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In Year 1 this year, the team is Mrs. Renowden, Mrs. O’Brien and Mrs. Harding. We are looking forward to a fantastic first year together. If your child is in Year One this year, please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class is currently involved in.


This year we will be teaching a wide range of subjects: English, Maths, Science, Art, Computing, History and Geography, PE, Music, French and Religious Education. This term, 1R will have P.E on Monday and Wednesday afternoons... Please ensure your children bring their P.E kids on these days.



Year One Phonics Screening checks:


In June of next year, your children will be tested on their phonic decoding skills in a short assessment. To help your child prepare for this, you can sound out words that you see and hear. For example: ‘c’ ‘a’ ‘t’ – cat,  ‘f’ ‘i’ ‘sh’ – fish.


Reading Books:


Children each have a ‘Flying High Reading Record’ which is taken home with a book each day. Please help your child by listening to them read and discussing the book – followed by a short comment. In the middle of the reading record, your child can find ‘My Stickers’ which they can use to place in the comment section themselves, to show how they felt about their reading or the story itself.




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We are focussing on ‘Toy Story’ for our writing this term. We have been learning how to structure sentences and use adjectives, nouns, and verbs. Using this knowledge we can apply it to our writing. We have been writing good and bad character descriptions, including a character's personality and appearance, whilst also being able to explain why a character acts the way they do. We will be building our word banks to start looking at writing detailed setting descriptions linked to Toy Story.


The Key objectives we will focus on this year are:


  • Sit and hold a pencil correctly. 
  • Form capital letters. 
  • Form ascenders and descenders correctly, e.g. ‘y’, ‘g’. 
  • Leave spaces between words. 
  • Join words using connectives such as ‘and’ or ‘because’. 
  • Use capital letters correctly, e.g. for I, names of people and places, days of the week and months of the year. 
  • Use full stops correctly, at the end of sentences not at the end of lines. 
  • Name and write all letters of the alphabet. 
  • Say out loud the sentence they are about to write. 
  • Re-read what they have written, checking it makes sense.





In our Power Maths this term, we will cover the following units:


Unit 1 – Numbers to 10

Unit 2 – Part-whole within 10

Unit 3 – Addition and subtraction within 10 (1)

Unit 4 – Addition and subtraction within 10 (2)

Unit 5 – 2D and 3D shapes

Unit 6 – Numbers to 20


To support your child with their maths, please practice number bonds to 10 and counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s.








Our trip to the Botanical Gardens


Year 1R and 1G visited The Birmingham Botanical Garden recently and had a fantastic time. In the morning children were able to enjoy the experience of a lesson on plants where they labeled a plant and carried out activities about pollination. After this, we had a plant hunt around the greenhouses, where children spotted cacti, colourful flowers, a water fountain and much more! After lunch, we were able to explore the outside gardens, where children saw a range of deciduous and evergreen trees. The children particularly enjoyed exploring a bamboo maze and the birdcage, with the cockatoo saying a very loud ‘Hello!’ to us as we went past. To end the day, children collected a range of leaves which they identified from a deciduous tree before throwing them in the air. Children and staff alike had a wonderful day and would like to thank the staff of The Birmingham Botanical Gardens for giving us a great experience.





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