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Acorns Class - Year One (Mrs Clark)



Welcome back to Autumn 2!

I hope your child has settled well into Year 1 and is enjoying their time in class.


We will be continuing our 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.




will continue to use class dojo and will reset all the children's points to zero for this next half term.  We use Dojo throughout the school as this 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.



‘Oh my goodness, whatever can we do? There's an evil pea on the loose in the supermarket, causing havoc wherever he goes! He has sticky-plastered poor carrot to the conveyor belt, and drawn a moustache and glasses on broccoli, and poor old cucumber has been mummified with a bandage! Still, try to calm your frayed nerves because, never fear, Supertato is here to save the day!’

Havoc will reign within the Year 1 classroom as we experience how evil ‘Peas’ can really be.  Children will become immersed in the life of frozen veg and will begin to think about how everyday objects can be used against the gentlest of vegetables.  Throughout the topic, children will be given opportunities to complete short and opportunistic writes, building up their skills to enable them to write their own version of ‘Supertato’.

Children will continue to work on the Year 1 common exception words and will be expected to continue to use these within their independent writing.




vegetables, supermarket, reign, evil, rescue, plasters, mummified, bandaged, conveyor belt, moustache


In Math, this half term, we will be focusing on Geometry.  We will be introduced to simple 3D shapes: cuboids, cubes, pyramids, spheres, cylinders and cones.  Children will begin to recognise 3D shapes from a group and name them.  They will match the shape names to the shape and see how 3D shapes with the same names can look different in different orientations.

Children will learn to:

  • Recognise and name 3D shapes
  • Sort 3D shapes
  • Recognise and name 2D shapes
  • Sort 2D shapes
  • Patterns with 3D and 2D shapes

Children will then move back to Place Value, within 20.  Children will build on their existing knowledge of counting forwards and backwards by introducing the numbers 11-20.  Children should explore the meaning of the suffix ‘teen’ and what this tells us about a number. 

Children will learn to:

  • Count forward and backwards and write numbers to 20 in numerals and words
  • Numbers from 11-20
  • Tens and ones
  • Count one more and one less
  • Compare groups of objects
  • Compare numbers
  • Order groups of objects
  • Order numbers



teen, count, backwards, forwards, shapes, objects, compare, numerals, words, 3D and 2D shapes


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, scripture


Our topic this half term is ‘Sandcastles and Icebergs’.  Throughout the topic we will be inspiring children to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world. Through this unit we aim to help children to think geographically and to equip them with some knowledge about the hot and cold places of the world and how these are different from the UK.  

Children will be encouraged to ask questions such as;

  • What do we mean by the hot/cold places of the world?
  • Where are the hot/cold places in the world?
  • What is the weather like in the hot places of the world (near the Equator)?
  • What is the weather like near the cold places of the world (North or South Pole)?
  • How is the weather at the Equator/Poles different from the weather in our country?
  • What sorts of animals live in that hot/cold place?
  • What sorts of plants grow in that hot/cold place? 
  • What would it be like to live in that hot/cold place?


We will be incorporating drawing skills into the topic as these are essential to develop 3D work.   We will begin to investigate and play with clay/play dough, model making sausages, balls and egg shapes.  Children will make a variety of clay animals using some of the techniques below;

  • Roll a lemon/egg shape from clay.
  • Gently squeeze a head shape near top of egg.
  • Pull from the clay wing shapes, beak and feet.
  • If making pig or small animal draw cross shape with tool and from each section pull and form legs and feet.
  • Use tools to pierce eyes or textures on wings and feet etc.
  • Use tools to highlight wing shapes etc., use hands to smooth and sculpt if preferred.
  • Allow to air dry.
  • Paint
  • Use this technique to develop any animal sculpture or own animal designs, including the basic features of an animal, as explored in science.



location, continents, countries, oceans, seas, land, population, facts, clay, adaptations, hot, cold, weather


In Year 1, phonics sessions take place daily.  Children are now working on Phase 5.  We have begun looking at alternative spellings for sounds e.g. 'igh' The children are now beginning 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.




There will be a change to spellings this half term.

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 (please no sugary cereal bars), 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

Year 1 Overview

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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