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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

In Class 1, the teacher is Miss Hugill and the teaching assistant is Mrs Spruce. Please find below a brief outline of the topics to be covered this year and our daily/weekly routines which are explained in the Year 1 class booklet. We follow a two-year rolling programme in Key Stage 1 and we try to plan as much of our learning as possible around our current topics. This creates an immersive and exciting learning experience for the children. Here is an overview of the topics to be covered over the coming year in Class 1:

TermsTopics CoveredBrief Outline
Autumn 1Far, Far AwayThis is a science-based topic looking at materials. Children will learn the names of materials and investigate their properties. In History, children will learn about castles and what it would have been like to live there. The theme of castles will link into our English planning where the children will create pieces of writing linked to a variety of stories.  
Autumn 2London’s Burning In London’s Burning, the children study the historical events of the Gunpowder Plot and the Great Fire of London. The children study the events and understand where they fit into a timeline. They look at key figures involved and learn what impact they had. The children will learn more about the United Kingdom and will name the countries and capital cities. In art, the children will look at the skills needed to create a collage, creating a scene of the Great Fire.  
Take One PictureThis is an art-based topic looking at the life of Vincent van Gogh. The children will learn about the life of this famous artist and study his artwork. Children will re-create pieces of his work using a variety of media.  
Spring 2Healthy MeHealthy Me is a science-based topic looking at how humans can keep fit and healthy. The children will describe the importance of exercise, healthy eating and good hygiene. In art, the children will study the skills involved in printing and will use fruit and vegetables to create their own printed pattern.  
Summer 1Author StudyThis is an English based topic where we study an author. We will look at a range of their books and the themes and characters they describe.  
Summer 2 The Secret GardenIn the Secret Garden, the children gain an understanding of plants. They will look at how plants grow and investigate what seeds needs in order to grow healthily. The children will identify and name common plants and this will link into our geography work on creating maps. We will create a map of our school grounds labelling the flowers and trees that we find.   

Class Booklet:

Home Learning: 

Home learning will be set on a Friday either on Seesaw or via a paper based task. Home learning should be completed by the following Thursday. Children should be able to attempt home learning independently, but may need some adult support to help them keep on task and to answer any questions if they get stuck. They may need some support with typing or annotating their work using the SeeSaw tools. Home learning tasks are normally English or maths based, but can take the form of topic or research based activities.  


The children will receive new spellings every Friday and will be tested on these words the following Thursday. The spellings children are given link to the spelling patterns we have been learning in class that week. Please use the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method in their yellow spelling books to help the children learn their spellings. I will note any mistakes in your child’s book for further revision at home. 


Please encourage your child to read their reading books as often as possible at home. It is beneficial for your child to read daily. They don’t have to complete a book each night, but a couple of pages every day is extremely valuable to making good progress in reading. Please send in your child’s reading records and books every Thursday. Books will be changed if the children have read them. They will be given up to 3 reading for pleasure books and one book which they will have read during reading sessions in school. These will be handed out on Friday. 


Our PE sessions in Year 1 are on Thursdays and Fridays this term. Mr Sheahan will be teaching PE on a Thursday, but this may be subject to change. Any changes will be sent to parents via School Comms. Please make sure that all earrings are removed on PE days and that your child has the appropriate PE kit for outdoor PE in school on those days. 

Our current Year 1 cohort photo gallery

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