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Year 1

Welcome to Year One 


Dear parents and children,


The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the 4 different countries of the UK and the weather patterns in England. The children also really relished going outside to consolidate these skills by using our map of the UK on the key stage one playground!      


Our next topic is ‘Dragon post’. The children will be learning how to be ‘authors’ and writing their own narratives by the end of the topic. We will be consolidating skills such as handwriting and application of phonics during these lessons in preparation for the children to transition into year two.


In Mathematics, we are going to consolidate our arithmetic skills each afternoon. Our new skills will be multiplication, division and money. We will be using lots of physical apparatus to consolidate these skills and help the children visualise this learning.


Phonics – the children are continuing to make outstanding progress in their phonics lessons ready for their phonics screening test this month. Phonics is the gateway to the world – good phonetic knowledge and the ability to read enables great things! Daily phonics lessons and reading at home enable this. Don’t forget that there are lots of ways to read – magazines, comics, recipes, street signs etc.


PE – our PE day will continue to be on a Monday. Please send your child to school in their full PE kit (making sure they have a cardigan/jumper to keep them warm as our lessons will be outdoors! We will be ensuring that the children are extremely active during the lessons as we are currently focusing on our skills needed for this years sports day (which will happen later on in the school year).


Thank you for your continued support!


The Year 1 team.

Year 1 Timetable 2023-24