Year One



Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you have all had a great summer, rested and ready for the year ahead. All of the Year 1 team have closely worked together to plan an exciting first half term for the children. We are looking forward to getting to know your child.

The first half of the term is a transitional period from the Foundation Stage. The children continue to have access to the Early Years curriculum with a gentle easing into the National Curriculum by half term. Research has shown, and it is now widely recognised, that this approach allows the children to adapt to formal learning in a relaxed and enjoyable way.

Topics taught this first half term.


English and phonics will be taught every day. Please find attached a list of the first 100 high frequency words and the National Curriculum expectations of children by the end of Year 1.  We use high quality texts to inspire and support the teaching of writing and grammar.

We cannot stress enough the importance of reading with your child every day. Reading books will be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Please ensure your child’s reading book is in their book bag every day, signed and dated – there is a space for a comment if you would like.  When sharing books, encourage your child to discuss the pictures and words, to share what they like and dislike about a story, sound out decodable words and draw their attention to the use of full stops and capital letters – this will support their progress in reading.


Maths will be taught every day and the focus will be ‘Place Value’ – sorting, ordering and counting objects and numbers, one more/less than a number, introducing mathematical symbols and problem solving.  You can help your child by observing numbers in the world around them (shops, transport etc), counting and sorting objects at home,  counting on and back from a number, asking problem solving questions eg we have 3 plates for 6 people, are there enough plates, how many more do we need?  Please find attached National Curriculum expectations of children at the end of Year 1.


We will continue to follow the school Religious Education curriculum- ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life.’ Our first topic will be about ‘God’s Great Plan’. You may like to talk with your child about the world around us, and how we take care of it.

History – Toys through Time

Children will be talking and writing about their favourite toys, looking at and comparing toys from the past and present.  You can help by talking with your child about toys you played with as a child.

Science – Animals including Humans

We will be learning about the human body and our five senses, describing and comparing animals and learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Art – Self Portraits

Children will learn to mark make using a range of materials and carefully observe their features to create a self-portrait.

PE –

PE will be taught on Mondays and the focus is games.  Later on in the year, a second lesson will be taught by our specialist PE teacher, Mr Maher.

Computing – Use drawing and painting apps on the iPads.

Expectations -

School starts promptly at 8:55am - parents please ensure children are ready to line up at this time in front of their classrooms.  It is important that the children arrive in plenty of time before school starts in the morning. You must wait with your child in the playground until the bell rings at 8.55am. Please pick children up at 3:25pm from their classrooms. Teachers will be out in the playground from 8:45am.  Please catch teachers at this time or make an appointment at the office about any concerns you have to arrange a meeting earlier in the morning or after school.

Please ensure children are wearing the full school uniform – refer to the school website. Ensure all uniform is clearly labelled including school bags and PE kits.  PE kits must be in school throughout the week.  Children must have an OLOG t-shirt, blue shorts, navy blue tracksuit bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls.  Please tie long hair back with a plain red, black or white hair band.  Children are not allowed to wear any jewellery including earrings, hair beads or shave patterns in their hair.

Homework will be sent home on a Thursday and will need to be handed in by the following Tuesday.  We will start to set spellings towards the end of the first half term and there will be a weekly spelling test on Tuesdays. Please sign your child’s homework book every week after you have completed the task with them.

We are looking forward to working with your child, and encourage you to check their book bag regularly for upcoming events and important information. If you have any quick queries or concerns, please do not hesitate in coming to speak with us at 8:45am or at the end of the school day or book an appointment at the school office.

Yours sincerely,

St David’s Class Teachers:

Catherine Selwyn, Jean Perry


St John Bosco Class Teacher:

Vimbai Gauvre