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Year 1

 Welcome to Year 1 Dolphin Class

This term starts with the whole school topic…

Dragons & Vikings


Year 1 Topic Web



Our main Literacy focus this term is honing our writing skills and being more conscious of full stops, capital letters and great word choices.. We will be collecting interesting adjectives to use throughout all our work, as well as practicing letter formation in handwriting lessons and practicing using a variety of conjunctions in our Literacy lessons. After writing about our own Dragons the class will turn their attention to “The Manchester Ridge back” following a Talk for Writing Sequence the class will have a chance to learn the information text off by heart, and then create their own dragon encyclopedia. Our Phonics lessons will help to support the children’s spelling and decoding of new words. 


This term we are building on our simple maths facts such as friends of 10 and applying it to larger number within 20. We will start looking at place value discussing the role of different digits within a number and move onto how we can cross that boundary  using our number facts to 10. Spending a lot of time on the relationship between physical concrete groups of things and how we represent that by recording numbers and number sentences.

 In our Maths lessons the class will also be encouraged to use any resources to support their learning, and we aim to move from using physical materials towards recording numbers and symbols in our books.


This year we will be looking at a number of scientific topics and within each of these look at scientific inquiry and thinking like a scientist.

The children will have great opportunities to think like a scientist, from helping to plan our garden area to melting frozen eggs and testing paper airplanes to work out the best dragon wing shape. In our second half of term we are moving onto more viking related topics and are going to look at how Vikings navigated the open seas using the stars. As well as how later explorers used compasses. 


The children will be taking part in a range of PE activities this term, starting with Tennis and Gymnastics on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school, including: well-fitting trainers, black shorts, black or navy tracksuit trousers, a spare white T-shirt and a clean pair of socks. A plastic bag kept inside the PE bag is always useful too, for muddy trainers to be stored in! Extra carrier bags and rucksacks are not allowed in class due to a lack of space in the cloakroom.

   Home Learning

This year we’re going to focus on children’s maths facts such as: counting forwards and backwards from a number, breaking small numbers in to two parts, and identifying number bonds. To support this the children will get a Maths pack at the start of the term with ideas for activities and some great resources.

As you know, children are expected to read at least 5 times a week, and to have this recorded daily in home school contact diaries. I will check diaries throughout the week to ensure that reading books are regularly changed and will also do a ‘book raffle’ every week. Your child’s name will be entered into the raffle to win a book provided they have 5 or more reads recorded by Friday morning.

Staff in Year 1

We are very lucky to have Michelle Gammon and Sally Anne Lee  as the class’s teaching assistants this year, they will both be running Talk Boost, Phonics and  FFT reading interventions to supports the children’s communication and language skills. Clare Russel will also be taking the class for Art and Music on a Monday afternoon.


General Information

Please ensure that your child is in school ready to start learning, between 8.40 and 8.50, and that full school uniform is being worn (particularly black shoes).

 If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our work this term, please do come and see us or contact us through the home school diary.

Sam Abell