Year Groups

Year 1

Autumn Term in Year 1- Half termly letter


We are starting the half term by reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. We will be writing character descriptions using adjectives as well as re-telling the story, changing the tiger to a different animal. We will then read the story, The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge. We will make up our own beast and write a diary entry from the perspective of the beast. Our final book will be a non-fiction book called 10 things I can do to help the world by Melanie Walsh. We will be writing an explanation on how to help the world, as well as writing a persuasive letter. We will also be reading lots of poems and writing our own poems, using our senses.

We will continue to have daily phonics and handwriting lessons, as well as developing comprehension and reading skills in targeted Guided Reading lessons. We will also be working on the spelling and grammar each week.

Next half term we are starting weekly spelling tests; we will be practising the spellings in school but please encourage your children to practise at home. These will take place every Friday.


We will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics and will continue to focus on the themes of number, place value (within 20), addition and subtraction and 2D and 3D shapes. We ensure we begin each new skill using concrete materials, such as unifix cubes or numicon. We then move on to visual methods, including number lines and part, part, whole models. The children are then equipped with the skills to solve more open ended problems and should be able to reason, giving explanations for their answers.


Our science topic this half term continues to be on Materials and their properties. We will be investigating which material is the least absorbent when making a roof for a hedgehog’s home; we will be comparing properties, as well as investigating which materials are best to build a bridge, strong enough to hold a teddy bear.

We will also continue to look at seasons and weather as an on-going project over the year and plan to go on a winter walk to Wandsworth common.


We will be using the ipads to explore the app, ‘puppet pals’. The children will be creating and choosing their own actors, designing their own backdrops and recording their voices to make up their own stories. They will also be encouraged to re-tell stories covered in English and familiar stories they know.


Our topic question this half term is: “How is light used in winter festivals?”

We will be learning about a number of winter festivals with a focus on the importance of light. This will include Bonfire Night, Diwali, Advent, Hanukkah and Christmas.


Our art and DT will be linked to our topic and preparation for the KS1 Christmas production. We will be creating bonfire monoprints, Advent wreath pictures, as well as making divas (Diwali lamps), decorations and props for the Christmas performance.


We will continue with PATHS, a resource to support children with their emotional well being, including recognising and managing feelings. We will also look at different types of worries or problems and how we can work to solve these. Autumn 2 also includes Anti-Bullying Week. This year’s theme is to choose respect over bullying. We will be exploring what respect means, how bullying is a behaviour choice, and how to respectfully disagree with others.


In PE we will be looking at throwing and catching skills, as well as running and jumping, focusing on balance and movement. PE kits are to be left at school for the full half term if possible. Please ensure every item is named and in a named bag.


We will be learning about Islam and looking at the month of Ramadan, as well as making and decorating lanterns to celebrate Eid.


Next half term our music work will be focused around two songs: Rhythm In The Way We Walk (Reggae style) and The Banana Rap (Hip Hop style). We will: listen to and talk about the songs and other songs in the same style; build on our knowledge and understanding about the features of music through vocal warm-ups, learning to sing the song, composing and improvising and work toward an in-class performance.

Trips and Special Events

KS1 will be putting on a Christmas production on the afternoon of Monday 17th December and the morning of Tuesday 18th December. Please put the dates in your diary.


Please send your child in with their coat, book bag (no rucksacks), reading record, water and snack (optional) every day! Please name everything! Please record reading at home in their reading record.