Welcome to Year 1

1B                                                          1Y

Teacher – Miss E Meade                       Teacher - Mrs S Rider

Teaching Assistant – Mrs C Gibson       Teaching Assistant - Miss A Parkinson

                                                               Learning Support Assistant - Miss C Hollinshead

Important days

  • Homework will be given out on Friday and must be returned by Wednesday. If your child needs help with their homework, please speak with their class teacher before the return day.
  • Outdoor PE is on Tuesdays and indoor PE is on a Monday. Please ensure your child has shorts, t-shirt, trainers and something warm for outdoor PE such as a tracksuit.
  • We will be changing reading books on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that you have left a comment in the reading record each time your child reads at home. Year 1 children need to become fluent readers so your child may be asked to re-read a book again.


This half term our topic is Amazing Animals. We will be looking at different animals and where they live in the world. We will discuss the five animal groups in more detail and observe and discuss these features.

We will be looking at the structures of birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish and exploring why their unique features help them to adapt to the environment that they live in.



This half term we will be learning about:

  • Number and place value. Specifically, 10s and 1s.
  • Fractions including whole turns, ½ turns and ¼ turns.
  • Multiplication and division, and measurement.

We will be adopting an investigative/problem-solving approach to our learning to help to embed understanding and encourage exploration.  



In English, we will be looking at the Rainbow Fish story, which is set in a fantasy world. We will be imitating, innovating and then inventing the story set in a new setting of a jungle.

We will also be looking at instructional language and linked to our Amazing Animals topic we will write instructions on how to make a bird feeder. 

We will be continuing to learn about different types of punctuation.

The different types are:

Full stop at the end of a statement sentence e.g. the weather is beautiful.

Question mark at the end of a sentence that is asking for information e.g. why are you so sad?

Exclamation mark at the end of a sentence that shows extreme emotion and begins with ‘how’ or ‘what’ e.g. what a beautiful rainbow! Exclamation marks are also used in sentences that are shouted loudly.


In Year 1, the children learn a range of spelling rules.

These include:

  • Days of the week
  • Contracted words e.g. won’t
  • Words containing phase 3, 4 and 5 sounds.
  • Words with suffixes – er, est, ed, ing, ment, ness, y

Please support your child by practising their spellings with them using the ideas in the front of their spelling book.



Please see below the attached document on helping your child to read: