Welcome to Year 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy new year! Please find below an overview of the topics we will cover next half term. We hope you will find this useful.

In English children will be exploring stories with predictable and patterned language based on stories written by Julia Donaldson. Children will also begin a non-fiction unit where they will write information texts linked to their History topic, The Victorians.

Children will continue to reinforce and consolidate place value and number bonds, using numbers up to 40 as well as learning about 2D and 3D shapes.
Children will be learning about ‘animals including humans’. They will begin with learning about pets. They will also continue to learn about the weather and the seasons.

Children will be learning about life over 100 years ago in Victorian times. They will be travelling back in time to experience life in a Victorian school! This will include a trip to Holly Lodge in Richmond Park. More details will follow closer to the time.

Children will learn about Henri Matisse and make collages and pictures inspired by his work.

Children will be exploring pitch.  They will be developing their ability to discriminate between higher and lower sounds and to create simple melodic patterns by ear.

Pupils will learn about naming more animals. They will also listen to the stories La galette des rois and Roule Galette.

ICT and computing
In ICT children will be learning about control technology and will learn how to program floor robots.

All children require a complete change of clothes for PE in the school colours of light blue, navy blue or white, including suitable footwear. Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing such as tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers and jumpers when the weather gets colder. If PE is before morning break, children may arrive at school dressed in their PE kit bringing their school uniform in a bag to change into. If PE is at the end of the day, your child should come to school in their uniform and will come home in their PE kit. We would also ask that all school uniform and belongings are clearly labelled with name and class to ensure safe return. It is particularly important that jewellery is not worn on PE days.  Those children that have PE clubs before school are still expected to change into uniform during register time.

Outdoor Games
Children will be learning kicking skills, exploring dribbling, passing and receiving a ball using different parts of the feet.  They will practice how to control the ball, passing towards a target working both individually, in pairs and in small groups. They will also work on how to accept defeat in competitive activities.

The children will continue to explore creatively the current classroom topics to compose solo, group and class dances that they are able to share and comment on.

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Reading books
The children receive a guided reading book (guided reader) from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher.   Please ensure that your child’s guided reader is in their book bag every day, as their reading day may occasionally change. Children will also take home an extra book from the class library. This is a free choice book, which the child can read independently or have read to them and share with an adult.

Reading records
All children have a reading record which needs to be in their book bag at all times. Please read the class teacher’s comments and write any comments you wish to make after reading with your child at home.

Once again, thank you all for your support.  We hope you all have a great Christmas break and wish you all a Happy New Year!

Many thanks
The Year 1 team

Hannah Coles                 Rose Spring                   Emily Grove                         Gus Brooks (Meteor)                


Download the Year 1 presentation to parents

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