Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome back to all of the parents  and children of Year 1!  I hope that you all had a  relaxing Summer Holiday and are ready for the exciting term ahead.

I am Who I am

This year ‘BRW Sprit Strong’ continues to be our exciting over arching theme with  ‘I am Who I am’ as our scripture focus. Throughout the year we will encourage the children to be their authentic selves and respect each other as individuals.

Choose Courage Over Fear: How Will You be Brave This Term?

This term we will be going on an exciting  journey of discovery. Our topic is Choose Courage over Fear: How will you be Brave this term. We will be thinking about the different ways in which we can show courage and bravery in our day to day lives.

Our History learning will focus on the bravery of Grace Darling, who showed courage when she single handedly saved a group of sailors. We will use and develop our historical enquiry skills to research and discover more about her life and her achievements. We will then turn our attention to the continents and oceans. We will be using globes and atlases to locate a number of countries and create keys to label our own maps. We will also look at using compass directions and coordinates to find locations.

In D&T sessions we will design and build different ships using a range of materials and techniques. We will then put them to the test as they set sail! Will they float or sink? In art we will be focusing on William Morris. We will investigate how he printed patterns over 100 years ago and discover why they are still popular today.

Our science lessons will focus on everyday materials. We will learn to
distinguish between an object and the material it is made from. In addition we will investigate suitable materials for building and discuss
why some of the three little pigs made very silly choices! We will also become weather detectives as we learn about the changing seasons.

Our English lessons will be full of exciting opportunities to explore the story of The Three Little Pigs in great detail. We will learn to retell this story with the help of Talk for Writing. We will also focus on Non-fiction writing and poetry throughout the term. Our focus for the term will be handwriting, capital letters and full stops as well as writing in full

During weekly computing sessions, we will learn how to stay safe online and begin to log in to the PCs and select programs. We will also begin to learn typing skills.
Our Maths focus for this term is number and place value to 10, adding and subtracting to 10, shape and finally number and place value to 20. We will be joined by some specialist music teachers from the Becket school throughout the duration of this year.

This term is going to be packed full of adventures and lots of exciting
opportunities and learning. We cant wait to get started!

How To Help At Home

Please ensure that your child always has their reading book and diary in school. Listen to your child read each day and leave a comment in your reading diary. We will also record when your child has taken part in a guided reading session in class.

Always have the correct PE kit in school. This term all children will need an indoor kit (white t shirt and black shorts) and an outdoor kit (warm joggers/leggings, sweatshirt or hoodie, trainers).

Complete weekly homework challenges. This will normally include a maths task, reading and spellings or tricky word reading.

Uniform – Please ensure that every item of clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name. This makes returning belongings so much easier.

Useful Websites:

Phonics and reading activities in a fun and interactive way. 

A fun website to develop mathematical recall and fluency in addition and subtraction. regular homework will be set using this website.

Mathletics United Kingdom | Empowering Maths Learning Online

A fun website to help consolidate the learning done in school. Weekly homework will be set on this website.

Thank you for your continued help and support.