Year 1 2019 - 2020


Your teachers are:

1A – Miss Patterson with Mrs Evans

1B – Mrs Molloy and Mrs Hughes with Mrs Wood

1C – Miss Barlow and Mrs McLean with Mrs Pugh

1D – Mrs Jones with Mr Kaitell and Miss Allen

Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Binks


Autumn Term 2


This promises to be a very busy half-term leading up to Christmas. We have lots to look forward to including a local walk around Wallasey, a trip to the Lady Lever Art Gallery and our Christmas production.

In Literacy we are continuing to focus on our handwriting, using full stops and capital letters in our sentences and learning to read and spell the 45 Common Exception Words for Year 1.


           We will be focussing on rhyming words and games when we read this book in Shared Reading.


                                   This well-loved story involves letter writing and considering the                                      different personalities of the crayons. 

In Maths, we will be continuing to look at number bonds to 10 through practical activities and problem solving.

A reminder also that we have our Maths homework meeting for Year 1 on Tuesday 12th November at 5 p.m.

Our Science curriculum will cover learning about the five senses and parts of animals.

In D.T we are looking at designing and creating Christmas cards. 


Matisse's art work continues to be our focus, culminating in a trip to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Children will have the opportunity to look around the gallery and create their own art pieces whilst there. Please see your child's class teacher if you are able to help.






In Music we will be developing our listening and singing skills through rehearsing and performing at our Christmas celebrations. 


In Geography we are going on a walk around our local area looking at the physical and human features. 


This half term our RESPECT hero is Sir David Attenborough and we will be looking at Empathy.



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We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all children back to school. As a team, we cannot wait to get to know your child and support them on their journey in Year 1. We hope this term will be a positive start to the new school year in which your child feels happy, safe and settled within their new surroundings. Already, we can tell that all children have begun the year with an excellent readiness to learn and a keen interest in the topics we will be covering. We look forward to sharing your child's achievements and recognising their individual successes. Thank you in advance for your support at home.

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Day Event
Monday Reading Homework to be returned Daily
Tuesday PE for all of Year 1
Wednesday Return homework
Friday Homework sent home


Every Friday the children in Year 1 will be given maths and spelling homework.  This homework must be returned by the following Wednesday. 

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We would encourage children in year 1 to read every day and suggest that reading is a minimum of 4 times during the week. The children can change their books every day and we would ask that parents make a comment and sign their reading record books to communicate with the teacher. Teachers will check and sign reading record books once a week. Each week there is a space for the children to draw a picture or make a comment on what they have read. Some suggestions would be:

  • What has been your favourite story this week? 
  • Draw and label a picture of one of the characters.
  • Draw a picture of your favourite part of the story.
  • Non-fiction - Write down an interesting fact from your book.

RESPECT and Behaviour

During this half term the children will be learning about the word RESILIENCE and what this means to them. They will be thinking about how they can use resilience to overcome difficulties and to help them to progress academically and socially. Each week the teachers will nominate one child that they have noticed being resilient. These children will be known as our ‘Learning Heroes’. They will receive a special certificate in assembly and will have their picture displayed on the wall. During the first week back at school the children have created class charters in which they discuss their own roles and responsibilities with regards to their behaviour and conduct in school. It has been a very positive way to start the school year with the children keen to follow their charters and stay in the positive behaviour zones.

Each half term the children have a  learning hero to help them to learn about positive character attributes. These people are a mix of famous people who the children may or may not have heard of. We are beginning the year with learning about a fictional character. Judy Hopps is featured in Zootropolis. She is determined to make the world a better place while breaking preconceptions about other species. She has had to show resilience to become the first bunny to join the police force. We hope that this learning hero will bring some fun as the children think about their own characters. 


Year 1 Curriculum

Our curriculum map can be viewed by clicking on the attachment below.

The children will begin the year by focusing on learning and practising geographical skills in our school and local area. This will include bird's eye view, creating maps and making simple observations of their surroundings.

During their D.T. lessons children will be designing and making their own houses out of construction kits. We will have a special focus on giving feedback and evaluating our designs.


Children will continue to have daily Read Write Inc lessons. During these lessons they will practise their phonics and read and write daily. Children will also take part in shared reading and writing lessons throughout the term.  The key texts that they will be using this term will be:

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Additional Information

  • If you would like more guided reading books to complete with your child at home please visit and create a free account. The books are banded and have questions at the end to aid comprehension.


  • If you would like your child to practice their phonics sounds we recommend which is packed with free games.
  •  If you feel you want more resources at home to support the teaching of phonics, the RWI sound cards are available on amazon. Speak to your class teacher if you are unsure whether set 1, 2 or 3 is appropriate for your child. 


If there is anything else feel would be useful to have on the website please ask your class teacher.


 This week during our Art lessons we created a colour wheel using primary colours (red, blue and yellow) and mixing them to make secondary colours. We discovered that red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green and red and blue mixed together make purple.


    In Geography we have been looking at bird's eye view of the classroom to improve our mapping skills. We used paper to create our aerial views.


   In Science, we are learning about Autumn and the signs that the season has changed. We have been on an autumn treasure hunt within the school grounds, made autumn pictures using printing, collage and autumn leaf colours.


    In Literacy we made playdough and recorded our instructions. We have had great fun playing with it during our lessons.


  During our Maths lessons, we have been using the signs greater than, less than and equal to. We have been exploring this using a variety of objects and shapes.


In Maths we have been using Numicon to investigate odd and even numbers. 


During our Art lessons, we have been experimenting with different Matisse techniques. We had great fun cutting paper shapes to create collages and printing patterns with paint and vegetables.


We had a fantastic trip to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. We had a lovely time viewing and recreating some Matisse artwork. Thank you once again if you volunteered to help us. 




This week in Science we have been exploring our senses. We know which parts of our bodies control each of the 5 senses. We tasted different drinks, smelled different scents, listened to instruments, used our skin to feel and used magnifying glasses to view different materials close up. 



Over the last few weeks year 1 have been completing field work in their local area. We planned a route around Wallasey and observed the human and physical features on our walk. We made a note of the different kinds of shops, signs, street furniture and anything else that we found interesting. When we got back to school we plotted our route on a map and created some of our own map symbols. 





Spring 1 in Year 1!


In Literacy we are continuing to work on our sentences. We are still encouraging the children to use capital letters and full stops. This term are working more on adjectives, suffix endings (-ed), and verbs. 

The books we will be reading this half term are 'Snail and the Whale' and 'The Storm WhImage result for the storm whaleale.' We will be linking this to our music topic by listening to wave sounds and whale noises. The children have already enjoyed engaging in asking the author questions about the book and finding words with -ed endings!

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In geography this term we will be reasearching and learning all about Greenland in Norway. We will be comparing the geography in Greenland to our local geography in Wallasey. We will still be considering human and physical geographical features. Your children are familiar with the vocabulary of 'human' and 'physical' as we carried out field work in Wallasey in the Autumn term. Image result for greenland norway map






Year 1 children will be learning all about a new artist this half term - Megan Coyle. The children will engage with her landscape pieces of artwork and learn how to collage a piece of their own. The will link this to their geography topic of lanscapes in Greenland.Image result for megan coyle Image result for megan coyle


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