Welcome to 1D 

What a great start we have made to Year 1! We have been made a great start to the new school year and everyone has settled in really well. The children have become familiar with their new the classroom and new daily routines. We have been working very hard so far this term and are very excited for our learning over the next year.

To get to know each other really well we started the year with our mini topic ‘All About Me’. We looked at each other’s faces and talked about our features and painted paper plate portraits. The children also created their ‘myself danglies’ which are proudly hanging in our classroom to tell everyone who we are and show all of our favourite things.

Our new topic has been ‘Once upon a time’ where we will be exploring different traditional fairy tales. We decided to start with ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and been exploring the story in lots of different ways to help us re-tell the story. We have had a go becoming characters from the story and have been asking and answering lots of questions. The children have been so enthusiastic about the story and have become very involved in their learning from big art of the pigs houses to writing their own wanted posters for the Big Bad Wolf.

In Forest School we have been talking about the changes of the seasons. The children are certainly enjoying their hot chocolate as the weather is getting a little chillier!

Now the children are in Year 1 we have been encouraging them to start becoming a little more grown up and independent taking responsibly for themselves and their belongings.  The children are responsible for changing their own reading book so please remember to write in your child’s reading record once you have read with them. The children are then allowed to change their own reading book. We can see the children are choosing their books carefully and are enjoying this responsibility.

We can’t wait to share all of the wonderful things will be learning, doing and creating together over the year ahead.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you.

Mr Doxford and Miss Woodfield

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Workshop

Autumn Day


Please see our Year group handbook for any questions that you may have.

Year 1 Handbook


How to help at home – Please see the curriculum overview for information on what is being covered this term

At our school we want to develop and promote ‘a love of reading’.

The children also have an opportunity to visit the school library and choose a book which they then keep and return at the next class library session.

When sharing a book talk to your child about what he or she thinks might happen next in a story, how the story might end and then ask them to retell the story themselves. Picture books are very important to promote discussion, so look for books without any words to help your child practise this skill. Have fun acting out stories together. Your enthusiasm for a book will help your child to understand that books are exciting.  Your child will receive a bookmark with their book and this should target the objectives that your child is working on.

Make reading times fun and relaxed and you will see your child’s confidence grow!



Exception Words

These words cannot be spelt phonetically and are called Common Exception Words. Children in year 1 are expected to be able to read and spell these by the end of the year.



Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space, in their daily lives.






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