Year 1 - Peacocks


It has been a busy week in Year One and the children are settling into their new class well.  


Next week 



In Maths we will be learning to write digits up to ten in both words and numbers. We will be identifying missing numbers on number tracks as well as in pictures and number sequences. We will also be learning how to work out one more of a given number to within ten. Please support this at home by practicing the correct spelling of the digits.      



 In English we will be continuing with the story The Night Pirates by Peter Harris. The children will be designing and describing their own island of where they would like to sail to. The children will also be writing about what adventures they might have on the island. 



The week of the 30th September is Diversity Week and we would love for the children to experience different cultures / activities . If you are able to come in any afternoon except for the Monday that week to either read a story from a different culture, food tasting, art activity linked to a different culture then please let your class reps know or make a note in the contact book. 


Pirate day will be on Friday 11th October. 


Reading Scheme


The school reading system was revised over the summer and the books are now grouped in phonic phases. This new system means that throughout Year One you will find your child will not change reading level as frequently as previous Year One pupils. When the children complete Phase 6 reading books they become free readers. You may find within your child’s current books some may not appear to be challenging, however the book may contain the tricky words linked with this phase which is why it will be in this group. If you have any questions please let me know at the meet the teacher meeting next Tuesday. 

Thank you for your continued support.


If possible we would really like to know what your child’s favourite story book is. Please send it to school with your child so we can talk about why it is their favourite book and help to promote a love of reading.    



Learning this half term:


The topic for this half term is Pirates where the children will be engaged in a number of exciting activities linked with this.  



The first topic in Maths is Place Value (Within 10) 


The learning objectives for the topic are: 

-Count to ten, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

-Count, read and write numbers to 10 in numerals and words. 

-Given a number, identify one more or one less. 

-Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than, fewer, most and least. 


In English we will be reading the story The Night Pirates by Peter Harris. 

We will be acting key parts of the book and describing characters from the story as well as exploring the adventures they have through various writing activities.  This half term we will be writing sentences using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and reading the sentence to check it makes sense. 



In science this half term we will be learning about seasonal change. This topic is covered throughout the year and the children compare the weather throughout the year. They also learn how the seasonal change impacts the environment, for example how trees look during the different seasons. 



We will be reading and making maps then following directions to find treasure.


Half term home learning challenge:

The first home learning challenge is to design a pirate and for your child to write at least two sentences independently to describe it. Your child will then wear this design to our Pirate Day (details to follow).                      


Home Learning 

Fluency books:

The fluency books have a question for every day of the week and are linked to the topic we are learning in class. The expectation is that a question is completed every day after school to develop fluency. Please do not complete lots of questions all at once as the idea is by completing it daily it supports the small steps that that they complete in class.  



There will be six spellings sent home weekly every Monday for you to practice at home with your child. The words will focus on a particular sound and either high frequency words or Year 1 words. The first six spellings will be sent home on Monday 9th September. 



 Please ensure you record when you have read with your child. The expectation is that the children are read with four times a week. 


Mathletics is an online system where your child will be set weekly Maths challenges to complete at home. You earn points for every activity and will receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate for achieving the required number of points. Mathletics will be set every Monday from the 16th September. During the 'meet the teacher' meeting Mathletics will be demonstrated. 


PE days are Monday and Tuesday this term. Please ensure your child has their PE kit on these days and that it is weather appropriate as we have both indoor and outdoor PE.


If you have any questions please let me know 


Miss Lewis