Year One

Homework Topic – St David and St John Bosco

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 –

The book we are studying this half term is Beegu, by Alexis Deacon. The children will be looking at the characters and the topics covered in this text, such as friendship and loneliness. We will be using this book as a starting point to create our work.


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 –

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.


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.


History – Florence Nightingale

The children will be learning about Florence Nightingale’s early life, the work she did in Scutari with the soldiers and the changes she made to nursing.


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 Tuesday by the class teacher and Friday by our specialist PE teacher, Mr Maher.

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. 


Computing –

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



Homework will be sent home on a Thursday and will need to be handed in by the following Tuesday.  The children will be given spellings and tested on these every Friday. 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.


There will be a Parents’ Evening in the last week before half term but if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to us.


Yours sincerely,



St David - Class Teacher



St John Bosco - Class Teacher