Year 1 Class Page

Welcome To


The Year 1 team can’t wait to see you all back at school and welcome everyone to their Year 1 classes. We are excited to begin all the fun new learning and experiences we have planned for your school year ahead.

 Here you will find information about what your child has been learning in Year 1 and how you can help them at home. This page will be updated with information about current and future topics.

 What does your child need for Year 1?

  • A school uniform and shoes
  • A school water bottle
  • A coat suitable for the day’s likely weather
  • A pair of wellies
  • A PE kit and set of spare clothes in a soft bag to hang on their peg.
  • A school satchel and / or school book bag for their Homework book, Reading Books, Reading Log and Reading for Enjoyment Book
  • A smile!

Please label all of your child’s belongings with their name.

What are we learning this term?

Autumn Curriculum


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 be encouraged to use their own imagination in role playing their own journey to the moon! The children will learn about writing for different purposes; composing and writing lists and questions and simple phrases and sentences to show the beginning, middle and ending of a story.

Later in the term the children will be reading ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon which is a fictional story about an alien lost on Earth. They will use ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies to retell the story and then work together to create our own lost alien story using a story map.

Click on the book cover to listen to the story.


In all their writing children will be actively encouraged to use their phonics using segmenting to spell out words and begin to say words and sentences out loud in preparation for writing sentences.

We will also be learning to read and spell Common Exception Words. These are words we will read and write LOTS but that don’t follow the phonic sounds we have learned so far.

Follow the links below for resources to inform parents and support this learning at home.

28 ways to practice Spelling at home 

Year 1 Common Exception Words

Year 1 Spelling Rules

There will also be a focus on developing pencil control and a good writing position to support handwriting as the children practise the essential pencil strokes they will need for correct letter formation of lower case letters.

Find more information about Guided and Home Reading towards the bottom of the page.


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.

 Follow the links below for games and activities to support this learning at home.


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.

 Follow the links below for games and activities to support this learning at home.

 Topic (History, Geography and Design Technology)

5..4..3..2..1..BLAST OFF! The theme of our topic work for the Autumn term is  ‘Space’. We will be learning about our own places in Space and peoples’ exploration of places beyond our own planet into outer space! We will investigate what Earth looks like from Space using Google Earth and explore how people watch the stars. We will be documenting significant events and developments in Space exploration using a timeline. We will find out how astronauts like Mae Jemison and Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake and Helen Sharman were significant in their contribution to Space Exploration. We will investigate the Apollo Moon landing using historical sources to find out.

We will be investigating, designing and making space buggies, rockets and rovers while exploring and building simple mechanisms such as wheels and axels. We will practise different joining techniques and use a variety of reusable and reclaimed materials to create the chassis and bodies of our space vehicles. Finally we will use different techniques to decorate our creations and evaluate what we have done.

Follow the links below for websites to support this learning at home.

The Arts

The first focus for our Arts lessons in Autumn is Poetry.  Linking with our PHSE work ‘Being Me’ we will work towards writing and performing a poem in response to the question ‘Who are you?’ We will explore words and poetry then write our own poem to perform for our grown-ups at a Poetry Presentation.

In the seconds theme for our Arts lessons we will be looking at a selection of artworks by artists such as Henri Matisse and Piet Mondrain. We will use these artworks to help us explore different ways to use line, pattern and colour in both paper based and digital art.


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 special whole school service at 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. This term we will be learning key fundamental movement skills and how to play invasion games .

Our days for PE this term are Wednesday & Friday.

 Please make sure that PE kits are always in school on these days. We monitor having the correct PE kit available when needed as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme and it will be reported on in your child’s termly report.


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. Later in the term children will complete a unit called ‘Celebrating Difference’. Children will explore accepting others are may be different to them, learning to include everyone and problem solve conflict. They will also learn about bullying and how to help themselves and others if it happens.


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.

Home / School Learning


In Year 1 homework will be given out every Friday 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 (one piece per week in any order they wish).

Follow the link below to see the Homework Menu

Topic\Year 1\Space Homework – Autumn 2023

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! F.A.O. Mrs. Ethell & Miss Richards

Please make sure that completed Homework is brought into school on these days. We monitor Homework as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme and it will be reported on in your child’s termly report.

GREEN – On time by Wednesday

YELLOW – Late by Friday

RED – No homework completed that week

Guided Reading and Home Reading

Please encourage a love of reading at home and share stories together as often as you can. It is the most important and long lasting contribution parents can make to their child’s early learning and fundamental to successful lifelong learning and wellbeing.

Follow the link below to find lots of advice, support, free online stories and activities suitable for Year 1 children learning to read.

