‘Nurturing Individual Excellence’

Year 1 2022 - 2023

Mrs Cheadle

Miss Taylor

Year one is the beginning of Key Stage One where we begin to access the National Curriculum 2014.  Many subjects are taught through a half termly theme to help make the learning more meaningful for the children.

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Our new topic is...


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We will use the following text and a selection of non-fiction books to help fuel our learning.  This will help to provide us with different writing opportunities and give an excellent starting point for some of our foundation subjects.

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In Maths, we will use White Rose resources to support our learning as we explore place value (within 10), addition and subtraction (within 10) and 2D and 3D shape.  We will also skip count in tens and fives to 100, chant the days of the week and months of the year, and enjoy a variety of number songs.

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Our Science topic, will focus on...

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The children will classify animals into different groups.  They will discover what makes a creature a mammal, a reptile, a bird, an amphibian, or a fish.  They will discuss which animals make better pets and why.  The children will find out about the five basic needs of a pet and other responsibilities concerned with keeping a pet.

In Geography, we will explore the area around our school using Google maps.  We will create simple maps and develop symbols to represent different areas of our school.  We will also find out about different kinds of maps including aerial plans and street maps.  

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Who is who in Year one?

Class Teacher: Mrs Cheadle (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

Class Teacher: Miss Taylor (Thursdays and Fridays)

KS1 Teaching Assistant: Mrs Jesch

Welfare Assistant: Mrs McCormick



PE lessons will be on Monday and Thursday.

Children will leave their kit in school so they can change for PE.  

Kits will be sent home for washing at the end of each half term.  

Joggers and tracksuits can be included as the weather gets colder but these should be in school colours.

For health and safety reasons, long hair should be tied back and children should not wear jewellery

Earrings should be taken out or covered with micropore.  (Children should arrive with earrings already covered or taken out as staff can not assist with this.)  

Children need pumps or trainers.  Ideally, these should be pull on or have velcro fastens.  This will allow them to be as independent as possible and ensure a speedy change.



Children need to bring fresh water in a labelled water bottle every day.  The children are encouraged to have regular drink breaks and can have their bottles refilled when needed.  Please do not add juice to their water bottles.

Children will need to bring in a healthy breaktime snack.

During afternoon break, your child will be offered a piece of fruit.  This fruit is funded by the government healthy eating initiative.  



Two activites will be set on Seesaw every Thursday.  One will be a maths based activity (reflecting the work that we have done during the week).  The second activity will vary (it may be topic based, a request to bring something in or a literacy task). The children will have a week to complete the tasks so please support them to get their home learning done.  Seesaw can be used to post messages but please be aware that it is not checked daily so a message of importance should be given at the door, via email or by telephone.

By the end of Year 1, children need to be able to count (in ones) to a hundred.  Please make sure your child is secure counting forwards and backwards with numbers to 20, then to 50 and then to 100.  Skip counting in tens, fives and twos is also a great thing to practice when you have a few spare minutes now and then.

The children also need to record numbers, from memory, using the correct formation.  Numbers should be of a consistent size.  

Click the formation paper below if you like.


In Year 1, the children will bring home books related to our Read, Write Inc. programme.  These books need to be returned on the following Monday so new ones can be issued.  Please return them in the Read, Write Inc. folder provided.  

The children can also choose books for enjoyment from our story baskets on Mondays and Fridays.  These books are designed to be shared with an adult.

The children are encouraged to take books home from our new school library.  We will have our library time on Wednesday so library books should be returned on this day.  The library books can be identified by the 'Excalibur Library' sticker on the back cover.



Are you ready for some extra home learning?

Try the games below for some learning fun.





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