Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 with Mrs Kotwani and Mrs Choudhury.

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home

This half term we will do most of our writing through our topic – Splendid Skies.

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.

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.  READ 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.


Find sounds that we have learnt in words in books, praise when they see sounds in menus and in signs.

Encourage your child to point use their robot arms or sound buttons when thinking about words.

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’.

Phonics in year 1 – Here is a copy of the phonics leaflet detailing how we teach phonics in year 1.


Creative Curriculum

This half term our topic is called Splendid skies.

In Science, we will investigate changes across the four seasons and observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

In Geography, we will learn about seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and about the location of hot and cold areas in the world.
We will make weather diaries, learn about weather forecasts, and write and perform our own weather reports.
We will also design apparatus to measure aspects of the weather.

Observe and discuss the weather. Use many words to describe the weather such as gales, misty, foggy, damp, etc.

Encourage your child to watch the weather and discuss with them the weather symbols and why the temperature is different in different parts of the UK.



We will be focussing on a number of key mathematical skills and concepts. 

This half term the children will start by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to prepare them for working on their multiplication facts.

Then we will move onto our next module – measurement  covering 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?

When shopping, encourage your child to look at the weights and prices of items.

Expose your child to real money – create a 2p, 5p and 10p jar allowing your child to count the amount – Can they count the value of the coins accurately?

On your walks, chant counting in 2s 5s and 10s to help your child become proficient.

Some helpful & fun websites you can use:

End of Year 1 Maths Targets.


Our topic this half 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.


This half term we will be working on the value of Respect.

We will explore ways to show respect and the importance of doing so to different people and aspects of life.

Reinforce the value of respect in your daily activities. This could be reminding children to

  • speak politely
  • be helpful
  • treat everyone with kindness
  • treat everything with care 

Our PE lessons are currently integrated into our daily activities in the form of yoga, gross motor and movement breaks.

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.

Boxes of tissues would be greatly appreciated!  

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.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to write an email or make a telephone appointment via the office.

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.