Oxford Owl reading for 4-5s

Oxford Owl reading for 5-6s

Each Year 1 child will be given two reading books every week to share and practise reading with their adult at home. In addition, they will choose a book to bring home for the week from our class library reading for enjoyment collection. They will also be given a log in to access their own online account for the online reading program Reading Eggs.

The first book will be a ‘phonic reading book’ also referred to as their ‘Read To You Book’ which children will have already been worked on with their teachers during Guided Reading in class. The text will be linked to the phonics phase and sounds that your child will be learning in school. It is important that you listen as your child reads this book to you as often as possible during the week so that they become secure and confident using the focus phonemes to decode words when reading.

The second reading book will be from the Oxford Reading Tree range (Biff, Kipper, Chip and Floppy). This is to be used as a ‘Read To Me Book’ which is a book that you read to your child as you look at the text together. The aim is to familiarise children with high frequency or common exception words that are not always decodable. These books will contain some decodable words so that your child can begin to read with you as they become more familiar with the text.

The third book is a ‘reading for enjoyment book’. These are ‘real’ books rather than School Reading Scheme books. They are books matched to children’s interest level rather that their reading level. They include picture books and often text which engage children well despite being beyond the level at which they can decode for themselves. They are therefore intended to be read aloud by or shared with an adult (as a bedtime story for example).

 We will also provide you with access to a fun online reading program 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.

Reading Eggs login details are stuck inside your child’s Reading Log.

 We ask that you read with your child as often as possible (a minimum of twice weekly in line with school policy). Do this in frequent short sessions (5 to 10 minutes depending on how long your child can maintain focus and motivation).

Please always sign and date in their Reading Log on each separate occasion you read with your child. We will check reading records and change reading books every Wednesday but will not know they have completed their reading if they are not signed and dated. New reading books will be sent out on Friday along with other Homework. We monitor Home Reading as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme and it will be reported on in your child’s termly report.

 GREEN – Both reading books (Read To You and Read To Me) completed at least twice

by Wednesday (evidenced by parent sign and date each time in Reading Log.

YELLOW – Reading complete but books returned late by Friday

RED – Book not returned / not signed and dated in Reading Log that week

Big Battery Hunt

This term, we are taking part in Duracell’s Big Battery Hunt, which  is all about helping to make the planet a better place for us all to live in. We’re collecting used batteries and are calling on you to support us by sending your used batteries into school!

Summer – Year 1

Welcome to Year 1’s Summer Term

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


We will begin the term by exploring a range of fictional texts relating to our theme which is all about Pirates (ooooarghh!)     The first book we’ll be reading is called ‘The Night Pirates’ by Peter Harris & Deborah Allwright which is a fantastic pirate adventure story about a boy called Tom who joins a crew of girl pirates in a quest to find treasure across the high seas. We’ll also be using a book called ‘Molly Rogers Pirate Girl’ by Cornelia Funke to support our understanding of this genre including: story structure and language features. We’ll use ‘Talk for Write’ strategies to retell the story and innovate our writing by using a story map. Later on this term we’ll be reading some pirate poetry including ‘Pirates’ by Valerie Bloom to inspire our own poetry writing. We will also be learning to write instructions on how to make our very own pirate hat.

Practising Spellings at Home

Year 1 Spelling Rules



Mulitiplication and Division

Building upon the counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s work we’ve completed during the Spring term, we’ll be introducing the concept of multiplication and division through learning to double, half (make equal groups) and making simple arrays. We will also introduce fractions by learning about how some shapes can be split into equal halves and quarters.

Position and Direction

We will be exploring position and direction by using key vocabulary: ‘quarter turn’, half a turn’, ‘three quarters of a turn’ and ‘whole turn’.

Numbers to 100

Building upon our numbers to 50 work, we’ll be learning to count to 100, exploring number patterns using number grids,  ordering and sequencing numbers and learning how to apply our existing knowledge of number bonds to numbers up to 100.


We will continue to review our learning about: days of the week, months of the year and seasons. During this unit we’ll be learning to use new vocabulary: before and after, learning how to use a calendar, how to tell the time to the hour and half hour and how to write time.


We’ll be recognising and counting coins : 1p, 2p, 5p, 20p, 50p £1 & £2 and recognising notes: £5, £10, £20 & £50



This term’s topic is all about ‘Plants’ and we’ll be learning to recognise the common features, similarities and differences between plants and trees. We’ll learn about the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants and how to identify, name and describe the main parts of a plant, including trees. We will be learning the meaning of ‘evergreen’ and ‘desiduous’ and we’ll grow our own plants which the children can observe throughout the term. This year, Corrie Primary & Nursery School is entering the Tatton Park Schools garden competition and each year group is growing plants so that they can contribute to our competition entry. Fingers crossed!

