Year 1 - Miss S Owen

Welcome back everyone!

Spellings and Homework

Spellings and homework will be given out on Fridays. These have to be returned by Thursday of the next week, when we also have our spelling test.



Your child’s reading book will be changed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Please make sure that you write a comment in their reading record to show how they are getting on with the book they have been given. This way, we can make sure that your child is reading the books they can understand and enjoy. You do not always have to read the entire book every night. Focus on 2 pages and talk about the characters and events. You might want to take it in turns to read so your child can hear how you read too. Please make sure that reading books are in school every day, as your child will read it to an adult at some time throughout the week.



PE is on a Monday and Tuesday this half term, it has temporarily changed because we are having some extra help from a wonderful dance coach! Please make sure that your child has their kit in school on those days. They should wear a white or blue t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or pumps for outdoor sessions.


Autumn 2 Topic – ‘Fire, Fire!’


In our second half term we will be learning about the events of the Great Fire of London along with some of the celebrations that take place at this time of year. Through our topic, we will be learning about the countries of the UK and their capital cities, focusing on London. We will explore the events of the Great Fire and find out all about the famous historical figure Samuel Pepys. We will learn about materials in our Science topic, finding about the suitability of different materials for different purposes. We will develop our understanding of why the Great Fire was so bad due to the materials that houses were made from many years ago.



In English the children will begin by looking at descriptive language and poems linked to Bonfire Night. They will move on to explore a range of different types of writing about the Great Fire of London, such as stories, diaries, news reports and non-fiction books. At the end of the half term we will be writing some instructions to help us make some Christmas creations which will also be our design technology focus.


In Reading we are working in groups to share different types of book. We discuss the things we have read and give our thoughts and feelings about each book. We also try hard to answer questions about stories, thinking about how characters are feeling and why things have happened. The children will continue practising their phonics and the high frequency words.



In Maths children will begin by learning more about addition and subtraction of numbers up to 10, then 20. We will learn how to reason and solve problems using what we know! Everyone will revisit our learning from the first half term by learning more about place value, focusing on the teen numbers.

We will then move onto learn more about 2D and 3D shapes, looking at the way shapes appear in everyday objects around the school and home. We will learn about their names as well as their properties.