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This half term, your child will have KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts) to learn. This half term their KIRFS are number bonds for each number to 6. You can find them below in your homework book or on SeeSaw. It is simply all the pairs of numbers which add up to 1- 6. Children should be practicing these daily until they know them off by heart (Instant recall). They should also be able to apply their knowledge to solve subtractions and missing number questions. For example, If a child knows: 2 + 0 = 2 They should also know: 2 – 2= 0, or be able to quickly say the missing number in 2 = ___+ 0

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.


This half term we have started teaching reading using a new phonic sceme'Little Wandle' based on the national guidance from the DFE. I have attached a link to the letter that was sent home.

There will be a reading practice book that will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently, independently, with expression and good understanding. This book has been carefully matched using assessments and will have been read 3 times at school. The 4th home read is to boost confidence and develop children's Love for reading. 

There will be a sharing book- this is a book that your child will not be able to read on there own. The book is for you both to read and enjoy together. 

If you would like any more inrormation please visit


or arrange a meeting with the class teacher.

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We hope you have had lovely break and are back healthy and refreshed. This half term we are extremely lucky to be joined by Miss Robinson on a Wednesday- Friday. She will be helping to support the class.

Life Skills

In life skills this half term our topis is 'Be yourself'. We will be talking about what makes us special and recognise what makes us unique.  why it is important to be kind to ourselves. We will talk about what makes us feel happy and what other good feelings you may feel. We will also talk about feelings that may make us feel uncomfortable and talk about ways we could deal with these.


In DT this half term our topic is ' Dips and Dippers' we will be learning about good food hygiene rules, using kitchen equipment to prepare food safely. We will learn about the importance of a balanced diet. Whilst exploring different dips and dippers.


This half term PE will be on a Monday with Darren he will be completing the unit 'OAA'.  We will be learning to follow simple instructions, take part in running games, copy and perform increasingly complex actions. 

We will also do PE on a Thursday we will be completing a dance unit. We will respond to a range of stimuli. Explore space, direction, levels and speeds and performing with different body parts.

Please come to school in your PE clothes, this ensures that we are able to do a full hour PE session.

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On the 2nd November we will be having a Skip2BeFit session with Dave.

Please send your child to school in PE kit.

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As a reward for an excellent first half term in year 1 and due to rising COVID numbers and not being able to have the usual Halloween disco in Year 1 we had our own Halloween party- the children dressed up in their costumes. We created lots of Halloween crafts and played musical statues, musical chairs, pass the parcel and 4 corners. The children had a great time. Well done for an excellent start to year 1.

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Autumn 1

Welcome back. I hope you have had a lovely summer! In year 1 there will be Miss Shields (Class teacher) Mrs Greenwood (Monday- Tuesday Teaching assistant) Miss Thompkins (Wednesday- Friday Teaching Assistant) 

First week


Each week, your child will have spellings to learn. They will practice a spelling rule which has been introduced in a lesson or have spellings from the year 1 common exception word list. All spellings are important and we aim for children to aim for correct spelling in their writing, but the government expects that all year 1 children should be able to spell the common exception words off by heart by the end of year 2. Please take time to practice these with your child to help them achieve this.

Their spellings will be loaded onto spelling shed and seesaw every week which has activities for them to practice, if you would like a paper copy please speak to me and I will provide this. www.spellingshed.com.

New spellings will be uploaded on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.


This half term our science topic will be Animals- children will learn about 5 groups; mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. They will sort animals into different groups according to their features, their diet and classify them according to their group. The children will also look at different body parts and learn about the 5 senses. We will do a science experiment to test these.



In science  we will be exploring Autumn, we will be looking at what changes from Summer to Autumn. We will observe the weather we will explore what the weather is like and how we measure and record this. We will use a thermometer to measure the temperature, a rain gauge to measure rainfall and a weather vane to measure the wind direction. We will explore what happens to the trees throughout Autumn and go on lots of walk to watch how our surroundings change.

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This half term in PE we will be having Darren the sports coach coming in to teach the children 'Hit catch run' The children will learn different types of throwing and rolling skills and how to return the ball back to base. Children will also learn to work with other fielders to stop players scoring. They will also practice self-feeding the ball and hit it. 

We are also extremely lucky and we will be having Dave from Skip2BeFit coming in to do a session with the children to support their skipping skills. The children always show great perseverance and determination during these sessions.


PE will be on Monday's Please send your child to school in their PE kits. This is to ensure that the time that the children have to do PE is just that and not spent getting dressed.