We will also be finishing our unit on ‘Changing Seasons’. The children have been learning about each season throughout the year and have already completed some investigations in school to find out about the weather. The children will be exploring nature during the summer term through a series of outdoor lessons including our recent introduction of Forest school. We will finish the unit by completing our seasonal data strip and comparing/contrasting information across the four seasons. Hopefully we’ll have time to arrange a lovely summer walk down to the river.



‘Ooooarhhh me hearties’ and ‘Shiver Me Timbers’. Our topic this term is learning all about pirates and treasure! We will be learning about who pirates were and when & why they sailed around the world. To do this we’ll be identifying and learning about the world’s oceans and compare/contrast our own town of Denton with a town on the Carribean Islands. We will be learning some basic map skills and complete a local Geographical study. Children will also learn about some famous pirates including the notorious English pirate, ‘Blackbeard’. We will be using our DT skills to make pirate hats, bandanas and flags!

We’ll conclude our ‘Pirates’ unit with an exciting end of year Pirate Party!

Keep an eye out for our Pirates themed Homework menu. Children need to complete one piece of homework per week from the menu.



This term we will be studying a unit titled, ‘What does it mean to belong to a faith community?’ Children will think and explore what belonging means to them. We will will learn about how religious people show they belong to their faith community, about the ways babies are welcomed in religions faiths and the promises made at weddings. Children will think about their own network of belonging and how we all belong to someone.



The children will follow the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work and this term will be learning how to create media using digital writing. They will learn how to use a keyboard, how to add and delete information, explore the tool bar and change information using choices that they can explain to others.

Later in the term they will continue with the creative media unit by learning how to use a computer to digitally paint. They will learn about the tools available to draw and paint using freehand, how to draw and paint lines & shape, how to select the size of paintbrushes to create different effects and use the skills learnt to create a piece of art in the style of an artist.



Following our Charanga scheme, children will be following a unit called, ‘Your Imagination’ followed by a unit called, ‘Reflect, Rewind & Replay’. Children will learn to sing a song throughout the unit which they will perform at the end of the unit. Children will also play the Glockenspiel and recorder to accompany the song they’ve learnt. Children will listen and appraise a range of songs throughout both units using: Pitch, pulse & rhythm and tempo to describe, compare & contrast the pieces of music.



Our Jigsaw topics for this term are ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’. In ‘Relationships’ we will be learning about families and how they can be diverse, friendships and what good qualities we look for in a friend, appropriate ways to greet friends and people who can help us in our school community.

In ‘Changing Me’ we will look at the life cycles of animals and humans, identify ways that our bodies have changed since being a baby, identify girl and boy parts of the body using scientific vocabulary and discuss changing and growing as part of our development.

Please note that there will be a dedicated parents/carers meeting to discuss and inform you about the lessons in our ‘Changing Me’ unit.



The children will continue to follow the ‘Primary Passport Curriculum’ which the KickStart team will support us to deliver. In the first half term, children will be learning about Athletics with a focus on how to run and jump using different styles of jumping. They will also learn to throw a javelin. In the last half term, children will be developing their invasion games skills by learning to: dribble a ball with either hand, receiving and trapping a ball, passing a ball using bounce and combining a jump with passing a ball.


At Corrie we monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.

PE will take place on Monday and Wednesday this term.

Please make sure that PE kits are in school all week, every week as we may change sessions and because we monitor having a kit to wear as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.



Please encourage a love of reading at home and use Reading Eggs regularly. As children progress through Reading Eggs, 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. (Reading Eggs login details are attached to the Homework books along with Google Classroom logins. Please ask a member of staff if you have any problems.)

We ask that you read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record a minimum of twice weekly for each book in line with school policy.

We will send home two ‘reading’ books each week:

The first is a ‘phonically decodable’ book. This just means that with practice children should be able to read the words by ‘sounding out’ (saying each letters sound and then blending them together to read the word). This book will be closely matched with the phonics your child is learning at school. We will send this book home with your child until they can recall the letter sound matches and use blending to read the words to you.

The second book is a ‘Guided Read’ book which they will be reading in school with the teacher in a small reading group. This book will contain words your child may not be able to decode using their phonics.You should read this book to them encouraging them to point to the words as you say them, joining in where they can. This will build your child’s sight vocabulary.

We will check reading records and change reading books as appropriate once per week every Wednesday. Howeverplease make sure your child has their reading books and diary in school every day as we sometimes have opportunity to do extra reading or to change books more frequently.



In Year 1 homework is given on a Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive a maths and/or a reading task based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Pirates 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!

F.A.O. Mrs. Ethel or Miss. Richards

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


On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED



Welcome Back Year 5!

Hope you’ve all had a brilliant holiday and are ready and raring to go again. We are really looking forward to this half term and we hope you are too! Summer Term 1 is a very busy one, so here’s what we’ll be up to!


