Year 1


Welcome to Year 1!

Across the year, Year 1 will have a castle topic which will lead onto a trip to one of the castles. We look at all the seasons, including the changing weather patterns and what happens during each season e.g. changing leaves in Autumn. We will also cover a number of investigations relating to our science and maths topics.


Spring termSummer termAutumn term
Term starts:Term starts:Term starts:
Wednesday 3 JanuaryTuesday 17 AprilTuesday 4 September
Half term:Half term:Half term:
Monday 12 February - Friday 16 FebruaryMonday 28 May - Friday 1 JuneMonday 29 October - Friday 2 November
Term ends:Term ends:Term ends:
Thursday 29 MarchFriday 20 JulyWednesday 19 December
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Year 1


TEACHERS: Miss Dewhurst & Mr Rebours

ENGLISH - the children will continue to develop their skills through guided reading and sharing a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.  We will work on writing simple sentences using capital letters and full stops correctly.  We will be using a selection of familiar stories as a stimulus for writing, looking at different characters and settings. In handwriting the children will continue to work on correct letter formation. Through our daily Phonics sessions we will reinforce synthesising and segmenting words to support reading and writing skills.

MATHS - the children will extend their understanding of counting in multiples of twos, fives and tens. They will learn to solve number problems involving multiplication, addition, subtraction and division. We will continue to develop their skills through the addition and subtraction of single and 2 digit numbers, doubling and number bonds. They will become familiar with the names and properties of 2d and 3d shapes and comparing weight using non-standard units of measure.  It will be helpful if your child could practise counting to 100 and backwards from 100 at home. Correct number formation it another skill to work on.

SCIENCE - the children will be learning about everyday materials, both natural and manufactured. Children will begin to identify the different characteristics of materials and understand why these properties are relevant to the objects they become. They will devise simple experiments and make careful observations

COMPUTING - the children will be developing their word processing and presentation skills. They will also be learning more about aspects of e-safety and simple coding.

ART - we will be exploring the work of Monet and comparing it with that of other artists. We will also be developing techniques such as drawing, collage, painting and 3D modelling.

HISTORY - the children will be developing their knowledge and understanding of the past through the topic of ‘Castles’. We plan to include a visit to Mont Orgueil castle later in the term and welcome any offers of parental help.

R.E. - the children will become familiar with stories from the Old Testament, focussing on the story of Noah’s Ark.

P.E. - the children will be going swimming continuing on Fridays and the remaining children will be learning ball skills and how to play as a team.


Classroom equipment

All children will be provided with the necessary equipment e.g. pencils, rubbers etc… Please do not send your child in with a pencil case.

School Bags

Each child should come to school with a book bag and lunch box only. Larger size book bags are available from the school office. Due to storage and space restrictions, we kindly request that large bags and rucksacks are not brought into school. Any concerns or queries should be discussed with your child’s class teacher.

Water bottles

All children should bring in a names water bottle everyday. These should only be filled with water and not juice drinks.

Lunch and snacks

Lunch for Year 1 is between 12pm to 1pm. Children are given half an hour to eat and then get a half hour play outside.

Children should bring in one healthy snack to have at break time.

School Uniform

We expect all children to be smartly dressed and take a pride in their appearance. As a reminder: 

Long hair should be neatly tied back using plain/blue accessories.

No jewellery to be worn except small stud earrings for the girls.

No make-up or nail varnish should be worn to school.

Smart black shoes, that are appropriate for school, should be worn.


Maths homework is sent out every Friday, to be given in on the following Monday.

Spellings are given out on Mondays for a test the following Monday.

Children are expected to read their reading book each night and their reading diary must be signed by an adult.