Welcome to year 1!

Autumn 1

Newsletter, topic web and vocabulary triangle


                                                                                                September 2022

Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back to a new school year and to year 1, I hope you have all had a fantastic summer break! Our topic this term is ‘Barnaby Bear’s Highland Adventure!’ and as many lessons as possible will be linked to this topic. I have created a topic web so that you can see what this topic will be covering.


Science Targets

This half terms topic is ‘seasonal changes’ and these are the targets we will work to achieve.

  • I can observe and comment on changes in the seasons.
  • I can name the seasons and suggest the type of weather in each season.
  • I can explain what I have found out using scientific vocabulary.


If you want to help with your child’s writing at home we are focusing on using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops correctly this half term. We will then move onto using ‘and’ to join ideas and a huge focus will be on joined handwriting. Every child is also placed in a phonics group to suit their ability in order for them to progress at their level. They will be learning new sounds and spelling patterns each week, ask them to share these with you, but please feel free to ask if you need further support or advice.



Children will get 5 spellings a week; if they correctly spell all 5 then they will be rewarded with a team point. The spellings they receive will initially be the year 1 words and then will be linked to the phonics sound that they have been working on and they will be tested on a Friday. Any help you can give your children at home is greatly appreciated and makes a big difference in their writing. Occasionally children will receive bonus words linked to spelling patterns looked at in class and will be used towards their assessment. If children are regularly achieving below 3 then we will send some extra activities home to practice.



In order to meet the expected standard for a Y1 reader, your child would need to be fluently reading and understanding the book colours stated below by the end of each term.









We have noticed a link between children’s memories and being able to follow instructions and retain things that have been taught. To try and help your child’s working memory you may want to try this game.

Magic cup game –

Place three identical, plastic cups in a line on the table, rim down. Place a pom pom or small rubber ball under one cup, allowing your child to see which cup the pom pom/ball is under. Shuffle the cups around by sliding them across the table, switching their positions quickly back and forth and all around. Once you have stopped moving the cups ask your child to identify which cup the ball is now under.

Internet safety

This half term we will be looking at privacy and security both online and when using an electronic device. This will include why it is important to have a strong password and keeping it safe. We will also look at self-image and identity linked to filming in ICT. You may wish to discuss different situations as they arise in real life, that we may need to ask someone’s permission before taking a photo/ video of them.


Children will have the first few weeks to settle into their new surroundings before homework is given. Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned to school by Wednesday. Your child may need support reading the task but as the year progresses they should become more confident at having ago by themselves. You are welcome to work with them and let them know if an answer is incorrect, supporting them to correct it.


Week 1

No homework

Week 2

No homework

Week 3

No homework

Week 4


Week 5

Maths booklet

Week 6


Week 7

Literacy – instructions




P.E will take place on a Monday and a Friday. Children will need to come to school in their PE kit on these days. As it gets colder children may need gloves and a hat for outdoor PE.



Reading/ book bags

Book bags should be brought in on a Monday and left in school until Friday. Children will be sent 2 paper books each week for the first 2 weeks. If you could then return the first 2 books that have already been read at the start of week 3 we will then be able to swap them and should get into a cycle of having 2 books at home and 2 books returned to school each week.



Passport statements

The PSHE areas that we are working on from our passports are:

  • Always follow class rules
  • Always try my best.



A few further bits of information:

  • Just a reminder that children with pierced ears should have their earrings removed or taped up before school on PE days.
  • Please avoid booking to go away during June as this is usually when the phonics screening check that we have to do in year 1 takes place. I will speak to you more about this during the first parents evening.



If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to catch me before or after school or via Dojo.


Thank you,

Miss T Ward

Class Teacher