Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

This half term our topic is 'Superheroes' and the children will be reading lots of stories all about different characters and their super powers. The children had an amazing Superhero Day and looked fabulous all dressed up.


This term the children have fully transitioned into the full year 1 curriculum. The children have adapted well to the structured lessons and they are really working hard to be more independent.  


During this half term the children will be continuing with their Phonics/Writing and Maths as well as taking part in Science, PE, History, Art, PSHE, Computing, Music, Metacognition and Learning for Life lessons. 


The children continue to have PE lessons on Thursdays and Fridays so please make sure PE kits are in school on those days. Please make sure that the children have warm clothes as we will still be outside and it is now very chilly. 


If you have any questions or would like to speak to the class teachers or Year Leader (Miss Avery), please contact the office to make an appointment.



 The children are expected to complete their maths homework on Google Classroom daily. The children still need support at home on how to access it and complete. The work supports and continues the learning from that days Maths lessons. This needs to be completed and the 'turned in' button clicked. Please see the information below for tips to use Google Classroom.
The children will continue to get paper copies of their spellings from their Phonics lesson. Please remember to read with your child everyday and sign their journal. The children will be able to take home 2 books to read. Both books should be familiar to the children and more that they read the same book, their reading speed and fluency will increase. 



This term in Science, Year 1 are learning about the Seasons. We will be researching how animals’ behaviour changes, what we wear in different seasons and how the weather changes, as well as looking for changes to plants in different seasons.

Geography and History


This half term the children will be learning about the local area and the history of the school. In the Geography topic the children will be looking at physical and human features of Castlefield. We will be taking part in local walks to identify them when we are out and about. In History the children will be learning information about the local history of the history of the school. Children will look at when the school was built, how it was used and how it has changed over time.


This half term in Maths, we will be starting to learn about bigger numbers and their place value. We shall be using Numicon, number lines and other hands-on resources to learn and explore what number is. The children will continue to embed their numbers to 10 and 20. Towards the end of the term, children will be looking at naming and sorting 2D shapes.

Daily 10 - Mental Maths Challenge - Topmarks


During this half term our topic in art is pop art. We are focusing on the artist Roy Fox Lichtenstein an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist. He became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody of comic book strips. The children will be imitating Lichtenstein’s work over the course of the half term and learning his painting techniques.


This half term’s Music topic will be Pulse and Rhythm. The children will learn about rhythm through clapping in time and using syllables in their names.



With their teachers in PE this term the children will be learning some fundamentals, such as how to balance accurately, how to dodge and how to move at different speeds. With the Sports Coaches, children will be practising their sending and receiving skills by throwing and catching and by using their feet.

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