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Class 1

Welcome to Class 1

Miss Grocott


Autumn Term

Hello! I hope you have all had a wonderful summer! I am looking forward to the new school year and to all the exciting learning that is going to take place. Please see below to find out about what your children will be learning this term.


If you need anything, please feel free to contact me via Class Dojo or to speak to me in the morning/after school.



To begin the year, the children will study the Little Red Hen. They will use this book as a stimulus to create a couple of different writing pieces. First, the children will label and caption images from the book. After, the children will retell the story of the Little Red Hen by changing the story in some way! Our learning will be reinforced by a visit to Peak Wildlife Farm where we can see some of the real animals from the story!





In autumn, the children will cover a number of units to consolidate and extend their understanding from Reception. They will:


  • Learn how to count to 10 and be able to find one more and one less than a given number
  • Use part-whole models and number sentences to show number bonds
  • Add numbers within 10 and solve addition problems
  • Subtract numbers within 10 and solve subtraction problems
  • Name and sort a range of 2D and 3D shapes





RE will be taught by Mrs Rogers. In the autumn term, children will extend their understanding of Catholicism from Reception. The units they will study are:


  • Creation: This unit will develop the children's appreciation of themselves and the world around them as part of God's creation.
  • Families and Celebrations: This unit will develop the children's knowledge and understanding of what it means to belong to, and celebrate as, a family. They will explore a range of important celebrations in the life of the Church and Jesus.
  • Prayer: This until will develop the children's understanding of prayer as a special way of spending time with God. The children will also explore how Christians give praise to God in psalms and prayers.
  • Advent: This unit will develop the children's understanding of Advent as a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus and his coming again.



These are the prayers that your child will be learning throughout Year 1. Please try to practise these at home to reinforce them.



The children's first topic in Science is 'Everyday Materials'. They will be able to name a range of materials, learn how to distinguish an object from the material it was made from, describe the properties of materials and compare/group a range of materials.





History will be taught by Mrs Rogers. The children's first unit will explore our local history. The children will learn about how things have changed over time. This will include looking at toys, cars and compare our town Caverswall from the past to now.





Geography will be taught by Mr Ord. In the autumn term, the children will be learning about where they live and the different countries that make up the United Kingdom. They will then go on to explore the human and physical features that they can identify in our local area, which will include the exploration of different maps.





PE will be taught on Friday afternoons by Mrs Pemberton. The children should come dressed in their PE kit on this day. The children will be focusing on developing their fundamental movement skills - agility, balance and coordination - through a range of activities.





Computing will be taught by Mrs Yorke. In an ever-growing technological world, being computer literate is more important than ever! The children's skills will be developed in the first term. They will begin by learning how to be safe online. They will then explore spreadsheets and identify how technology is used in our everyday lives.





Art will be taught by Miss Daws. The children's first unit will explore the artist Henri Matisse. The children will study his life and artwork by developing their paint and printmaking skills. They will then use these new acquired skills to produce a piece inspired by Matisse.





In DT, the children's first unit is food. They will be learning about the difference between a fruit and vegetable, and tasting lots of different types. The children will then decide on the ingredients they want to use to make their own healthy smoothie!





In Music, the children will explore the question - how can we make friends when we sing together? The children will develop a range of skills including playing instruments, improvising and composing. This will help them to understand what the beat of the music is.





In the autumn term, PSHE will focus on the fact we are loved and created by God. In particular, the children will need to learn about how we need to look after the body that God has gifted us. They will learn about how to keep our bodies clean and healthy through the routines that we follow everyday.





Year 1's first vehicle of the year is the Inuits. The children will be learning all about who the Inuit are, where they live, the climate, the explorers that discovered the Arctic Circle, and traditional Inuit dancing and music. They will compare the Inuits' lives to our lives here in the UK. The children will also investigate the animals that we can find in the Arctic and may have the chance to see some in real life during our school trip to Peak Wildlife Park!



Pictures from Year 1 2022/2023