Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Oak tree Elm tree

The teachers in Elm Class are Mrs S DeMatteis (Mon, Tues, Weds) and Mrs H Brook (Weds, Thurs, Fri).

The teacher in Oak Class is Miss S Carroll.

Our teaching partner is Mrs Sowood.

Our teaching assistant every morning is Mrs D Robertson.

Mrs H Murtagh and Mrs L Johnson also work in Elm class.

Mrs S Parnaby also works in Year 1 on some afternoons.


Days to remember for Oak Class:

Monday – Homework return. PE.

Tuesday – PE.

Wednesday – Homework sent out.

Thursday –  Library books changed.


Days to remember for Elm Class:

Monday – Homework return.

Tuesday – PE.

Wednesday – Homework sent out. Library books changed.

Thursday – PE.

Our Learning Challenges

Autumn 1 – How can we be good friends?

Autumn 1

How can we be good friends?

This theme focuses on PSHCE. We read the story Giraffes can’t dance and think carefully about the characters actions, behaviour and feelings. We also explore ways in which we keep safe on the roads, around the home and in school and a little more about the people who help us to do this. We practice through role play crossing a road safely, we identify dangers in the home and learn how grownups can help us to get better when we are ill.

In literacy we learn how to write and punctuate sentences correctly with growing independence. Through drama and sequencing we retell a familiar story complete with beginning middle and end.

In Maths we focus on reading, writing and recognising numbers from 1 to 20, and practice counting in twos, fives and tens from a given number. We learn to how to work out addition and subtraction calculations using practical equipment.

We also learn songs and poems for performance in our Autumn Harvest assembly.

Autumn 2

Where will the Queen’s handbag take us?

In this Geography based theme we look closely at the text ‘The Queen’s Handbag’ as we go on an adventure around the UK! We learn about the key landmarks and attractions around the United Kingdom and compare these to our own locality. We use google earth to locate different hot and cold countries and learn how these are different to the UK. We think about how we get to school and draw maps of our journey, complete with local landmarks.

In Maths we begin to tell the time to o’clock and half hour intervals as well as learning how to compare, describe & solve practical problems for Capacity & volume.

In English we identify the range of verbs used in the text to describe how the Queen travels around the country and try to use these in our own writing.



Spring 1

Do I need my coat today?

This science based topic is linked to the topic seasonal changes. We learn to identify different seasons and when they begin. We will plan and carry out simple experiments such as measuring rainfall. We will also explore the school grounds to look for signs of spring and what changed are visible in the surroundings.

In English study the text ‘Footprints in the snow’ and help solve the mystery of who the footprints belong to and where are they going? Through drama and sequencing we retell the story complete with interesting adjectives.

In Maths we begin to look at basic multiplication and division and will learn to use the language of position and direction.

Spring 2

How is my life different to my grandparents?

This is a history based theme where we look what toys our Grandparents used to play with and how they have changed over time. We will examine old and new toys and make decisions about which are more fun to play with. We think about how shops have changed over time and what things we put in our trolleys today compared to a long time ago. We will also look at what holidays were like for our Grandparents and look at  famous people from history that have helped our lives be better today. In English we use the book The Naughty Bus to support our learning on toys.  We investigate the journey of the bus by sequencing the events correctly to retell the story.

We link our History theme to our Science topic: Materials. We investigate what materials our toys are made from and we compare these to olden day materials. We also investigate the properties of everyday materials around the classroom and carry out simple tests to explore the properties of common materials.

In Maths we focus on reading and writing numbers to 20 and practice counting reliably up to 20 objects. We will recognise and name 2D and 3D shapes and work with money up to 10p.

Summer 1

Why do we go to Church?

This R.E. based theme includes a visit to Holy Trinity Church in Queensbury to look at the features of churches and learn about the celebrations that take place there. We will then use our knowledge to plan a class Christening. As part of our Christening celebration we will use the cooking room to make a Christening cake out of individual buns. Children will learn the skills of all-in-one cake mixing, creaming and dividing mixture. Children will be asked to think about the meaning of the word ‘precious’ and will be asked to bring in a precious object from home to show to the rest of the class and to prepare an explanation. There will be numerous opportunities for extending our writing skills as children will be asked to write invitations for the Christening and a recount of the visit to the church.

In Maths we use measuring equipment to measure length, mass and capacity. We will continue to add and subtract numbers to 20 and solve simple problems using these operations.

Summer 2

Arts and Music Theme


Each year our Summer 2 Learning Challenge changes, but it is always focused on The Arts. The Learning Challenge incorporates The Arts in the widest sense, including Art, Music, Dance, Poetry etc. The theme culminates in an amazing Arts Festival created by the whole school. It really is an event not to be missed – look out for the date during the Summer term.

In Science this half term we learn about animals. We look at different species e.g. fish, birds and mammals and will identify the features that are specific to each and why certain animals have particular features e.g. Why do birds have feathers? Why do fish not have legs? We also go on our school trip to Nell Bank in Ilkley and link this to our Science learning. We look at the animals that live around Nell bank and learn how animal’s senses help to them survive and how they adapt to survive