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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 1


It is fantastic to see you all back in school. 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 ‘The United Kingdom’ after half term.


Our English lessons this term will be based around a number of books related to our topics, including The Storm Whale and The Secret of Black Rock. Our writing will include friendship narratives, poetry, return stories, and postcards. 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 at home every day. You will be able to access reading books at the correct level for your child on Bug Club.


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.

History and Geography

During our seaside topic, we will be using geographical vocabulary to refer to features of the seaside. We will also 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. This term our computing focus will be on internet safety and technology in our lives.

Art, DT and Music

In art this term we will be focusing on colour theory and patterns. This will compliment our learning in DT which where we will complete projects linked to our topics, involving planning, making and evaluating phases.


PE lessons will aim to develop children’s fundamental movement and athletic skills and will help the children keep fit and active. Active learning will also be promoted throughout the curriculum.

My Happy Mind

Each week we will complete a session from My Happy Mind which focusses on positive mental wellbeing and we will regularly apply the techniques we learn such as ‘happy breathing’. This term we will cover two modules: ‘Meet Your Brain’ and ‘Celebrate’.

Rainbow Challenges

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.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or queries by emailing or telephoning the school office.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Hughes and Miss Ebbrell


The staff at Willaston C of E Primary School are missing their pupils and the entire School community, so here are some little 
messages from them all.

Easter message from Mrs Chambers
Mrs Lamb's 
Easter Story 
Message from Mr Graham
Miss Hughes reading 
Monkey Puzzle.
Mr Ellinson's Forest School At Home 
virtual bunch of flowers, rainbow of hope,  recycled bird feederThe Happy Tree

Mrs Chambers 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 
'Compassion' Assembly.
Miss Bell (and Buddy) reading There's A Snake In My School by David Walliams
Just a few words to say 'hello' and we are thinking of you all
Miss Hull's Challenge
Value Ambassadors'Perseverance' Assembly
Miss Chapman reading a story about a Rainbow
Revd Bazely's 'Creation' Assembly 
Miss Hull's 'Service' Assembly
'Possible' read by Mrs Robinson
Mr Graham's 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Lamb's 'Compassion' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 'Perseverance' Assembly
House Captain's 'Creation' Assembly
'Service' Assembly by Miss Hughes & Miss Garcia
Mrs Edge reading 'Meerkat Mail'

Home Learning w/c March 202020th April27th April, 4th May,11th May, 18th May, 1st June, 8th June, 15th June22nd June29th June, 6th July, 13th July, 

Sending best wishes to everyone.

Take care and keep safe.



Autumn Newsletter.pdf (PDF 395.2KB)
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)