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Year 1 Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to our Autumn newsletter.


Welcome back to another jam packed school year! I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone.


Teaching in KS1 follows the National Curriculum. In English and maths we will be revising previous learning from Reception as well as working hard to understand new concepts. In maths we will be learning about number and place value, before moving to addition and subtraction. Our English lessons will be based around the story Lost and Found’ and will involve lots of writing, spelling and grammar practice. Our first topic this year is ‘All About Me!’. Topic time will consist of science, geography, history, art, music and D&T, and we have lots of creative activities planned to engage the children, including a walk of our local area!


Year 1 are very lucky this term as we have sports coaches to teach our P.E lessons on a Tuesday afternoon, so please make sure your child has the correct PE kit and that all items of PE kit are labelled with your child’s name. This makes finding misplaced items a little easier, although we are encouraging the children to take extra care of their property. Your child’s PE kit can stay in school until the next half term holiday. Not only do we have specialist P.E teachers but we are also lucky enough to have a specialist ICT teacher, teaching us on a Tuesday; these lessons are brilliant and the children learn so much from them.


Homework will be set each term and the children will be able to choose an activity from a grid to complete each week. We will be setting fun and engaging activities that you can share with your child. Homework should be completed and returned on a Wednesday. Year 1’s spelling test will take place on Tuesday afternoons. The children will have a choice of spellings (bronze, silver, gold) and only need to learn one set.


A big focus in Year 1 is on reading and phonics which will support them in all areas of the curriculum. Children will also complete the Phonics Screening test at the end of the academic year. We ask that children bring in their home reading books daily, so we can read with the children as often as possible.  


We have a very exciting term to look forward to. If you need to speak to me regarding anything, my door is always open!


Many thanks,

Miss Saddow and Miss Robinson

Phonics Guidance for Parents

We have settled into Year 1 brilliantly!