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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

The staff working in this year group to support your child's learning are:


Ms De,  Mrs Harryman, Miss Nash, Ms Ninon, Miss Menari, Mrs Bonito, Miss Stavrou


Homework & Routines 

Homework will be set each FRIDAY and handed out in a homework folder in your child's book bag. It is due to be handed in on the following WEDNESDAY. Please could you clip the homework sheet  in the folder. The weekly homework will include: Phonics, maths or English, reading and challenge homework. Children are also expected to read for 10 minutes each day with an adult. 


Your child will have 2 PE lessons during the week, so please ensure that they come to school wearing their PE kit on a Tuesday and Thursday. They are not to bring their PE kit bag to school due to restrictions within the school. Their kit should include; dark short/jogging bottoms, a white polo t-shirt, their Queenswell sweatshirt and trainers NOT plimsolls. 


Our Learning Journey

During this term the children will be enjoying more whole class teaching typical of KS1. The children are ready for this and we look forward to seeing how their independence and work progresses as they fully transition into a new key stage. Initially we will continue with our continuous provision in the afternoon, moving into daily whole class teaching by the end of Autumn 1.


We will be working from the text ‘Room on the broom’ by Julia Donaldson and various versions of the traditional story  ‘Hansel and Gretel’. Children will be using their imagination to speak and write creatively with opportunities to write and make spells. Our lessons will be cross curricular where possible including making upcycled gingerbread houses. 


During our English lessons, we will be looking at the beginning, the middle and end of stories and sequencing what happens, we will make story maps and write instructions for spells. 

We will continue to work through the year on sentence writing including using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops in the appropriate places . 

There will be a focus on assessing the children’s handwriting formation and introducing leading strokes for children who are ready.


We will begin to introduce phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds Scheme and to continue to consolidate phases 2/ 3 and 4 where needed. We will be learning 

‘tricky words’ that don’t follow the usual rules of phonics – and we will be sending them to word Jail!


During this half term, the children will be  working on addition and subtraction. The children will represent and use number bonds, explore subtraction facts within 10. Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition and subtraction. Add and subtract one digit numbers to 10, including zero. Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems. 



This half term we will be looking at seasonal changes.

We will learn to name the four seasons and identify when they are. The children will observe and describe the weather in the different seasons. We will gather data and learn how to make tables and charts about the weather in all four seasons.

Your child will identify things in the natural world that change.  We will study how the seasons affect the grass, sky, clouds, sounds heard, leaves, trees, plants, describe those changes and enjoy collecting objects that show the changes throughout the seasons.


Religious Education

This half term we will be looking at how different religions celebrate key festivals. We will be looking at how Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, how Buddhists celebrate Wesak, how Hindus celebrate Diwali, how Jewish people celebrate Hannukah and how Christians celebrate Christmas.




During this half term, the children will use both maps and globes to identify the coldest places in the world as well as making predictions about where the hotter places are. We will identify the Equator and locate the places on the Equator which are the hottest. They will use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features such as beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill. As well as this, we will be using basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features including towns, village, factory, farm. By the end of this half term we would expect the children to be able to verbalise and write similarities and differences between the features of the two localities



We will be designing and making 3D Gingerbread houses using recycled materials. We will use paint and collage to create the houses. We would be really grateful if you could send your child in with a named box when requested. 

Any buttons, beads, tin foil, coloured fabric and sequins etc. would be gratefully accepted!



During this half term we will be learning about keeping well and clean, we will explore how the things we put in our bodies can affect how we feel. We will be discussing why hygiene is important and how simple hygiene routines can stop germs from being passed on. As well as this, we will be learning the importance of physical activity and healthy eating, discovering who helps them to stay healthy e.g parents, doctors and dentists.


During outdoor PE, we will be learning how to walk and run with a ball,  balancing a ball on two hands/ one hand. We will learn how to move the ball along the ground and put a ball in a space and try to hit it with a bean bag. The children will explore throwing and catching whilst walking, rolling the ball around different parts of the body without letting go. 

In indoor PE, the children will be learning how to rock to stand up, rock to roll over, roll sideways, roll on different parts of my body. In addition we will look at taking weight on different parts of the body. Practising rolling forwards with curled backs and performing a sequence of movements with a partner.


This half term children have been learning about patterns in music. They have been able to identify and recall rhythmic patterns, sounds and clap back a range of rhythm variations. They have also been learning an eight singing warm up using notes from the C major scale. Children have been playing and performing the eight notes of the Cmajor scale ascending and descending to identify pitch changes in the octave.



Creating Media - Digital Painting

This half term pupils will develop their understanding of a range of tools used for digital painting. They will then use these tools to create their own digital paintings, while gaining inspiration from a range of artists’ work.

Online safety

Our online safety focus this half term will take place during Anti-Bullying Week 2021 which is happening from Monday 15th – Friday 19th November.  The theme is ‘One Kind Word.  The children will attend a special assembly, have an opportunity to wear odd socks and during our computing session we will look at ways to spread kindness.