Year 1


Welcome to Year 1 with Miss Donaghy and Mrs Kotwani.

Click for the Year 1 Calculation Policy Leaflet

Thank you so much for all your kind wishes and very generous gifts at Christmas.  We wish you all a very happy 2018 and look forward to working hard to further your children’s learning, as well as having lots of fun!

The Spring Term has started in earnest and we are already making great headway into our first topic.  As with last term there are ways that you can support your child’s learning.  We cannot over-emphasise the important of quality conversations!

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home




Most of our writing will happen through our topics: Paws, Claws and Whiskers and Bright Lights, Big City.


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! Click here for Year 1 Recommended Reading for  texts to share.  Year 1 Recommended Reading ii

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 There will be a focus on a number of key mathematical skills and concepts – working on counting, reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals.

We 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 different denomination of coins and notes.

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.

They will also be revisiting of both 2D & 3D shapes.

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 Spring 1 our topic will 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 using atlases to look at where some animals inhabit.

In Spring 2 our topic will be Bright Lights, Big City in which we will be exploring London, including its history, namely “The Great Fire’ , and famous landmarks, as well as thinking about England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (We’ll be finding out about capital cities, main rivers, patron saints and national emblems)

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

Talk to your child about how you look after pets at home. It would be fantastic if we could meet some of your pets too.



Take your child to visit the different landmarks and museums of London and talk to them about what / who is there.

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  Gymnastics will take place on a Friday morning with Non Stop Action. 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!