Year 1 2023 - 2024

Mrs MacNeill

Mr Martin-Bird

Meet the team

1M - Mrs MacNeill, Mrs Bousie and Ms Wheeler

1C - Mr Martin-Bird and Mrs Gomez

If you have any questions, please speak to one of our Year 1 staff or email


Welcome to Year 1! Year 1 is an exciting time, as children move away from child-led learning and begin to learn from the National Curriculum. As we adapt to new timetables and routines, we work together as a class to meet challenges with confidence and celebrate our achievements.

Here, you can find an overview of the Year 1 Curriculum. You can use this information to discuss with your child what they have learned and continue to support their learning at home.

The knowledge organisers and the brainbuilder for this half term are listed at the bottom of this page.



This half term:


  • We will be looking at money, recognising the coins and notes, and counting in the value of coins.
  • Time (days of the week, months of the year and telling the time to the hour and half hour


Talk for Writing unit: We are focussing on writing a quest story using The Gruffalo as our inspiration.

  • Write correctly punctuated sentences that include adjectives.
  • Using conjuctions correctly.
  • To be able to use repeated text in a story
  • Repetition for description
  • Different sentence openers
  • We are continuing to think about the presentation of our work.


Exploring the similarities and differences between towns and cities.




To identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees

To identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.



Art and Design

Printmaking (relief printing)



We are being storytellers, retelling a story and using sound effects to add interest for the listener.

Religious Education:

We will be thinking about how we care for others and the world, as well as thinking about why that matters.



We will be looking at safe relationships, growing and changing


Using our bodies to make a beat. We are looking at keeping a beat and beginning to play the African Drums.


Remember to come into school wearing your PE kit on the following days.

  • Outdoor Games - Wednesday

    We are learning to send and return.

Kit: Trainers, black shorts or tight-fitting black leggings, and a plain white t-shirt (a tracksuit top and joggers may be worn if cold)

  • Gymnastics - Thursday

Performing the 

            Kit: Black shorts or tight-fitting black leggings and a plain white t-shirt.


In class we are currently reading a range of different stories about a range of topics, that can be linked to our half termly targets in other subjects.


We encourage the children to borrow a book from our library to read for their enjoyment. We would be very grateful if you could make sure they bring them back every week to get a different book to read to you at home. Please record when they read to you in their reading record books. 

Please read with your child every day. You can access their guided reading text through the Collins E-Book app in addition to reading for pleasure.


Spellings will be sent out every week on Monday, which children will learn for a spelling test on the following Monday.

This half term's BrainBuilder can be found below:



We are planning a trip to the local park to look at the plants and trees.


Year 1: Celebrations and Enrichments items

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