Year Groups

Year 1

Autumn Term in Year 1 - Half termly letter


We will be starting the term by looking at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We will then go on to look at books and writing activities linked to our topic of toys, e.g. Dogger, instruction writing (using/making a toy). In addition to this, we will be having daily phonic 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 throughout the week.


We will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics and focusing on the themes of number, place value, addition and subtraction. We generally start each new skill using concrete materials, moving on to visual methods (including number lines), and then more open ended problem solving, reasoning and explanations.


Our science topic this half term is Materials and their properties which we will be linking to our topic of toys. We will also be looking at seasons and weather as an on-going project over the year.


We will be learning about and improving our skills with using a trackpad, switching on and shutting down, using applications and managing windows, setting up and saving using folders and dragging objects.


Our topic question this half term is: “What makes a good toy?”

We will be thinking about our favourite toys, comparing old and new toys – including the materials they are made from, designing and making our own toys, as well as taking part in a workshop with Battersea Arts Centre.


The DT curriculum will link with our topic work and will include designing, making, and evaluating a toy.


We will continue with PATHS, a resourse to support children with their emotional well being, including recognising and managing feelings. We have also worked together to make our class charters, looking at the rights and rights holders actions of every child.


In PE we will be looking at movement through dance, linked to our science work on seasons. We will also be developing basic skills and refining children’s gross motor skills through outdoor activities and games. 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 drawstring bag (no rucksacks please).


We will be learning about Buddhism with a focus on customs and traditions, including making our own prayer flags.


This half term our music work is focused around one song: Hey You! - a Hip Hop song for children. We will: listen to and talk about the song Hey You! and other Hip Hop songs; 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

We have a workshop (in school) about toys with Battersea Arts Centre – more details to follow. This is going to be a surprise so please don’t tell the children!


Please send your child in with their coat, book bag (no rucksacks), reading record, water and fruit (optional) every day! Please ensure everything is named!

Please record any reading at home in their reading record.