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Acorns Class - Year One (Mrs Clark)



I warmly welcome you to Year 1! 

I wish your child every success for the coming year and trust that they will settle well into Year 1.

My aim is to make the transition between Foundation Stage and Year 1 as smooth as possible.


This year we are having a big push on vocabulary throughout the school.  Within each section on this page, you will see a list of vocabulary that the children will becoming more familiar with over the course of the half term.  Please talk to your child about each word and their meanings regularly to check their understanding.


This year I will be using Class Dojo within the classroom.  This program allows me to share your child’s progress

with you throughout the year.  It also allows the teachers to reward children in different areas e.g. helping others, persistence and teamwork.  Each child is set up with an account and a letter has been sent home to you explaining how you can join our Dojo community.  I believe that the benefits to connecting with parents are:

✓ Parents are in the know about their child and are able to provide better support at home

✓ Sharing moments from school fosters a sense of community

✓ Messaging directly (in 50+ languages) breaks communication barriers


The programme also allows parents to comment on their child’s progress, what their child is particularly enjoying in class and to inform us of upcoming events that could be discussed in school in preparation.



This half term, in our English lessons, we will be looking at a range of traditional tales.  We will be looking at the classics; Little Red Riding Hood, The 3 Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears among others, and using the ‘Talk for Write’ approach to bring these stories to life.  We will be making predictions, discussing the main events and thinking about the characters in details.  We will begin to make basic inferences about what is being said and done and will use our phonic knowledge to decode words.  As we become more confident, we will begin to innovate our own stories based on the structure of The 3 Little Pigs.  During our topic, we will use masks and the role play area to develop the story in continuous provision and be given the opportunities to practice writing and developing characters in our writing area.  When we have completed our stories they will be published and put on show within our reading area for other children to read and enjoy.




Wandered, frustrated, disguise, devour, investigate, enchanted, sneaky, foolish, picturesque, eerie



In Math, this half term, we will be focusing on Place Value.  We will begin by sorting groups by characteristics before we start to count.  We will be encouraged to sort in a variety of ways and will begin to link this to bar models.  Once we are confident, we will begin to count from 1-10 to work out how many there are.  We will ensure we count 1 at a time and that the last number we count is the total.  To ensure accuracy we will ensure we place counters along a line in preparation for introducing number lines.

Children will learn to:

  • Sort objects
  • Count objects
  • Represent objects
  • Count, read and write forwards from any number 0 to 10
  • Count, read and write backwards from any number 0 to 10
  • Count one more
  • Count one less
  • One to one correspondence to start to compare groups
  • Compare groups using language such as equal, more/greater, less/fewer
  • Introduce <, > and = symbols
  • Compare numbers
  • Order groups of objects
  • Order numbers
  • Ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd …)
  • The number line



greater than, less than, equal to, odd, even, fewer, value, halfway between, compare, numeral 


In RE, this half term, we will be thinking about the Church and the relationships we have with our family, in school and the local community.  We will look at the work of Jesus and think about how we can live out our lives in the footsteps of Him.  In doing this, we will continue to develop our self-esteem and our respect for others by discussing the gifts that we each have.  We will look at scripture passages that reveal God’s love for us and how we know He cares about each and every one of us.  We will think about the 10 commandments, particularly ‘Love thy Neighbour’ and discuss ways that we can all be friends and get along, both within the classroom and on the playground.



neighbour, commandment, love, relationships, reveal, friendship, respect, community, footsteps



Our topic this half term is ‘Family Album’.  Throughout the topic we will be focusing on the children’s understanding of the past by recognising the difference between past and present, and placing events and objects in order to show the passing of time.  Children will begin to think about the events that have taken place in their own lives and discuss the order in which they took place.  Through role play, speaking and listening and drawing and writing, the children will represent the past in different ways.  They will begin to ask questions about the past and answer them based on their observations.  I will be inviting parents/grandparents/carers in to school during this unit, to tell us about what life was like growing up for you, so that the children can make comparisons between ‘then’ and ‘now.’



chronology, past, present, comparisons, connections, events, milestones, celebrations, change, cultures


In Year 1, phonics sessions take place daily.  After a quick recap on some of the previous phases the children will begin Phase 5 where we will start introducing alternative spellings for sounds e.g. 'igh' The children will begin to master these new sounds in reading first, and as their fluency develops, we will begin to see them using them correctly in their spelling.  Children will be given weekly spellings based on their phonics and the Year 1 High Frequency words.

During Phase 5, children will begin to learn new graphemes (different ways of spelling each sound) and alternative pronunciations for these: for example, learning that the grapheme ‘ow’ makes a different sound in ‘snow’ and ‘cow’. 

The children will become quicker at blending, and will start to do this silently as they are reading.


By the end of Year 1, children should be able to:

  • Say the sound for any grapheme they are shown
  • Write the common graphemes for any given sound (e.g. ‘e,’ ‘ee,’ ‘ie,’ ‘ea’)
  • Use their phonics knowledge to read and spell unfamiliar words of up to three syllables
  • Read all of the 100 high frequency words, and be able to spell most of them
  • Form letters correctly


At the end of Year 1, all children are given a Phonics Screening Check to ensure they have mastered the appropriate knowledge.



Children will be given their spellings each Monday and will have a test the following week (Monday).  The spellings will link to their phonic sounds that they are learning that week.  Please practise these spellings with them regularly as this will aid their progress in writing.


The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy. Just as children walk talk and grow at different times, so their progression through the skills of reading will be at different rates. The key is for your child to feel positive about themselves as a reader right from the start. To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to attitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them.  We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week.  Children will be supplied a reading book, however to keep them engaged feel free to read with them the books that interest them, those that take them to a world of make believe, that encourage them to dream and introduce them to the amazing vocabulary that surrounds them.  Children's books will be changed 2/3 times a week and they will be listened to by the class teacher, teaching assistant and with our parent volunteers throughout the week.



PE sessions will take place each Tuesday morning for the term.  Please ensure children's PE kits are in school on this day and each item is clearly labelled.


Snack & Water

Toast is available to children for snack.  Children must pay £1 at the beginning of the week for a slice of toast each day.  Children are able to bring in their own snack for playtime.  This can be a cereal/breakfast bar, fruit or veg.  Water will be available to the children throughout the day.  If you would like your child to bring in their own bottle, please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child's name.


If you have any queries, then feel free to use ClassDojo to send a message or catch me in the playground at the end of the school day. Alternatively, please make an appointment with me through Mrs Thompson in the school office if you feel the issue is of an urgent or sensitive nature.  






Autumn 1 - Homework

Curriculum Map - Autumn 1

Helpful websites


Includes further information on each phase as well as printable resources and links to online games


Games mainly aimed at year 1 and year 2 looking at sounds and high frequency words. Some printable activities, particularly for the phase 4 blends


Wide range of games for sounds, words and rhyming


Lots of free games for each phase, especially good for reading non-words. You can also subscribe to access more games


Search engine designed for schools where you can find a wide range of resources and activities with a phonics focus


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