Year 1


Welcome to Year 1 with Miss Donaghy and Mrs Kotwani.

Click for the Year 1 Calculation Policy Leaflet

Here is a little bit about what we will be learning in the Autumn Term and the ways that you can support us!

Subject Area Learning 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.


There will also be daily Phonics lessons with the inclusion of handwriting practise.



Talk about our topic.  Any additional research will make them better writers!

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.

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’.

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

Maths We will be focussing on a number of key mathematical skills and concepts. They will work counting, reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals.

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 practical and word problems.

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

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 natural items.

Create a ‘copper jar’ at home and allow your child to count the amount – are they counting in 1ps or 2ps?

Junk modelling discussing the 3D shapes they’ve chosen.

What 2D shapes can you spot all around you?



Creative Curriculum In Autumn 1 our topic is called Dinosaur Planet.

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.

In Autumn 2 our topic will be Moon Zoom.  We will be learning about the planets of our solar system.

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.




RE Our topic is Stories and Special Books Share information about special books and stories that you have as a family.  Explain what makes them special.
PE  In our PE lessons we will be exploring ‘ball skills’ and ‘games’. Please make sure that all kits are in school everyday and that each item is clearly labelled.

Please check plimsolls still fit.


Your child will participate in a ‘guided reading’ session each week with the class teacher. Where possible they will be heard to read individually by the class teacher or another adult. They will continue to receive their ‘Phonics Reader’ on the given day until the scheme is complete. When complete they will bring home 2 guided reading books.

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 either of us during the drop in time. This is still Wednesday between 3:40 and 4:10.

Thank you for your continued support

Miss Donaghy & Mrs Kotwani

Homework Ideas: 

  • Take your child to the park and encourage them to explore the larger play equipment
  • Make salt dough and get creative!
  • 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?)

Have fun!