HoldbrookPrimary School and Nursery

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Year 1


Welcome to Year 1

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

The children are settling in well . The change from reception to  year 1 is quite a big one and the children are  meeting the new expectations well .We are looking forward to the year ahead.

In our class we are supported by Mrs Moore and Mrs Watson.

This term our topics are Toys and Materials.


We have P.E twice a week on Monday and Thursday.



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

  • Read every night and please write in the learning journal
  • Complete homework projects
  • Practise their doubles ( ie 1+1=2  , 2+2=4)  
  • Develop their mental maths skills adding and subtracting to and from 10
  • Ensure that they know how to count to 20 and write the numbers to 20


Autumn Term Learning

This term in English we will be focussing on developing our early writing skills  and firstly writing labels for pictures ,then captions for pictures and finally generating simple sentences with a capital letter and a full stop. The children will be involved in writing activities on a daily basis in their phonics lessons. We are also teaching an additional English lesson almost every day based around   a high quality story that will engage the children.  Initially the children have started  their English  labels and caption work around the topic of toys  and shortly we will start to use  the book “I Love You Blue Kangaroo” By Emma Chichester Clark.

The next narrative text the we will use is the very well known story “Dogger” by Shirley Hughes. This story offers the children a chance to write about a familiar setting . The children will be taught to make plausible attempts at spelling unfamiliar words. They will be taught to leave spaces between words and correctly punctuate  sentences. Year 6 will continue to develop their knowledge of different forms of punctuation and grammatical terms and how these can be used to improve their writing.


In Maths we will be completing the topics of Number, Addition, Subtraction, Positions, Shape and Length before beginning the Year 6 curriculum.


In Science we will be learning about Materials


We will be learning how to stay safe on line computing. 


Our History topic this term is Old Toys. We will be learning about the toys that children had 100 years ago. Catherine Hammond , from Waltham Abbey Museum will visit the class with  some very old toys for them to see and play with..


Our Geography topic this term is “ The U.K and our local area” The children will begin to identify the countries and capital cities of the UK. They will find out about the local area they live in..


In Art the children will be learning about observational drawing ,linking to our topic of toys. The children will be taught  about drawing  an image to fit a space and then controlling  a pencil to colour spaces carefully. In our second half of the Autumn term the pupils will be learning about  the Artist Alma Thomas and primary colours.


In Design and Technology this term we will be following a series of lessons to help the children understand basic mechanisms . The pupils will make a moving picture.


We will be taking part in the PSHCE Curriculum and completing the topics: ‘Being  

Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’.


In R.E we will be learning about Christianity and the Creation Story.


Their P.E will be with our Sports Coach, Mr T, and they will be focusing on Fitness ball skills .

Music will be taught by our music teacher, Mr Rollo.

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:  

BBC Bitesize

Oxford Owl (reading Site)

BBC Phonics help

Phonics Play

Phonics games

Phonics Games

Oak National Academy