Year 1 - Miss S Owen

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter


Welcome back everyone!



Your child’s reading book will be changed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Please 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.

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.



Spellings and Homework


Year 1 will usually be given spellings and a piece of homework on Fridays.


These have to be returned by Thursday of the next week, when we also

have our spelling test.



This half term we need our P.E. kits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


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 1 Topic – ‘Ahoy There!’


 Miss Owen is looking forward to beginning the year and having lots of fun in our learning.


In our first half term we will be learning about the journeys around the world. Through our topic, we will be learning names of the continents and oceans of the world and learning about the people who travelled the seas many years ago. We will learn a little about life aboard a pirate ship! In Science we will learn more about the human body, our 5 senses and how to keep ourselves fit and healthy.


In English the children will be reading the pirate themed story and poetry books ‘A New Home for a Pirate’ by Rhonda Armitage and ‘Yo Ho Ho! A Pirating we’ll go’ by Kaye Umansky. We will be using these books to learn how to write captions and sentences, and we will begin to add interesting adjectives to our work too. We will explore poems and letters and create our own messages that could have been sent ashore.


In Maths we will begin the year by revisiting our knowledge of counting, becoming really confident with numbers to 20. We will practise adding and subtracting numbers using different equipment and we will investigate how the two operations are the inverse of each other. We will move on to explore different 2D and 3D shapes, naming them and looking closely their similarities and differences. As part of our topic themed activities, we will look at position and direction, following instructions to move around a map.


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 every day in year 1 and we learn the high frequency words by heart.


We will end our half term with a fun Pirate Day (during the last week) where we will be showing off all of our new knowledge to a mystery pirate visitor!