Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Meet the team:

· Mrs Illidge – Class teacher

· Mr Ince – Class Teacher

· Mrs Swindles – Teaching Assistant

· Mrs Walters – PPA Teacher

Our Autumn Term theme is ‘Belonging’ where we will be learning about what it means to belong… to our family… our school… our community… and wherever the children’s ideas take us. Our theme, underpinned by our 4 school drivers: Collaboration, Possibilities, Respect and Technology will shape the core of our learning this term.

Our curriculum will be inspired by our Autumn Bookshelf filled with exciting, high-quality texts. We will be exploring ‘Night Pirates’ by Sinead McKay first. Get ready to hear ‘Ahoy Matey’ in the mornings!

Autumn Learning at a glance


Number – Place Value, addition and subtraction

Geometry – Shape


Writing – 3 part stories, character description, informal letters and instructions

Reading – decoding skills, text type features and retrieving information from a text

Phonics – Revising learned sounds (phase 3), revisiting adjacent consonants (phase 4), introducing new sounds (phase 5)


Naming, describing, sorting and investigating materials


Significant people in living memory: James Cook and Christopher Columbus


Making and reading maps, human and physical features of our local area


Coding and programming

School Drivers in the Autumn Term

Collaboration: Through our theme we will explore being part of a team. What does it mean to belong to a team? What roles can we play? What skills do we need to be a valuable part of a team?

Possibilities: Perseverance and resilience are life-long skills. We will be exploring, learning from our mistakes and practise the motto ‘Don’t waste a good mistake, learn from it’.

Respect: As we have beautiful new classrooms we will be learning to respect our learning environment and the people in it.

Technology: In the ever-changing world of technology we will learn the core skill of coding this term – What a wonderful opportunity to also learn from a good mistake!

Important Information

· PE kits should be kept in school throughout the term. PE will be on Monday in year 1.

· Reading books will be changed weekly. Further information will be shared in our curriculum meeting.

· Home Learning will commence after the October half term holiday. Prior to this we ask that you read daily with your children and practise the sounds on the phonics mat you receive at our curriculum meeting.

· Teachers will be available every day before and after school ready to talk about any concerns, receive messages and celebrate successes.

· We have launched our Twitter account @CHPSyear1. Please follow us to share in the exciting learning experiences your children a

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