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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

A very Happy New Year to all of the Year 1 children and their families. We hope that 2019 is a very successful year for everyone and hope that it will bring lots of exciting learning.



This half term’s topic is arguably Miss Alderson and Miss Thirlwall’s favourite… We're learning all about Jungles!

The focus question that we are going to be exploring is:


Does a jaguar have arms?


We will be answering that question through most of our learning. In English, we are going to be writing non-fiction information texts about a variety of different animals, including making our own flap poster about our favourite animal! Through provision and Art, we will be creatively showing our understanding of animals in drawings, paintings and models. Naturally, as part pf our Science lessons, we are going to be learning about the different animals scientifically, thinking specifically about the different parts of their bodies and where they may live.


Jungle Day


To consolidate our learning about Jungles, we are going to have a Jungle Animal Day!


On Wednesday 13th February, we would like all children to come dressed as their favourite jungle animal and will take part in exciting animal activities throughout the day. As part of the day we have a very special visitor joining us with some real jungle animals! Please see the below letter for extra information and clarification on payment.  



The reading record is used to record any reading of their book, both at home and school. As reading is so important, particularly at this age, please read with your child three times a week at home and sign to say that this has happened. The dedicated time spent to reading will really help secure their phonological understanding and their reading fluency.

Once a book has been read at home with an adult (and the reading record is signed), your child’s book will be changed. Having said that, please don’t be afraid to read a book more than once as this will support your child’s ability to read from sight, rather than decoding.


Talk to us

If you feel like you need to have a chat with us about your child, please feel free to come and chat to us after 3.25pm. This is to ensure that we have safely released the other children to their parents.

In regards to short messages for the forthcoming day, please catch us very briefly on a morning. Unfortunately, we will not be able to talk in depth due to the time restrictions and getting the children into the classroom.  



Please see the generic timetables for each class. In one week, both classes will complete the same activities and access the same learning; however, due to timetabling for certain aspects, they will be delivered at different times.

Please note that sometimes, this will change to support any whole school learning days or celebrations.

Both 1HA and 1HT will have their PE lessons on a Monday and a Thursday. Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school so they are able to wear the correct PE kit.




To continue with the mathematical learning that is happening in the classroom, a Maths homework sheet will be sent home on a Friday to be returned before the following Friday. This sheet will enable your child to extend their learning and apply it in different ways.

Unfortunately, we are unable to use the MyMaths programme due to a reduced number of activities that we have access to.


Year 1 Spellings


Spelling lists will be handed out of the Friday of each week and tested on the following Thursday.

Please see the different ways that you can practise your child’s spellings – it doesn’t have to be the ‘look, cover, write’ process.

We understand that as parents, you would like to know their score so a slip of paper will be sent home the next day (Friday) to inform you of their score. If you wish to know further details, please come and talk to us.

Chilli Challenge

This Half Term's Chilli Challenge homework is attached below. In Year 1, we expect each child to choose 3 pieces of homework from the grid to complete before Monday 25th February. These can be brought in whenever they are finished and will be celebrated within class. There will also be a celebration afternoon on Tuesday 26th February where KS1 will have a chance to look at all the Chilli Challenges brought in for this half term.
If you would like a paper copy of the grid, please ask your child's class teacher.

 Well done to everyone who has brought in a piece of Chilli Challenge Homework!


Picture 1

Cursive Handwriting