Welcome to Year 1

                                                        Miss Slinger - Class Teacher     Miss Kay - Teaching Assistant

I hope you have had an enjoyable Summer and that you are ready to start the new school year, so welcome to Year 1! Working with myself will be Miss Kay our teaching assistant and Miss Mather who is a trainee teacher. We are looking forward to getting to know you and working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year that enables your child to experience a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1. We have an exciting Autumn term planned in Year 1, below are the teaching and learning experiences for our term ahead…

During the first half of this term we will be reading and exploring the story ‘Meerkat Mail’ which is linked to our topic. The children will be creating their own letters and postcards. We will also be using and creating non-fiction books to research different habitats and the animals which live there. The children will be continuing to develop their skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as their handwriting and letter formation.

During the second half term we will be reading and exploring the traditional stories that have a familiar setting; Jack and the Beanstalk and Jim and the Beanstalk. The children will have a range of different writing opportunities including creating their own story endings, instructional writing, fact files and recipes. We will be using Talk 4 Writing (T4W) to aid our independent writing by creating actions to help make the stories memorable in order for us to innovate and alter the story. We will also be completing drama activities including role play, hot seating, role on the wall and freeze frames.

A lot of work for the upcoming term will be based upon place value and the number system. We will be counting on and back, ordering numbers and finding missing numbers in a sequence.  The children will be developing their addition and subtraction skills and will be learning different methods to solve these equations. A great emphasis will also be placed on using their knowledge of number bonds between 5 and 10 and using these to solve word and picture problems. In addition, we will learn about 2D shapes, the children will be developing their knowledge of the names and properties of these shapes as well as sorting them using Venn and Carroll diagrams.

During this half term our learning challenge question will be:

‘Why can’t a Meerkat live in the North Pole?’

This topic focuses on hot and cold climates. We will begin by learning about which animals live in hot and cold places and what makes them suitable to these habitats. The children will be finding out about the weather in different countries and using a globe to locate these places. We will also be exploring mixing colours to create hot and cold images in our art and design lessons.

Our focus for the second half of this term will be based around significant people in History.Our learning challenge question for this half term is:

‘Who was famous when Mum and Dad were little?’

We will be learning about significant people in the past who have contributed to national and international achievement including Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela. The children will be learning about what being famous means and will also look at people who their parents admired when they were little. The children will have a dressing up day at the end of the topic where they will be invited to come to school dressed as somebody that they admire.

Please ensure that you are reading with your child at home regularly the children will be listened to read in guided reading sessions twice a week by Miss Slinger and Miss Kay. Books for home reading will be changed if needed during these sessions. Please guarantee that your child has their reading book in school daily.

If you would like your child to have snack the cost is £1 per week. This can be paid weekly, termly or yearly.

This term the children will be doing PE on Thursday. The children will have their Commando Joe’s session on a Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their indoor and outdoor PE kit in school with the correct footwear for each session and that all items are clearly labelled.

Learning logs will be given out half termly and will be based on the learning that has taken place over that half term. 


Timetable for useful information






Commando Joe’s - Outdoor


PE - indoor


Homework set – Mathletics and Spellodrome

OUR TOPIC: Why can’t a Meerkat live in the North Pole?’ & ‘Who was famous when Mum and Dad were little?

CLASS ASSEMBLIES: Friday 26th January 2018 at 9am & Friday 29th June 2018 at 9am

Useful websites:






Miss Slinger - Class Teacher

Email - cslinger@sunnybankprimary.org.uk   

Non Negotiable Parent Leaflet - Year 1

Year One Long Term Planning 2017 - 2018