your child has PE, please send them to school in their PE kit with a jumper/trousers to keep warm during the day as needed as they will not be getting changed.

Indoor PE lessons

The class will be split into two groups of up to 15 children for their Indoor PE lessons with lessons being 30 minutes each due to hall space and distancing requirements. They will have an opportunity to explore and promote their physical fitness and wellbeing through movement-based games, dance and yoga. In addition, over the term children will have an opportunity to create, devise and compose movement in response to classroom curriculum based topics and given stimuli such as music, visuals and text. Children will be encouraged and taught to share and develop the language to feedback and comment with an emphasis on team building, problem solving, communication, decision-making and actively encouraging peer learning.

Outdoor PE lessons

Children will begin to learn about personal space and how to travel safely following instructions. This will be achieved through a variety of fun and age related activities with story and action themes such as ‘Their bodies’, The jungle, animals, colours and much more. Children will experience athletic training, obstacle courses, yoga, movement to music, mindfulness & wellbeing.

Through interval training, athletics and circuits, we will also introduce the idea of setting personal goals and improving personal bests.

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Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) – Our feelings

In the autumn term the theme is ‘Understanding our feelings’. A range of feelings (e.g. happy, sad, brave, afraid, angry, calm, generous, selfish) will be explored through storybooks, poetry, role play and discussion activities. We will be developing children’s language to describe different feelings, how an emotion may feel in our bodies and how our feelings can link to our actions.

The children will also have a weekly Circle Time session. This is a structured class discussion which helps children to understand and support each other.


Reading (Bug Club) and maths ( homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by Monday. Homework will first be set on the16th September; a letter will be sent home with login details and instructions.

Children will also be given a list of spellings in their reading records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies (as shown in the Reading Records). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class.

Every pupil will be given a new Reading Record. In the Reading Record, the children can record and complete their reading homework as well as using it to record their independent reading both at home and at school. We will note your child’s reading targets for that half term in the record and comment on their reading and comprehension skills every two weeks. We recommend that all children spend at least 20 minutes each day reading independently at home to improve fluency, vocabulary and confidence. We will also write specific notes to parents should the need arise.

Children will need to bring their Reading Record with them every day. Please sign the record each week, as this is an essential form of parent/teacher communication to show that your child has practiced their spellings and that you have seen the reading homework.

Healthy Eating at Playtime

Children will be provided with a snack at breaktime. This will be a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable. Please note that this will begin on Tuesday 8th September. We encourage the children to bring a small refillable bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day.

Communication between home and school

It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please can you check that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and up to date.

We will work in partnership with families to make your child’s time at school successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, on the playground or through the office, and we will be glad to discuss your concerns with you.

We look forward to meeting you all if we haven’t done so already, and to welcoming your children back to school next week!


Many thanks,

The Year 1 team

Rose Spring (1S)                       Emily Grove (1G)                     Lottie Wallace (1W)                      Gus Brooks (1B)                                                                                  

Hannah Coles (Assistant Headteacher – KS1 and Year 1 Leader)                

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