Year One


Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you have all had a great summer, rested and ready for the year ahead. 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 –

This half term we are studying two books, Beegu by Alexis Deacon and Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. The children will be looking at the characters and the topics covered in these texts, such as friendship and family. We will be using these books as a starting point to create our work.

We cannot stress enough the importance of reading with your child every day for at least 10 minutes. Reading books will be changed on a Monday and the children will choose a story book to take home on a Friday. Please ensure your child’s reading record is in their book bag every day, signed and dated – there is a space for a comment if you would like. Books will not be changed if the reading records are not signed. 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 –

Maths will be taught every day and we will start by focusing on ‘Place Value’ – sorting, ordering and counting objects and numbers to 10, including 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 e.g. we have 3 plates for 6 people, are there enough plates, how many more do we need? 

RE –

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.

Geography – Our Country

The children will be learning about the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom.

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. They will also be looking at and discussing the work of different artists.

PE –

PE will be taught on a Friday by our specialist PE teacher, Mr Maher. Children need to come into school on this day wearing their full PE kit. This includes an OLOG t-shirt, blue shorts (navy blue tracksuit bottoms for winter) and black trainers or plimsolls.

Computing – 

The children will use drawing and painting apps on the iPads.


Homework will be sent home on a Friday. Your child will receive maths, comprehension and a list of spellings to learn. We may occasionally send home a task related to their topic work. There will be a weekly spelling test on a Friday. Completed tasks should be handed in by Tuesday, ready for homework books to go back out again at the end of the week. Please ensure your sign your child’s homework.

We are looking forward to working with your child and encourage you to check their book bag regularly for upcoming events and important information.

In keeping with social distancing rules, parents will not be able to speak with teachers in the morning and at the end of the day which has been the case over the years. To ensure that communication with us continues, parents can send emails to the class teachers on issues relating to academic matters alone. All other queries or issues should be sent to the school email as usual. Teachers will respond to emails after school between the hours of 3:10 pm and 5 pm. Any email sent on Friday after school will be responded on Monday.

Teachers: Miss Maddison and Miss Dwyer


School email:


Yours sincerely,


St David - Class Teacher


St John Bosco - Class Teacher