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1HA and 1RH

Welcome to Year 1's class page!

A big hello from Miss Alderson, Miss Harrison, Mrs Dunn, Miss Sheriff and Mr Miller!

This is where you will find all of the information that you may need throughout your child's time in Year 1. 


Please see the 'generic' timetable for Year 1. The orange writing shows where 1RH would complete an activity and the purple writing shows where 1HA would complete an activity. 

When there is a special event or themed week, this timetable may vary slightly.

In Phonics, we are continuing with our learning of the alternative pronunciations. We will be looking at these alternatives: 

  • 'y' as the /igh/ in by
  • 'y' as the /i/ in gym
  • 'y' as the /ee/ in happy
  • 'ch' as the /c/ in school
  • 'ch' as the /sh/ in chef
In Maths, we are starting to explore the numbers that go together to make 20, more commonly known as number bonds to 20. We will start by recalling number bonds to 10 which will lead nicely onto making the connection between number bonds to 20. Once we have established how they are linked, we will do lots of different activities to learn the number bonds to 20, including using manipulatives like tens frames, numicon and base 10. For the children who are able to recall the number bonds to 20, we will move onto applying their knowledge through reasoning and problem solving activities. 
In R.E, we are embedding our new learning of what happened during the Creation story, according to the Bible. 

Our Creative Curriculum

This half term, our topic is Explorers! Our main focus is on an explorer called Christopher Columbus. Do you know why he is a famous explorer?

This week, we will be learning more about Christopher Columbus through English, History and D.T! We will be: 

  • using the -er suffix to compare Christopher Columbus to a modern day explorer;
  • identify foods that may have been eaten by Christopher Columbus in the late 1400s;
  • use question marks to ask questions about the era of the 1400s.
  • compare life in the 1400s to modern day life; 
  • recall key facts about Christopher Columbus in a story.
We have created a Long Term Plan overview of what Year 1's curriculum is going to look like this year. We have worked incredibly hard to ensure that there are broad and balanced opportunities for all children to achieve and flourish during their time at school. Please take a look at what your child is going to be learning about over this year. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask Miss Alderson or Miss Harrison - we are very happy to talk to you about our exciting work!



Every Friday, a Maths homework sheet will be handed out to every child. This will be a paper copy. In addition, an electronic copy will be available on the website

The deadline for each Maths sheet will be the following Friday

Please note, this homework is to extend your child's learning, not to test them. We would like the children to complete it as independently as possible; however, if you find that your child is finding it difficult, please make a note and we can follow it up through curriculum time. 


Please note - some children may have calculations on their worksheet. If your child had calculations on their sheet and you've since misplaced the sheet, please ask your child's class teacher for the calculations (these were hand written on so cannot be displayed on the website). 




Every Monday, your child will be tested on 6 spellings that they have learned the previous week. The next set of spellings will be released on the Tuesday, along with a slip of your child's results. This will clearly state if your child has got any spellings wrong and how they have spelled it. This will allow you to see where they have gone wrong. 


Chilli Challenge

Please find this half term's Chilli Challenge Grid below. All of the activities are linked directly to our learning. Please note that some of the learning may not have occurred yet. 

Once your Chilli Challenge has been completed, please bring it into school so we are able to celebrate your child's great work!

The deadline for all Chilli Challenges is Friday 6th March 2020.

Workshops and Meetings

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended the 'New to Year 1' and 'Phonics 1' workshop earlier this year. It was really lovely to see so many of you! In addition, thank you to those adults who requested the information if they couldn't make the meeting. 

Please find the relevant resources and materials you may want to refer to below. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask either Miss Alderson or Miss Harrison. 

Recommended Reading

Please see the below link which has been made available for all families to access. It contains the recommended reading for children in Year 1. It has a lovely mixture of fiction and non-fiction texts which will really enhance your child's comprehension skills. 

Cursive Handwriting

In Year 1, we begin to teach the children how to form letters using the cursive script. Although this does look very confusing, the children have taken it in their stride and try so hard to ensure that they use cursive letters, even when they're writing on white boards. Please see the below document which demonstrates how the letters need to look in the cursive script. If your child is writing at home, please encourage them to use the cursive script so it becomes second nature to them. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.