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Welcome to Autumn Term 2021

We are excited to welcome you back to school after half term!

We will be updating our Year 1 page every half-term with updates, important information and a curriculum overview for the half term. 

Class Teachers:

Miss N Perkins


Miss T Swainson


Learning Support Staff:

Miss D Haines

Mrs T Morrison

Miss Treagust  

Key Information

Tuesday 2nd November Baby Picture Day
P.E Days

Mondays (indoors) & Fridays (outdoors).

Children to come to school in full P.E kit on these days.

White t-shirt, black leggings/skirt/shorts/jogging bottoms, white socks and plimsoles or trainers. Long hair needs to be tied back and earrings must be removed or covered with tape for PE.

Library Day Wednesday Mornings
Spot Books Changed daily or when required 
Important Dates

Tuesday 2nd November- Baby Pictures for R.E

Wednesday 3rd November- Phonics and Reading workshop

Tuesday 9th November - Toy Day, children bring in their favourite soft toy from home 

W/b 15th November- Parent's evening week

Friday 19th November- Superhero Day

Friday 17th December - Last Day of Term 



If you have any questions please talk to us in the morning or after school or arrange a meeting through the office. We are always happy to respond emails, please find these details above.

Autumn 2 Topic: Toys and Superheroes
Curriculum Overview



This half term our book led topics will be Traction Man by Mini Grey and Lost in the Toy Museum by David Lucas 

 Traction Man is a superhero toy who goes on adventures and fights crime around his home. The story is told through a child playing with his toy. Lost in the Toy Museum is about a character called Bunting who goes missing. His friends find him and we link this learning to our history topic about toys now and in the past.


We revisit and build upon the speech and language, drama, reading, comprehension and writing skills previously learnt in Early Years. The main writing outcomes include a character description about Bunting, an advert for Traction Man, Superhero wanted poster and a sequel for Traction Man.


For more information on the Year 1 English national curriculum please visit:


National Curriculum 



This half term we will be revisiting and consolidating Number and place value. We will interpret and solve addition and subtraction problems, using concrete and mental methods.


-Number and Place Value (2 weeks)
- Addition and Subtraction (3 weeks)

- Measurement Weight and Volume (2 weeks)

For more information on the Year 1 Maths national curriculum please visit:

National Curriculum 


Here are some useful websites for Maths games and resources:




We will be learning about the different types of materials, both man made and natural. We will be sorting and grouping materials based on their properties and identifying and describing their properties. We will  be carrying out different experiments to test how well different materials work for different jobs.  For example, we will be exploring which material is best to use for a waterproof suit for Traction Man. 


Longitudinal Environment Study


Observing and predicting changes in our school environment and identifying animals and flowering plants in different seasons.

Foundation Subjects


We will be learning how to use mouse control and simple commands on a laptop. We will be creating pictures using 'Purple Mash'. 



Get Heartsmart! We will be learning about what it means to let love into our hearts. 



We will be exploring rubbing in nature, including leaves and bark. We will be learning about different ways to print and we will be using different materials to print with. 



We will be learning about how Christians celebrate the birth of a new baby in the Christmas story. We will be sharing our own experiences of being babies and welcoming babies. 



We will be comparing toys from the present and toys from the past. We will be learning about how materials have changed and we will be creating a toy timeline.



Our music unit is called 'As cold as ice'. We will be learning how to keep a steady beat and how different instruments can create different atmospheres, for example an Autumn/ winter walk. 



In indoor P.E we will be learning about movement in Gymnastics and Invasion games in outdoor P.E


Your child will be read with once a week by a member of staff and they will also join in with small weekly guided reading groups with their teachers whereby they will explore texts which link to our book led topic.  . Children will be able to change their spot books daily or when needed. Members of staff will move them onto new spot book bands as they make progress throughout the year. The book bands will link to their phonetic knowledge, the sight reading of tricky words and their ability to understand and answer questions about what they have read. If you would like to discuss ways in which you can support your child's reading further, please speak to your child's class teacher. We will visit the library weekly on a Wednesday Mornings, where children will be able to return and pick a new library book. 


Reading with your child at home is a fantastic way to support their learning and progress. We suggest that a 'little and often' approach is best, i.e five minutes, five times a week. As well as decoding the words, ask them questions to check their understanding. In addition to listening to your child read, please read to your child as this will support them to behave like a reader, copying what they see and hear. We recommend that you share favourite stories, allowing them to join in with predictable phrases. Also, visiting your local library is a great way to discover new and exciting books. 