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Forest School

This half term our forest school sessions will be. Tuesday 16th November and Tuesday 22nd November. We will be going on an autumn scavenger hunt, looking at the shape and form of autumn leaves and signs of wildlife in the woodland. We will also be using the Autumn landscape to play physical team games in our woodland. The whole class will make an achievement tree to celebrate anything they feel they have achieved over the last few months.


In RE this half term the topic is 'How do we celebrate special events' This unit allows the pupils to consider the concept of celebration.  It links a number of ideas together: the ways in which we celebrate special events and how religions mark festival days. It will help develop pupils’ understanding of celebrations, including religious festivals. It includes a study of Harvest festival, Eid ul Fitr and Sukkot. Pupils are enabled to respond and reflect by creating their own class celebration.


This half term in music we will be focussing on our Christmas production ' The Fox's Tale'. We will be singing songs with different tempos and learning dances and actions to support these.

KS1 will be performing their show on Thursday 9th December at 10.00am, 2.00pm and 6.00pm. 

If you would like to book a seat please do so by call Mrs Finnegan on 01422 883034


In computing this half term we will be using espresso to complete our first unit of coding.  The children will learn that programs execute by following clear instructions. Understand that programs respond to inputs to do different things

In internet safety we will also be looking at 'Online relationships'  We will learn to give examples of when we should ask permission to do something online and be able to explain why that is important. We will learn how to communicate with people online and explain why it is important to be considerate and kind to people whilst respecting their choices. We will alsp try to explain why other people might feel different feeling about things. 


We will also be looking at 'Online Bullying' We will describe how to behave online in ways that do not upset others and be able to give examples.



This half term out history topic is Remembrance Day we will look at the First World war and Remembrance day. The children will also find out about Walter Tull and how Remembrance Day is marked we will also cover the experiences of soldiers, animals and women during the war.

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In Art this half term we will be learning about the concept of Nature Sculptures and explore the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We will spend a lot of time exploring the natural world and using these to create various art pieces.



This half term in music our topic is called 'Hey you'. We will be practicing finding the pulse as we are listening to music. We will listen to songs and identify what instruments are being played. We will learn to sing a Rap in groups then play the glokenspeils to the song.


In RE this half term pupils  will start by thinking about special books and stories for themselves. They will reflect on the meanings (or ‘morals’) in stories, including secular tales and fables. The unit goes on to investigate special books and writings for religious believers, in particular the Bible and the Qur’an.  We will consider why these are special and how they are respected and treated. We will listen to and think about special stories, some of which are contained in special books.

Life Skills

This Half term in PSHCE our topic is TEAM- We will discuss what it mens to be part of a team and the tems we are a part of. We we will talk about why it is important to listen to other people and how to be a good listener. We will discuss how we show kindness to other people and why this is important. In this unit we also dicuss different types of behaviour and the difference between teasing, bullying and friendly joking and what we do if this happens to us or we see this. We will also encourage the children to become positive learners and what to do if we find something difficult using positive pals and negative nags. We will ccontinue to develop this by looking at the choices that we have about our behaviour and how these may affect out team.



In Computing this half term our topic is 'Technology around us' We will learn what technology is and how it can help us. We will learn about different parts of computers and how to use them. We will practice drawing using the track pad to create a picture. We will also use the keyboard to write a sentence. This will be using an online app called paintz. We will also learn about ways to keep safe online.


During internet safety our topic is 'Self image and Identity.' We will learn different things we do in our class at home when online. We will talk about who our trusted adults are and what we would do if someone or something worried, upset or annoyed them. We will also be leanring about 'Health, Wellbeing and lifestyle'. We will learn to explain rules to keep safe when using technology.

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Forest school

We will be starting Forest schools with Jo this half term. Tuesday 21st September, Tuesday 28th September, Tuesday 5th October and Tuesday 12th October. We will be looking at how we can use natural objects to make our own maths problems. We will do letter treasure hunts finding as many hidden letters in the woodland as they can, sounding them out and writing them down. Putting the letters together to create a sentence. We will complete some team building tasks building towers of sticks that will hold an egg for 10 seconds. They will take influence from Richard Long anf Andy Goldsworthy we'll make our own  land art using natural materials from the woodland. 


Please send your child to school with weather appropriate clothing and footwear.


In year 1 the children will be sent a piece of maths homework and a piece of english homework every Friday. The homewrok that is sent home will extend or reinforce the learning in class throughout that week. Please complete the homework with your child and return the following Friday.

Please remember to make homework as fun and practical as possible. If you would like any ideas or support with this please speak to a member of the team.


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