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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Teacher: Mrs Darling

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Keay


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Key Information

Reading and Phonics

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. You can help support your child by reading with them and allowing them to read their book to you. We ask that our children read to an adult daily. Please record your child’s daily reading in their reading diary so that we can see how they are getting on.


How to support your child at home.


  • Read every day with your child.
  • Read to your child to model expression.
  • Give them time to read to a pet or a sibling.
  • Read comics, menus, signs, leaflets, posters, labels in supermarkets and a variety of books.
  • Use an ipad to record your child reading, allow them to look back at it and discuss what they liked about it.
  • Eye spy with phonemes for example I spy something with the phoneme ‘a-e’   they might say snake. It has the ‘a - e’ sound in it.
  • Word hunt – post it notes around the house with words on for them to find.
  • Write on the pavement with chalk or in sand.





We welcome volunteers to listen to readers. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you would like to support us with this. 


Please ensure children have their P.E kits in school every week. Children need both indoor and outdoor clothing and footwear in order for us to benefit fully from our P.E Lessons. 1H currently have 2 P.E sessions a week:

Oudoor: Tuesday PM - Athletics (PE COACH Support)

Indoor:  Friday PM - Football skills


Term 6 Church School Value - Trust


Term 6 - Beachcombers

Pack up some sandwiches, pick up a fishing net and keep your eyes peeled because we’re off to the coast to go beachcombing!


This half term, we’ll visit a local beach to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the seashore which will help us right our own poems. Also In English we will be researching different sea creatures so we can write reports about them. We will also write a set of instructions to make a healthy salad and then we will make and evaluate the salad in our DT lessons. In Maths we will be using language relating to time to order our school day and we will also be recognising coins and solving problems using money. In R.E we will continue to look and places of worship and in Geography we will have a walk around Ruskington village and discuss Human and Physical features.


We have another busy term to finish our fantastic year in year 1. 


Term 5 - Enchanted Woodland

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise!

This half term, we’ll investigate woodland creatures, build miniature dens, create woodland works of art and construct mini-woodlands from twigs, sticks, pine cones and leaves. We will obsereve our own caterpillars in the classroom and plant our own beans. Throughout the project, we will find out how to recognise different plants and animals and create detailed, observational drawings of them. In English we will look at alternative fairy tales and write our own mixed up fairy tale. We will be looking at multiplictaion and division in maths and in ICT we will practice sending emails to the woodland trust to find out more information about trees. 


Term 4 - Moon Zoom

The countdown has begun. Are you ready for blast off?


This half term, we’ll travel through space to learn about the Solar System. We’ll investigate an alien crash site, write a newspaper report and try to find the aliens who have landed. Where could they be? We’ll make models of the Solar System and design spaceships, space buggies and space-related toys. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space. Floor robots will be programmed to move around an alien landscape, and we will compose space sounds and dances. We’ll also explore satellite images, investigate rockets and use ICT to communicate our ideas and present our work.

It will be out of this world!


Term 3 - Bright Lights, Big City

Hop on board a big, red bus and head for England’s capital. Yes, that’s right, we’re on our way to London!


This half term, we’ll take a virtual tour around Buckingham Palace and research London’s famous landmarks to use in our presentations. Our research will take us back in time to the Great Fire of London where we will recreate pudding lane using lots of different materials. We will use musical instruments to recreate well known nursery rhymes as well as comparing London to other cities around the world. In English we will write adventure stories about Ruskington, and design a fact file about a London landmark. In Maths we will be continuing with addition and subtraction and in Science we will be exploring materials for different purposes.


At the end of our project, we’ll share our skills and knowledge with you!


Term 2 - Paws Claws and Whiskers 

Big cats, small rats, tiny fleas and buzzing bees!


This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes! Meeting an animal expert will allow us to ask and answer questions, share information about the pets we have at home and write animal information booklets. We’ll study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints. Famous animal fables will make us laugh, and we will have fun reading them aloud. We’ll spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage. Designing a zoo is even on the agenda!


Term 1 - Land Ahoy

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Get ready to take to the high seas and set sail in search of treasure!


This half term, we’ll be finding out lots of information about boats and ships of all shapes and sizes. We’ll study paintings of boats and draw detailed pictures of our own and then write labels and captions about them. Our science skills will help us to understand how boats float and we’ll design and make model ships using a variety of materials. Our map reading skills will help us to identify different seas and oceans, and we’ll learn about famous sea explorers. Stories of pirates will inspire us to make pirate flags, treasure maps and write character descriptions. We’ll even find out how to talk and sing like a pirate!

Shiver me timbers; it’s going to be a good term! 

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