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Year 1

 Welcome to Year 1 Dolphin Class

This term starts with the whole school topic…



Our whole school topic this term is Africa. Dolphin class are going to start by looking at our own environment and the habitats of minibeasts. This is a really exciting and active topic for children to help them transition into their new classroom. We will be going on minibeast hunts, categorising them, drawing them and even writing our own riddles. From here were going to follow the story of the “Hungry Hungry Caterpillar” and begin to look at different African bugs, animals and fruits that we can use in the story. In class we have an African hut role play area where the children are going to be learning about the Masai tribe, having a chance to take part in jumping competitions, making their own colourful shields and necklaces as well as keeping an eye out for different animals that might live in the different parks around Kenya.

Year 1 Topic Web



Our main Literacy focus this term is creating excited and engaged writers. We will be collecting interesting adjectives to sue throughout all our work, as well as practicing letter formation in handwriting lessons and simple sentences using capital letters and full stops in our Literacy lessons. After writing about minibeasts the class will turn their attention to “The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar” following a Talk for Writing Sequence the class will have a chance to learn the story off by heart, and then create their own tale with a different African minibeast and more exotic fruits. Our Phonics lessons will help to support the children’s spelling and help to make them feel more confident when trying to spell new words. The class will also be consolidating their learning from reception by looking at the alphabet in more detail, including letter formation of lower and upper case letters as we write our own African ABC.


This term we are focusing our Maths lessons around simple Maths facts, such as breaking numbers down into 2 parts, counting forwards and backwards from a number and 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.

By doing this the class will have a really strong foundation for when we move onto addition, subtraction and place value. 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 enquiry and thinking like a scientist.

The children will be mostly looking at animals and their habitat. This is going to start with minibeasts and how we can categorise them. Then looking at larger animals we might see roaming across the African plains and discuss how they have adapted to their environment. During this the class will also learn about the difference between alive, dead and never alive as well as looking at the life cycle of plants.


The children will be taking part in a range of PE activities this term, starting with Tag Rugby and Football 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