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Year 1

Welcome to the Autumn Term in Year 1

Our topic this term is Ourselves- Family History




This term in Year One the children will be working on a range of writing skills. We will complete daily handwriting lessons to work on their letter formation and build awareness of capital letter formation. They will work on writing words linked to their Phonics sounds in their daily Read Write Inc Phonics lessons. Each week the children will be completing creative writing sessions linked to different genres. They will be developing their use of capital letters, full stops, fingers spaces, adjectives and conjunctions. 



Our author for the first half term is Julia Donaldson and our author for the second half term is Benji Davies. We will be exploring wonderful stories from both authors in our daily class reads. We will have whole class reading lessons three times a week to develop our use of the reading skills of prediction, retrieval, inference, vocabulary and sequencing. We will also be reading every day as part of our Phonics lessons. Please continue to read at home as often as possible. This can be your child’s library, reading or Phonics book. It makes such a big difference!



The children will be continuing to develop their understanding of number. They will be thinking about place value to 20 and applying this knowledge to addition and subtraction. The children will be exploring a range of mathematical concepts and thinking about how to apply their prior knowledge of number in varied ways. We will also begin to think about Maths Mastery in reasoning and problem solving questions!




During the Autumn term our science unit will be 'Animals including humans'. We will be finding out about the key animal groups including our pets. We will investigate what animals eat and will be making comparisons to ourselves. The children will also be learning about how the human body works by drawing, labelling and using their senses. 


Other Subjects

 In history we are going to be exploring our family history and the history of Prince Rock Primary School and key places in the local area. The children will be focussing on the word 'past' in order to develop their understanding of timelines. In RE we will be learning about our Golden Rule which is 'treat others as you would like to be treated'. The children will also be thinking about what it means to be part of a faith community. During PSHE, Jigsaw Jack will be helping the children to think about changes, settling into Year One and their rights and responsibilities. In Design Technology, the children will be using their cutting skills and different joining techniques to create their own hand puppets. During our computing sessions we will be thinking about how to stay safe online and how to create, store and retrieve digital content. In music the children will be exploring a range of musical instruments and how to use them with control. During PE sessions the children will be completing a number of fun units to develop their fundamental skills in balance, movement and control. 


PE Days

PE will be on Wednesday mornings. Please remove earrings in the morning or your child will not be able to take part in the PE lesson.


Key Dates and General Reminders

-Homework is given out on a Friday and is to be returned by the following Thursday.

-Spellings are given out on a Friday and need to be learnt by the following Friday.

-Library books are changed weekly on a Friday.

-Your child will also receive a phonics book each week which is linked to the phonics sessions they have completed in school.

Please remind your child to place their books in the box if they would like them to be changed. This can be done daily. 

Please name all your children’s clothes and belongings.


Miss Johnson, Miss Hudson and Mrs Watt