Year 1



Please make sure your child has a named waterproof coat in school every day.


This month we are continuing our topic of Land animals. We will be exploring where animals live in the wild. We will also be classifying and sorting animals into groups and learning what makes an animal a bird, mammal or reptile. We will then move onto exploring what animals eat and food chains. We will also look at skeletons of animals and create our own. We will continue working on our zoo enclosures an will compare and contrast these with the ones we see at the zoo. In art, our focus will be animal patterns and creating our own version of the Henri Rosseau painting of “Tiger’s Surprise.”


 We will continue our work on sentence writing and will create fact files on different animals. We will use books and iPads to research our ideas. We will also use our visit to the zoo as a basis for creating our own leaflet to encourage others to visit. We will continue working on using full stops, finger spaces and capital letters.


We have introduced the part, part whole model and will continue to use these to add 2 numbers together. We will also be looking at fact families for numbers up to 10 and thinking about if addition has to be done in a particular order. We will then move on to subtraction and work on counting back and crossing out to find how many are left.

Ideas for home




Practice writing numbers the right way around.

Share a story.  What adjectives can you find to describe the character?


Use the Marwell Zoo website to talk about your visit to the zoo.

How many ways can you make a number?


Practise your writing by saying a sound a writing the correct grapheme.


Go on an Autumn walk and find some interesting leaves.

Create number stories using addition.

Eg. There were 4 zebras in the zoo, 5 more came to join so there were ? altogether.

Look at non-fiction texts and find out about the contents, index and glossary.


Talk about the value of Quality and what does it look like in your house.


A typical day in Year 1

Start of the day

At 8:45 a.m. we come into the classroom by ourselves, we find our name and peg in. We then hang up our coats and bags in the cloakroom.


Lots of our learning takes place outside. Each of us will spend some time learning in the outdoor classroom.

Carpet time

We all spend some time learning together on the carpet.

The afternoon

After lunch we do handwriting and find out what we will be learning in the afternoon. Again we will spend part of the afternoon outside.

Ready steady go time

When we come into the classroom we choose one of the activities at the tables. When we are in the classroom we use our ‘Indoor Voices’.

Fruit time

At fruit time we make sure we wash our hands before getting our drink and piece of fruit. We sit down when we are eating and sometimes listen to music. 


We have our hot school meals we eat in the canteen. Then we have time to play with our friends from the other classes.

Going home

We all go to the cloakroom and get our coats and bags ready to go home after a hard day at school.

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