Year 1 Newsletter

September 2018

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 and the exciting start to Key Stage 1. In these newsletters throughout the year you will find out about the many different things that your children will be learning about.

The autumn term is always a busy time with lots to look forward to. The change from Foundation to Year 1 is always a daunting thought but your child will settle quickly and become very familiar with new routines and lessons.

Year 1 has three classes - Pandas (Ms Fleming), Tigers (Mr Ainscow and Mrs Begum) and Leopards (Mrs Langford). Mr Ainscow is also the year leader, so if you have any queries or questions that the class teacher cannot answer then please do get in touch.

Year 1 also have a number of teaching assistants who support across the year group as well as leading interventions and so you will also meet Mrs Collins, Mrs Tyler, Mrs Rozzier and Mrs Funnel.

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Our new topic

Our topic for the autumn term is My World. Here is a summary of what the children will be learning across the curriculum.


There have been some significant changes to the way that the subject is taught across the school. One of the main focus areas is on developing rich language and vocabulary through the use of stories and quality texts. The children will learn to explore language in small group activities and then create strcutured sentences with a focus on the 'ingredients' of a sentence. A big focus will also be on improving sentences focusing on punctuation and them making sense. Children will also have daily phonics sessions and handwriting and a weekly visit to the school's library.The handwriting style has changed to letters with flicks. This will support children when it comes to joining later in the year. More information about the curriculum can be found on the presentation slides from the parent meeting.


We will be finding more and less of a number, comparing numbers and ordering numbers. We will also be solving number sentences including missing numbers. We will also learn to recall number bonds at a speedy pace. The children will develop their skills in the form of mastery so that mathematical thinking is deepened before moving ahead to a new topic area.


Throughout the topic we will look at the school and local environment. This will included learning about the landscape, the plants and trees and producing a route of a journey. In Computing we will learn to insert text and images and explore other key functions such as font size and colour to produce greetings cards.

Dates for your diary

Thursday 14th September - School Photos

Friday 22nd September - Year 1 and 2 introduction meeting for parents (9am)

Friday 2oth October - last day of the half term Year 1 Harvest assembly for parents (more information will follow)

Any changes and additions will be sent viatext and will be updated on the school calendar and the school app.

How can you help?

Reading: Your child has a reading record with a page per week. Our expectation is that your child reads at home at least 5 times a week. This will support them in making the expected progress through the year. You can record their development and success in the spaces provided. Staff will also record how they are getting on at the bottom of each weekly page.

Spellings: Your child will take home a list of 5 words per week to learn. These words will follow a simple spelling pattern. In addition, the 45 'common exception words' will be sent home. These are the key words that all children should be able to read and write by the end of Year 1. 5 words will be selected at random from these 45 to be included in Friday's spelling quiz. The spellings will be written in the back of the homework books so that you can see how well they are getting on.

Homework book: This is where your child will have maths activities to complete at home in order to support their maths work at school. Please ensure homework books are in school for marking every Wednesday.

Walk around the local area to where you live. What shops do you pass? Are all the houses the same? Can you see any different types of buildings? What else do you see on your walk?

Visit a local library and find books about your child's hobbies and things that interest them. Can you find a story book and an information book?

Here are some links to useful sites where your child can learn from home.




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