Year 1


Class teachers: Miss Ellis (1E), Mrs Hampson (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Lane (Thursday and Friday) (1HL)

Teaching Support: Mrs James, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Holden and Mrs Oldroyd

English – writing and speaking
This half term we will be reading some inspiring texts for example Matilda's Cat and Beegu and other books that link with looking at the local area and a journey to help us create some fabulous writing. For a complete list of writing targets, please see the attached form.

English – reading
Every day in school is a reading day. The children will be reading independently, within whole-class guided sessions, small group reading and 1-1 reading. The end of the school day will always be spent sharing a book with the children as we want to promote the love of reading throughout school. 

Please encourage your child to read with you or another adult as often as possible outside of school. If you need any recommendations, please ask. is a wonderful website for recommendations but we have a vast selection in school. Remember, comprehension and an appreciation of what you have read is of equal importance to speed and fluency so please enjoy asking your child questions and asking them what they thought about the book. 

It is so important that each and every child has an enjoyment of reading. There is a book for everyone! I know that all of Year One will be super readers by July. The children need to bring their books into school each day and their reading record needs to be signed each week by an adult. Children are reading each day in school throughout a variety of lessons and contexts (even if their record has not been signed daily!) is a great website for recommendations (for all Year groups and topics)

Autumn 1 will focus our learning on number and calculation and so that we can confidently use these skills within context. Revision of place value, reading and writing numbers to 20, ordering and counting forwards and backwards will be our starting point. The children will be attempting to master the expected methods for addition and subtraction and be able to solve a one step problem. Throughout the term, regular rehearsal of the number bonds within 10 and 20 will take place, so please keep supporting them with this. They should aim to recall a fact (e.g 2 and what makes 6 or 13 and what makes 18) within no more than 5 seconds.

Autumn Term 

Topic: Where in the world is Little Hulton?

Science: Everyday Materials

On-going Topic throughout the year: Seasonal Changes

PE Day: Thursday for both Year 1 classes. Please ensure that your child has a white T-shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps (velcro fastening or elastic). All kit should be named and kept in a labelled pump bag to be left on their coat peg. The P.E. bags can be kept in school for the half term.

Snack:Children can have toast every morning. If you wish your child to have toast, please make sure the money is sent every Monday in a named envelope. The cost is  £1.25 per week.

We would like your child to bring in their own water bottle to school with their name on and water is freely available throughout the day for them to refill their bottle. 

In Year 1 we expect:

  • Reading books in reading bags to be brought in every day.
  • Children need to be heard read at home and talked to about what they have read.
  • Reading record to be signed and comments included.
  • A charge of £5 for lost/damaged reading books.
  • Children to be on time 8.55am so that they are ready to start learning at 9.00am
  • At the start of the day children in Y1E will line up at the main entrance and will be collected by their teacher. The children in Y1H/C will line up outside their classroom door.  As we are encouraging the children to be as independent as possible, parents do not need to come into school. 
  • At the end of the day the children will be dismissed from the main entrance if they are in Y1E and from the classroom door if they are in Y1H/C.

Homework: In Year 1 we expect children to read daily with adults at home. Flashcards with tricky words may be included in reading work. 

Other Information

Please remember that if your child brings their own personal belongings that school will not be liable for loss of personal items. Thank you.

If you have any questions or queries, please come and see Mrs Hampson, Mrs Carr or Miss Ellis. Miss Ellis and Mrs Lane are available from 8.30 am every day and after school each night and Mrs Hampson will be available Monday- Wednesday.

We all look forward to working with you and your children this year,

Many thanks for your continued support.