Welcome to Year 1 

Miss Gibbons and Miss Farley would like to welcome you back to our Year 1 page! We hope you all had a great holiday and are ready for the new adventures year 1 has to offer this half term. We are really excited and have a lot of amazing and fun lessons planned. Please continue to read with your child every night, it supports their learning in class and has a huge impact on their development.


We are following the RWI scheme, which is having a fantastic impact on children’s progress. On top of their English lesson each day, they all take part in RWI lesson. Children are placed in small groups specific to their needs and ability, this allows them to apply their phonic skills on a daily basis and review sounds repeatedly every day. Children are also supported throughout the day and are given opportunities to take part in 1-1 phonic tutoring sessions, which enables them to work specifically on areas that they need to focus on.

Children are continually assessed during daily RWI lessons and so they are able to move on as soon as they are ready to do so. We also complete phonic assessments following the RWI format to track their progress and prepare children for the end of year phonic screening. In order for children to feel confident when completing the phonic screening in July we complete regular screenings using past papers so they are familiar with layout and how the test is conducted.

We really appreciate your continued support as reading and practising phonics at home has a significant impact on your child’s progress. Ruth Miskin offers a variety of phonic videos online that you are able to watch at home:


In English we are following the RWI scheme alongside our narrative. Our English topic will be focused around the book ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. We will begin our half term by looking at predictions, generating vocabulary and improving our sentences. The children will also be exploring a selection of stories with traditional tales. We will then be creating our own senses poetry.


During this half term we will be concentrating on number. We will be focusing on our number bond knowledge through practical activities and then moving onto problem solving. We will incorporate shape, time, weight and money across our number bond tasks.


During science this half term we will be looking at everyday materials. Children will look at a range of materials and be able to name them whilst identifying their properties.  Children will be able to find the most appropriate material for the shoemaker to use when making his shoes.


This half term children will be exploring their local area. We will be visiting our local area, using maps to explore and then go on to create our own. Finally we will discuss how we can develop our local area and our school by suggesting improvements.

Some Important Information –

Book bags will be given out on a Friday and collected on a Wednesday/Thursday.

PE lessons will take place on Thursday for 1LK and Friday for 1HG.


Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Year 1 Geography Knowledge Organiser Autumn 2

Year 1 Home School Sheet Autumn 2

Year 1 Homework Menu Autumn 2

Science Knowledge Organiser – Exploring Everyday Materials


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