Autumn Term

Welcome to Year One!

In year one our day will be little more structured than it was in Reception and we will be sitting at tables to work a little longer. But we will still also be learning in a variety of ways; while moving, singing and dancing, games, through exploration, in groups, in pairs, on the carpet or through role play!

Phonics and reading

Phonics is a big part of Year 1. The children will continue to expand on their knowledge of phonics and they will do 20 – 30 minutes of phonics learning each day, just like they did in Reception. These are fun, pacey, sessions which involve games and tasks. They will learn tricky words, spelling rules and how to sound out and blend to aid them with their reading and writing.


We will be learning through topics this year, which will make the lessons relevant and exciting for the children.

Our topics for this half term will be ‘All about me’ and ‘Toy Box’.

We will be learning literacy through different stories based on these topics.

We will be:-
  • Learning how to write super sentences, focussing on capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
  • Writing lists and labels.
  • Designing posters.
  • Writing speech bubbles for different characters
  • Learning about story mountains and the structure of a story.
  • Planning and writing our own wonderful creative stories!


Maths lessons in year one will involve lots of hands-on activities and games

We will be using lots of manipulatives and resources to support our maths work including; Numicon, number lines, part-whole models, bar models, ten frames, unifix cubes and base ten.

Our first topic will be ‘Place Value’. Working with numbers 0 – 20.

We will be:-
  • Counting forwards and backwards from any given number.
  • Counting, reading and writng numbers to 20 in numerals and
  • Identifying one more or one less than a given number.
  • Comparing numbers using the language; equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, greater than.
  • Ordering numbers.

Reading at home

Reading at home is so important. It helps develop the children’s learning in lots of areas. Please try to read as much as possible at home, every night would be fantastic! You may not always have time to read the whole book (we know life is busy) but just a few pages a day can increase children’s confidence and get them into the routine of practising and applying their phonic knowledge.

When you have read with your children please write a comment in their diary, or just a signature is fine, so we know they have read.


Homework for this first half term will include reading and learning spellings. Each week the children will be given a list of spellings to learn along with some short activities to complete. These will be given out on Fridays and we will do an informal test on the spellings the following Friday.

Many thanks

Mrs Lapsley and Mrs Napier


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