Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1’s Autumn Term!

Take a look at what we’ll be exploring this half term……


We will begin our term by reading ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy which is a lovely story about a bear’s imaginative journey to the moon. The children will make their own space rocket to use in our Role Play area where they can act out going to the moon. The children will also be reading ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon which is a fictional story about an alien lost on earth. We will be using ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies to retell the story and create our own space stories using a story map. The children will be actively encouraged to use their phonics to spell words and begin to say words and sentences out loud in preparation for writing sentences. There will also be a focus on handwriting so that children can practise letter formation of upper and lower case letters.

Practising Spellings at Home

Year 1 Spelling Rules



Each Year 1 child will be issued with two reading books per week to read at home. The first book will be a decodable phonics book which will be linked to the phonics phase and sounds that your child will be learning in school. It is important that your child reads this book as often as possible during the week so that they become secure and confident using these phonemes to decode words when reading.

The second reading book will be from the Oxford Reading Tree range (Biff, Kipper, Chip and Floppy). The idea is that you read the book with your child as a way to familiarise them with high frequency or common exception words that are not always decodable.

We ask that you read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record a minimum of twice weekly in line with school policy. We will check reading records and change reading books every Wednesday. We monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.

Please encourage a love of reading at home and share stories together as often as you can.

We will provide you with access to a fun online reading platform called Reading Eggs. There are lots of stories, games and activities to have a go at. As they move through the levels, they are awarded with reading certificates which we check weekly, print off in school and celebrate in class. This has proven to be a great motivator for children as they become proud and confident readers.

(We will attach Reading Eggs login details to the Homework & Reading Diary books) along with Google Classroom logins. Please ask a member of staff if you have any problems.) 



This term we will be following the school’s maths scheme, Power Maths to focus on the following objectives: –

Unit 1: Numbers to 10

  • We will be working on children’s ability to recognise, represent and manipulate numbers to ten. Children will sort and group objects using different criteria. They will learn to recognise and count different representations of numbers to 10 and use a tens frame to structure and reason counting.
  • We will be using vocabulary such as ‘digit’ and writing number names as words. As we count forwards and backwards, we will be using ‘one more’ as a way to describe a number increasing and ‘one less’ for a number decreasing.
  • Children will use these skills to compare and order numbers to 10 using concrete and pictorial representations to support their reasoning. They will be introduced to ordinal numbers (First, second….) and use a number track to count ‘one more’ and ‘one less’.

Unit 2: Part-Whole within 10

  • This is one of the most important units of work to teach in maths. Children who have a solid grasp of numbers to 10 are able to apply this knowledge to so many other areas, including numbers to 20, numbers to 50 and beyond, and addition and subtraction.
  • Children will be taught how to partition numbers to 10 using part-whole model
  • Children will use this knowledge of part-whole model to begin writing number sentences. Like in the above example 5+4=9 They will explore number sentences in detail to explore number facts 5+4=9 is equal to 4+5=9 is equal to 9=5+4 is equal to 9=4+5
  • This work helps to secure number bonds to 10. During this unit, children begin to build this to number bonds to 20.
  • They will learn symbols > more than, < less than  and  = equal


Unit 3 & 4: Addition and subtraction within 10

  • This unit focuses on number bonds within 10 and number bonds to 10. Children will be introduced to formal addition through the idea of ‘count all’ and ‘count on’ strategies. A ‘count all’ strategy is when all parts are added together to make a whole. A ‘count on’ strategy asks children to start with a number and count on.
  • Children will be introduced to the key language of subtraction and a range of scenarios in which subtraction takes place.
  • Children will model each of these situations using concrete and pictorial representations: taking away cubes, crossing out pictures and counting back on a number-line.





The Science topic this term will be’ Identifying Materials.’

In this unit children will identify and name common types of materials including:- wood, metal, plastic, rubber, fur, towelling, nylon, wool, sponge, cotton wool, paper, card, brick, ceramics, rock and some liquids and powdered solids.

They will label, collect and group together objects made from the same material. They will state that different objects can be manufactured from the same materials. They will investigate why some materials are unsuitable for some objects and provide reasons for this.

During the unit children will be working scientifically to investigate the properties of different liquids. They will also investigate which materials are good to wrap and protect a hollow chocolate object being sent through the post.

Each pupil will get their own discovery education username and password. This has a range of fun resources that covers the whole of the curriculum.





We will be learning all about Space this term! We will be documenting all the significant events and developments in Space on our class timeline including the Apollo moon landing. We will be making our own space buggies and investigating simple mechanisms such as wheels and axels. We will investigate space using Google Earth and identify where the super telescopes are situated across the globe. We will create lots of space related art for our role play area and learn about Tim Peake, Helen Sharman and Neil Armstrong in a quest to find out what life is really like as an astronaut!






During this term we will be learning all about people who are Christians and finding out about what they believe through stories in the bible. We will also be celebrating Harvest this year and attend a remote service kindly provided by St. Mary’s Church



The children will be following the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work and learning about computing systems and networks. During this unit, the children will about technology in the classroom and how to use it, developing keyboard, trackpad and mouse skills and how to use a computer responsibly.



The children will be following the Primary PE Passport Curriculum which our Kick-start team will help us deliver this term. We will be learning how to play invasion games and learning key fundamental moving skills.

PE will take place on Monday’s & Wednesday’s this term.

Please make sure that PE kits are in school every week because we monitor this as part of pupils’ Assertive Mentoring record.



Our school follows a scheme called Jigsaw and this term our Year 1 children will complete a unit called ‘Being me in my world’ which celebrates all the qualities that makes people unique. Children will get lots of opportunities to discuss and share what is good about themselves and how they want to grow in the coming year ahead.



We will be exploring a unit called ‘Hey You!’ using the school’s music scheme, Charanga. We will listen and appraise a range of Hip Hop songs such as:- Hey You! by Joanna Mangona, Me, Myself And I by De La Soul,  Fresh Prince Of Bel Air by Will Smith and  It’s Like That by Run DMC. They will also play a range of games to find the pulse, rhythm and pace using their voices and either use recorders or glockenspiels to accompany a piece of music.



In Year 1 homework will be given out every Wednesday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive either a maths or a reading task based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Space homework menu.

Children are encouraged to be as creative as they wish and can choose how to present their homework so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

Topic\Year 1\Space Homework – Autumn 2021 (1).docx

F.A.O. Mrs. Ethel & Miss. Richards   year1@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile.


On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED


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