Welcome to Year 1

Miss Maxted, Mr Willerton and Mrs Winterbottom make up our Year 1 team. 

Autumn Term 2023


In English we will be reading traditional tales to inspire our learning this term. We are focusing on the traditional tale of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Children will sequence events, retell the story and write the story in their own words. 

Later on in the term we will look at the key text 'Peace at last' by Jill Murphy. After exploring the setting, events and characters through various activities, children will be writing their own story based on the structure of this text. They will be encouraged to use simple sentences with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces between words.

Children will continue to take part in daily Monster Phonics sessions to improve their reading and spelling skills.


This term we will be focusing on counting to 100.  We will be counting lots of objects to begin with ensuring 1:1 correspondence and accurate counting.  Children will also learn to count objects by grouping the objects into tens. Children will become familiar with the hundred square and explore the value of 2 digit numbers. Children will order, compare and partition numbers into 2 parts using the part whole model which will support later work on addition.


In geography, we will be exploring our local area of Godley and Hyde. We will learn about different houses and buildings in Godley through fieldwork and looking at maps. We will also find out where Godley is located within the world.

Later in the term, in history, we will be learning about The Great Fire of London. We will sequence key events of the Great Fire of London and answer the key question– why did the Great Fire of London spread so quickly?

Throughout this term in science children will be learning about seasonal changes.  They will explore the usual types of weather for each season and typical changes in the environment.  Children will use pictograms to explore patterns in the weather and climate and will also learn to record and compare the temperature.


Summer Term 2023


In English our key text is ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson.  This is linked to our Geography theme – Our Wonderful World.  Children will be writing their own stories about a journey around the world. In reading sessions – children will be listening to, discussing and reciting poetry – the key poems we will focus on are – ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan and ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ by Edward Lear.

We are currently preparing for the Phonics Screening Check which will take place in the first week back after half term.  Children will sit with Miss Maxted or Mrs Morley to read some words by using their phonics knowledge.  There are 40 words – some are real and some and nonsense words.  You will be informed about how your child gets on with this test.  If your child doesn’t meet the standard – it just means that they will need extra support with phonics moving into year 2.  

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Next half term our key text for writing will be Beegu by Alexis Deacon.  In reading we will be sharing stories from The Story Tree by Hugh Lupton


In Maths we will be covering multiplication and division this term. Children will learn to count in multiples of 10, 5 and 2 and will build on this learning, by making equal groups and making arrays with 10, 5 and 2. In division, we will be sharing multiples of 10, 5 and 2. You can support your child at home by practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s up to 50 and doing practical activities where children are sharing items - e.g. we have 10 apples and there are 5 children – how many apples each? Later in the term we will start to look at fractions. Children will learn how to make halves and quarters and how to find half and a quarter of objects.

Next half term children will cover place value of numbers to 100, money and time. 


In Geography our key question is - What makes our world wonderful? In this topic children will learn about the world.  They will start by recapping that the world is round and is made up of land, sea and air. Children will then learn about the 7 continents and the 5 oceans.   They will find out some key facts about each continent and find hot and cold places on the map by finding the equator. Children will use the compass directions – N, E, S, W to describe the location of places and to map a journey around the world.

Next half term in History we will be finding out about the World Cup 1966 and the significance of this event. We will also be learning about our local hero - Geoff Hurst!


In Science this term, we will be observing, describing, and naming animals.  We will learn about different animal diets and classify animals into scientific groups.

Spring Term 2023


Our English learning this term will be inspired by the key texts: ‘Katie in London’ by James Mayhew, and ‘Wild' by Emily Hughes.

Children will be writing their own adventure story based on a trip to London which ties in nicely with our Geography topic – the UK.

They will be encouraged to use descriptive sentences with capital letters and full stops, finger spaces between words and accurate letter formation of a suitable size which sit on the line. They will also learn how to write extended sentences using ‘and.’

‘Wild’ will be used as a reading stimulus. Children will explore the book, focusing on events, characters, and settings. Children will answer questions about vocabulary, retrieval and questions which require them to read between the lines (use their inference skills)

Non-fiction writing will be a report about an area of the UK which they would most like to visit.

In the second part of the term children will be writing a fantasy story based on the Lorax by Dr. Seuss. 



This term we will be working on place value of numbers to 20 and addition and subtraction to 20.

We will count on and back on a number line (counting in 2s, 5s and 10s), partition numbers using the part whole model, recall and use number bonds to 10 and 20 and compare and order numbers and number sentences.

It would be helpful for children to continue to recall number bonds to 10 and 20 at home and to know double to 10 off by heart.

Later in the term we will focus on place value to 50 before learning about weight and height and mass and volume. 



This half term we will be learning about The United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Children will learn about Europe, the four 4 countries of the UK and their capital cities and the ocean that surrounds the UK. They will focus on some key landmarks from each country looking at physical and human features. They will then think about places they would most like to visit.


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