Welcome to Year One


PE is on Monday and Wednesday each week. PE kits are also to be worn on a Thursday for our enrichment session with Velocity. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit, with appropriate footwear. Please can long hair be tied back and earrings removed or covered prior to arrival at school. This ensures a smooth transition into PE. 


Remember that online homework is set each Friday on Mymaths and Spelling Shed. 6 extra tasks are also set as assignments on Teams. Please aim to complete at least 4 of these over the course of the half-term. We have been really impressed with all the homework submitted so far and have enjoyed sharing any work completed as a class.  

We also ask that you listen to your child read their reading books regularly and aim to read their phonics book at least 4 times to develop fluency in reading. Please add a short comment in your child’s reading records when you have read at home. Books will be changed on a weekly basis.  

Online homework will be set on a Friday each week on MyMaths and Spelling Shed. Aim to go on Spelling Shed regularly throughout the week and MyMaths by the following Friday. If you found any of the questions trickier on MyMaths, you are able to try again, with a slight change of questions to try and improve your percentage score. Try to aim for 75% or above. Activities will be shared with children each Friday so they are aware of what is set. Please also continue to access Numbots as done so in Reception to reinforce key number facts. 

Class Teacher

Miss S Sowray
Miss S Sowray

Class Agreement

Autumn 2

We are so proud of how you have settled into Year 1 and have tackled your new learning. There will be plenty of new learning this half-term too as we make our way towards Christmas!  

As well as our Maths and English learning this half-term, we will be exploring both a Science and a Geography topic. In Science, we will explore a range of everyday materials and will talk about their suitability for different jobs in terms of their properties. In Geography, we will begin by exploring key human and physical features in East Bierley before looking at where Braford lies in the UK. We will be learning about each of the countries in the UK and the waters which surround them. We will also be exploring a range of printing techniques in Art and perfecting our sewing skills in DT. Plenty to keep us busy!  

We will also begin the next phase of phonics (phase 5) which will introduce alternative graphemes and pronunciations for sounds and letters we already know.  

We are looking forward to another successful and enjoyable half-term.

Autumn 1

A big welcome to Year 1!  

Our first topic is ‘The History of Shopping’. We will begin by discussing what is meant by ‘the past’ and will look at changes to shopping within living memory and how shopping has changed since our parents and grandparents were younger. This will involve the increase of technology and the rise of supermarkets. As part of this learning we will also discuss how toys have changed over time and will have our very own role-play toy shop in the classroom.  

Phonics is a key focus this year in order to ensure children are confident to blend and recognise words independently. We are now following the ELS scheme for phonics. Information will be shared at the parent’s meeting on Thursday 8th September. Reading books will be swapped every Friday. Children will receive two books - one closely matched to the weekly phonics learning in class and one which will be a reading for pleasure book. Please leave books in book bags as we will be hearing readers throughout the week.