Year 1

Welcome to Term 5!

Morning routine–  As normal, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  mornings children are to come into class independently.

On a Tuesday and Thursday from 8.45-8.55, parents and carers are encouraged to come into class and read with their child. This is a time for children to read their reading books. Please be mindful of keeping younger siblings with you if they also come into class.

Tuesdays– In term 5, Mrs Swords our new Inclusion Leader will be teaching Year one. She has met the children and is looking
forward to working with them.

PE -Year one will continue to have PE on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Please can you make sure that your child has a P.E kit in school on these days. Letters will  continue to be  sent home if they are not in school on these days.

Reading books: Children are encouraged to change their reading books independently in the mornings and afternoons.

Core Learning


Term 5 – Thinking Skills

During this core learning strand, we will be encouraging the children to consider our ‘thinking hats’ to help them manage their learning. We will look at how these skills can support our learning journey.

Our first I can is.. I can find information to help me.

Dates for the Diary

Year 1 Blog

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If you would like to discuss anything about your child in detail then please book an appointment to see me with Mrs Wild at the office.

Many thanks, Miss Bathgate

Enquiry – ‘Why is water so precious?’

Our enquiry this term is all about science. To begin, we will have a WOW day based all around water. The children will turn into investigators when we go on a walk around our environment, exploring different trees. We will then plant and grow our own seeds where we will keep a diary of how they change over the term. Following this, we will collect and record the results and observe changes that occur. We will also be designing and making our very own flowerpots! There will be an end of term class celebration to see your child’s finished work.

Enquiry – ‘Starry Night’

Our enquiry this term is all about art and using it as a stimulus for the children to explore their own creativity. To begin this topic, we will have a WOW day based around the artist Vincent Van Gogh. The children will listen to ‘Starry Night’ by Don Mclean and explore how Van Gogh uses stars in his art work. Alongside this, we will explore photos of stars in the galaxy and go on an inspiring Starry Night walk in our new outdoor area. Following this, we will create our own
versions of a starry night and celebrate with an end of term art work exhibition.



During our enquiry afternoons we have been exploring art and repeated patterns. The children have been using different resources to do this and enjoy different art forms. We are really looking forward to our new enquiry this term which is called ‘Hello, I’m new here’ where we will be learning all about Geography.


In phonics we have been revising all of our phase two and three sounds that we learnt in reception. We are now starting to learn some new phase five sounds. The children have been applying their phonics sounds inside and outside the classroom. We have been learning the difference between ‘real’ words and ‘nonsense’ words. Why don’t you continue this at home by creating your own ob and bob words?

In maths we have been magnificent mathematicians!

We have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes. The children worked in groups and had a go at a variety of activities. They had the challenge of sorting shapes based on their characteristics. How many corners do they have? Which shapes are curved/straight? How many sides are there?

We have also been exploring place value of teen numbers. We had a go at separating ‘teen’ numbers into 10s and 1s using different equipment.

Year one are fantastic story tellers

We have been using our talk for writing skills to create our own actions. The children made their own story mountains and then presented their own retell of their stories to the class. We are very proud of them!


Displays and Children’s Work
Take a look at some of our work and sometimes us in the classroom. You are always welcome to come into school and take a closer look. You can see from the displays in our classrooms the variety of topics we cover. As the year progresses, the displays change. By July, you will be able to see the whole range of subjects we have covered. Our Working walls help us learn – the content builds as the term progresses.