Year 1

with Miss Williams and Mrs Taylor

In Year One we are running a balanced curriculum with continuous provision to ensure that the transition from Reception to Year One can be as smooth as possible.


The provision in the classroom will be changed weekly to follow children’s interests and support the topic that is being taught. There will be phonics, English, maths and science challenges for children to access independently.

We call these our Chilli Challenges and they will vary in difficulty. When each challenge has been completed, children will sign their name underneath to say they have completed it. When a child has completed all of the weekly challenges, they will place their name in a bucket and have the chance to win a prize and certificate every Friday.

In provision, children are following the learning cycle below in order to effectively reflect on their own independent learning. We are training the children to take photographs of their own independent work.

Over the year the topics we will be covering are:

  • This is me
  • Toys through time
  • Wonderful Weather
  • We are Britain
  • Journeys

Our topic this half term is ‘This is me’. You can download the topic map below.

Topic Map Aut 1

If you would like to see the overview of learning that is covered over the whole of Year 1 please download the pdf below. Please note that this is a working document and is subject to change.

Yearly long-term plan for Year 1 – Year 1 long-term overview


In Year 1 we will be focusing on Phase 4 to Phase 5/6 phonics. How phonics sessions run will depend on the guidance we receive in September but we will keep you updated.

Children will be sent home with high frequency words in addition to their reading book. It is important that children learn to read high frequency words as this will improve how fluent they become at reading. If you would like to see the high frequency that your child will be learning, please download them below:

Next 200 high frequency words:

Physical Education

Our PE day will be every Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child arrives to school in their appropriate PE kit. Children not wearing the correct kit will be unable to take part. Please also make sure your child’s name is written on their tags to prevent items from getting lost.


Homework is optional but we highly recommend engaging your child at home with their current school learning too.

You must ensure your child is reading at home at least three times a week. This includes practicing high frequency words. Record your child’s progress in their reading record and upload to your child’s portfolio on Class Dojo.

There will be no spellings for the first few weeks as the new children settle in. When we are ready to give spellings, there will be a spelling test every Thursday. Spellings are based around your child’s current phonics learning.

You can download our Homework Grid below:

Homework Grid Aut 1


This half term we will be reading:

  • The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane (poetry)
  • The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas
  • Elmer stories by David Mckee
  • Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning about Your Five Senses by Pamela Nettleton
  • Mr Majeika by Humphrey Carpenter

Times tables

In Year one children are expected to know their 2, 5 and 10 times table by the end of the year. You can help by practicing them at home too. Below are some songs and games we use to help our children learn them.

Forest school

Forest School will take place every Friday for the first half term of each term. More info will be posted on Class Dojo.

Please ensure children are dressed appropriately as they will be outside for extended periods of time. Warm clothes and waterproofs (weather appropriate) are essential. If your child has these items available it would be a great help to have them on their coat peg in a named plastic bag.

Class Dojo

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If you have any messages or concerns, please contact me via Class Dojo. If you have any of your child’s work or achievements you’d like to share with us, you can upload these to your child’s individual portfolio. I will be checking Class Dojo at lunch time and after school.

If you have any urgent messages, please contact the school office.

Thank you! 😊