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Y1 Autumn 1 2021

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. 


Best wishes

Miss Groves, Miss Rowley-Smith and Mrs Simmonds


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

Throughout this topic, the children will begin to understand the term ‘passing of time’. As a class, we will learn about timelines, chronology and focus on a key question each week to stimulate effective discussions. Our topic begins with the question ‘Who came before me?’ where the children will think about their family and who was born before them. The main focus of this topic is the 1960’s. As a class, we will explore and identify some artefacts from that era as well as looking at significant events and key figures during this time e.g. The Beatles and Neil Armstrong .  In keeping with the 1960’s theme, the children will also have plenty of opportunities to  discuss fashion, housing and music through time. We will look closely at how these things have changed and will also visit Abbey House Museum for our school trip! We will then plan our own enquiries by inviting grandparents to join us on a Zoom call to share and talk about their memories of growing up.



The children will have 5 Read Write Inc. group lessons every week. In phonics, we will revisit the Set 1 and Set 2 sounds learnt in Reception. We will then progress on to learning our Set 3 sounds including split digraphs (a-e i-e o-e u-e) and practice reading words with these sounds in. In reading, we will focus on accuracy, fluency and  comprehension. In writing, the children will write every day, orally rehearsing what they want to write and developing their independence. We will focus on becoming secure with finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.



In maths, we want all of the children to feel confident and embrace new challenges to deepen their understanding. In class, the children will often work with a partner and will be encouraged to help and support each other. Our aim by the end of the year is for the children to be able to recite their number bonds to 10 and 20 with speed and confidence. This will then provide the children with strong foundations to complete fluency and reasoning problems. This half term, our main focus will initially be on place value up to 10: counting forwards and backwards, reading and writing the numbers 0 – 10 accurately in digits and words. The children will practise identifying one more and one less than a number, identifying odd and even numbers and will practise counting in multiples of 2. We will then move onto addition and subtraction within 10. During all maths sessions the children will be encouraged to use concrete resources to help them complete mathematical questions. A big focus, especially at the beginning of the year, is to make maths real and relevant for the children so they have a good understanding of abstract mathematical concepts.



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 the children will learn how to look after themselves and their emotional wellbeing. We will learn about different types of feelings and how to manage these.  As a class, we will discuss a range of strategies that will help us to recognise and deal with a variety of emotions.



This half term we are very lucky to have a company called ‘Phoenix Dance’ to deliver our dance sessions on a Wednesday afternoon. Our second PE session will be outdoors on a Thursday afternoon and will focus on using our thinking skills to follow multi-step instructions . We will also take part in activities that will build our team work skills and self-confidence.



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.