Year 1 Termly Letter



Year 1 – Information for the forthcoming term

Welcome back to the new school year.  We are really looking forward to getting to know all your children and helping them to settle into Year 1 so they can have an enjoyable year full of learning and fun! Some of you already know us and we hope the rest of you will introduce yourselves to us in the next few weeks.

Just to clarify the teaching arrangements for this year: Mrs Pinkerton will be in school all day Monday and Tuesday; Mrs Barnard will be in school all day Thursday and Friday; we will alternate teaching every Wednesday morning.  Our Teaching Assistant this year is Mrs Humphrey and she will be in class each morning.  She will be teaching RE or Art or Design and Technology every Wednesday afternoon to cover our PPA (preparation, planning and assessment time).

Our initial aim is to ensure a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage One.  Although the children will be following a more structured timetable than last year, they will continue to do much of their learning through small group activities whilst being gradually introduced to the more formal aspects of education in the key areas of reading, writing and maths.

From now on the children will be following the National Curriculum for Key Stage One.  The areas we will be covering up until October half-term are as follows:

English:      Through the topic of Superheroes:

  • reading comprehension skills through class stories and group guided reading
  • writing skills in the form of simple sentences to write an information text and a story
  • appreciating pattern and rhyme through reading and reciting poetry 
  • daily phonics sessions
  • regular handwriting teaching and practice – the children will be learning cursive handwriting where all letters start on the line and end with a flick as they move towards joined-up handwriting.  A copy of the correct letter formation will be sent home in the postbags.


Mathematics: We are following the White Rose Maths Hub:

  • place value
  • addition and subtraction


Science:       Animals: identifying animal groups
Seasonal changes: autumn changes and weather  

Geography:  Follow that map!  (an introduction to geographical skills and fieldwork),

RE:             How and why do we celebrate special times?

Art:            Portraits

PSHE:        Citizenship, with a focus on British Values during the first week of term.

Music:         Singing, playing percussion instruments and listening to a range of music.

Computing:   Word processing and an introduction to a Paint programme.

PE:               Gymnastics in the hall and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities outside.

We will be going outside for PE Outdoor and Adventurous Activities every Tuesday afternoon.  Please make sure your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school on that day every week.  We would also be grateful for adult support on Tuesday afternoons from 1.15 to 2.30.  If you can offer the occasional Tuesday afternoon, please speak to Mrs Pinkerton.

PE kits need to be in school at all times, with each item named.  The children need trainers or pumps.  PE is on Tuesday and Friday, so please make sure long hair is tied back and earrings are removed (or send in named tape if they cannot be removed) on these days.

There are just a few more things you need to know about Year 1!

Reading: Each child will read to an adult at least once a week and books will be changed weekly, usually on Wednesday. The reading diaries have more information about the books your child will bring home.

Homework: An email is sent home on Friday each week to let you know what you can practise at home to support the English and Maths we are doing in school. 

Water bottles: We encourage the children to drink water at appropriate times during the day, so please make sure they have a fresh bottle of water in school each day.  Bottles need to be clearly named and have a sports top to avoid spillages.

Helping in class:  extra adult help is always appreciated, particularly with reading, so if you are able to help, either on a regular or one-off basis, please let us know.  Anyone helping in school does need full CRB clearance. 

Parents’ Evening:  this term Parents’ Evening for Year 1 is on Tuesday 3rd October (4.00 till 7.00) and Wednesday 4th October (2.00 till 5.00).  Please note that the Wednesday date is different from the rest of the school as we are not available on Thursday 5th October. Details for booking appointments will be sent home in a few weeks.

Finally, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact us to arrange a time for us to meet.  You can talk to us after school any evening apart from Wednesday or put a note in the postbag.