Year One

Autumn Term 2019

Welcome to the start of the new school year. After an enjoyable summer holiday the children are now settling back into the routine of school life. It is at this point, we wish to inform you of a few organisational details and to tell you about aspects of the curriculum for this current term.  We have a busy term ahead of us and here is a summary of what we aim to cover.


In English this term, the children will be focusing on stories in familiar settings; labels, lists and signs; songs and repetitive poems; stories with repeating patterns; information texts and poems with pattern and rhyme.

Weekly Spelling homework will be set after the autumn half term break. These will be given on a Monday and tested on a Friday.

Children can choose from a wide and varied range of Reading books and they will continue to bring home reading books on a daily basis. Children should read for approximately 15 minutes each day.  They may keep longer books for more than one evening. Children will participate in guided reading sessions throughout the week. 


In Mathematics your child will concentrate on:


In Science the children will be looking at different animals and parts of animals, and comparing them to humans.  We will be finding out more about this on our trip to Durrell.  A trip to Hamptonne Woods will help us to identify the changing seasons.


The children will be developing their computer skills in IT lessons.  They will be using the iPads and we will be introducing them to ‘Education City’ which supports learning in other areas of the curriculum.


We will be finding out all about our school and using maps in our Geography lessons.


In PE the children will be focusing on Games skills and Gymnastics activities this term. 


Music is taught by Mrs Smith.  Year 1 will be singing a variety of songs linked to seasonal events and practise action and counting rhymes.  We will learn to recognise and explore different sound sources and explore different instruments.


In RE we will be studying the religion of Christianity and focus on ‘The Creation Story’ and the story ‘The First Christmas’.

Art/Design Technology

We have some creative Art activities planned based on colour mixing and linked to our cross-curricular themes.

Useful information:

      Children should come to school in their PE kit.

You can help to support your child by:

Please make sure that your child has their painting apron and a named bottle of water in school.  As the weather gets colder please ensure that your child has a warm coat in school and over the next few weeks they may still need their sunhats on warm days.

We are looking forward to our busy term.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to pop in and ask one of the team.

Kind regards,


Mrs. Harries                        Mrs Walsh                                       Mrs Duquemin