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 free flow play in the afternoons with a gentle easing into the National Curriculum.

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 and Wednesday, and the children will choose a story book to take home on a 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 -

In maths we will start by focusing on 'Place Value' - sorting, ordering and counting objects and numbers to 10 and 20, 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. Please ensure children come into school wearing their full school uniform, they will change into their PE kits in class. Please ensure all  uniform is clearly  labelled including school bags and PE kits. 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 Friday. Your child will receive maths, comprehension and a list of spellings to learn. SPaG homework will be set on Doodle. We may occasionally send home a task related to their topic work. There will be a weekly spelling test every Friday. Completed homework should be handed in by Tuesday. Please ensure you sign your child’s homework.

Please find attached to this letter the Year 1 Expectations for reading, writing and maths and reading comprehension questions. We encourage you to check their book bag regularly for upcoming events and important information.

We are looking forward to working with your child and hope they will enjoy their time in Year 1.

If you have any queries or need to get in contact with us, please send an email to the address below:

School email:

Miss Maddison and Miss Russell

Class Teachers

Year 1 Key Skills



Correct number formation

Writing numbers in numerals and words

Count in 1s to 100, forwards and backwards and from any number

Number bonds to 10 (1 + 9 = 10, 2 + 8 = 10, 3 + 7 = 10 etc.)

Number bonds to 20 (1 + 19 = 20, 2 + 18 = 20, 3 + 17 = 20 etc.)

Addition and subtraction of one and two-digit numbers to 20 (using number lines/objects/pictures)

One more/one less of a number

Counting in 2s, 5s, 10s

Odd and even numbers

Name 2D and 3D shapes


English – Writing

Coherent sentences

Correct letter formation

Capital letters at the start of sentences/names/places/days/I

Finger spaces

Full stops

(Question marks and exclamation marks)

(Conjunctions – and, but, because)



Recall of phase 2/3/5 sounds

Reading/writing tricky words

Application of sounds when reading (e.g. identifying that two letters can make one sound in a word such as card)

Answering questions about a text


KS1 Useful Websites


Maths and English Support (English and maths games) (maths games) (English and maths games) (English and maths games) (for support with maths reasoning) (English and maths support) (for support with maths language) (for support with reading) (reading support) (English support)


Phonics Support (phonics games) (phase 2 sounds) (phase 3 sounds) (phase 5 sounds)


Reading – Websites with free books to read online


Reading comprehension questions for children at home


Can your child find evidence directly from the story to answer your questions?

The answer is in the text.

  • What did……… do?
  • Who did……… do it to
  • How many……… were/are there?
  • Who are………?
  • Can you tell me what this word/bit means?
  • What kind of ……… is that?
  • Why did…?


Can your child think and search for the answer?

The answers are found in different parts of the story and they might have to apply prior knowledge or personal experience to an answer.

  • What happened when……… did………?
  • What happened to………?
  • What do you think might happen next OR what happened before?
  • How many times…?
  • What examples can you find?
  • Where did this happen?
  • Where was…… when this was happening?
  • Why do you think…?


Can your child answer questions without referring to the story?

The answer is not in the story, it is your child’s opinion and thoughts.

  • Have you ever…?
  • If you could…?
  • If you were going to…?
  • In your opinion…?
  • Do you agree with………? Why?
  • Do you know anyone who………?
  • How do you feel about……?


Other activities

  • Write your own ending to the story.
  • Write some sentences with the keywords in the story.
  • Create your own story with the characters in the book.
  • Draw your own picture to go with the text.