Year One 2017 - 2018

Miss White

Welcome to Year One's Class Page


Welcome back! I hope you all have had a lovely Christmas and are ready for a fun and busy half term in Year One. 


This half term our literacy work will be strongly linked to our new topic ‘Seasons.’ We will be starting a new writing journey based on the story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. Firstly, we will learn the story using story language and actions, as well as predicting what we think will happen next and identify our most and least favourite part of the story.  We will also explore the characters feelings and will write a non-chronological report about penguins. We will then be making story maps before changing the characters and setting to make our own stories.  Throughout the journey the children will also work on key writing skills including writing independently with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We are also having a huge focus on handwriting using our cursive letters.

Well, I am sure you were all as impressed as I was with your children’s progression in reading and writing last year.  Please continue to support your child at home by sparing just 5 minutes each night to look through their reading books with them and let us know how they found the book at home. We will continue with our daily phonics this year- the vast majority of children are now on phase 3 and phase 5 sounds.  Ask your child to tell you about the sounds they have been learning! We will be starting a new reading and phonics challenge this week with lots of prizes to be won.


Numeracy is Year One is always fun, practical and interactive. Here are some of the things we will be focusing on this half term

-Number and Place Value

- Counting

-Measurement- length and mass/weight

- Money

- Number bonds to 10 and 20

-Geometry: 2D and 3D shapes 


Autumn Topics

Where do leaves go in Winter? (Geography)

This half term we will be exploring the different seasons. We will be identifying how they are different. We will be identifying different types of weather and observing how the weather changes with each season. We will also be exploring and explaining why we would wear different clothes at different times of the year.

Identifying Animals (Science)

This half term in science we will be focusing on different animals. We will be identifying common animals and pets. We will identify and compare a variety of UK mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. We will also identify and sort carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.



The children will have P.E on a Monday Morning and Tuesday Afternoon. Please ensure that your child has the correct kit and each item is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

All children should have shorts, a t-shirt and pumps. It is best if the children keep their kits in school for the half term and then they can be taken home for washing in the holidays.


Here is some useful information about Year One.


Year One children will be given homework to take home on a Friday. This will include spellings and times table practise.

Year One common exception words will also be sent home to read, learn and remember will be sent home as well. It is important that you encourage and support your children with their homework, but please do not do it for them. Homework should be returned, completed on a Wednesday morning. Spelling and time table tests will take place on a Friday.


Year One Common Exception Words and times tables.

I have attached all the words children need to be able to read and spell by the end of Year One. I have also attached the times table’s children will need to know. 



Please make sure that ALL items of clothing, including P.E kits, are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please note that trainers are not part of the school uniform and must not be worn for school.


Reading Books

All children will read in school at least twice a week and therefore it is important that the children have their books in school every day. It is vital that the children should read at home each day and it is important that you indicate and sign the pages read in the reading record book. Please comment on your child’s reading too. (Children should not sign their own reading record book). We have some wonderful new books this year to really encourage the children with their reading. Please help us by keeping reading books in a reading book bag to keep them clean, dry and so that books are not lost or damaged.


School Fund

Similar to Reception, school fund continues in Year One. This is £1 a week and goes towards lots of lovely things in Year One including snack, additional resources to make learning every more exciting in Year One and items for craft and learning areas in the provision.


Free School Meals

From September 2014 all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be eligible for free school meals.


Dropping off and collecting

In the morning the children will line up in the KS1 playground in the middle of Reception and Year Two. At the end of the day (3.20) the children will be released from the Year One external door. Please can I ask that all parents/guardians wait at the bottom of the ramp.


I hope that this information has been useful and has answered some of your questions. In September there will be an opportunity to come and have a look around the Year One classroom and ask any questions. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to come and see me afterschool or contract the office.


Diary dates

Coming soon


Letters giving more details on events this half term will be sent out nearer the time.


Thank you for all your support. I look forward to a fun and busy half term.


Miss White, Miss McCrae and Mrs Lewandowska

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