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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 1

Autumn Term!

Welcome to Year 1, I hope you had a lovely summer. Hopefully everyone is excited to get back to school for lots of fun and lots of learning.

This half term our topic is ‘Traditional Tales’. As well as looking at a number of traditional tales in our English lessons, we will be baking gingerbread men in D&T, investigating materials for the Three Little Pigs’ houses in Science and comparing settings to our local area in geography. Specifically, English lessons will include learning about labels, lists and captions, retelling stories and considering characters’ feelings and experiences. Daily phonics lessons will continue to target children’s reading and writing skills. In maths, we will be focusing on place value, before moving on to addition and subtraction, we will have lots of fun using a range of concrete resources to reinforce our learning.

After half term we will be learning about transport and how transport has changed over time. It will be exciting to build models of different modes of transport as part of our topic. In English, our lessons will include letter writing, poetry and character descriptions and in maths we will further develop our understanding of place value before learning about shape. In science, we will be learning about Autumn and Winter. Some of our learning will take place outdoors, where we will hunt for signs of each season.


Planning will follow the needs and interests of the children, ensuring that specific learning objectives in the National Curriculum are covered. I will endeavor to ensure that all lessons will be engaging, meaningful and relevant.  If your child has a specific interest related to our topics, please let me know, as I will then be able to feed this into our planning.


Each week, your child will bring home two reading books. Like in reception, your child will also bring home a ‘Reading Record’ book for you to sign when your child has shared their book with you; we expect children to read daily. You may also like to use this book to comment on your child’s interest and enjoyment!


Please ensure your child has their reading books and reading record in school every day so that we can read with the children during or lesson times. Books will be changed on a Tuesday.


Homework books will be sent home on a Friday to be returned by the following Tuesday. Homework activities aim to be fun, engaging, open ended tasks so you can spend as long as you wish on them. They are important for children to take part in as they will allow children to consolidate and reinforce what they have been learning in class.

P.E is on Friday this term. Children need a white round neck t-shirt, a pair of blue shorts, plain navy tracksuit bottoms, trainers or pumps and a spare pair of white sports socks in school at all times. P.E kits will be sent home to be washed at the end of each half-term. We are very lucky to have Mr Friel from S4YC teaching PE. I know he has lots of fun games ready for the children to enjoy. Please can you ensure all items are named. Thank you.

Forest School will be every other Thursday. It is important that your child wears appropriate waterproof clothing. 

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


Miss Hughes


Newsletter.pdf (PDF 192.6KB)
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)