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Welcome to Autumn term in Year 1. The children have settled in well with a great start to the year. We look forward to getting to know your children and progressing their learning through creative, fun and supportive learning.


Year 1 team

Miss Smyth is the Year 1 class teacher and Mrs Bevins teaches the children on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Mrs Verrall supports the children in the mornings and Mrs Sirrell in the afternoons.


Autumn Term learning


We will be exploring a range of traditional tales. In writing, we will continue to encourage the children to use their phonics to spell words, and to use a word mat to learn the spellings of tricky words. We will focus on correct punctuation (capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks) when joining sentences to form longer pieces of writing. We always encourage the children to reread and edit their writing. 



The areas of maths we will be covering this term are to read, write and count numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words. Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line. In addition and subtraction, children will represent number bonds to 20 and subtraction facts to 20. Recognise, name and identify properties of common 2-D and 3-D shapes.



The children will learn about their bodies, being able to name and identify parts of the body and children will observe changes that happen across the seasons.



Our first topic is all about me. The children will learn about their local area by being able to locate the school and other local features on a map, and take a trip to Park Parade.


If you would like some more information about our learning in the Autumn term, please look at the Curriculum News document.


Learning at home


Please record any reading at home in your child's reading record. We encourage the children to read at least four times a week, if they do, they will get a sticker put in their reading record. Once they have ten stickers, we congratulate them with a reading certificate. Most weeks your child will be heard to read twice so it is important to have the books in school. The children will often have already read the books they come home with at school that week, but it is important to reread books to develop fluency and understanding.


Home learning

Your child will have one piece of home learning a week, sent home on a Friday. This may be phonics, English, Maths or a topic based task.


Words for Writing

‘Words for Writing’ will be sent home on a Friday on a look, cover, write and check sheet for the children to complete. Please take a few minutes each day to complete a column rather than completing the whole sheet in one sitting. Little and often is considered a more effective approach for learning new words. The words will either be common exception words or based on a phonic pattern.


Our week


Children will visit the school library and will be able to choose a book to take home. These books must be brought back the following week for the children to swap these for new books.



‘Words for Writing’ will be collected. The children will be asked to spell these words and their results will be recorded on their sheet for you to see.


Home learning and reading records will be collected.


Children have gymnastics on a Thursday morning. In the second half of the Autumn term the children will have swimming. For swimming the children need a named swimming costume, hat, goggles and towel. 



‘Words for Writing’ will be sent home, which will be returned to school the following Thursday.


The children will receive home learning to complete, which will be returned to school the following Thursday.


Reading records will be sent home with two new books.


Children have a games lesson Friday afternoon.


Other information

Please send in a named water bottle for classroom use, this is additional to the lunchtime drink. If you wish, you may also send in a named healthy snack for morning break. A piece of fruit or vegetable is provided for afternoon break.

Your child will be provided with an afternoon snack each day, which will be a piece of fruit or vegetable.


We would really appreciate it if your child could have a school book bag to bring all their home learning, words for writing and books to and from school.  We like the book bags to go in drawers in the classroom so that the children do not need to go to the cloakroom to collect things. 


A named PE kit and trainers should remain in school all the timeOn colder days, children can wear jogging bottoms and jumpers outside. 


If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to make an appointment through the office, or send an email to and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.


Thank you!

Miss Smyth


KS1 Phonics and Reading Information Evening

Take a look at our Year 1 WOW! Writing by clicking the link below: