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Welcome to Year 1!

The Magic Toymaker

This half term our topic is the Magic Toymaker where will be learning all about different toys! How they are made, how they move and how they have changed throughout the ages. There will be opportunities to share our favourite toys with each other as well as create and design our own toys! We are also very excited about as we have a brand new outdoor learning environment to enjoy! Take a look at the topic web below for more information on what we are learning about this term!



We will be using Traction Man as a starting point for this year’s English work. We have got to know the story, sequencing events and writing sentences about the main characters using adjectives. We are going to develop our sentences using time conjunctions and conjunctions such as ‘and’ and ‘because’ to extend ideas. We will use our imagination to create a new ending for the story.

We will have daily phonics lessons consolidating digraphs and trigraphs for each phoneme. We will practice reading and writing the year 1 common exception words, which will be sent home each week. These words will be tested on Wednesdays. 


We will be following the mastery scheme of learning which focuses on three aspects of mathematics – fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Children have been using lots of maths resources (concrete) to help solve maths problems. Children have also already started working hard to develop their reasoning skills to explain answers in great depth – showing a firm understanding of what they have learnt. This term, Year One will be learning about counting and ordering numbers including counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. They will look at addition and subtraction including solving problems.


Our focus is all about different materials and their properties. We will name and describe a variety of different materials. We will be describing them and discovering how they are used. We will also carry out a range of investigations to explore materials and their properties.

Topic Web


Homework will be sent out on Thursday and should be returned to school on Tuesday. The homework menu allows children to choose which homework they would like to do each week based on what subject interests them the most.  Please date the menu to show which homework has been completed each week.

Reading Records are to be in school every day whether your child has read or not. Reading books may be changed daily if the Reading Records have been signed by an adult to show a book has been read. All Reading Records are checked regularly to ensure that children are reading at home. If you would like to volunteer to come into school and read with children then please do let us know.