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Welcome to the Autumn term in Year 1!


St Ambrose Class - Miss Claffey & Miss Dowdall


Welcome back to our class page! We hope you had a fantastic summer holiday and are looking forward to lots of learning and fun in Year 1. We cannot wait to welcome you to our class!


 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Some pictures of our classroom

Below is the link to watch our virtual tour for coming into Year 1 from the playground!

Important Information 


Home Learning and Book Bags

Book bags will be sent home with a new reading book each Thursday and these should be returned on a Monday. Home learning will be shared in class on a Tuesday afternoon where the children will be able to celebrate their learning with their class. We will also look on our class Seesaw page during this time too! The reading books will be changed each week. 


Water bottles

Water bottles should be brought into class on a Monday and these will be sent home on a Friday. 


Reading, Phonics and Spellings

We will be using the Reading Eggs and Fast Phonics website to support the children's learning in Phonics and Reading and this should be accessed at home to help them consolidate their spelling of sounds/words, as well as their fluency and understanding of books read.. 


PE Days

Our PE days are Tuesday (indoor PE) and Thursday (outdoor PE). Children should come into school wearing their PE kits on these days. Please ensure your child's name is in all items of clothing including their basic school uniform. If your child's name is not on their items of clothing this makes it very difficult to locate lost items. If you are unsure of what your child needs for their PE kit please see our School uniform policy.




Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2021-22

Curriculum Focus




This term we will be learning about Families and Belonging. We will learn that we all play an important role in our families and that all families are different. We will learn about how we care for our families and how we are all part of God's family over the world. We will also learn about the importance of belonging and how we feel when we think about our belonging to a group. We will also be learning about Special People, Waiting and Islam. We will explore the roles of important people in the parish family, what it means to wait for the birth of Jesus during Advent as well as learning about the Prophet Muhammad.





In Literacy, we will be focusing on letter formation, handwriting and sentence structure.  We will be practising using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops with independence. The children will practise these skills through a range of genres including retells, instructions and group work. We will be using texts to support our developing writing.  These will include traditional tales and stories with predictable phrases. 





This term, we will start by doing lots of counting with our numbers up to ten. As we become confident with these numbers we will then begin counting up to twenty. We will also be challenging ourselves to solve problems involving addition and subtraction. We will learn about 2D and 3D shapes through practical and fun activities. We will move on to learning about numbers up to 20, including number bonds to make 20 and the different ways we can represent a number. 


Please help your child by practicing counting and writing their numbers up to 20.





In Science, we will be learning all about Everyday Materials. We will start by identifying and naming lots of different materials and ensuring we understand the difference between the object and the material it is made from. We will have the opportunity to describe the properties of a range of materials. We will also carry out an experiment to see which material is best suited to make an umbrella!





In Geography, we will be exploring the topic 'All about me'. We will be learning and exploring the geography of our local area and where we live. We will learn about aerial view maps and will be guided in creating our own! Our History topic this term is Toys, Past and Present. We will be learning about toys from the past and thinking about what has changed between then and now. We will think about the toys that we play with and what is different about those compared with the ones we will see from the past. In Art we will be starting to practice our drawing skills and in DT we will challenge ourselves to design and create our own lever toy!







Throughout the autumn term we will be working through our module 'Created and loved by God'. Within this module we will cover four units, starting with religious understanding to support our learning of PSHE themes. We will then move onto the unit 'Me, My Body, My Health' before exploring the third unit 'Emotional Wellbeing'. We will finish the module looking at our final unit of 'Life Cycles'. For any further information please see the TenTen parent portal. 



Home Learning


Learning logs will be sent home on a Thursday each week and must be returned to school the following Monday. The children will then get the opportunity to share the work they have done with their peers and celebrate their home learning in class. Home learning can be shared through Seesaw rather than the learning log and this will also be shared in class. 




Reading is an integral part of our school day. As well as a daily designated class reading time the children will access a wide range of texts throughout the day. They will have opportunities to read texts during shared teaching, as part of a small group and individually. Your child will read with an adult in school at least once a week during a guided reading session.  


It is important that your child brings their reading book into school every day so that we can maximise additional opportunities for them to read. Please encourage your child to read every day at home and make it a special time together. 


Please can you sign the reading record when you have read and discussed the book with your child. Children also need to complete the reading activities in the log book. The reading books will be changed at least once a week. Remember little and often is the best way to develop a love for reading!





We will be teaching phonics daily. The children will be learning new sounds and practising their blending and segmenting skills, which will support in their reading and writing. Each week, the children will be given different spellings related to what the focus is in their group that week. The spellings will be sent home as part of their weekly home learning and there will be a spelling quiz of these words the following week. 


For supporting any home learning relating to Phonics, you should use Fast Phonics, which can be accessed through the Reading Eggs website. Your Reading Eggs login will be sent home at the beginning of the half-term. It has lots of interactive phonics games, videos and books to read.

Fast Phonics is an online systematic, synthetic phonics programme built to support children in practicing learning from phonics lessons in school. Through games, pupils will practice blending sounds together to make words and segmenting words into phonemes for spellings. They will then read fully decodable books to reinforce the new skills learned. This is a excellent resources to support children in building their phonics awareness and fluency.


More information and a link to the website can be found below:


Phonics Play is another fantastic website with lots of free games/resources.



Links to Online apps and websites


Spelling Shed


Logins for Spelling Shed have been sent via ParentMail but there will be a slip of paper with your child's details for this website in their book bags. 




Logins for Mathseeds will be sent home in the first few weeks of Autumn 1. Learning will be set each half term and will be monitored by class teachers. 

Reading Eggs



Logins for Reading Eggs have been sent via ParentMail but there will be a slip of paper with your child's details for this website in their book bags too. 

Here are some video links for how to use Seesaw... We are excited to see the learning you share on our Seesaw Remote Learning page!


How to use the Seesaw app for students


How to use Seesaw in browsers for students

Learning Log Autumn 1

Learning Log Autumn 2

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