Primary & Nursery School

Year 1

Staff:  Miss Noakes and Mrs Hoddy

English and Maths


The book we are focusing on for this half term is ‘Lost and Found’. Through the sequence of learning, children will write their own ‘found’ tags for other animals which turn up in the classroom, re-tell the story in their own words and write a sequence of instructions using consistent tense, detailed diagrams and numbers or words indicating chronological order. To finish, children will write their own version of a ‘lost and found’ story.


This half term Year 1 are focusing on place value of numbers within 20. We will also be focusing on addition and subtraction within 20.

Discovery Learning

Our focus this half term is ‘Where do penguins live?’. Throughout this topic we will be naming and locating the world’s seven continents and five oceans. Identifying the weather and seasonal changes in the location of hot and cold places of the world in relation to the equator, locating North and South poles and comparing hot and cold places.

Within Science we will be Grouping and identifying Arctic animals. Exploring the habitat of the Arctic and how animals have adapted to their surroundings and investigating ice. We will continue our learning and observations of the four seasons throughout the year.


General notices


Our P.E days are on a Monday and Thursday. Please ensure all items of clothing are named as sometimes they do get misplaced! 


We will continue with our weekly woodland sessions, however, as the weather is unpredictable this time of year we will not go if it is too cold or wet. Class dojo will be updated weekly to inform you. But children will need appropriate clothing and footwear, especially as it is muddy in the woods!


Throughout the school there is an expectation that all children read every day. I understand that it can be tiring being at school and then going home to do reading etc. However, I do not expect your child to read all their book in one night, but I do expect them to do at least 5 minutes reading every night. In class, if your child reads every day, they will receive a certificate and a small prize at the end of the week. If your child is not quite onto reading book level, we will send home letter cards where you will be able to make words, encouraging them to sound out and blend words independently. Please write in your child’s reading journal if you have read with your child as it allows us to know when they have read, record it on their chart and change their books if necessary. We will change their reading books daily.

Home Learning

The Year 1 home learning menu will be uploaded on the Year 1 Class Dojo page. It is expected that children complete the tasks by half term. This can be your choice as to which order the tasks are completed and when to do it as long as it is completed by the end of half term. Once your child has completed a piece of home learning it needs to be uploaded to their portfolio on Class Dojo for me to see it. Thank you!

Snack Money  / Lunchtimes

Children in Year 1 are still entitled to free school meals. Lunchboxes need to be placed on the Year 1 trolley at the start of the school day. All school lunch meals need to be ordered on Scopay by midnight the night before. We will have fruit available for the children to have as a snack at break time but your child is more than welcome to bring in a healthy snack in a labelled container if they prefer. Children will also need a labelled water bottle to have in class.