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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 1


Welcome back Year 1!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and you are excited to get back to school for lots of fun and lots of learning!

The children very much enjoyed learning about The Seaside and Traditional Tales during the Autumn Term. Our new topics this Term will be The Local Area and Transport.

Our English lessons will be based around a number of books, related to our topics. Last term we wrote return stories, postcards and traditional tales. We will build on that this term by writing detective stories, letters, friendship stories and recount messages. 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. Please continue to record your child’s reading in their Reading Record and ensure that it is always in their book bag so we can record guided and individual reading in school too.

In Maths during Autumn Term we will focussed on place value, addition and subtraction and shape. During spring term we will begin to work with larger numbers, as well as learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s before we move to length/height and weight/volume. The children will continue to use a range of practical resources to support them in their learning and they will tackle reasoning and problem solving questions to further develop their understanding.

Last term in Science we learnt about Autumn and Everyday Materials. We discussed the features of autumn and the seasonal changes that occur and learnt about different objects and the materials from which they are made through observation, exploration and performing simple investigations. This term we will be learning about seasonal changes in Winter and Animals including Humans.

During our seaside topic, we used geographical vocabulary to refer to features of the seaside. Furthermore, we investigated similarities and differences between seaside holidays in the past and seaside holidays today. After this, we used maps and atlases to explore the United Kingdom. This term during our Local Area topic we will be learning about the location of Willaston in the UK and discussing it’s features. We will also be developing our fieldwork skills. After half term, we will be moving on to learning about Transport; today and in the past.

So far this year in RE we have learnt about Judaism, Christian discipleship and incarnation. This term we will be learning about Christian values and salvation.

Computing is 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 are 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.




Home-Learning-Year-1-Mar-2020.pdf (PDF 544.5KB)
Coronavirus Homework Year 1.pdf (PDF 152.1KB)
Spring Newsletter.pdf (PDF 392.8KB)
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)