We hope that you and your children had a fantastic summer break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of an exciting new term. 

The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English, we will be concentrating on sentence construction, the use of simple punctuation (capital letters and full stops) and using phonic knowledge to spell words. Children will be encouraged throughout the year to verbally rehearse their ideas before writing them. In Maths, we will start by building on their experiences in Reception and children will begin to understand the place value of numbers. They will solve additions using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines. Later on in the term, we will use the same skills to solve subtraction. In Science, children will learn about themselves and their senses as well as sorting and classifying common animal groups.

This year, children will be taught History, Geography, DT and Art in a thematic/topic based approach. This term’s theme/topic is ‘Paddington’s Passport’ where children will learn about London, England, the UK (with the help of Paddington Bear) and make comparisons between past and present Queens. This is an exciting new topic for children and teachers and we can’t wait to get started!

More information about our learning this term can be found by clicking on the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview

Pupils will remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics sessions for which they will be ability set and may have a different teacher and be in a different classroom or learning room. Phonics sessions ran this way in Reception so your child will be familiar with working with different teachers. Throughout the year, children will have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Friday morning and new spellings will also be given out on Friday with the spelling test result of that day underneath. Spellings will be set by your child’s phonics teacher and can range from 1 to 10 spellings to learn (dependent on your child’s ability).

Creative homework books for Year 1 have proved very successful and we will be continuing with these this year. Your child will be given a purple creative homework book that will have many suggestions for activities to complete at home. We hope your child will take pride in their books and complete as many of the activities as possible. We aim to set creative homework twice every half term. Each class has a homework display where good examples of homework will be displayed.

Just like in Reception, reading is a massive focus in Year 1 therefore please continue to support your child’s reading at home regularly. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building you child’s confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome! Your child will also bring home phonics books during the year. Please support your child by encouraging them to read the words using their phonics skills. Children may also have nonsense words to practise which are also important in helping them to read accurately.

Phonics is particularly important during Year 1, as children are required to take a phonics test in the summer term, which consists of 40 words (real and nonsense) to read – we will have a parent meeting to discuss the phonics screening test in the spring term.

Year 1 children have a busy year ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at  Oxford Owl

Please CLICK HERE

Progressive Sports and Soccer 2000 teach PE and children will have it twice a week.

Children in Class 4 will have P.E on a Monday and Friday and children in Class 5 and 6 will have PE on a Wednesday and Thursday. However, please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. In the interests of safety, no jewellery, including earrings, should be worn on PE days.

It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) could be labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we are aware how expensive it is!

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.

We have much to be excited about for the Autumn Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress. 

 November 2019

Despite the miserable weather, Year 1 had a fantastic time at the Black Country Living Museum today. We braved the rain and had a walk around the museum where the boys were very polite and allowed the girls to enter the buildings first. We also enjoyed visiting St James's Infant school where the strict headmaster showed us what it would be like if we were at school in 1912. Children certainly prefer school in the 21st century after experiencing handwriting with hooks and hangers on a slate and having hand inspections. Before the end of the day, children were able to learn about toys from the past and had the opportunity to play with a wide range of old and modern toys. They were amazed to learn that poor children in the past would only have had one or two wooden toys to play with... if they were lucky!

  

We had a great turn out and children enjoyed showing their parents how they add and subtract using pictures, number tracks, number lines, apparatus and partitioning.  Thank you to all of the families involved. 

  

We all need a good friend! Year 1 have been thinking about what makes a good friend as part of anti-bullying week.

October 2019

Paddington has been visiting different countries in the UK and teaching us about each of them... can you guess which country he had been to this week? 

 

Year 1 were also investigating their sense of touch this week and were describing how different objects feel. They explored the objects in Paddington's suitcase by closing their eyes and touching each object. Alex even said "I hope there isn't a cactus in there!" 

Year 1 have been learning about instructions this week and they have had a great time following instructions on how to make a paper plate fish, a bracelet, a pirate hat and a picture puzzle. 

Some brilliant creative homework!

 September 2019

 

 

 

June 2019

Year 1 children loved spending the afternoon with their dad, stepdad, uncle, granddad etc. this afternoon. They played phonics reading games, shared stories, designed front covers for books and even decorated gingerbread men together! Thank you so much to all who attended - the children loved it and it was great to see so many grown ups sharing in their children’s learning!

 

  

April 2019

On Monday and Tuesday we went on our trip to Weston Park as part of our Victorians topic. We had a fantastic day that was filled with activities. First, we made our very own cup and ball  that we decorated with bright colours. After that, we went on a walk around the grounds and saw Weston Hall. We saw a stone pineapple at the entrance and learnt that the Victorians often had pineapples around their homes to show people how wealthy they were. Next we played with Victorian toys outside, there were wooden hoops, skipping ropes, croquet, wooden skittles and quoits. Lunchtime came and we all ate our food together in the hall. In the afternoon, we dressed up in Victorian clothes, played with Victorian toys and learnt about Victorian nurseries. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day!

  

  

 

March 2019

Year 1 children loved dressing up as their favourite characters to celebrate World Book Day. 

                                                  

Autumn Term 2018

Look at our amazing self portraits!

  

Making a healthy salad.

  

Sentence Writing

October 2018 

Year 1 had a fantastic time visiting the Think Tank in Birmingham. They learned all about the organs in their bodies by meeting Tommy the life size doll and opening him up inside. The children asked brilliant questions about the organs and some children even knew the function of certain organs. As well as the body workshop, children also spent time in the Kid City where there was plenty of opportunities of role play and construction. Children also loved visiting the science garden and had lots of fun on the car with square wheels and the giant hamster wheel! Children thoroughly enjoyed the day at the museum but they also enjoyed a little nap on the way home too! 

 

 

 

Photos From Last Year 2017/2018

Look at our amazing homework

  

May 2018

Children enjoyed role playing Victorian school days. They found out what it was like to write on a slate, wear a back-straightener and finger-stocks!! 

 

April 2018

We have been learning about the coronation ceremony of Queen Victoria.

  

We are learning about Victorian clothes!

 

As artists children have learnt about the work of Renoir and Monet. They have created their own ‘Waves’ painting, experimenting with tone, and different tools to create a 3D effect.

I'm sure you'll agree, they look amazing!

   

 

Autumn Term

 

We had a fantastic time at the Think Tank.

 

 

In maths we have been using cubes to represent numbers using tens and ones.

 

In science we have been learning to name parts of the body.


In DT we have made a healthy salad.
We learnt how to use tools such as graters and knives when preparing food.
We really enjoyed tasting what we made, all our hard work made it taste even more delicious.