Year 1

Welcome to Year One with Mrs Choudhury and Mrs Kotwani. The children have settled in really well and are enjoying the activities.

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home

We will do most of our writing through our topics, Moon Zoom and School days.  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 letters always hold onto the line and they have a lead out stroke.

End of Year 1 Writing Targets


Your child will participate in a ‘guided reading’ session each week with the class teacher.  They will be heard reading 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. 


Discuss vocabulary – even if your child has read it fluently, they do not necessarily understand what it means.

Reading for at least 10 minutes each day makes a huge difference!  It is important that you read to your child and that you listen to your child reading to ensure that they are pronouncing words correctly and not missing out words.

Reading material can take the form of packets, magazines, signs and of course fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. REMEMBER to read pictures too to expand the imagination. Remember to keep reading to your child, as it should be an enjoyable experience – read in the garden or park when the weather is nice!

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meaning of the words. Children can often read lots of words they don’t understand.


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

We will revise phase 3 sounds and we will  progress to learn sounds from phase 4 and 5.

We will continue to segment words  to learn to spell  phonetically correctly in a variety of ways.

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

We start the year with an exciting topic called Moon Zoom in which we will be learning about the planets and the solar system, as well as learning about space exploration.

The children will create a Beegu character from salt dough or clay and create and describe their own aliens and planets.

After half term our next topic is called School days in which we will be learning about our school, schools in the Victorian era and Samuel Wilderspin. 

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





Encourage your child to talk to grandparents about what it was like to go to school in the past.



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

We begin the term by looking at place value within 10 which involves finding one more and one less, introducing the tens frame concept, comparing groups using the inequality symbols (<, > and =) and introducing ordinal numbers.

Next, we move onto securing addition and subtracting within 10, including number bonds to 10 and comparing addition and subtraction statements using the inequality symbols.

Then we move onto geometry – recognising the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Finally, we return to place value, this time recognising, ordering and comparing  numbers 0 to 20.

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.

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 ‘coin 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 websites you can use:

End of Year 1 Maths Targets.


Our topic this term is ‘Stories and Special Books’ from some of the main religions of the world as well as books and stories that are special to them.

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.


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

We will discuss the importance of being determined and not giving up when things get tricky  at school and at home.


Our PE lessons are currently integrated into our daily activities in the form of yoga, gross motor and movement breaks and from next half term they have weekly PE lessons in the hall.

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 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 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.