Year 1

This term's topic- WILD!

Another successful week of learning in Year 1. In English we have explore the setting in our book- 'Wild.' We used our senses to describe the setting, created a descriptive poem and thought about the thoughts and feelings of the humans in the story through drama. Next week we will look at story structure and sequence. We will begin to re-write the story in our own words.

We learnt the conjunction 'because' this week. We use these to impress 'Captain Conjunction' in our writing. Perhaps the children can share some sentences using 'because' at home...

In maths we have been finding more than and less than and identifying missing numbers counting forwards and backwards. Perhaps the children could make up some missing number problems for you at home.

In Science, we learnt about vertebrates and invertebrates and conducted a Mini-beast Hunt in the wild area. Next, we will be looking at birds and describing them using scientific vocabulary.

This week we learnt the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. We also identified their Capital Cities. Perhaps you could explore the Atlas at home to support children with this.

In PSHE we are thinking about how we learn best and how to support one another. In PE we are learning team building and athletic skills. Art is all about pattern making and finally we will continue to think about our place in the world in geography.

Curriculum Map 2017-18

Long term Plan 17-18


You will now have been provided with speed sounds set 1 and 2. Please continually practice these with your child, first the graphemes and then within words.  The reason we ask you to do this is so the children are familiar with all graphemes and phonemes.

At school, over the coming weeks, the children will learn some new sounds each week but they need to be able to blend in order to spell.  Therefore, reviewing all sounds is important in order to support this. At the end of each week children will be given a spelling test that incorporates words with newly taught sounds as well as reviewing sounds they have been previously taught.

By the end of Year 1, children should know all the speed sounds, and so even if they haven’t been taught the sound or GPC (Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence) at school, you can still support their learning by allowing them to see the grapheme and vocalising the phoneme.

Thank you for your continued support.

High Frequency words

To support both reading and spelling of the first 100 high frequency words, we will be sending home a list, together with ten words at a time. These are to use at home to play games with and practise reading/writing. When your child can use these words written in a simple sentence we will provide them with the next ten. Please be patient as we will not be giving these out until later this half term.

Please note that the words have taken a lot of time and effort from a number of adults to prepare. Therefore, if they are lost, there will be a cost to cover making a new set.


In Year 1, our aim is to ensure that your child sight reads with confidence, enjoyment and understanding. Your child’s reading is assessed regularly to ensure that they are reading at an appropriate level to their ability. We have a Guided Reading session every day in class which will help the children to develop their comprehension skills and expression. Please do listen to your child read every night and encourage them to read other books and reading material other than in the school reading scheme. To begin with, we ask that the children change their books on a Monday and take 3 books home to be returned the following Monday. Mrs Lyons and Mrs Mills will be in charge of monitoring and changing their books. Please communicate anything of note about your child’s reading in their reading record.









We can now explain the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate.

Miss Davies turns on the 29th! :-)

Number practise
We are finding this year that children are reversing their numbers. It is common for them at this stage to reverse 3,5 and 7, however, we are finding that this is happening with most numbers. Please practise forming the numbers correctly at home. Make it fun- children could paint them/carve numbers into flour with their finger, make numbers out of pasta and most improtantly, write them. Thank you for your support.
Art- Friday 29th September
 We will be learning about patterns in nature and would really appreciate it if the children could bring in one natural object that you may find when you are out and about. For example- pine cones/shells/leaves/flowers/feathers/conker shells etc.
Please ensure that your child has only one keyring on their bookbag. This will enable all trays to fit properly. Thank you.
Daily Mile

It is now a requirement for children to have an extra 20 minutes of exercise a day in addition to playtimes and PE. Therefore, the whole school will be engaging in the The Daily Mile.

The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age or personal circumstances.

It is a profoundly simple but effective concept. It’s impact can be transformational – improving not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.

Research has shown that The Daily Mile can even increase attainment in primary school, and parents have reported an increased interest in health and wellbeing from their children after they have started The Daily Mile.

The Daily Mile Works!

The Daily Mile is successful because it is simple:

  -It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.

- Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.

 -There’s no set up, tidy up, or equipment required.

 -Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.

 -It’s social, non-competitive and fun.

 -It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile.

Please see for more details. 


Please ensure that if you provide your child with a snack for before an after school club, that it is healthy. We are a healthy school and wish to promote this at all times of the day. Snacks should be raw fruit and vegetables.

Number Formation Practice

It would be really beneficial for children to practise correct number notation at home. We have provided each child with a rhyme to support them with this. Please practice the rhyme and forming the numbers at home to support your child's progress. We thank you for your encouragement. Children will need to be able to count, read and write in words all numbers from 0-20.

Letter recognition

To support your child's reading and writing, you could practise the alphabet at home saying both the letter names and the phoneme (sound) that they make, both in and out of order.

Drop off and pick up times safety

Please can we remind you to say your goodbyes at the outside door before the children enter their classroom. At pick up time if your child has left something behind, please wait until all the children have left the room before sending your child back in. 

Simba, Narla and Mole

To encourage excellent behaviour, each week, a child who has shown excellent behaviour will have the privilege of taking home our class mascots. If you are given them for the weekend, we would love to know what they get up to with you. You could for example, take a picture/do a drawing/make a comic/write a diary, which we can then display.  Enjoy being creative with them! 


Please ensure that your child comes to school in the correct school uniform at all times and that it is all clearly named.  (There are always mountains of lost property at the end of each term). No jewellery or nail varnish should be worn to school except for possibly a watch and/or stud earrings and it is important that long hair is tied back.


P.E. lessons will be on Wednesdays  and Fridays mornings for both Foxes and Moles. The children are expected to keep their labelled P.E. kit (shorts, t-shirt in team colour and plimsolls) in school at all times. Should they have a club after school, we require them to bring a different change of clothes.

Practise sounding out these phonemes. Can you think of any words that use them? Can you spot them when you are reading?