Ogres (Year 1)

September  2017


Newsletter Autumn 1st half term 

Dear Parents / Carers,


A warm welcome back after the holidays – we hope you have all had a lovely break making the most of the summer sunshine! As you may be aware, the children in Year 1 will be taught by Mrs. Sumpter on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with Mrs. Noonan teaching the class on a Thursday and Friday. Throughout the week, the children will be supported by Mrs. Sharp. We all look forward to a happy and successful year with you and your children.

Our main focus for the start of Year 1 is to ensure a smooth transition from Reception class. Therefore children will continue to follow the familiar daily routines and free flow learning that they enjoyed in EYFS. Activities will be set up to support learning objectives and allow children to explore and learn through hands-on experiences, whilst staff work with small groups. Lesson inputs at the beginning of the year will be relatively short and will gradually increase so that the children, in time, will be  ready to follow a more structured timetable.

Year 1’s English lessons will focus on fictional stories, with children developing their use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Written work this term will be centred around a selection of popular stories by Julia Donaldson, including ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’.


In Maths, we will begin the term by exploring place value: counting forwards and backwards; finding one more and one less and learning how to express numbers in word and digit form. Later in the term, we will study addition and subtraction.


Our main theme focus this half term will be titled ‘Good to be me!’ This topic will encompass aspects of Geography, History and Science, with the children naming and labelling parts of the human body. We will begin to explore maps of the UK, identifying major cities as well as places we have visited. Later in the half term, the children will have the opportunity to walk around Bingley, taking note of important historical landmarks and  the human and physical features they encounter. Children will begin to develop their understanding of chronology by adding dates to our class timeline. For example sequencing when they were born, when the staff in Year 1 were born and when various buildings around Bingley were constructed.

Linked to our Science topic, Year 1’s art activities this half term will be based on observational drawings. The children will sketch different body parts before adding colour and experimenting with colour mixing.

Our PE lessons will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please ensure your child has the correct kit with them on these days, including a pair of outdoor shoes, and warm clothing for when the weather turns cooler.

Reading – Please check your child’s reading diary for their designated reading day. On this day, your child will read with an adult in class and bring home two reading books. Although two books will be sent home, we only expect your child to read one of these; the second book is for those who are keen to read more. Both books should be returned to school on your child’s designated reading day so that they can be changed and new books issued. When you have read with your child, please sign their reading diary – feel free to leave a short comment about their reading if you wish. Don’t forget, you are welcome to share a book with your child from 8:40 to 8:55 in the Year 1 classroom. You do not, however, need to come in on your child’s designated reading day, as this will allow staff time to read on a one to one basis with your child. If this is the only day you are able to attend a reading session, please speak to a member of the Year 1 team, as we may be able to swap your child’s reading day.

Once the children are settled into our classroom routines, we will begin to introduce spelling and Maths Learn-Its homework. Please look out for these in your child’s book bag over the forthcoming weeks.

Finally, if you have any questions or expertise to offer we are always happy to hear from you.

Kind regards,

Mrs. Noonan, Mrs. Sumpter and Mrs. Sharp.