Autumn 1

Welcome to Year One!

Our theme this half term is Awesome Animals.


This half term in Literacy we will be:

  • Exploring stories in a familiar setting, starting with The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
  • Writing signs, lists and labels.
  • Exploring humorous rhymes and poems.


This half term in Maths, we will be working on developing fluency, problem solving and reasoning in the following areas:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction


Please listen to your child read for a short period every day and discuss with them what has been read by asking lots of questions.

Please make a note in their reading diary of the page number, any positive comments you wish to make and then sign it. Reading books should be brought to school each day.

Changing Books

If your child has read their book and they are ready to change it please make sure you sign the reading diary, books will not be changed if there is no signature.

Shared Reading

Please continue to enjoy books together books and to read to your child. Talk about the stories and ask questions to help develop their comprehension skills.

In class, children will be constantly developing their reading skills through daily Phonics, Guided Reading and the reading of questions and information in all lessons.


Your child has been given a homework menu containing a variety of tasks. They should choose one task to complete each week. Homework will be collected in on Fridays.


A list of spellings to learn will be given out every Friday along with a spelling activity.

Please hand in the completed activity the following Friday.

The spelling test will also be on the following Friday.

Star of the week

Every week one child will be chosen to be the star of the week, these are children who have worked hard throughout the week in terms of learning and behaviour. Children will receive a certificate to take home with them.

Bertie Bear

Every Friday the class bear, Bertie, will be given out to a child. Please take the bear home over the weekend, look after him, play with him and take him out wherever you go.

Please return him on Monday. Your child will then have the opportunity to talk about Bertie and what they did with him to the rest of the class. This is great for building confidence and to develop speaking and listening skills.


Every child should have the following labelled equipment at school:

  • Water bottle
  • Reading book bag
  • PE kit

Please also make sure all uniform is labelled with your child’s name.


What a time we had at Chester Zoo! Look at our smiling faces!

Thank you to all of the wonderful parent helpers.