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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Our topic this half term is 'Treasure Island'. The world is a connected place, for thousands of years we have been building networks of trade across the land and sea. In this unit, we will explore how islands became increasingly connected and how they sold their resources to others. We will also look at the challenges of transporting goods across the seas and oceans and how this was threatened by nature and by people... pirates! We will be geographers and cartographers as well as artists and designers.



In English Our class books will be looking at the stories The Pirates Next Door, Grandad’s Island and The Night Pirate. We will be learning to use capital letters, full, stops, questions marks and exclamation marks. We will learn to use the conjunctions ‘and’, ‘but’ and ‘or’. We will have a go at writing letters, character descriptions, narratives and simple instructions. We will learn to write persuasively, use adjectives and use a variety of sentence openers to improve our writing.

English - 1D


As part of our maths topic for year 1 we will be completing our Addition and Subtraction topic by practicing and consolidating our knowledge of the addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) symbols. We will be learning how to represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20 by recapping and recalling our number bonds to 10. Finally, as part of our addition and subtraction topic, we will be learning to add and subtract 1 and 2 digit numbers to 20 and use commutative law. Our new topic will be Geometry, where we will explore 2D and 3D shapes and make repeating patterns.



In science we will be looking at the things we can do to make new connections or strengthen the existing connections within our brain.



Homework will be sent out on Friday to be returned to school each Wednesday for marking.  The ‘menu’ type homework allows children to choose which homework they would like to do each week based on what subjects interests them the most.  Please date the menu to show which homework has been completed each week.


Reading Records are to be in school every day whether your child has read or not, this is so we can record any comments that we may have during Guided Reading sessions. Reading books may be changed daily if the Reading Records have been signed by an adult to show a book has been read. All Reading Records are checked on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to ensure that children are reading regularly at home.  Online books can also be accessed on 'Collins E Books’ through the Active Learn website.

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Year 1 Curricular Targets

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