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Class 1

Welcome to Class 1!

with Mrs Rogers and Mrs Ball 



This is a summary of the units that we will be studying in Year 1 this term.



We will be continuing to develop our writing skills, using a range of books to inspire us.

Our text focus for this half term will be ‘The Little Red Hen’. We will be practising saying our sentences before writing them and sequencing sentences to create short narratives.  We will be reinforcing the basic skills, such as leaving spaces between words.  We will be trying to punctuate our sentences, using capital letters and full stops.

We will be learning about stories with predictable phrasing and writing simple sentences using patterned language, words and phrases taken from familiar stories. We will also be writing labels and captions and writing a recount based on personal experience. Poetry will be taught whereby the children will be building suitable vocabular.


We are continuing to work on accurate letter formation, with the children gradually being introduced to pre-cursive letters once they are ready.  It is important that the children learn to form these letters accurately now so that they can more easily progress to a cursive script.


The children will be taking part in daily RWI sessions.  They will continue to take home a RWI book once a week.


Please make sure that your child’s reading diary is signed and returned to school daily.




In Maths, we use Power Maths to help us deliver our lessons. This term the children will be learning about:-

Unit 1 - Numbers to 10

In this unit we will learn to count forwards and backwards, identify one more and one less than a given number, order and sort objects and numbers and use a number line.

Unit 2 – Part-whole within 10

In this unit we will learn about number bonds to 10, related facts and comparing number bonds.

Unit 3 – Addition and Subtraction within 10 (1)

In this unit we will learn about finding the whole – adding together, adding more, finding a part, finding and making number bonds, finding addition facts and solving word problems using addition.

Unit 4 – Addition and Subtraction within 10 (2)

In this unit we will learn about subtraction – how many are left? related facts – addition and subtraction, counting back, finding the difference, solving word problems using subtraction and comparing additions and subtractions.

Unit 5 – 2D and 3D Shapes

In this unit we will learn about naming 2D and 3D shapes and making patterns with shapes.

Unit 6 – Numbers to 20

In this unit we will learn about counting and writing numbers to 20, tens and ones, counting one more and one less, comparing numbers and ordering objects and numbers.




The RE units for the autumn term include the liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas.  We will also be covering the units ‘Creation’, ‘families and celebrations’, ‘Prayer’, 'Advent' and 'Christmas'.




Key knowledge

Chronological order means in time order. We do different things at different times of the day. These activities can be put in order. 

Recognise that their typical day might be different from when their parents and grandparents were children. 

History is the study of what has happened in the past. Everyday life changes as time moves on. 

Toys have changed since our grandparents were little. 

Understand the difference between things that happened in the past and the present by looking at pictures from the book Peepo.

Compare images of the past with now. What similarities and differences can you see?

Food has changed over time. Some foods haven’t always been popular in Britain. Draw and label a food that became popular in each era, 1940s and earlier, 1950s/1960s and 1970s/1980s.

Create a class timeline of foods from different eras. 


In Geography, we will be developing our understanding of different types of maps.  We will be using the compass points N, S, E and W to describe the position of places in relation to each other. We will be creating our own simple maps and using a simple key. 

Key points:

To recognise what maps look like and are used for. 

To recognise and use compass directions- N, S, E, W

To use aerial photographs

To explore what a key and symbols are used for on a map.

 To understand what our local area is like.

To observe what my local area is like. (Fieldwork)

To describe where things are on a map.

To understand different types of housing in the local area.

To name the types of jobs that people do in our local area.



This term in Science we will learning about seasonal changes – We will find out about Autumn, spring, summer and winter. We will also be learning about everyday materials. We will investigate what different objects are made of and how to describe and compare them.

Design and Technology 


In Design and Technology, we will be learning how to identify fruits and vegetables. We will then apply this knowledge to designing and making a smoothie.


Music will be taught by Miss Grocott. The units that we will be exploring are: How can we make friends when we sing together? How does music tell stories about the past? We will be building on the children's knowledge from Reception through playing instruments, singing, improvising and composing music. During the Autumn term, children will be particularly focusing on the key terms: pulse, rhythm and tempo.


Art and Design 


This term we will be exploring the art work of Henri Matisse, who is best known for his work as a painter. Our skills focus will be drawing, painting and collage. We will be working towards composing a ‘drawing with scissors’ piece inspired by Matisse. Our craft focus will be on Emma Bridgewater.


In computing, we will be learning how to safely log on and off the new Chromebooks. We are using Purple Mash to develop our computing skills. We will be learning about online safety, sorting information and using technology outside of school.  




P.E. lessons are timetabled for Friday afternoons.  The lesson will be all afternoon.  This term the children will be focussing on coordination (footwork) and static balance.


The main homework will be set on Monday. This is put onto the class webpage. In addition to any written homework, please try to read daily with your child and sign their reading diaries.  Little and often is best – five to ten minutes each day can make a big difference.



Year 1 Reading challenge


Recommended Reading Challenge!

In your reading folders, you will have a poster with recommended books for Year 1. Your challenge is to finish reading all of these books by the end of Year 1! We will work together and find as many books to share with each other to try to get everyone to read them!

There are some amazing books that I am sure you will enjoy just as much as I have.

For each book you read, write a couple of sentences about the book in the back of your homework diary so that we know you have read it! There will be a prize for the people who read them all! Good luck and have fun!