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Year 1 Information For Parents

Click here to read about what we are doing in Year 1 this half term and for links to useful websites to support your child’s learning.

School Value – Co-operation

What it is to share and communicate, help others and ask for help when we need it.  How important it is to respect others and their unique skills, how to be a good leader and a good follower. Finding ways to resolve conflict.



This half term we shall focus on two books.

  • The Leaf Thief by Alice Heming & Nicola Slater While we become familiar with the story we shall look at and discuss newspapers and their main features. The children will be writing sentences of their own using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops to retell the story of The Leaf Thief in a format similar to a newspaper, including a big headline to grab the attention of the reader.
  • Coming To England by Floella Benjamin will be for the children to draw a picture and write a recount of part of the story that they find the most memorable. There will be a focus on capital letters, sentences and full stops.


Please see the homework sheets that we send home each week for the sounds that we are learning in Little Wandle. The sheets will also be on Tapestry Our spellings are words that use the sounds that we have been taught so far. In class we do spellings every day, we do two words and a tricky word. For instance if we learn the sound ‘ee’ we will spell ‘feel’ or ‘see’, when we learn ‘igh’ we may spell ‘might’.



  • Position & Direction
  • Counting in 2’s 5’s and 10’s

BBC Bitesize is a great resource to consolidate your child’s learning at home. Find the maths page for KS1 here and focus on he ‘Movement’ and ‘Counting and Ordering’ sections.

Songs and dances are also a great way to help children to understand and remember their maths. Please find a selection below.

Counting in 2’s from zero

Counting in 5’s from zero

Counting in 10’s from zero

Position & direction including turns

Left & Right

Forwards & Backwards

In, On & Under




Name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is to do with each sense, get more information here on BBC Bitesize

Using our senses to compare different textures, sounds and smells.

Why not do your own food tasting like this one here remember to use foods your child likes, no nasty surprises!

Categorise animals according to what they eat here



Technology Around Us

The class will learn about different technology at home and in school. By the end of the half term they will how to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate, and retrieve digital content on the school iPads.

For more information about how to keep your child safe online and please use the Think U Know website here


Trips for the half term

Bournville Park

Selly Oak, Selly Oak Park & Old Joe

Visit to a Gurdwara TBA

Letters will be sent with the details of the trips, please keep an eye out for them and check your emails.


This term we are exploring ‘Our World’


Art and Design

Texture – Weaving

We shall be studying the work of the Indonesian artist Agnes Hansella. We begin with easy weaving with card and paper and move on to a smaller scale weaving with wool, ribbon and other materials.


Design and Technology

We do not do design technology during this first half term but if you follow these links there are some simple things that you can try at home with everyday materials.

Here is the link to STEM activities on Little Bins for Little Hands



The historical significance of Selly Oak and Selly Oak Park and the changes and continuity over time. We shall be touring the local area, taking a walk to Selly Oak Park and to see the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham.



We will concentrate on human and physical aspects of the geography in the local area. The children will go on a trip to Bournville Park to observe habitats in the park and different of human features in the environment during our walk on the way there.



We love our lessons with Mrs Vaughan. This half term we are learning songs for the Harvest Festival Celebration. Favourite songs for the children are Thank You For Our World and Big Red Combine Harvester. We are also learning about rhythm, including how to incorporate the ‘tea’ and ‘coffee’ for the beats and ‘sh’ for the rests. The children will compose and play their compositions on chime bars and claves.



The children will learn a range of skills for playing tag rugby including working in pairs to get the tags, passing and communicating with team mates to keep the play going. They will also learn a range of skills such as dribbling, accurate passing and bouncing to play basketball.



  • No Outsiders – The story of Elmer by David McKee. See a read aloud on You Tube here
  • FamilyThat families are important for children growing up because they can give love, security and stability.
  • FriendsHow important friendships are in making us feel happy and secure, and how people choose and make friends.


This half term we are focussing on

  • Cultivating Inclusion, Identity & Belonging. Learning to appreciate others as individuals, then exploring similarities and differences, and showing true respect and understanding for others. Here is a story that is used in class to help the children understand how it feels to be excluded but also how there can be some surprising feelings for the person leaving somebody out. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Being Thankful. We shall take the opportunity here to link this with the Christian celebration of Harvest Festival.




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