Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 with Mrs Bullard and Mrs Kotwani.

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Meet the Teacher session on Tuesday. Here is the presentation that was given.


Subject Area


How you can help at home



We will do most of our writing through our topics, Dinosaur Planet and Moon Zoom.  The children will be writing in a variety of genres with the main focus on the writing of simple sentences.  The children will be expected to use a capital letter to start and finish their ‘sensible’ sentence with a full stop.  Each sentence should have clear finger spaces to denote each individual word.


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

Phonics/Spelling There will be daily Phonics lessons with the inclusion of handwriting practise. We will revise phase 3 sounds and will learn sounds from phase 5.

We will continue to segment words with our robot arms to learn to spell words phonetically correct.

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.

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’.


Creative Curriculum We start the year with an exciting topic called Dinosaur Planet in which we

will be focussing on naming and categorizing a variety of dinosaurs, as well as exploring the reasons they became extinct.

We will be creating fossils from salt dough.

We will be using ICT to create fact files.

After half term our next topic is called Moon Zoom.  We will be learning about the planets of our solar system and engaging in an exciting science workshop.

We will be making our very own moon buggy.

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


Maths We will be focussing on a number of key mathematical skills and concepts.  They will work counting, reading and writing numbers to 50 in numerals and words.


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


The children will be working 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 knowledge to practical and word problems.


The children will be exposed to pictograms and tally charts.


There will be revisiting of both 2D & 3D shape knowledge.

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

On the walk home count a specific car type/colour.

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

Go to the park. Collect and count and sort natural items. Can you sort the items you found in more than 1 way ?

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.

What 2D shapes can you spot all around you? How many sides does it have ? How many vertices does it have ?

End of Year 1 Maths Targets.

RE Our topic this term is Stories and Special Books. Show and talk about special books and stories that your family have. Come and talk to the class about your special book and share your special stories.
PE Our PE lessons will be taken by Non-Stop Action 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.

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

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 Wednesday between 3:40 and 4:10.

Thank you for your continued support

Mrs Kotwani and Mrs Bullard.

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.