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

In ENGLISH the children will continue to develop reading skills through guided reading and sharing a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.  We will work on writing simple sentences using a range of differing punctuation such as exclamation and question marks. Our main objective this term is for all children to read and spell all 40+ phonemes from the 2014 curriculum.

In handwriting the children will continue to work on correct letter formation including capital letters. We will be focussing on spelling out the 40+ phoneme sounds. 

In MATHS the children will continue to practice counting forwards and backwards to 100 from any given number. We will be continuing to practice telling the time to the hour and half past. We will measure and record lengths, heights, weights and capacity using a standard measurement. We will also begin discussing tens and units and be trying to speed up our mental arithmetic. At home please continue to practice writing numerals from 1 – 20 in words if your child can’t spell these already.                                                                                         

In SCIENCE the children will be learning about planting and naming both garden and wild plants. We will undertake scientific investigations to support children using the skills of observation and recording data to help in answering questions. 

In COMPUTING the children will continue to work on the coding strand of the curriculum and also reinforce word processing skills.

In GEOGRAPHY we will be comparing islands – Jersey and the Island of Struay as featured in the Katie Morag picture books and BBC programmes.  We will be learning about human and physical geographical features and expanding our vocabulary. 

In MUSIC the children will be continue to learn new songs and we will introduce terminology such as pitch and rhythm.

In R.E. the children will be introduced to a variety stories and artefacts from other religions and cultures. We will focus on Jewish ceremonies and festivals.

In D.T. the children will be learning about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables. This unit develops children's understanding of designing and making with food and the importance of healthy eating. Children will investigate and taste different foods and develop vocabulary to describe the appearance, taste, smell and texture. They will have the opportunity to make a fruit snack for another person and take into account their preferences. 

In PE the children will be taking part in a variety of games, fitness activities and athletics. They will develop hand eye coordination through throwing and catching using a variety of equipment. We are also very fortunate to have some specialist teachers coming in to teach the children football skills.


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.