Year 1

Summer Term 1

TPA Sum1 Y1

Autumn Term 2

Whole school theme: Influential People
Year group theme: Hamley's Toy Store / William Hamley
Big question: Who is important to me?

Topic overview

Our topic for this half-term is toys. We will be exploring William Hamley, his toy store and the Magic Toymaker. In History we are going to be exploring ‘toys over time’ and even constructing some of our own toys as well in our DT lessons.

In Maths- we will continue to use our Numicon resources to support the children. So far this half term, the children have accessed the Numicon well and find the visual support very useful for specific areas such as number bonds to 10. At home please practice recognising your numerals, writing number words accurately and number formation.

Our Core Text sessions will be based on the stories of ‘The Jolly Postman’, ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ and ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’.

In art our focus is going to be ‘Snow Scapes’ which links fantastically to our Science unit of ‘Seasonal Change’.

Year 1’s PE day is Friday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for these days, and that earrings and any jewellery are removed before they come to school.

Thank you!

Ideas to support your child

  • Children should be reading every day and it must be recorded in their Reading Records. If children read 7 days a week they will earn house team reward tokens.We encourage parents to read with their children as much as possible, especially in Year 1 as the children will be taking the Phonics Screening Check to assess their phonic / reading ability.
  • Children should be practising their counting skills every day, as we would like children to count fluently to 60 and beyond by the end of this half term.
  • If you have any old toys at home that you would not mind being used as part of a display we would really appreciate it! We can also use photographs of family members with an old toy.


Each week your child will be expected to read every day for at least 10 – 20 minutes. This will need to be recorded in their purple reading record.

Each Friday your child will bring home the following homework that is due in the following Wednesday.

  • Spelling (Look, Cover, Write, Check)     
  • Number Bonds problems
  • RWI book (from their current level)


History of Toys will be visiting us on the 18th of December. Please ensure you’ve paid your contribution online through parent pay. 

Christmas concert

Our Christmas Concert is set to be held on date in the last two weeks of school. Stay tuned for more information! 

TPA Santas Workshop Y1 Aut2

Autumn Term 1

Whole school theme: Who's Who?
Year group theme: Hello, I am new here
Big question: I live here - who else lives here?

Topic overview

Our topic for this is half-term is “Hello, I am new here”.  We will be using our geographical skills to investigate places within our locality and other places we know in the wider world.  To help us we will be using simple maps and globes.

In Science we are focussing on plants (flowers and trees) and will be investigating the different types growing around school and in our local area.  We will be looking at the importance of flowers and seeds and will be growing our own items to use for harvest and in our own cookery later in the term!  We will also be developing our design and technology skills to help us design and make our own pizza…mm…delicious!!

Our RE will focus on understanding beliefs and faith in our families and community focusing on the religions Christianity and Islam. In PSHE we will be thinking about risks and ways of staying safe, including online risks within Computing.

Ideas to support your child

Look at maps to find places of interest and talk about the symbols used. 

Draw a map of the journey from home to school.

Ask the children to look at and name the different fruits and vegetables seen when out shopping.  Give the children opportunities to taste new fruits and vegetables.  Encourage children to think about the colours, shapes and textures.

Go on a nature walk to look at the different plants and trees in your local area.

Talk about the changes in the trees / leaves throughout the autumn months.

Collect autumn leaves and compare colours, shapes and sizes.  Can you name the trees that they have come from?

Plant seeds to explore what plants need to grow.

Guide on the side

Think about your journey from home to school.  Create a model showing the route you take.

  • What do you pass on your way to school?
  • How do you travel to school?
  • How long does your journey to school take?
  • Can you give directions from your home to school?


We will be taking a trip to Tesco for their farm to fork trail. This trip will let the children experience just how their food is made when they pick it up at the shops.

More details to come soon. 

Parent and child session

Date to follow.

An exciting opportunity for you to come into school and work with your child.