Year 1

This term's topic- Rhyme it!

This week, we have been sequencing the story of the Gruffalo. We have also written instructions for an emergency plan should you ever bump into the Gruffalo. The children's ideas were very creative. Next week, we will be assessing children on their writing targets and using prepositions in our work.

In maths,  we used number lines to count back and the <>= symbols to compare subtraction number sentences. Next week we will be working on our maths targets.

In PE we are working on our skills of balance in gymnastics and creating sequences of movement in dance.

In art, we are building 3D models using construction. We aim to build a house for the mouse.

For our History topic, we are learning about famous local people from the past, from Robert Graves, to Josephine Butler.

In RE we will learn about the story of Noah and what it means to us. We will make our own promises to God.

In Science, we are learning about our bodies. We will experiment with our senses, label our body parts and learn about the functions of our key organs.

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.

In addition, children will be tested on 5 high frequency words a week. The order will relate to the packs sent home with the coloured word cards.

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. We will test the children and send new words home every 2-3 weeks.

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.









Lot's of November Birthdays


Egg shells- Monday 20th November
If you could please rinse out any eggshells you may be using this weekend, we would love to use them for our science experiment next week.
Mathletics Homework- Due Wednesday 22nd November
Your child will now have a Mathletics username and password to access the Mathletics website for homework. The two tasks that need to be completed this week are: 'Compare numbers to 50' and 'reading numbers to 30.' We suggest that you spend no more than 30minutes in total completing these activities.
Tissues are always welcome...and needed this time of year!
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.

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. they also need to learn how to form both the capital letter and the lower case and understand the difference between the two. If you need any help with this, just ask.

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.

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?