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Year 1 Class Staffing

Mrs J Scattergood

Mrs P Massey

Class Saint

Y1 have chosen St John Bosco as their Class Saint.

This special day is celebrated on 31st January





 Autumn 1 in Y1

The Virtues & Values this half term are

 ‘Curious & Active’.

We are going to be listening to & sequencing the story of Creation; we will be giving thanks for all that is created for us by God.

Autumn 2 in Y1

We will be continuing to think about Families and celebrations through November

From 1st December we will be focusing our thoughts on the message of Advent, preparing ourselves for the celebration of Christmas, the birth of our Saviour, Jesus.


Science Topic

Autumn 2

What makes us the same, what makes us different?

Building on our last unit ‘Animals and Humans’, we are going to be looking closely at animals

I know how to identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals

I know how to describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets)

I know how to identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.


History Topic

‘How many things change over time?’

During this term we will be thinking about changes that have taken place in our lifetime. We will be thinking about a range of milestones and beginning to learn about the concept of timelines. We will also touch on changes within the home over time, using vocabulary such as past, present and a long time ago




DT Topic

‘How can we make pop up fun?’

In conjunction with one of our History foci, ‘Toys in the Past’ we are going to be focusing toys through the ages /pop-up toys. We are going to be considering the materials used and the design and the manufacturing behind the construction.


design a product which moves

choose appropriate tools and resources

describe how something works

explain what works well and not so well in their model

consider ways to make a model stronger



Big Question: ‘Which computing skills do you need to…’

Unit 2: Computer Skills

Use technology purposefully to manipulate and retrieve.

Use technology safely and respectfully.

Keep personal information private.



Class Text

Autumn 1 

Stickman Julia Donaldson

We will be exploring our topic

Once upon a time’. To help us understand the meaning of beginnings and the importance of ourselves and our families we are going to be listening to and working with a range of texts. Stick Man is just one of these books, written by our class author Julia Donaldson.

Autumn 2 'Elmer The Patchwork Elephant' by David McKee

We will be exploring our topic ‘Celebrate with a BANG!’ by thinking about the message of Elmer which tells us that we are all to celebrate being different and that the best way to be is to be ourselves!


Homework/Reading Expectations

Daily Homework

  • Daily maths homework (small blue book) will be four questions practising the four basic operations; they should be completed and returned daily.

Weekly homework

  • Children will receive one piece from either science, art, DT, History, geography, Computing or PSHE (these subjects will be rotated and linked to the class topics).

Reading Diaries

  • Children are encouraged to read at home daily (for at least 20 minutes) and are expected to have their diaries signed by and an adult at least 3 times a week (a member of staff will check the diaries on a Monday Wednesday and Friday)


  • Spellings will be given out every Monday and then tested, in the form of dictation – also practising high frequency words – every Friday.

‘Reading for Pleasure’  - not required to be written into the diary as the children are keeping their own record in class


Particular focus this term

In Autumn 2 Y1 literacy focus

We will be continuing to enjoy stories, linked to our topic, written by our class author, Julia Donaldson

We will be focusing on the basics of writing; letters and sounds – recognition and representation, handwriting – correctly formed and positioned, demarcated sentences – capital letters and end marks.

We will also be focusing upon the grammatical feature of adjectives – a word that describes a noun / pronoun.


In Maths A2 

We will be working with the four operations, add, subtract, divide and multiply. Tasks will be set to deepen the understanding of these basic operations to ensure that children are able to understand them, apply them and to use them in reasoning. We will be taking a close look at the action signs, +  -  =  x  ÷  <  >



Autumn 2- PE

We are lucky to be able to take part in two different styles of PE this half term. Port Vale will be helping us with our skills on a Tuesday morning and Mr. Case will be helping us to build up our Street Dance moves on a Thursday. 

Don’t forget to have your named PE kit in school every day; white school t-shirt, blue / black PE shorts (no leggings), socks, pumps.


We are lucky this half term to have a sequence of music lessons, delivered every Wednesday morning

by Mrs. Amison

Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

18th September    – Topic Day

22nd September    – Parent Teacher  Target meetings 3.30 – 6pm

23rd September    – Parent Teacher Target Meetings 5.30 – 8pm

6th October          - Phonics afternoon 2pm   Phonics Evening 6pm

w/b 5th October   - Anti-bullying & disability awareness week