Year 1

Week beginning 17th January

It has been another busy week, we have learnt all about the oceans of the world and how a letter would travel all the way from the rainforest in Peru to London.

Thank you to everyone who have volunteered to help on our Marwell Zoo trip. If we have not been in contact with you already, we will do in due course.

We have been asked lots of questions about how to submit home learning, not that we are not using Tapestry. If you have made something, taken pictures after visiting a beautiful place, please feel free to email these to Mr Thomas or Mrs Hurley and they can then share this with the rest of the class.

With the colder weather, it is really important that everyone brings a coat to school, and we would really appreciate your support in helping your child to practise doing their zip/button up independently.

If you are unfortunately self-isolating at home, we hope you feel better soon. All of the week’s learning can be accessed on Teams.

Please come to school every Wednesday in PE kit.

Project: Extreme Explorers

Curriculum news:


In English, we are looking at using the suffix ing at the end of a word and how to write a diary entry.

Words of the week

At school, we will be practising to read, write and spell the following words: little, when, out, what, one.


Our Maths learning this week will be continuing to focus on addition and subtraction within 20 and how to subtract by crossing 10.


Our story for whole class reading this week is based on New Year’s Resolutions and being able to infer from what they already know.


The phonemes we are looking at this week are a recap of phase 5 sounds.

Rhymes and Actions for teaching phonics in order


This half term, our focus in RE is all about water.


Please complete at least three tasks. Once completed, please ensure they are named and bring them in to share with the class.

My Maths – Homework has now been set on MyMaths. There will be two tasks set fortnightly to complete. We have stuck the password at the front of your child’s reading record. If you have any problems logging in then please speak to one of the adults at the end of the day.


Below is our handwriting formation sheet that we use in Year 1. Each letter starts with a lead in which is represented by the grey dot. It would be great if you practise these at home using a variety of media such as: sand, chalk, crayons etc.



The additional home learning ideas that follow could be used to supplement learning in school… however, we certainly want to avoid anyone feeling overwhelmed (therefore these suggestions are totally optional):

Home learning:

Reading/ Phonics

If you are wondering how you can provide general support for your child at home, our advice is to hear them read as often as possible: discussing the pictures in the text; predicting what might happen next and recalling events from the story.

We also have an excellent link to some high quality texts that you may want to consider when choosing children’s books to read or buy!


By the end of Year 1, children are expected to:

  • count forwards and backwards in ones to 100
  • be able to count in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • find one more and one less than a given number up to 100
  • recognise the value of all coins
  • know number bonds (numbers that add together) to total 10 and 20.

These are excellent skills to be practising at home, although we stress that they will be covered over the course of the school year.


For general KS1 content that will support children in their learning across the curriculum, we recommend ‘Busy Things’ which can be accessed via the link below:


Best wishes,

Mr Thomas and Mrs Hurley

The Year 1 Team

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