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Welcome to Year 1

November - December 2017: Autumn 2

Welcome back from the week's break. Well deserved for the children after a fantastic start to their time in Year One.


I will use this page to showcase the learning that takes place in our classroom and let you all see the wonderful things that the children do. Please let me know if you have any ideas on what you would like to see on this page.


Our overall theme for this half term will be 'Toys'


English this half term will be text led through stories on a familiar theme, focusing mainly on the book 'Toys in Space' by Min Grey, although we will look at other books on this theme too. We will be using some of the 'Pie Corbett' strategies to really get to know the stories, in order to retell and innovate them. The children will have lots of opportunities to support them in generating ideas for their writing, for example; use of character and comic book apps on the iPads, Role Play and Drama! Again there will be lots of opportunities to write! 


Throughout the year, there will be a focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar. Spelling will be taught through daily phonic lessons where children will learn the essential skills needed for reading and writing. During our English lessons, the children will focus on different aspects of punctuation and grammar, for example; continuing with capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and sentence structure from the previous half term, and introducing adjectives to describe nouns, use of 'and' to join words and ideas.


Our Maths will focus on this half term on addition and subtraction. By the end of Year 1 the children should be able to: 

  • Add and subtract numbers mentally, using Reordering
  • Add and subtract numbers mentally, using Partitioning
  • Add and subtract numbers mentally, using Bridging through 10
  • Add and subtract numbers mentally, using near doubles
  • Use a numberline to support adding 2 digit and 1 digit numbers
  • Begin to use addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs to record their work
  • Read the mathematical statements they have recorded
  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=)
  • Using apparatus represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts up to 5
  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts for all numbers up to 5
  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts for all numbers up to 10 fluently
  • Recognise the effect of adding zero
  • Using apparatus represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts up to 20
  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts for all numbers facts to 20 fluently
  • Develop the difference between two numbers on a numberline
  • Understand the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction
  • Solve missing number calculations to 20
  • Show that addition can be done in any order (commutative)
  • Show that subtraction can’t be done in any order
  • Understand and use a variety of mathematical language associated with addition and subtraction, e.g. put together, add , altogether, total, take away, distance between, more than and less than
  • Solve missing number addition and subtraction problems involving single-digit numbers
  • Solve simple 1 step problems with addition and subtraction


We will continue with counting and number skills. By the end of Year 1 the children should be able to: count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number 

count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals;

count in multiples of twos, fives and tens 

given a number, identify one more and one less 

identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least 

read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.


The children will have lots of opportunities to take part in practical, 'real life', activities that will allow them to apply their learning.


In Science we will be applying our learning from last term about materials to investigations and experiments. By the end of the half term the children will be able to plan investigations; ask and answer their own questions and make predictions, carry out investigations and talk about what they have done, draw pictures and write about their investigations and describe what they found out. They will also observe changes in the weather, discussing and describing them and measuring how the length of the day varies. They will look at differences between the Seasons.


In History we will be finding out how toys have changed through time; they will be able to explain what they know about toys today. • Explain how they can find out about the past. • Describe features of different toys. • Recognise old and new toys. • Use words relating to the passing of time• Identify different sources we can use to find out about the past. • Ask and answer simple questions. • Compare two toys from different time periods, identifying similarities and differences.  This half term in RE we will be looking at 'Stories of Love and  Forgiveness, and the 'Christmas' story. In PSHE we will finding out about the roles of people who help us. 


PE will take place on Tuesday with Mr Hall and Thursday with Miss Smith; this half term we will be covering 'Multi Skills' and 'Dance'.  Through Computing we will be creating links to other areas of the curriculum, using both the laptops and iPads. We will be Coding/Programming using Kodable. We will be learning to use different Multimedia. In Design and Technology we will be creating our own puppets/toys. Music will continue to be taught alongside Miss Phillips.

Reading – we will be continuing with Guided Reading and changing the children’s reading books. We will encourage lots of reading activities throughout the day; using all our lessons whether it be as a class, in a group, with a friend, or on their own.  Children will also be reading with our Reading Rangers.


Water bottles – can you please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school each day.


If anyone has anything that they would like to discuss, then please see me after school, or arrange an appointment.


Many Thanks


Mr Simon