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Y1 Autumn 1 2020

Welcome to KS1! We hope you had a lovely summer: we are very excited about the year ahead. Here is an outline of what your child will be learning about in their first half term in Year 1. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask. We want to make sure that the transition from reception to KS1 is a smooth and happy one for everyone even in these strange times.


Best wishes

Miss Wood and Miss Groves


Learning Challenge: What was life like when grandparents were children?

This is one of our brand new topics for 2020 and focuses on the basics of what History is and teaches the children some of the vocabulary associated with the passing of time. They will learn about timelines, chronology and focus on a key question each week. The topic begins with the question ‘Who came before me?’ where the children will think about their family and who was born before them, before completing a simple family tree based on their family. The main focus of this topic is the 1960s and the children will attempt to identify some artefacts from that era and they will look at significant events such as the moon landing. In keeping with the 1960s theme, we will discuss fashion, housing and music from that era and look at how these thing have changed over time.




In writing this half-term, the children will focus on their basic skills such as writing lists,

labels and captions alongside basic grammar such as finger spaces and full stops.

We will be encouraging the children to write independently in provision areas and have

provided them with many resources to encourage writing such as clipboards, post-its,

notepads, different pens and pencils etc. We will be encouraging the children to say their

sentences and phrases aloud before writing them down as this is an important part of

developing their writing. After the first few weeks, we will focus on traditional tales and develop the children’s sentence writing ability – introducing capital letters. We will focus on two different traditional tales and also look at alternative versions of these stories and look forward to seeing how the children react to the twists in the tales. Eventually, the children will be encouraged to sequence some sentences together to form their own version of a traditional tale or to retell an existing one in their own words.



Reading is so important in year one and from the very beginning of the year we hope to foster a love of reading in both classes. Each day, the children will have stories or non-fiction books read to them in story time and will be encouraged to join in with repeated phrases, rhyming words and answering questions.

In addition to that, each child will read weekly with a member of staff from school and will begin to bring reading books home after the first couple of weeks. Daily phonics lessons will focus on reading later in the half-term.



This year we are adopting the ‘Read, Write, Inc.’ phonics scheme and the children will progress through the sets learning new sounds and graphemes (the way a sound is written) each week alongside tricky words.

The children will begin by recapping the last sounds they learnt in reception to ensure they are confident in reading and writing them independently.



In maths, we want all the children to feel confident, embrace new challenges, take ownership and start to extend their own learning. They will often work with a partner and will be encouraged to help and support each other. Our focus will be on deepening their learning and ensuring they have a really thorough understanding of each mathematical concept before moving on. Each lesson will begin with a game or activity to learn some key number facts. Our aim by the end of the year is for the children to know by rote all the number bonds for the numbers up to 20, double facts for the numbers to 10 and their 2, 5 and 10 times table. We want to help the children to recall these number facts in any order, really quickly, without thinking, counting or calculating. Being really secure in these basic number facts will give them such a firm foundation for their learning as they progress through the school. This half term our focus will initially be on place value: counting forwards and backwards, reading and writing the numbers 0 – 10 accurately in digits and words, identifying one more and one less than a number, identifying odd and even numbers and counting in multiples of 2. We will then move onto addition and subtraction. As well as learning how to calculate, the children will be learning to apply their addition and subtraction skills in a range of different contexts. They will be encouraged to use apparatus to help them to work things out. A big focus, especially at the beginning of the year, is going to be around making maths real and relevant for the children so they really get to grips with the abstract mathematical concepts. We will use real objects, stories and lots of equipment to help the children to visualise what the numbers mean.



This half term the children will be answering our big question “What do we use our bodies for?”. The children will be able to identify and name basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. The children will be provided with many opportunities to label a human body within provision both indoors and outdoors to further embed their new vocabulary and knowledge. As a class we will also be carrying out many investigations to explore our 5 senses and discuss their importance.



This half term we will be exploring why stories are important in both Christianity and Islam and the children will be looking at messages and morals that appear in these stories.



This half term in PSHE we will be making sure Year 1 know how to look after themselves and their emotional wellbeing. We will learn about different types of feelings and how to manage these, and look at how change or loss can feel. Ensuring we are equipped with strategies to help us recognise and deal with a variety of emotions will enable us to lead happy lives.



This half term both sessions of PE will be taught outdoors and will take place on Monday and Thursday – please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit on both of these days. In our first unit “Send and Return” the children will begin to master basic movements and skills through exploring different ways of sending and receiving a ball/beanbag to and from their partner.



Blast to the past! During our music lessons the children will be listening to live and pre-recorded music from the 1960’s linking to our history topic “Who came before me?”. The children will practise sharing their thoughts and opinions towards music from the past and will begin to share their likes and dislikes with confidence.



This half term the children will be taught how to use technology safely and respectfully. The children will have a strong understanding of how to use technology safely and will be aware of the importance of keeping passwords and personal information private.  As a class we will also identify key adults that the children must go to when they need support online or if they had any concerns whilst on the internet or other online technologies.