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Year 1

Great Fire of London work

Welcome to Spring 1 in Year One


Our focus this half term is on The Great Fire of London. We are very excited to learn about this period in History as well as our theme day on Thursday 16th January where Parktake Theatre Company will be visiting us to take us back in time to 1666. 


See below for our Knowledge Mat and Curriculum Map for this half term!



Welcome to Autumn 2 in Year One


Please see the below document for all our learning this half term! Our topic is 'Into the Woods' with a focus on local history including Robin Hood and the history of Nottingham.



Welcome Aboard Year 1

The teachers in Year 1 are Mrs Thorne Mrs Thorley (1CT/AT) and Miss Lydon (1VL).  Mrs Thorne will work Monday – Wednesday in class and Mrs Thorley will work Thursday and Friday.  The Year 1 team will also be supported by Mrs Wilson and Mrs Greasby.  We are looking forward to getting to know you all.


This half term we will be exploring the theme of the ‘Circus’ using the book ‘The Circus Ship’.  There will be lots of work around the circus and boats and we will be exploring materials that could be used to make boats.


Please could you make sure that your child has a PE kit in school every Wednesday – this should have each item labelled with your child’s name on as it makes it easier for us to return missing items!  The PE kit should consist of black shorts/joggers, white t-shirt and plimsolls or trainers.


Children work better if they are well hydrated!  Please could you make sure that your child brings a labelled water bottle to school every day, filled only with water. We would also like to remind you that children should keep toys at home to prevent any upset caused by these things being misplaced.


Now that your child is in Year 1, this half term will focus on children becoming independent learners.  They will be responsible for changing their own reading books. Your child may need gentle reminders from home to swap the book they are reading when they have finished with it.


Hopefully you should all now be connected to Class Dojo. This is used to communicate with you about your child’s achievements and to pass messages on. We will only reply to messages during working hours.


Please let us know if you have any issues or concerns – we will always offer a listening ear.  It is best to catch us at the end of the school day or leave a message at the office and we will get back to you as soon as possible to arrange a more suitable time to talk things through.


We look forward to making Year 1 a fun and exciting year for your child.



Our Year 1 classrooms

Welcome to Year 1 newsletter

Our Van Gogh art work

Our bean plants are growing!

Welcome to Year 1.

Mrs Thorne, Mrs Thorley and Mr Stevenson are very excited to be teaching in Year 1. 


The Spring term has flown by and the children have enjoyed their new topic of 'dig, dig, dig'.


We are now enjoying our new topic of 'Down on the Farm' where we are learning all about farms and plants. We are visiting Matlock Farm Park on the 4th June to experience life on a farm and to plant flowers in their wild meadow. 




We have looked at information texts, alphabetical order and using dictionaries to help us write a definition. We have created our own dinosaur information text and the children know lots of facts about a variety of

prehistoric creatures. 


In the summer term we have studied 'Lists, Labels and Captions' linked to growing our own bean plants and the book 'Katie and the Sunflowers' by James Mayhew linked to our artist study on Van Gogh. 




The children continue to learn alternative spellings for digraphs and trigraphs as part of phase 5. They are also working hard on segmenting and blending a variety of words in preparation for their phonics screening check in June. 


The Phonics screening check will take place week beginning 10th June 2019. The children are working so hard on their phonics and reading in preparation for this. 




The children have explored different materials, as well as finding facts about Mary Anning, the famous fossil hunter! They have used this knowledge to help them select the best material to build a bridge to hold a toy dinosaur (not a real one). 


We have been learning in the summer term all about farms, the different types of farms and what things we can find on a farm. In our Science lessons, we have been learning all about plants and learning the names of common wild and garden plants. We are growing beans too....we love to watch them grow!




P.E. continues to be on a Wednesday. Children have enjoyed a variety of sports and have developed their ball control skills and dance move techniques. 




Please continue to read with your child and help them achieve their 60 reads. Across the year group more children are achieving this, so well done! We advise reading at least 3 times a week at home. Also, each week, your child must complete their reading journal homework. This will be handed out each Wednesday to be returned by the following Monday. 




Your child should have a Mathletics log in and password stuck in their reading diaries. If they have not, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Whilst we don't set homework on Mathletics, it is a helpful learning tool to support your child in relation to their maths knowledge.