Welcome to Year 1

Miss Crabtree and Mrs Kidd would like to welcome you back to Year 1 after your Easter break. You have all worked so hard so far this year and we hope you had a lovely rest and are ready for all of the exciting learning we have planned for this term. We have lots of amazing lessons planned with lots of new learning happening and a few surprises coming up too.

This half-term, we will continue to progress through the Phonics programme in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check next half term, and we hope that you will continue your child’s learning at home with the activities we send home weekly too. Please continue to read with your child too, it is making a huge difference in class. We would like to thank you for your continued support and we look forward to the following term together.


Our English topic will be focused around the book ‘Whatever Next’. Children will be looking at and exploring recounts and children will be travelling to space through storytelling. We will be discussing elements of a recount and work up to writing our very own. We are excited to meet new characters and travel to story world! We will continue to complete weekly comprehension activities relating to our topic too.


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 a full 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 also 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.


During this half term, we will be continuing our learning of time. First, we will be consolidating our understanding of o’clock before learning half past. Then, we will be concentrating on number. We will first explore place value focusing on numbers between 20 – 50 and 50 – 100. Later in the term, we will move onto counting in multiples of both 5 and 10. Following on from this we will be solving simple problems


During science this half term we will be further developing our learning of animals. We will revisit our previous learning of naming and identifying a variety of common animals from each animal family such as mammals and birds. We will identify characteristics of these animals to support the identification process. We will then learn more about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.


This half term children will be exploring significant figures. Children will look at Neil Armstrong and the Wright brothers whilst comparing the affect the Wright Brothers had on Neil Armstrong and the impact their invention has made on the world today.

Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2022

Year 1- History Knowledge Organiser

Year 1- Home School Sheet

Year 1- Homework Menu

Year 1- Science Knowledge Organiser


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