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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

I am Mrs Delpeche and am delighted to be teaching Year 1 this year.

The children have all settled in well and are looking forward to the year ahead.

In our class we are supported by Ms Simpson

This term our topics are Toys and Home Sweet Home.


We have P.E on a Thursday and Forest school on a Tuesday.




In order to support your child at home with their learning please encourage them to: 

  • Be responsible readers and read every night.
  • Bring their book bag every day and write (with support) in their reading record.
  • Organise their belongings so that they are ready to learn.
  • Complete all the home learning tasks set.
  • Learn Year 1 statutory spelling lists.
  • Practise their real and alien words ready for the Phonics test.
  • Practise their lovely leads in their handwriting.
  • Talk about what they have been learning each day in school.
  • Practising quick recall of number facts such as doubles and halves, number bonds to 10/20 and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
  • Find out some facts about our topics below.

Autumn Term Learning

This term in English we will be using the books ‘ The Rainbow Fish’ and ‘ Pinocchio’ as a focus for our writing. We will be using the Writing Rainbow to secure and build on our basic sentence structure (capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, making sense, using our sounds to spell). We will also have extra practise with our handwriting and spelling of Year 1 common exception words. In Reading we will continue to read individually and as a group, developing our Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining and Sequencing skills.


In Maths we will be focusing on counting and working with numbers to 10 . Then we will be moving onto number bonds, addition and subtraction within 10.


In Science we will be learning about materials where the children will have the opportunity to explore different materials, learn about the properties and identify and classify.  We will also be learning plants and seasons.

In Computing we will be learning how to use the program Purple Mash and looking at communication in all forms.


Our History topic this term is Toys. We will be focusing  on finding out about toys from the past. We will learn how to describe how toys are similar and how toys are different. 

Our Geography topic this term will focus on naming the seven continents of the world and identify the countries and capital cities of the UK. We will find out about the local area we live in.


In Art and D.T  we will be Developing observational drawing skills when exploring and mark making . We will use a range of tools, investigating how texture can be created in drawings. We will apply their skills to a collaborative piece using music as a stimulus and investigate artists Bridget Riley and Zaria Forman.


We will be taking part in the PSHCE Curriculum and completing the topics: ‘ Being in my world’ and ‘Celebrating differences.’


In R.E we will be exploring the ideas of Jesus’ teaching and asking ‘Does God want Christians to look after the world? ‘


In PE we will be focusing on different forms of movement such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. We will also be participating in team games and performing dances.


In Music we will be learning the unit- Hey You! We will learn about the differences between pulse, rhythm and pitch and to learn how to rap and enjoy it in its original form. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, we will listen and appraise other old school hip hop tunes.



All of the curriculum information can be found on the curriculum page on the website. 

If you would like to speak to me about your child’s learning please contact the office and I will be in contact. 

Please check the website regularly as we will be updating it with all of the wonderful learning that has been taking place. 



Recommended Websites




Recommended Websites:  

BBC Bitesize

Oxford Owl (reading Site)

BBC Phonics help

Phonics Play

Phonics games

Phonics Games

 Oak National Academy