Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to the first half term of Year 1. Miss Avery, Mrs Colwell and Miss Randall are all very excited to welcome children into their classrooms and get started. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Westbury, Miss Smith, Mrs Ley and Mr Qasim working with the children. This half term our topic is 'Marvellous Me' and the children will be finding out all about their self.


For this first whole term, the children will still be having semi-structured lessons where transition time is still an important part to learning in Year 1.


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


The children will have PE lessons on Thursdays and Fridays so please make sure PE kits are in school on those days.


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.


Please have a look at our welcome meeting information to find out more about Year 1.

This term the children will be expected to complete their maths homework on Google Classroom. The children have been taught how to access it and the work supports the learning in maths lessons. This needs to be completed and 'turned in' on a daily basis. 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.



This half term’s topic for Science will be 'Our Body and Senses'. We shall be learning about parts of the body (head, eyes, nose, hands etc.) and their functions. We shall also be learning about the five human senses and the part of the body which it is connected to. 

As a year group, we shall be having a 'senses' day to introduce and explore this topic. 

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 shall be learning about number and place value. We shall be using Numicon, number lines and other hands-on resources to learn and explore what number is. The children will be learning their numbers to 10 and this will be followed by learning their numbers to 20.

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.


In R.E this half term we will be looking at Christian and Jewish artefacts that are important to Christians and Jews, whether the artefacts are used in their day to day lives or for a special occasion. The children will visit a church later on in the Autumn term to see these artefacts in context. 


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.



This half term in PE, the children shall be learning to perform gymnastics moves using their balance and strength. They will also be learning to control a ball by throwing and catching using their coordination skills.

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