Year 1

Miss Branch

Dear parents/ carers,

I hope that you all had a great summer break! I have loved getting to know your children over the last couple of days and have been so impressed with how independently they came in on Friday morning! In order to continue with this, please ensure goodbyes are brief and children continue to come up the stairs on their own ready to start the day!

Our topic this term will be the Great fire of London and we will cover this throughout Art, DT, History, English and other areas of the curriculum. This will allow us to do some baking, build (and then set fire to) our own houses, do some diary writing from the perspective of those involved in the great fire of London and many more activities.

In maths we will start with number and place value – building on understanding from EYFS, and the children will be using manipulatives and resources to support them. In science we will start with materials, which will link in with our history topic. In PE we will be doing a variety of topics – dance for a whole school dance share this term, fundamental skills – looking at ball skills using hands and then feet. In RE we will begin by looking at special places before moving on to special stories.

PE lessons are on a Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon, so please ensure PE kits are kept in school as we will be doing the daily mile as often as we can squeeze it in during the week! Also, it is important to ensure items are named – this will reduce the number of cardigans, jumpers and PE items left around the classroom with no owner.

Next half term, we will begin working towards our production – lots of singing, dressing up and other activities!


Reading books are changed daily, and the expectation is to read each night with your child. Please sign or comment in the reading record so we know when the book needs changing. They will be heard read regularly in school and we will then make the decision about moving up the reading bands based on this. Along with this, your child will have word and sound walls to practise at home.  These are tailored to your child after assessment in school.

Spellings will be given out on Fridays, and the children will have a short spelling test the following Thursday.  Please practise their words little and often.  The words will be taken from the Year 1 list of common exception words, along with specific patterns for them to investigate.  Please ensure spelling folders are back in school every Thursday, as we can then prepare the new lists to come home on a Friday again for you.

The children will also have a creative homework, which may be over the course of 2 weeks or a longer period. Details to follow!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to pop in and ask.

Miss Katrina Branch