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Year 1 MISS ogborne

Overview of Term One

Welcome to Year 1! 

All the children have settled straight in! 


This term we are looking at traditional tales starting with Little Red Riding Hood. We will look at a variety of versions of the story. The children will use the story as a stimulus for recapping the writing skills they learnt in Reception such as full stops, capital letters, finger spaces and letter formation. They will be writing lists, descriptions of character and settings as well as some non fiction enquiry based writing.



This term we will be mastering phase 4 of phonics which means no new sounds but a focus on grammar such as adding ing, making plurals etc. In addition to this children will have weekly guided reading sessions where they will practise both their decoding skills and their expression and understanding. It is important that you read regularly with your child at home to help them develop into confident readers.



Year 1 starts with a focus on place value looking in depth at numbers to 10 in a variety of ways. They will be counting forwards and backwards and using language such as few, less, more, greater than to compare and order amounts.  They will then move onto addition and subtraction with a focus on part whole model for adding and subtracting as well as learning their number bond to 10. On Fridays we will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes. 



This term we are historians delving into the past and looking at how toys and school have changed over time. We will start looking at the toys we play with before looking at what our parents, grandparents and even further generations played with. Children will be questioning different adults, handling toys and comparing the similarities and differences. 




We will be learning a range of songs allowing us to explore singing in unison and two parts, long and short notes as well as pitch. They will also have access to tuned and untuned instruments in the outdoor area.


We are exploring colour this term in art and will be using a range of mediums. Children will learn about primary colours, secondary colours, tints and shades as well as how to mix them where appropriate. 


Year 1 and 2 are lucky to have the Robins Foundation leading one of their PE sessions this term which will have more of a game focus.

The other session will focus on the key skills of footwork and balance as well as developing our resilience. 


Important reminders

Forest school: every Thursday 

PE: Every Wednesday and Friday 

Bookbags: In everyday. The school expectation is that you read with your child 4 times a week.