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Welcome to Year 1!




Show respect, Work together, Aspire, Nurture


Mrs Chiasson, Miss Dery and Mrs Potter

Meet the Year 1 Team

Today, we had an exciting day celebrating World Book Day. A highlight was definitely finding out who the ‘Masked readers’ were, we had so much fun calling “Who’s that, who’s that behind the book?” and “Show yourself, show yourself!”

As part of our topic “We are going to explore where we live.” , Year One have been out exploring the types of houses and buildings close to school.

What fantastic visit to Rand Farm! We had lots of Christmas fun.

Today, we had a fab visit from the dogs trust. We learned how to act around dogs and that we should always ask an owner if we can stroke a dog before doing so.

Well, what a day! No Pens Wednesday has been busy one. There's been lots going on; including some fantastic phonics; we used the iPads to record why we thought Dogger and Room on the Broom were both 'losing tales'; we did some brilliant rolling, throwing and bouncing in PE and sorted animals into groups during Science (animals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish) . We even squeezed in a little singing practice for our nativity play!

We had a very important visitor today, Noah's Great- Nanny came in to talk about the toys she played with when she was little. We found out that children didn't have many toys in those days; most of the toys were made of wood not plastic and the toys did not have batteries but some could be wound up. We compared similarities and differences between toys then and now. We would like to thank Noah's Great-Nanny for coming to talk to help us with our learning. We had a great time and loved exploring the old toys.

In Science, Year One have been learning about seaons and weather. On Monday, we went to Friary Gardens to hunt for signs of Autumn. After, we have been using what we found to learn and innovate an autumn senses poem. We have also explored the things we collected and used some of it to create collages.

As part of our learning about healthy eating, we have been designing and making out own fruit salads. We tried out various fruits, learned where they came from and found out about kitchen safety/hygeine.

Nurse Sarah, from Barnby Gate Surgery, came to visit us and helped us learn about how to be clean and healthy. We compared the tools which Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole had to treat their patients to the tools that Sarah uses. Sarah also let us try out lots of medical equipment so we wouldn't be worried when we go to the doctors.

Our Learning - Autumn Term, 2021



During this first half term we will be sharing and talking about lots of books. We will also focus on developing our handwriting and phonological skills, aswell as our understanding of writing simple sentences. After half term, we will continue our 'talk for writing' journey learning simple texts and using them to support our development.


Read, Write, Inc Phonics

Each day we will practise our speed sounds and wordbuilding, in two groups, then we'll apply this knowledge to read our books.



Throughout each day, there are opportunities to share a variety of books. The children will read regularly during our Read, Write. Inc sessions and we ask that you listen to your child read at least 4 times per week.  Please make sure that reading books are in school every day. We will change Read, Write Inc. and library books on Monday and Thursday. 



This half term, we will be securing our understanding of numbers to 10, before moving on to addition and subtraction. We will also develop our understanding of shape and of the place value of numbers to 20 before Christmas.



This term we will be learning about human growth and development. After half term, we will begin to find out animal groups and the types of foods they eat. The children will have the opportunity to explore a variety of scientific concepts in our 'Investigations Area'.



Our PE slots are on Monday morning (Usually indoor PE) and Wednesday afternoons (Usually outdoor PE).  Children should come to school wearing their PE kit, with a school jumper.


History - 'We are going to meet important people''

We are starting this topic by learning about the most important people of all, ourselves. During the term, we will learn about various people including Florence Nightigale, Mary Seacole and David Attenborough, as well as having the opporunity to meet real life people, such as a nurse from Barnby Gate Surgery. We will also think about how toys have changed over our families lifetimes and look at some old toys from the museum.



Children are expected to read at least four times per week. They should practice their maths on Numbots each week. On Friday's, we will send home a handwriting activity to be returned by the following Thursdays.