Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 with Mrs Choudhury and Mrs Kotwani.

We hope you had a wonderful festive break. It’s great to see the children are back, full of enthusiasm and ready to learn.

Meet the year 1 teachers powerpoint in case you missed it or you would like to refer back to it. 



How you can help at home


We will do most of our writing through our topics, Paws Claws and Whiskers and Bright Lights, Big city.

The children will be writing in a variety of genres.  There is a strong expectation that all children will use a capital letter to start and then finish their ‘sensible’ sentence with a full stop.  Each sentence should have clear finger spaces to denote each individual word. 

We are now moving forward to creating more complex sentences, where the children will be extending the content by using a conjunction – ‘and’ and ‘because’. 

In addition to this we have been and will be discussing the use of adjectives to add interest and to further describe, making the experience better for the reader.

It is important to talk about our topic.  Look at and discuss books from your local library or from TV programmes and other media. Any additional research will make your child more knowledgeable, confident and better writers!

When writing at home, encourage your child to use the Monkfrith script.  It would be wonderful if they could read what they have written back to you to ensure it makes sense and includes a capital letter and full stop.

Please remind children to write on the line and that the lead in strokes in the letters always hold onto the line.

Encourage children to bring in and share their home learning with the teacher and hopefully the class.

Reading for at least 5 – 10 minutes each day makes a huge difference!  Reading material can take the form of packets, magazines, signs and of course fiction, non-fiction and poetry books.  Remember to READ and discuss pictures too!

Remember to keep reading to your child, as it should be an enjoyable experience – get cosy with a nice blanket!

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meaning.

End of Year 1 Writing Targets


There will be daily Phonics lessons with the inclusion of handwriting practise. This term the focus will be on reading the same sounds spelt in different ways and we will learn about different pronunciations of the same letter. We will also be using these skills to help us read real and alien words correctly.


When spelling – always encourage your child to break down words and listen out for the sounds in the words – especially the end sounds.

There is a spelling list of words that your child should be familiar with by the end of year 1 on the school website.  It is located under ‘parent zone’-‘home learning’. You can find a week by week phonics teaching schedule.

Spring Term Phonics schedule – Here is a quick guide outlining which sounds we will be teaching this term to help you support your child.

Phonics in year 1 – Here is a copy of the leaflet we distributed during meet the teacher about how we teach phonics in year 1.

Autumn Term 1 Phonics schedule. 

Autumn Term 2 Phonics schedule

Creative Curriculum

In Spring 1 our topic is Paws, Claws and Whiskers in which we will be learning all about animals and how to look after them.

We will be using various art techniques to create pictures of some of the animals.

We will be investigating how animals use camouflage.

We will be creating our very own imaginative  animal.

We will be using maps to look at continents, oceans and where some animals live around the world.

After half term our next topic is called Bright Lights, Big City in which we will be exploring London, including its history, namely “The Great Fire’, and the famous landmarks, as well as thinking about England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (We’ll be finding out about capital cities, main rivers and national emblems).

Our book focus for this topic is ‘Katie in London’. We will also be reading and listening to many other exciting stories about London.

If you have any other books/stories that focus on London, please send them in so your child can read it or share with another child / whole class.

Please talk about the topics and encourage your child to do additional research to help improve their knowledge and contribute more in class.


Do you have a pet at home?

We would love it if you could come in and talk to the children about how you look after your pet at home. It would be fantastic if we could meet some of your pets too.



If you can, take your child to visit the different landmarks and museums of London and talk to them about what / who is there, hopefully they can come back and share their new knowledge with the class.



We will begin the term by providing the children with opportunities to consolidate and extend their ability to add and subtract to and within 20 – using a variety of methodology.  They will then be expected to apply this to practical and word problems.

The children will be then move onto working with numbers up to 50. Working to consolidate and extend their ability to add to and subtract and within 50 – using a variety of methodology.  They will then be expected to apply this knowledge to practical tasks, problem solving and reasoning tasks.

They will continue to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to prepare them for working on their multiplication facts.

There will be opportunities to explore length, height, weight and capacity moving towards recording with standard units of measure.

Encourage your child to read the door numbers on your walk home – can they identify odd and even?

Go to the park. Collect and count natural items. Talk about any 2d and 3D shapes you may see. Ask the children how many vertices and sides/faces the shape have.

Expose your child to real money – create a ‘copper jar’ at home and allow your child to count the amount – Can they count the coins in 1’s or 2’s accurately? Extend their learning by creating a 5p and 10p jar.

Create models with junk modelling discussing the 3D shapes they’ve chosen using the language faces, vertices and edges.

Some helpful / fun maths websites:

End of Year 1 Maths Targets.


Our topic this term is Beliefs.  Within this we will be exploring the need for rules and knowing right from wrong.

Share information about what a belief is, rules you have and right and wrong decisions.

Our PE lessons will be taken by Non-Stop Action and ourselves this year.

Please make sure that all kits are in school every day and that each item is clearly labelled

PE kits will be sent home at half term and end of term for washing.

Please check labels are clearly marked before returning to school.

Please check plimsoles still fit.

Boxes of tissues would be greatly appreciated!  We would also benefit from used newspapers, as we use these frequently during art lessons.

More ways to help: 

  • Take your child to the park and encourage them to explore the larger play equipment.
  • Make salt dough and get creative, it’s great to keep the fingers moving!.
  • Setting up and playing games like ‘Kerplunk’ and ‘Operation’.
  • Stretching and twisting elastic bands.
  • Hama bead work.
  • Careful/ mindful colouring – encourage children to stay within the lines and fill in all blank spaces.
  • Sorting objects according to different criteria (colour/size), using tweezers to move the objects.
  • Talking on the walk home about the numbers on the houses (are they odd or even?).

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to write a note or make an appointment via the office to see us during the drop in time.  This is still on a Wednesday between 3:30 and 4:10.

Thank you for your continued support

Mrs Kotwani and Mrs Choudhury.

Useful information:

Click for the Year 1 Calculation Policy Leaflet

Here is a link to a great reading list for children in KS1 that is regularly updated with new releases.