Reading Challenge

Each time children read at home and their grown-up records this in their reading record, they get to move their rabbit up the burrow or their squirrel up the tree. Once they have reached the top of the burrow or tree, they get a sticker for their bookmark. When their bookmark has 5 stickers they will receive a reading challenge certificate to take home.


After October half term, we are hoping to welcome back volunteers into school. If you are interested in volunteering to read with the children in school weekly, then please let your child's class teacher know. 

Phonics and Spellings:

Throughout year 1, the children will be revisiting and learning phonics phases 2, 3, 4 and 5. They will have daily phonics sessions, including games and on a Friday children will use the sounds which they have learnt that week to write in their phonics books. They will also learn to read and spell the 'tricky words', high frequency words and Year 1 common exception words. We will be sending out handouts at the beginning of they year to remind you of the phonics phases and tricky words. It would be beneficial to practise reading words containing the sound patterns which we are learning each week, identifying them in books and spelling words containing them.


We will send out weekly phonics sounds and spellings each week to practise at home with your child. The children will use the sounds which they have learnt to carefully segment and blend words. For example:

'chair' ch-air
'shelf' sh-e-l-f 
'home' (children will recognise the split vowel digraph o_e)



We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. Find out more below.

Letters and Sounds 


Here are some useful websites for phonics games and resources:





We will be following a handwriting scheme of work called 'Letterjoin'.


Children will be learning the leads in, the formation of and the leads out of letters. We call this handwriting 'pre-cursive'. This will prepare them to begin joining up their handwriting when they are in Year 2. Here are the log in details for children to practice pre-cursive handwriting at home:


Tablet Edition
User name: jk78829
Swipe code: A capital 'L' shape starting at top left.
Home-School Account
User name: jk78829
Account Password: home

Home Learning: 

The home learning tasks for this half term will be attached below and can be completed any time before October half term. These are by no means compulsory and we do not expect the children to complete every task, unless they would like to. We set these tasks to create and encourage dialogue between home and school. Children can bring in their homework or they can share it on SeeSaw. 


We will send home paper copies of our weekly phonics sounds and spellings fortnightly for children to practise reading and writing at home. 


Please see your class teacher if you any questions or queries regarding these tasks.


Topic homework:

Traction Man Home Learning


Please view our online learning page in the event of school closure, bubble closure or individual self isolation from school time.

Year 1 Online Learning Page

Behaviour for Learning and Rewards

In year one, we encourage children to be kind, respectful and tolerant towards others. We use a wide variety of positive reinforcements and rewards in order to create a nurturing and engaging learning environment, where all children are motivated and ready to achieve their very best. 


Our main behaviour for learning system is our rainbow. Children have their names on pegs and all begin on the sun. They then have their names moved to the rainbow for doing something brilliant. At the end of the week, all the children which have been on the rainbow receive a rainbow sticker. We then pick one star of the day from the rainbow, whos peg moves to the star. If children do not follow the class's rules, which are agreed by the children at the beginning of the school year, then their name moves down to the raincloud. If they begin to show much more positive behaviour then their name can move back up.


However, if their negative behaviour continues then their name will move to the storm cloud which means they will receive a sanction. This may be a time out or a missed playtime, depending on the severity of the behaviour. Everyday is a new start and all the names return to the sun. 



The teachers pick a star of the day each day, for a child who completes a certain piece of work brilliantly, who follows the class rules or for being resilient/kind to others. These children receive a certificate. During our Friday assemblies, Miss Fripp awards one child with a Head teacher certificate each week, for a very special rabbit or squirrel. Children also receive a reading certificate for completing the reading challenges (please find out about this above in the reading section of the website). 


Children receive dojo points when a teacher or member of staff notices something brilliant which they have done. They can get points for lots of reasons, but it may be following one of our class rules, completing a learning task well or for being a kind friend to others. Once children reach 100 they can change their dojo monster and get to pick from a variety of fun characters. The two children with the top dojo points at the end of the half term receive a prize. 


We also have a class teddy in each class that goes home with one child each Friday and returns to school on a Monday. The children are encouraged to write about, draw pictures of or take pictures of what they get up to with the teddy over the weekend. They will then share this with their class on the Monday.


We have a class chatter bag that also goes home weekly. Children take it in turns to bring in one item from home to share with their class during the weekly show and tell. This can be a special item or toy. We ask that children wait for their turn to use the chatter bag and we discourage children bringing in toys from home at any other time.