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 are listed at the bottom of this page.


This half term:


  • Secure place value within 20
  • Addition and subtraction to 20
  • Counting in 10s


Talk for Writing unit: We are focussing on writing character descriptions and then invitations to a party.

  • Write correctly punctuated sentences and include adjectives.


How we have changed. The similarities and differences between old and new toys.



Animals including humans with a focus on common animals, parts and diet. 


Design & Technology:

Working with levers and sliders to create moving pictures.



We are focusing on creativity this half term, using digital tools to create new content.

Religious Education:

Who is a Muslim and what do they believe? We will look at which objects are special in the Islamic faith and how Muslims worship.



Respecting ourselves and others, and keeping safe. We will be learning what it means to care for myself and others.


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 improve rolling, throwing and catching balls.

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)

  • Dance - Thursday

We are looking at creating a sequence and high/low levels.

            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:

Year 1: Celebrations and Enrichments items

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