‘To be the best we can in mind. body and spirit’

Year 1 2020 - 2021


 Miss Davies and Miss Hadfield would like to welcome you to Year 1.

Our team

Teachers: Miss Davies and Miss Hadfield

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Dowell and Mrs Hadzik


Read, Write Inc

We use Read, Write Inc. to support our phonics and reading. Every child is assessed regularly and put into small focus groups based on their reading attainment. 

Your child will learn to read in a very simple way. 

They will learn to: 

1. Read letters by their ‘sounds’.

2. Blend these sounds into words. 

3. Read the words in a story. 


Your child maybe reading: 

• Set 1 Speed Sounds

  • sounds written with one letter: m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v y w z x 
  • sounds written with two letters (your child will call these ‘special friends’): sh th ch qu ng nk ck 

• Words containing these sounds, by sound-blending, e.g. m–a–t mat, c–a–t cat, g–o–t got, f–i–sh fish, s–p–o–t spot, b–e–s–t best, s–p–l–a–sh splash. 


After, they will learn to read: 

• Set 2 Speed Sounds: ay ee igh ow oo oo ar or air ir ou oy and words containing these sounds.


Next, they will learn to read: 

• Set 3 Speed Sounds: ea oi a-e i-e o-e u-e aw are ur er ow ai oa ew ire ear ure and words containing these sounds.


We look forward to sharing our new phonics scheme with you at upcoming workshops. In the meantime please feel free to watch the following video to find out more: 




During the Autumn term we will use our CoJo topic – ‘Traditional Tales’ and ‘The Jolly Postman’ to support our English work. 

This term we are focussing on the following skills:

  • Writing simple sentences with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
  • Orally rehearsing our sentences before writing them.
  • Using our ‘Fred Fingers’ to carefully listen to the sounds in words we are writing.



Over the year the children will be focusing on recalling number facts to 10 (5+5=10, 7 +3 = 10, 2+8=10) quickly and accurately. The children enjoy playing Hit the Button to test their recall skills. Please follow the link to play this fun game with your child at home: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button


Autumn Term

In the Autumn term we will be looking at: 

  • Number and place value within 10
  • Addition and Subtraction within 10
  • 2D shape


Spring Term

In the Spring term we will be looking at:

  • Number and place value to 20 
  • Addition and subtraction to 20 
  • Number and place value to 50 
  • Measuring length and height 
  • Measuring weight and volume 


Summer Term

In the Summer term we will be looking at:

  • Multiplication and division (counting in 2’s,5’s and 10’s)
  • Fractions 
  • Position and Direction 
  • Place Value to 100
  • Money 
  • Time 



In the Autumn term we will be looking at Everyday Materials. We will look at naming materials and discussing their properties. We will learn about the difference between an object and the material it is made from. Also, we will carry out an investigation to test the properties of everyday materials. 


In the Spring term we will be looking at Animals including Humans. As part of this new topic, we will label and identify the parts of our body. We will carry out an investigation about our senses and will say which part of the body is related to each sense. We will identify and group common animals and look at what they eat. 


In the Summer term we will be looking at Plants. We will grow our own plants and investigate the conditions they need to grow. We will learn to identify and name common garden plants as well as making use of our Forest School to identify trees. We will then identify and label the parts of a plant and a tree.


Over the year we will be tracking seasonal change. We will do regular seasonal walks to observe and explore what changes have occurred in our Forest School. We will also be looking at how the weather and daylight hours change throughout the year. 




Autumn Term

During the Autumn term, our Co-Jo topic is ‘Traditional Tales’. We will be looking at lots of Traditional Tales to support our Geography, History, Art, Computing and DT learning. In History we will explore castles. We will learn about different types of castles with a specific focus on famous ‘Motte and Bailey’ castles within our locality (Beeston Castle). We will also learn about castle life and the different jobs people held within a castle in the past. In Geography, we will further explore castles in the 4 countries of the United Kingdom and begin to understand some basic geographical language. In Design and Technology, we will be making our own puppet show using moving parts as well as designing and making our own ‘3 Little Pigs Houses’. In Art, we will design our own Coat of Arms using a range of materials and we will paint traditional tales scenes using watercolour. In Computing, we will learn to use technology safely and purposefully. We will learn to use apps that allow the children to bring fairy-tale characters ‘to life’ and that allow the children to edit themselves into famous fairy-tale scenes!



This term we will be exploring the Christian faith and stories from the Bible. Towards Christmas, we will be learning about ‘Incarnation’ and the Christmas Story.


Spring Term

In the Spring term, our Co-Jo champion is Simba (from the Lion King). We will use Simba’s adventures to support our Geography and History Learning, especially. We will compare the Human and Physical features of Crewe and a Kenyan town. We will also be comparing life in Crewe to life in Kenya. We will be creating our own map of a game reserve and look at the different animals you can find in Kenya. In DT, we will be exploring African textiles and we will be creating our own African inspired designs.


Summer Term

During the Summer term, our Co-Jo champion is Steve Backshall.



In each class we have a ‘reading rainbow’. We expect the children to read daily; this will allow them to move up the rainbow. For every 15 times your child reads they will move up a reading rainbow star and will receive a rainbow sticker in their diaries. When the children complete the rainbow, they will receive a certificate. On Mondays we will check to see how often your child has read and we will record this in their diary.


On Fridays we will send home Maths and Phonics homework.


The homework that children are given relates to and embeds what they have been learning about in school. 



Homework Book


Due in


 page 4 and 5

 Thursday 17th December










Useful websites for the curriculum 

Khans Academy 

https://www.khanacademy.org – especially good for maths and computing for all ages

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch (This link is also on our computing page) 
Creative computer programming

ICT Games ( also see attached some home learning cards)

https://www.ictgames.com/ – A range of online activities linked to subjects for KS1 and KS2

Y1 Learning cards

Y2 learning cards

Y3+ Learning cards


https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/ –

Interactive activities covering a whole range of subjects and year groups

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

All kinds of making.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
Activities to try in the garden!

British Council
Resources for English language learning




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