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Welcome to Year 1!


Your teacher in Earth Class is Miss Reakes and your teaching assistants are Mrs Young  and Miss Apsey.

Welcome to Earth Class!


Welcome to Year 1!


Your teacher in Earth Class is Miss Reakes and your teaching assistants are Mrs Young  and Miss Apsey.


Your new learning experience is Toy Box



The children have had a  visit from the Somerset Heritage Learning Centre. They were able to dress as a Victorian child with mop caps and aprons for the girls and smart waistcoats for the boys, they also then played with toys from the past. They also took part in a teddy bears picnic.



Wednesday 23rd October at 2.45pm

We would like to invite you in to class to share a simple game with your child, please bring in a game such as snakes and ladders or similar to share with your child and their friends.


Take home task

Please can you make and design a simple game to play, it could be a board game, a matching game, a dice or card game for example.

Bring into school during the week beginning October 14th



Learning Experience

Learning Experience – PSHE focus

As we begin the new school year children will be making the transition into Year One. They will still experience daily Continual Provision activities to learn through their play, however we aim for them to become even more independent and motivated to complete each activity set for them, gradually lengthening the time expected to complete a task.


History and Science focus

During this learning experience we will be focusing on different features of toys. We will be identifying and naming materials, thinking about the properties of materials and learning new scientific vocabulary. We will go on to test materials to see if they are waterproof, flexible, ridged and so on and then think about why toys are made from certain materials.

In addition, we will be considering how toys have changed over time, creating a toy time line and thinking about the specific history of some toys e.g. teddy bears. This will begin on our hook day when children will experience dressing up as a Victorian child and explore the toys from that era. Children will begin to learn how to categorise toys by age, looking for clues to tell them how toys work and how old they are.



To begin our writing in Year 1, we will be exploring stories where the focus is toys. Starting with ‘Billy’s Bucket’ by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons and going on to read and work on ‘Lost in the Toy Museum’ by David Lucas.  Using ideas in these stories around toys and play, we will then create our own labels, captions and simple descriptions using adjectives.

Children will develop an awareness of narrative writing, see how characters interact with each other and begin to be able to create a simple story map following events in a book. They will also experience report writing and non-fiction work developing a range of genres expected in Key Stage One.



Our initial focus in maths will be to secure our knowledge of place value. In order to do this, we will be working on sorting, counting and representing objects in different ways, using physical objects such as counters as well as drawings and symbols in our books. Once secure in this, we will then move to counting, reading and writing forwards and then backwards from any number from 0 to 10, using a range of different representations such as numerals, words, dice, dominoes and Numicon plates, ensuring that we can also count one more and one less. Developing our place knowledge further, we will then be grouping and ordering objects and numbers before we can confidently move on.

Towards the end the half term we will hopefully begin a focus on addition and subtraction. This well begin by introducing the part whole model and then the skill of finding and using number bonds within and up to 10.


How you can support your child at home


  • Reading at least 5 times a week and talking about the book. 
  • Weekly homework tasks completed including learning to read and write tricky words.
  • Learning number bonds to at least 10 by heart.
  • Practise spellings of common exception words for Year 1 (on our class pages).
  • Working on the take home task with your child.
  • Number recognition using 100 splat square on our class website pages.


If you have any questions about Year 1 please speak to a member of the Year 1 team who will be more than happy to help.



Welcome back everyone and a big welcome to all the Reception Children.