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Year 1 Information

Autumn Term

Please download our Information Booklet to find out more about the routines and expectations in Year 1. You may also wish to take a look at the Year 1 Curriculum Map (below), which shows you the topics we will be covering in different subjects over the course of the year. Please do talk to us if you would like more information.

Topic Overview
We are keen for parents to support the children’s learning at home as much as possible. To help you do this, we produce a termly information sheet, outlining our main topics and giving suggestions for how you might follow them up at home.

Optional Homework

No Nonsense Number Facts

Long-Term Planner

Phonics At Home.

As part of your home learning your child will be taking part in phonic activities set by their teacher. Many of you may have used Oxford Owl as it gives levelled reading books. The link below will also give you a video to show you how to make the sounds in a way that will help your child with reading and writing. The sounds are taught in a particular order in phases which develop during Reception and KS1. If you are unsure which phase your child is working on at the moment then please contact your child’s class teacher.


You don’t need to print out lots of flash cards or letters, just make your own or ask older brothers and sisters to help you.
There are lots of fun activities that you can do indoors and in the garden, hiding sounds so that your child can go on a treasure hunt, having competitions to see how many words you can make with a sound your child finds tricky or being sound detectives on your daily walk. Have fun together!

Miss Hayden

1.1 Teacher

Miss Wilson

1.2 Teacher

Whats been happeningYear 1


This half term, children in Year 1 have been creating artwork using a range of materials. They printed pictures using fruit and vegetables and paint to recreate artwork in the style of Orla Kiely. They had to think carefully about which colours to use in order create a repeating pattern. Children have also been making clay tiles and using a range of natural resources to print patterns into the tiles. They found a variety of leaves and feathers to use.


Whats been happeningYear 1

Maths – Capacity

Maths in Year One: Capacity

Children in Year One have been learning about Capacity in maths. They worked in groups to find out which containers could hold the most water. They carefully measured how many cups of water filled each one and recorded their results.  They thought carefully about how to ensure they did this accurately.


Whats been happeningYear 1

Castles Day

Castles Day: Year One
Our topic this half term has been ‘Castles’. Children have been exploring this through History lessons where they have used non-fiction information to find out about different types of castle and who lived there. This has also linked to their English lessons where they created their own fantasy stories set in a castle. At the end of the half term, we celebrated children’s learning with a ‘Castles day’. Children came to school dressed in different character costumes such as knights, princesses and dragons. Throughout the day we made catapults and shields. We also had a banquet and learned some medieval dancing. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.


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Science in Year 1

In science this half term, children have been learning about material. Children sorted a range of items by their materials and talked about how we know what each material is. They then discussed the properties of different materials and sorted materials by these for example: plastic and glass can be transparent.


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Year 1 Maths – Shapes

In Year 1, children have been recapping their understanding of 2D and 3D shapes. They went on a shape hunt around the classroom to see which shapes are all around them! They then discussed the names and properties of shapes and used vocabulary including faces, edges, vertices, sides, curved and straight.


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History – Toys

This half term, children in Year 1 have been finding out about the history of toys. We rented a box from the Cambridge Folk Museum which contained old toys. Children talked about the materials that the toys were made out of and discussed changes that have happened to toys over the years. They loved exploring these in our busy learning session. Children then had a range of old and new toys and attempted to put these in age order.


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At the start of half-term Year 1 looked at fireworks. We learnt a poem about fireworks, thought about the different sounds fireworks make, wrote acrostic poems and created our own firework art using chalk and paint.