Autumn term newsletter

Date: 26th Sep 2016 @ 1:36pm

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter

 It’s lovely to see all the children again after their long summer break and hear all their news. They have all settled really well into their new classroom and have shown great enthusiasm at the start of a new academic year. Outlined below are the different curriculum areas with information about what we will be covering this Autumn term.


Over the last 2 weeks we have been learning how to write labels, lists and captions. We have been thinking about where we live and our surrounding area as a stimulus for our written work. The children are encouraged to use their developing knowledge of sounds to have a go at writing independently. As the term progresses we will be learning to write instructions, plan and write our own stories and write letters.

Your children will be given lots of opportunities to talk about what they are going to write before they are expected to put pen to paper. With support from adults and working partners they are encouraged to share their work and talk about what they have done well and what they need to remember to do next time. They will be taught to leave spaces between their words and some children will be starting to punctuate their written sentences with capital letters and full stops.

All children will receive daily Read, Write, Inc sessions. Within these sessions, the children will be focusing on phonics and reading.


Our Maths sessions this term are carrying on from where the children left off in Reception. We will be reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20, solving simple addition and subtraction problems and learning the pairs of numbers that make 5,6,7 and 10. We will be using number lines and 100 squares to help us with our counting and solve other problems. We will also be working with 2D and 3D shapes and learning to find the total of pairs of coins.

I make our maths sessions as practical as possible. We sing number songs and use the interactive whiteboard regularly to play number games and practise our number formation. The children enjoy working with a partner during our maths lessons as they become more relaxed and confident and have lots of fun in the process.


We will be covering 3 different RE topics this term.

  1. Families

Through this topic the children will know and understand about the love and care shown in the family and about God’s love and care for every family. They will be asked to talk about their experience and feelings about the roles of people within families and some children will be able to ask and respond to questions about the difference between families.

  1. Belonging

Children will know and understand that they belong to different groups e.g. swimming, rainbows, Beavers, football. We will be exploring Baptism and learning that it is an invitation to belong to God’s family.

  1. Waiting

Within this topic we will be talking about the times that it is necessary to wait and the use of that time. We will be learning about Advent and how it is a time of waiting to celebrate Jesus’ coming at Christmas.


Seasonal Change is an ongoing topic throughout the whole year. Within this topic, children will be learning about the 4 seasons. They will be describing the weather associated with each season and the changes this brings. We will be investigating shadows and learning facts about the sun. This topic also lends itself to great art and music opportunities.

We will also be learning about plants this term. We will be using our school grounds and our wonderful garden area to help us with this topic as we harvest the vegetables we grew during Reception. Have you seen our enormous pumpkin!! As we harvest, prepare and cook our vegetables to make soup we will use this learning experience to help us with our instructional writing within our English sessions.

Our final science topic this term is called ‘Animals Including Humans’. This topic allows us to identify, name and label different body parts and carry out lots of practical senses activities


We are going to be looking closely at our locality. Where do I live? What is my address? We will be thinking about the type of houses we live in and we will be drawing plans of our bedrooms.  Moving on from that, we will then be looking at the locality of our school. By exploring the school grounds we will learn to draw maps and plans and by the end of the topic we will be building a 3D model of our school.


Our topic this term is ‘Changes within living memory – Generations’. Your children will be introduced to historical concepts and vocabulary through exploring ways in which life has changed over time for their parents, grandparents and great grandparents. We will be looking at domestic life and houses and homes in the past.


For the first half term we will be focusing on a song called Hey You!  which is a Hip Hop song for children written by Joanna Mangona. Through this song we will be exploring pulse, rhythm and pitch. We will be singing, playing instruments and performing our new song.

If you have any questions or queries about anything please do not hesitate to ask.

If any parents or grandparents are free to come in and hear readers or help us on trips then please let me know.

Many thanks,


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