Welcome to Year One


Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. Please come to school on these days dressed in your PE kit. Please also ensure long hair is tied back and earrings are removed or covered before school.


You will shortly receive log in details for our online learning platforms. Homework will be set weekly on Spelling Shed and MyMaths. Please also continue to access Numbots and work through the levels to increase recall of key number facts. These platforms are most effective when completed in short bursts throughout the week.

Reading books will also be sent home. Please ensure you comment within your child’s reading record and bring books into school in bookbags each day as we will also be reading these books with adults in school.

Class Teacher

Miss S Sowray
Miss S Sowray

Class Agreement

Spring 1

A very happy new year to you all! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and are feeling refreshed ready for some more exciting learning this half-term.

We will be both historians and geographers over the next 7 weeks. We will begin by learning all about our Queen and her significance in history. As part of this we will also apply and continue to develop our knowledge of the UK by taking a look at where the Queen lives in London and the surrounding landmarks. This learning will also be continued within our English lessons where we will try to help the Queen locate her missing hat! Later in the half-term, we will also learn about the four seasons and how these affect the weather and how some animals hibernate during the winter months.

In our Enrichment time this half-term we will be learning about healthy eating and will develop some key food preparation skills.

In maths we will develop our understanding of teen numbers and use this knowledge to help complete additions and subtractions. We will also be learning our number bonds to 20.

Please continue to read daily with your child at home and ensure you write in reading logs. We will be continuing to learn some more of the Phase 5 alternative sounds this half-term.

Our PE days this term will be a Wednesday and Thursday. 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.

We look forward to getting going with this new learning.

Autumn 2

Wow! What a super first half-term we had! We are so proud of how you have settled into and tackled the new learning in Year 1. 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 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 learn the names of each country 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.


Remember that homework is set each Friday, with a summary of the online platforms and an extra learning task posted on Teams. Please ensure homework is completed by the following Friday and feel free to attach any images of learning completed as we like to share these together in class.

We also ask that you write a short comment in your child’s reading log when they have read at home.


PE is on Mondays and Thursdays. 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.

Autumn 1

A big welcome to Year 1! We cannot wait to start our learning journey together. We will spend this half-term settling into the next key stage of school and will continue to learn through a balance of adult-led activities and provision-based learning.

Our first topic is ‘The History of Shopping’. We will begin by discussing what is meant bv ‘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. We will have our own role play shop in class for the children to explore and will later change this into our very own toy shop as we discuss how toys have changed over time. See the knowledge organiser for key learning included in our topic.

Phonics is a key focus this year in order to ensure children are confident to blend and recognise words independently. The children will receive copies of sounds and key words which should be practiced at home on a regular basis to increase their fluency when reading.

In Maths, we will strengthen our knowledge of numbers to 10 using a range of representations. We will also begin to use the language of  greater than, less than and equal and their symbols to compare amounts.

We look forward to getting to know you all and are sure we will have a super year.