As usual, we’ve got lots of exciting activities planned in English. Our focus is on writing a narrative. We will be basing our work around the text ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan. The focus of this book is working together as a community and finding your own identity. We will be analysing different texts and video clips to help inspire our own writing, so that we can carry on being awesome authors too!

We will develop our SPAG knowledge through continuing to learn about the various word classes and different spelling patterns, including the Y5/6 word list. We will be focussing on how to apply all our SPAG work into our own writing.


We will continue to develop our skills in the 4 operations and our understanding of Place Value, Decimals, Percentages and Fractions and Measurement. We will be focussing on the Using and Applying aspect of Maths through reasoning challenges. We will also be developing the use of number lines as a strategy to help us with calculations.

Please remember to carry on practising your times tables up to 12×12.


Our topic this half term is Separating Mixtures. We will be carrying out investigations to test the properties of different materials.


Our topic for this half term is The Mayans. We will be learning all about the impact the Mayans had on the Modern World and finding out about the Mayan gods.

We will be continuing to work on RSE scheme ‘Jigsaw’ and discussing issues which are important to us and help us work together as a team. This half term’s focus is ‘Relationships.’

Computing – App Designers

We will be researching various Apps and how they work. We will develop a design for our own App.


We will be looking at Pop Art artists such as Andy Warhol and creating images in the same style.


We will continue to use our music scheme Charanga with a focus on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’


We will be learning about Islam and ‘What it means to be a Muslim today.’


PE will be on Thursdays. Our focus this half term is Athletics.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PE KIT. Make sure you don’t get RED on your Assertive Mentoring!


We will continue to have a creative approach to our homework this term. You will be given Maths and Spelling homework each week as well as being able to choose from a range of creative activities in Topic.

Homework is given out on Friday and is due in the following Wednesday.


Homework handed in on Wednesday is GREEN.

Homework handed in on Thursday is YELLOW.

Homework handed in on Friday is RED.

We read in class every day, so make sure you always have your Reading Log in school. Please make sure you also read regularly each week at home and ask an adult to sign your Reading Log for you. We will sign your Reading Log every WEDNESDAY  to check you have read at home, so please don’t forget!!



Parents & Carers are always very welcome to call in to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning, any other area of their school life or just to say ‘hello’. We are available anytime before or after school, except on Wednesdays because that’s when we have our Staff Meeting.

We are really looking forward to a great half term with you all!

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Turner, Miss Lester, Miss Mees & Mrs. Parrett


Balancing at Forest School Today

Today we had fun trying to balance on the slackline at Forest School .To promote learning to balance in young children, it is important to provide them with opportunities for active play and exploration. This can include activities such as running, jumping, climbing, and playing on playground equipment. Providing a safe and supportive environment for these activities can help children build confidence and develop their balance skills over time. It is also important to be patient and encouraging, as children may need time and practice to master these skills. The snapshots and mini clips show the Reception class having fun learning a new skill that enables them to improve their balance control and overall physical coordination.

Spider Spectacular Makes

Making spiders from natural materials can be a fun and creative activity that allows you to connect with nature and exercise your creativity. There are many different materials that can be used to make spiders, such as twigs, leaves, pinecones, and acorns.

One of the fun aspects of making spiders from natural materials is the challenge of finding and selecting the materials. For example, the children might need to hunt for just the right twig or leaf to use as the spider’s body or legs. They found this to be a fun scavenger hunt that encouraged them all to explore the outdoors and appreciate the natural world.

Once they have collected all their materials, the process of assembling the spider was enjoyable and fun for the children at Forest School today. We used string to attach the various pieces together, and the children experimented with different techniques and styles to create a unique spider that reflects their own personality and aesthetic.

The children loved seeing their creations on display as a reminder of the fun and creativity they experienced while making it, as well as a celebration of the natural beauty and diversity of the world around us.

Enjoy the snapshots!

Shelter Building at Forest School

Shelter building requires physical activity, which is essential for children’s health and development. It can help them develop gross motor skills, coordination, and balance.

Building a shelter requires planning, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Children will need to consider the materials they have available, the terrain, and the weather to build a functional shelter. This process can help them develop problem-solving skills and improve their ability to think creatively.

Shelter building allows children at Forest School to use their creativity and imagination to design and build their structures. This activity provided an opportunity for children to explore their ideas and develop their imagination.

Teamwork was at its best today with this shelter building activity, allowing children to work together and develop their teamwork skills. They can learn to communicate effectively, delegate tasks, and support one another.

Shelter building can encourage children to appreciate nature and the environment. It can help them understand the importance of protecting natural habitats and ecosystems.

Overall, shelter building is a fun and educational activity that can offer children a range of benefits, including physical activity, problem-solving skills, creativity, teamwork, and nature appreciation.

Enjoy the snapshots!