Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 with Mrs Bullard and Mrs Kotwani.

Subject Area


How you can help at home

English We will do most of our writing through our topics, Superheroes and the Paws Claws and Whiskers.

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.

Talk about our topic.  Any additional research will make them 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. 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’.

Creative Curriculum In Spring 1 our topic is called Superheroes.

In this topic we will be focussing on super senses!  What are the five senses and how can we function when trying to use them in isolation?

We will be exploring the food groups and what a healthy plate should consist of.

We will be creating collages using pictures of fruit and vegetables.

We will be using ICT to create superhero posters

We will also be designing and making our very own superhero capes! Very exciting.

In Spring 2 our topicwill be Paws, Claws and Whiskers where the children will learn how to look after animals.

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

We will be investigating how animals use camouflage.

We will be designing and making our very own creative exciting animal.

We will be using atlases to look at where some animals inhabit.

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


There are a number of games that can be explored on this site:

Are you a Superhero?  Could you come into class and spend 20 mins discussing your job and how you help other people?  are you part of the Emergency Services?  Are you a doctor or a vet?  Do you make things for a living – a carpenter perhaps?  Could you demonstrate what you do?  We would love for you to come in and show the children that Superheroes come in different shapes and sizes and work together to make our everyday lives easier and safer!

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

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 pet at home. It would be fantastic if we could meet some of your pets too.


We will begin the term byproviding 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 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 and subtract to and within 50 – using a variety of methodology.  They will then be expected to apply this knowledge to practical and word problems.

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.

RE 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 people’s beliefs, rules and right and wrong.
PE Our PE lessons will be taken by Non-Stop Action this year – This term they are focusing on rhythmic gymnastics. 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.

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 colouring.
  • 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 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.