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Year 1

Could you survive as an Explorer?


In Year 1 this half term, we are learning all about the most famous Explorers that discovered very important things in our world. We are starting off by thinking about Captain James Cook – he discovered Australia when he was supposed to be studying Venus! Then, we will move onto learning about Captain Scott and Captain Oates, the ‘nearly’ discoverers of Antarctica!


In Maths, we are going to be developing our knowledge of place value with increasing numbers to 100. This includes being able to partition the numbers into tens and ones, comparing numbers using the correct language and being able to identify one more and one less of a given number.


In Science, to develop our knowledge before our trip to Skelton Grange, we are going to be learning all about ‘Mini Beasts’ and their habitats. In addition, after our trip, we will be moving onto discussing the final instalment of our Seasons work – Summer!


n R.E, we are going to be continuing our topic of Judaism, thinking very closely about ‘A day in the life of a Jewish child’.  


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 15th July. These can be brought in whenever they are finished and will be celebrated within class. 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!


During a music lesson 1HT used a computer program to choose musical notes to create a musical composition. The program gave us a background beat in a Reggae style and played our chosen notes over the top. We are very proud of our class composition so here it is for your enjoyment at home.

1HT's Reggae Music Composition.wav

Some children have been using an app called I can animate to show how to divide by sharing. Here is the video they have created.


Still image for this video

Cursive Handwriting