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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 1


Welcome to Year 1!

I hope you had a lovely summer and you are excited to get back to school for lots of fun and lots of learning! Our first topic this year is ‘The Seaside’ before we move on to ‘Traditional Tales’ after half term.


Our English lessons will be based around a number of books, related to our topics. Our writing will include return stories, postcards, traditional tales and instructions. Like in reception, daily phonics lessons will continue to target your child’s reading and writing skills. Reading is of great importance and your child should do some reading every day. This year children will begin to take more ownership of their reading by independently changing their reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please continue to record your child’s reading in their Reading Record.

In Maths this term we will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction and shape. The children will use a range of range of practical resources to support them in their learning and they will begin to tackle reasoning and problem solving questions to further develop their understanding.

This term our Science topics are Autumn and Everyday Materials. We will be learning about the weather, features of autumn and the seasonal changes that occur. Then we will move on to distinguishing between objects and the materials from which they are made and conducting simple experiments to investigate their properties.

During our seaside topic, we will be using geographical vocabulary to refer to features of the seaside. Furthermore, we will be investigating similarities and differences between seaside holidays in the past and seaside holidays today. After this, we will be using maps and atlases to explore the United Kingdom.

 In RE we will first learn about Judaism followed by Christian discipleship and incarnation after half term.

Computing will be delivered throughout the curriculum. We will use a wide range of ICT to support our learning in a number of different subject areas. This term our computing focus will be on simple coding.

As part of our classroom activities in Year 1, the children will be set 6 weekly challenges tailored to their learning. Challenge areas will include reading, writing, maths, science, topic/RE and fine motor skill development. The children will collect different colored sticks when they complete challenges and will build up their own rainbow during the week. The rainbow sticks the children collect will equate to Rainbow Reward time which will take place on Fridays.

Drop-in sessions will continue every Monday, between 3.15pm and 3.45pm for you to discuss with me any concerns you may have. If this time is not convenient, you can also arrange a time to speak to myself on the phone or I may be able to offer a meeting at an alternative time, by prior arrangement.

Thank you for your continued support.


Miss Hughes

Year 1 Class Teacher.




Autumn Newsletter.pdf (PDF 396.1KB)
Guidelines for spelling, year 1, including word lists.pdf (PDF 67.3KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 1.pdf (PDF 63.5KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 1.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)