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                                          Welcome to Year 1

Autumn Term - Year 1

Miss Naden and Mrs Mills


It has been so lovely to get to know our new year 1 class! The children have settled brilliantly and I am very proud of how well they have adjusted to all the recent changes in school! In year 1 we have lots to learn and explore. We are hardworking, enthusiastic, kind learners with a very exciting year ahead of us!





We will be using our phonic knowledge to sound out words, focusing on forming sentences by using finger spaces between words.  We will learn how to use capital letters and full stops in our sentences and check that our sentences make sense! 


We will be starting our term by listening to a lovely story called Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. This is one of my favourite books which is beautifully illustrated by Patrick Benson. We will then be moving on to reading The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems.  The children will be exploring the book and using their creativity and imaginations. For the final part of our term we will be focusing on narratives in stories. We will be beginning to create our own narratives, working on our sentence construction.


The children will continue to take home a RWI book once a week and a ‘reading for pleasure book’.  The reading for pleasure book can be changed as and when needed. The children will be provided with a reading folder and can place this in the ‘book changing’ box if a new book is required.  Please make sure that your child’s reading diary is signed daily.


In Maths this term we are focusing on the skills of counting, recognising and writing numbers to ten in word and number form.  We will become experts at using the part whole model to partition numbers to 10, creating number bonds and using ten frames as concrete resources to facilitate our maths mastery skills.  Having mastered the part whole model we will use the skills we have developed to add and subtract within 10! Towards the end of the term we will focus on naming and making patterns with 2D and 3D shapes.  Please continue to use the NumBots app at home.  It’s a great way for your child to continue to develop their maths skills!


Our class saint is St Cecilia. This term we will be focusing on the following units:


Families and celebrations



We will also be studying the Jewish festival of Hannukah. Mrs Howard will come to visit us and we will take part in class liturgy. We are also looking forward to taking part in school assemblies and Mass.


RHE - Ten:Ten

A key part of our catholic life at St. Giles’ is learning about ourselves and others. During our RHE lessons we will be listening to some story sessions centred around the creation story then we will be learning about the unit: Me, my body, my health which will include thinking about how we are all unique and special.



Our history unit this term is very exciting! As part of our local study we will be looking into the changes to our highstreet. We will learn about timelines, creating a timeline of our own lives, before travelling further back in time to see how Cheadle has changed. We will be going on a walk around Cheadle highstreet, taking pictures of shops and buildings so that we can compare them with pictures of the past. We will learn about people’s experiences and lives working on the highstreet, how we pay for things when we go shopping and compare this with the past.





In geography we will be learning about maps. We will think about the physical and human features on a map, use compass directions and study aerial views of the classroom and school grounds. We will create our own maps, thinking about the aerial view, key and symbols that we can use to accurately show where things are.



In art this term we will be learning about the famous artist Henri Matisse and his geometrical shape paper artwork. We will be learning facts about his life and creating our own pieces of work in his style. Finally, we will be looking at the local designer Emma Bridgewater, using the skills that we have learnt when arranging shapes in a pattern to design our own piece of pottery. This will form the basis of our curriculum vehicle: Matisse Magic! We will be decorating pottery in the style of Matisse to sell at the Christmas fair.


This term I am very excited to say that we will be creating our very own fruit salads. We will begin by learning about healthy eating, then we will test different fruits, thinking about their taste and appearance. Then we will move on to think about our target audience and design our fruit salads. We will learn how to prepare fruit safely and finally make and evaluate our fruit salads.



Our Science work will begin with studying the changes in our weather from the summer to the Autumn. We will observe how the weather changes and talk about the key characteristics of each season. We will then move on to Animals including Humans – Classification of Animals. We will learn about the human body and particularly focusing on our senses. Finally we will learn about Animals including Humans - our pets. During this unit we will learn about different animals, classifying them as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.



In computing we will be starting our learning with internet safety. We will know how to use the computer safely and appropriately. Then we will learn how to log ourselves into PurpleMash where we will be completing the following units: Lego builders and coding.



In music our work is focused on two units of work: How can we make friends when we sing together? and how does music tell stories from the past? During these units we will be listening to a range of music, learning how to find and keep the pulse, improvise with our voices, exploring musical vocabulary and singing together.



PE this term is split with ASM sports. I will be teaching on Fridays and ASM on Wednesdays. I will be teaching fundamental movement skills 1 and Gymnastics: Wide, narrow & curled rolling & balancing. ASM will be teaching Invasion games skills 2 and Gymnastics: Balancing & spinning on points & patches this term. Please make sure that PE kits are in school with everything that your child might need. Girls are not able to wear their tights under their shorts, therefore please make sure that they have a pair of socks to wear.



Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school with completed homework the following Monday. Homework will be stuck into homework books ready to be completed. It is also very important that the children continue to use numbots at home. Logins are in homework diaries, ready to be used at home.


Other Information

  • Please ensure your child comes with a water bottle into school every day. Juice is not allowed in school, only water. Water bottles will go home each evening and need to be washed before returning to school the next day.
  • Snacks for break time need to adhere to the school’s healthy eating policy.
  • Please make sure that ALL uniform is named clearly to avoid confusion with other children. This is particularly useful when getting changed for PE.
  • As the weather gets colder please make sure that you send a named coat into school with your child.
  • Toast can be purchased for break time using parent pay.  Please be aware that this will need to be booked a week in advance.


End of Year Expectations Year 1

Suggested Books for Year 1