Year 1

What are we learning this half term?



This half term we will be reading the story of Gruffalo’s child, we will be looking at the different characters and settings in the story and telling our own stories. We will continue to use adjectives in our writing to make our sentences more interesting, use the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘because’ , as well as ensuring we use punctuation correctly. We will also be reading the story of The Jolly Christmas Postman and beginning to write our own letters.

We will be reading the Christmas story and learning about how Christian people celebrate Christmas.



We will be learning how to recognise British coins and notes, we will be telling the time to o’clock times and drawing our own hands on to clocks. We will continue to carry out addition and subtraction calculations and use numberlines to find the answers to the questions.

We will be learning how to find missing numbers in addition and subtraction calculations. We will also carry out simple division problems through sharing and word problems, as well as finding simple fractions of shapes into halves and quarters.


Topic Work

This term we will continue our topic ‘Let’s Celebrate’, where we learn about festivals, such as Diwali, bonfire night and Christmas.



This half term we will begin to look at our senses. We will find out about our five senses and use them to carry out simple experiments, such as ‘guess the smell’ and sound games.

We will also be finding out about Winter and the changes that happen in the season. 



This half term we will continue to learn about E safety, making sure children understand that some games and films are for children of certain ages. We will be talking about stranger danger and being safe in all different situations. Children will continue to use I pads and laptops in the classroom.




Please could children bring their PE kit every Monday. The children will need PE clothes that are for indoors, as the children will initially be inside for their PE sessions. Please remember you will not be able to drop PE kit off at the office anymore.


Children SHOULD NOT be wearing earrings in school.


Please bring book bags and reading books to school every day. If you feel your child’s book needs changing, please place it in the designated place in your child’s classroom. It is not always possible to read with all the children every day, so please be patient, we do not change children’s reading books daily. Please make sure that you sign or make a comment on each book when you have heard your child read so we know how they are reading at home.


Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be brought back to school as soon as possible the following week.


Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 1 Team.