Year 1 2023 - 2024

Mr Marland


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Welcome to our Year 1 class page!  Here you can find all the relevant information about what your child will be learning this half term.  

On our Year 1 class page you will find all the information about our class topics, class news, events, daily routines, homework and dates for your diaries. I will also regularly share the Year 1’s fantastic work on our Twitter and Facebook pages, so please follow us to keep up to date with everything we are learning about in school. 


PE sessions are a little bit different in Year 1 and we ask that children come into school IN their PE kits. Our PE days are on a Monday and Wednesday, so please remember to come in your PE kit during those days. As some PE lessons may be outside, please can the children wear warm PE clothes during the winter months.  

As always, if you need any more information please don't hesitate to ask!

Mr Marland  & Mrs Thompson

Autumn Term 2



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As Writers ...

Our text this half term is 'The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig' by Eugine Trivizas.  Through exploring this story the children will:

  • Think of a sentence before wriitng it
  • Add adjectives to describe a noun
  • Adding the suffix 'est' to the end of an adjective
  • Apply their phonics knowledge when spelling a word
  • Extend a sentence by using the conjunction 'and'
  • Plan a short narrative
  • Punctuate a simple sentence 

As Mathematicians... 



This half-term the children be learning about: 


Forming numerals 0-9

 sequence events in chronological order using language e.g. before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening

recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years

tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.

read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs 

represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20 

add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero

recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including: 

                                      2-D shapes [for example, rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles]

3-D shapes [for example, cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres]. 



As Geographers ...



We will be answering our geography enquiry question 'What is it like where we live?'.  In order to answer this questions, the children will learn to use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features.  They will also devise a simple map of their local area and construct basic symbols in a key.  They will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. 



As Designers...



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 We will explore different foods and identify those that help us stay healthy.  The children will create their own fruit kebab and decide which fruits they want to include by putting a design together.


As scientists ...


In science we will be focusing on materails.  We will distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.  We will also identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.  Once we have identified different materials we will describe the simple physical properties of them.  We will also compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties


We will work scientifically by observing closely, using simple equipment and performing simple tests.

We will also be observing the seasonal changes by going on a local walk. 

As Readers ...

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We will be reading, exploring and discussing a variety of different poems, fiction texts and non-fiction texts.   For this half-term we will be focusing on books relating to fairy tales.  These high-quality texts will help the children develop with their comprehension skills.   As well as a shared reading lesson the children will have their phonics lesson each day. 




Every day Year 1 will have a phonics lesson. At Little Leigh Primary School we follow the Essential Letters and Sounds scheme of work.  For the first week of this half term, the children will recap on all phase 2-5 GPCs and practise reading real and pseudo words that include these.  The children will then continue to further develop their reading by learning phase 6 GPCs, which include alternative graphemes.  Below are a selection of websites which will help support the children with their phonics at home. 


Online resources:



Here you will find a fun phonics game where the children have to select the letters to make the words using their phonics sounds.


Here you will find different games where the children have to read and sort the real and nonsense words.


Here you will find information and resources about the different phonics phases.


Here you will find different video’s for home learning, revising all the phonics sounds.


Here you will find phonics videos that are very useful for pronunciation of sounds.


Here you will find a  great selection of games to support all areas of learning.


This half term our PE sessions will take place on a Monday and Tuesday. Please can your child arrive to school in their P.E kit on these days. 

During the winter months, it is advisable for the children to bring warm clothes such as tracksuit bottoms as sessions will continue outside where possible.


Within school, all the children take part in whole class reading sessions, guided reading sessions and individual reads. These sessions aim to develop word recognition, inference skills, comprehension of texts and fluency/understanding of the texts we read.  Our inviting reading area with quality texts will allow the children to independently develop their love of reading during quiet reading times.  

In KS1 we encourage parents/guardians to read with your child at least 3 times a week and record a short comment in their child’s reading diary about that reading session. They will have the opportunity to change their reading book every week.   


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