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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Welcome to Year One. This term the children will be developing their historical skills by learning all about The Great Fire of London. We will look at materials in science and Christianity in RE. During Art we will focus on our printing and drawing skills and in computing our mouse skills eventually moving on to using basic programmes and controlling floor robots called BeeBots. To get a glimpse of what our daily life in Year One is like please look at our class gallery where I will regularly share photos of the things we have been up to. 


I love setting the children little challenges every now and then to engage and enthuse them. These challenges are optional and meant to be fun, creative and interesting, something you could do as a family and there will usually be a small reward such as dojo points, house points, certificates or a dip in the prize box. 


If you would like to ask me something please feel free to introduce yourself (I'm getting much better at recognising more and more faces at the gates each day, even though facemasks can make it tricky) after school, you can now send me a message on class dojo or drop me an email at  As a working parent myself,  I appreciate how tricky it can be to speak to your child's teacher in person, I will always endeavor to respond to emails the same day or alternatively send me a letter or ring the school office.

News Flash!!!!!!!!

Check out this section of the Year One page for the most recent information!

Autumn Term Newsletter

Here are some of our favourite songs and videos we are are using to support our learning in class this term. Links to our favourite songs will also be shared on Class Dojo.

The Counting by Twos Song | Counting Songs | Scratch Garden

Go up into space as you count up by twos with a dog and a song on a crazy rocket cruise! The Counting by Twos song teaches skip counting by 2. If you are learning to count or teaching math and early years numeracy, the Counting by 2's song by Scratch Garden is the best way to get there!

Let's all do the 10 dance (number bonds of 10 song)

Come on everybody Let's all do the 10 dance. Grab your 10 partner and head out on the dance floor! A super fun and funky dance tune about the number combinations of 10. So do the 10 dance with 5 and 5, 6 and 4, 7 and 3, 10 and 0, and 8 and 2.

DOUBLES! DOUBLES! (*new* 1-10 version)

WWW.HARRYKINDERGARTENMUSIC.COM ...or find me on Teachers Pay Teachers!­­­­Kindergarten-Music HARRY KINDERGARTEN MUSIC, LLC Hip educational songs & videos for the K-2 Classroom! Song: DOUBLES! DOUBLES! (1-10 VERSION) Educational Content: Practicing "doubles" addition; This version has both the "small doubles" and the "big doubles" in one song, whereas my previous versions repeated one or the other in both verses.

Greater Than, Less Than - "Let it Go" parody

Lyrics: ---A parody of the song "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen.--- Alligator looks for a treat tonight But not a number to be seen He's searching for something big But he only sees a three He keeps exploring til his eyes, they spy a nine And he wonders then, "which one should be mine?"

We have been exploring the language of comparing numbers this half term, deciding which number Alligator (Chomper) would choose to eat!



We expect all our children to read every evening and at weekends. In Year 1, 10 minutes should be a minimum and, in addition, most children love to share books with adults, especially at bedtime. Please ensure you sign the reading log to confirm daily reading is taking place. any reading is a bonus whether its on our new Oxford Reading Buddy site, a Read write Inc or Oxford Reading Tree book, a picture book or a set of flashcards. Make it work for you as a family. Consistency is the key to success.


Children will also have phonic sheets taken from their recent sessions in school posted on Class Dojo. These are a great way to supplement reading at home and it gives you the chance to practise sounds that we are learning currently in school.  



Here are my top 10 story books for children in Y1. In no particular order:


1. The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

2. Aliens love underpants - Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

3. Room on the broom - Julia Donaldson

4. The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister

5. Laura's Star - Klaus Baumgart

6. Giraffes can't dance - Giles Andreae

7. The dinosaur that pooped a planet - Tom Fletcher

8. Percy the Parkeeper - Nick Butterworth

9. The bravest ever bear - Allan Ahlberg

10. The Highway Rat - Julia Donaldson

Computer Whizzkids

in this section you will find links to free, safe, internet based games that will support your child's learning. We use these in class in our Cool Computing area.


Watching Alphablocks for a few minutes a day would really help your child develop their phonic skills. Each episode is around 5 minutes long, why not watch one before you read with your child, after breakfast or after school to boost the sounds they are learning in school.

Alphablocks Series 4 - Name

When A gets hiccups, she can't say her own name - but Magic E and friends sing a song to help her remember. This episode introduces the long A sound, the digraphs '-ay-', '-ai-' and '-ae-' and the words day, play, way, tail, trail, sail, game, cake, snake and name.


Another personal favourite of mine is the Cbeebies programme Numberblocks. These programmes cover lots of topics taught in Year 1, usually around 5 minutes long a great way to end a busy school day or watch before school.

Numberblocks - Blast Off! | Learn to Count

As seen on CBeebies! Watch Numberblocks full episodes on BBC iPlayer: Subscribe for more Numberblocks: Learn to count with the Numberblocks as they blast off to space in this counting adventure - plus much more number fun! We are the Numberblocks! Little blocks with big ideas, having a ton of number fun.


Our P.E lessons will take place on Wednesdays and Friday afternoons led by myself  and Hannah our tennis coach. Please send your child into school dressed for PE.

PE during colder months


Children will still be doing the Daily Mile and some PE outside during the colder months. As long as the playground is safe for use, the children will be doing basic games outside using a variety of equipment.


Please can you ensure that your child has suitable clothing, such as: tracksuit top and bottoms, hat and gloves.

Class photos 


Look under the classes tab > class galleries > Year 1 >