Fossdale Road
B77 4HN

Year One

Welcome to Year 1, 2018-2019!

Do keep an eye out for things we are doing... we have a busy year ahead of us!

The teachers in Year 1 are Miss Brown and Mrs Pickering. We are supported by Mrs Hall and Mrs Mitchell. 

Our topic this half term is Once Upon A Time

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We will launch our topic with a Traditional Tale Hunt. On the hunt, we will find a range of clues which we then have to guess which Traditional Tale it links to.

Through Literacy, we will learn what a Traditional Tale is and explore a range of Traditional Tales. During this topic, we will write stories, postcards and wanted post cards. We will use puppets and drama to retell a variety of Traditional Tales.

During Science, we will name and identify a variety of every day materials. We will sort materials based on their properties. We will go on a material hunt around school to identify objects and the materials they are made from.

Through History and Geography, we will be learning about the different types of houses. We will then use what we have learnt to spot a range of houses on our local area walk. We will research how houses have changed throughout the years and predict what we think houses will look like in the future. We will also be exploring how houses differ around the world.

During Art, we will learn about the local artist Paul Horton and recreate pictures in they style of his work. We will mould and paint clay to create a household ornament.

We will end our topic in a memorable Traditional Tale Day.

Experiences: Traditional Tale Hunt, Local Area Walk, Traditional Tale Day

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How to support your child:

Below are some links you can use to help support your child's learning at home.  


Continue to practice addition and subtraction using visual maths. (Use this link to watch videos of our visual maths methods Visual Maths Videos)

Literacy and Reading


We will be continuing our Read Write Inc (RWI) program over the year. Children will have speed sound word time every day along with other writing tasks that will help all children to spell and form sentences correctly.

Children will be bringing home new reading books this term which will link to our RWI program so please try to read for at least 10 minutes a day when possible - this will have a huge impact on their learning.

Phonics Screening: 

At the end of Year One all children are required to complete the Phonics Screening Check. This is a short assessment designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify children who need extra help to improve their decoding skills. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words (alien words) that a pupil reads aloud to the teacher.

Below is a short video you can watch to find out what happens during the check and why it's useful.


Below are some links you can use to help support your child's learning at home


PE Kit: Year One PE day is in on Tuesday and Thursday. However, please ensure children have PE kits in school every day. PE Kit consists of a named white t-shirt, dark shorts and pumps.

Homework: Homework is sent home in a Purple homework book on a Friday. Please return homework by the following Wednesday.

Reading Books and Reading Challenge: Please ensure your child has their reading books in school every day. We aim to read with your child once a week and provide them with a new reading book. Our reading challenge this half term is based around space. Once your child reads 10, 20 and 30 times they receive a prize and their name gets entered into a raffle. At the end of each half term a name shall be drawn and they will receive a big prize.  


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