Happy new year and welcome back after a restful break. We had lots of fun last term learning and exploring fairy tales such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We ended the term focusing on ‘The Gingerbread Man’ where we wrote about the sequence of the story and got to make our very own gingerbread men!

We are all very happy to be back and very excited to start our new topic…. Paws, Claws and Whiskers. Throughout the topic we will be learning about a variety of animals including humans. To do this we will be taking part in a variety of activities inside and out of the classroom which will involve exploring, making and observing. As our topic is all about animals this will be our main in focus in our Science work but we will also be drawing on lots of non-fiction writing opportunities

In Forest School we will be talking about the changes of the seasons. The children are certainly enjoying their hot chocolate as the weather is getting a little chillier! We will also be looking for signs of small animals and insects and thinking about their natural environments.

We have be continuing to encourage the children 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 continued support.

Mr Doxford and Miss Woodfield

Curriculum Overview



Autumn Day

Three little Pigs art 


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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