Year 1 (Kittiwakes)





We follow the Year 1 National Curriculum for Reading and Writing. Sessions will include learning about simple sentence construction with the accurate use of capital letters and full stops, practising handwriting skills as well as a variety of opportunities to fuel the imagination! We will also continue learning our phonics sounds on a daily basis, and are excited to be starting a new phonics programme this term. Children will be taught to read in groups as well as some individual work.

How you can help.

Share books together for the sheer pleasure it brings! Your child will be bringing home a new individual reading book at the start of the Autumn Term. We will also be reading in small groups on a weekly basis. These Guided Reading sessions will have either a ‘decoding’ or a ‘comprehension’ focus.

Your child can continue to change their normal/individual reading book on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by placing their reading record and book in the basket outside the classroom in the morning. Please don’t be alarmed if we don’t hear your child read their individual book every week, as we will be hearing them read their group reading book (or text), as well as doing lots of other reading activities.  We will check their level at least once each half term, to ensure they are on the right track. Show your child that you read and write for all sorts of reasons.



We follow the Year 1 National Curriculum for Maths. This term we will be focusing on consolidating our number knowledge of 0 – 10 initially, and then moving on to 10 – 20. We will support children to become confident in reading, writing and recognising numbers, counting forwards and backwards, and introducing them to missing number problems.

How you can help.

Be aware of Maths in our everyday lives. Count anything and everything in sight! Biscuits, cutlery, cars on the way to school and so on. Use mathematical language as often as you can; 1 more is an easy one, 1 less is often harder for the children to grasp as it is used less often!

Also try to look at coins together as often as you can and recognise the value of individual and combined coins.



We will be looking at ourselves and learning about how we are all different in some ways, but similar in others. Our main focus will be exploring the animal groups; mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians.  We will be using our senses to make observations, comparisons and to talk about likes and dislikes. We will also be learning about Seasonal Change and observing weather and temperature changes as we move towards Christmas.

How you can help.

Please talk to your child about different parts of the body and what they do, you could also play ‘Simon Says’ and ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’. If you are out and about you could see if you can find 5 things that humans have in common with other animals and 5 things that are different.



We will be looking at, and constructing, simple sliding and lever mechanisms. The result will be a moving superhero picture!

How you can help.

Look at moving picture books and discuss how they work.



We will be continuing with, and building on, the scheme of work developed by the Devon PE advisory team and physiotherapists. The aims are to build and consolidate sound, movement and vocabulary, so children have the full range of basic movement skills, and the associated self-esteem and confidence, by the end of KS1. We will be having three half hour sessions, each week in the hall, as well as additional sessions outside when the weather allows it! We will change into our plimsolls on Tuesdays and Fridays, and when time allows, we will change into a full PE kit on a Wednesday.

How you can help.

Encourage all physical activity and have fun! Please ensure all kit is named and in school (particularly on Wednesdays). Please could earrings be removed every PE session (or ensure that your child is confident when removing their own earrings).



During the first half term, we will be sharing many things that are important to us including people, places, objects, stories and music (considering how certain aspects of these are significant to people of different faiths). Then, in the second half of the term we will focus more specifically on Christianity, and think about giving and receiving presents and gifts, especially the ones that cost us nothing! If for any reason you are not happy about any of these areas, then please pop into see us and have a chat.

How you can help.

Please encourage respect and tolerance for the views of others.



Basing our work on Self-Portraits, we will be looking at the work of Picasso. We will be mixing colours, making patterns and we will be exploring different materials.

How you can help.

Encourage your child to observe closely and draw what they see e.g. the neck between the head and body!



During our sessions in the computer suite we will be practising how to log on, off and shut down.  We will also learn how to open simple software, save, edit and print, and use WordArt.



This term we will be thinking about important rules that help us do our best and keep safe. We will learn about how we are all different and accept those differences. We will think about how we can change our behaviours to ensure that we always behave appropriately.

We will identify our own and each other’s feelings, as well as care for the local environment, and keep it safe. We will also think carefully about how we need to always be safe and sensible around medicines.



We are going to be learning about directional language and the points on a standard compass. We will be locating the UK, and its four countries, on a World Map. We will be thinking carefully about Starcross, and understanding more about where we, and our family, live. We will be learning about chronological order and time lines. As well as thinking about how we have changed during our lifetime, and the significant individuals from the past who have influenced our lives, for example, Florence Nightingale.

How you can help.

Talk to your child about where you have gone on your holidays and see if they can find these places on a UK, or even World Map. Can you support your child to begin to understand when things in the past happened? For example, discussing your own childhood and the history that came before you.


Miss G. Lax and Mrs C. Radcliffe