Primary & Nursery School

Year 1

Click on the items below to find out what Year 1 have been up to this term...

English and Maths


The books we are focusing on for this half term are ‘Naughty Bus’ and ‘Astro girl’. The Naughty Bus is about a bus who travels around London and gets up to mischief! I wonder what he will do next. When focusing on ‘Naughty Bus’ we will be writing letters, diaries, non-chronological reports and our own adventure story.

Astro girl is about a girl called Astrid. Astrid has always loved the stars and space. "I want to be an astronaut!" she says. While Mama is away, Papa and Astrid have fun acting out the challenges an astronaut faces on a space mission - eating food from a tube, doing science experiments, living and sleeping in near-zero gravity. Astrid can do it all! Then it's time to meet Mama at the airbase. But where has Mama been? When focusing on ‘Astro girl’ we will be writing in role, commands, ‘how to’ guides and a fact file about being an astronaut.


Within maths we will be focusing on place value of numbers. We will also be learning about addition and subtraction. We will be using concrete objects, pictorial method and abstract methods to do this.


Our topic this half term is “Where on Earth can we go?”. We will be learning all about astronauts, focusing on significant individuals such as Neil Armstrong. We will be identifying a range of materials and learning about countries in the UK and capital cities.


In our woodland sessions we will be exploring seasons throughout the year, identifying what changes there are. We will also be focusing on different types of trees, evergreen and deciduous, looking at their leaves and what changes we can observe.


General notices


P.E continues to be on a Tuesday and Friday. 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.