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Welcome to Year 1


Welcome to Year 1, we have lots of exciting learning ahead!  


Our main topic in History is 'Explorers' and our big question is: 'Why is Sir Francis Drake, Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong famous?' 

We will be learning all about their famous achievements and the impact they each made on the world. Threaded through all our learning will be the key concepts and vocabulary needed to support the children to understand and discuss their learning. 

In Art, we will be creating collages using lots of different techniques to create texture. In Science, we will be exploring different materials and their properties, testing the materials and choosing which is best for a particular purpose.

Underpinning all our learning and time together is our school values, they are also linked to our Dojo rewards. We will learn about and celebrate examples of each value daily.


This terms value is 'aspiration'

We have two key questions that we will discuss this term:

What does aspiration mean to me?

How can I show aspiration?

Reading at Home

It is really important to read with your child regularly and develop their love of reading. As a school we encourage children to read for 10-20 minutes on most days. We will change books on Monday and Thursday in Year 1 and the children are responsible for putting their finished book in the book tray to be changed. Children will be given a reading book matched to their phonic ability and are encouraged to re-read their books to improve their fluency. There will also be questions at the back of the book to support their comprehension skills. 

Please let the class teacher know if you have any questions or would like to know ways to engage your child with reading at home or further develop their comprehension skills through questioning.


Follow the link to our RWInc Phonics page for more information about the teaching of phonics, through the RWInc programme, at Salisbury Road. You can also find resources to support your child's phonics and reading at home. 

English and Phonics

In English, we will use our Sentence Superheroes to write super sentences about the stories we read. We will also be learning lots of traditional tales and poems and then creating our own!


In our RWInc phonic sessions, we will continue to learn our sounds and apply them to our reading. We will read a RWInc phonics storybook, matched to our reading needs, everyday. We will also continue to use our phonics to strengthen our writing skills.



As Mathematicians, we will be building our number knowledge and working within numbers to 50, counting forwards and backwards from any given number. We will also explore fact families and build our number bond knowledge to 20. We will count, read and write numbers to a 50 in numerals. We will also be learning to subtract and find the difference. As the term progresses we will be learning to multiply and count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Finally, we will begin to divide numbers by sharing.

History - 'Explorers'

As Historians, we will be learning all about explorers! We will be tackling the Big Question: Why are these explorers famous? 

We will learn about the life and achievements of Sir Francis Drake, Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong and we will explore the importance of their achievements and how they have made an impact on the world. 


Homework will be set each week on a Tuesday (to be completed by the following Monday) and will mostly consist of an English, Phonics or Maths activity lasting no longer than about 20 minutes. As well as paper based tasks, we will also be setting homework using Microsoft Teams, there will be a range of activities, from reading, quizzes and links to websites. If you have any problems accessing online learning then please let your class teacher know.

In addition to reading and spelling practice on most days. Once or twice a term, we will also embrace opportunities to set more creative homework tasks – so get your glue and paint at the ready!



We will be learning spellings daily in school with a test once a week. They will be given out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. These words will be linked to the year 1 common exception words outlined in the NC. They will also include high frequency words that they read and spell often. 



We will have PE once a week on a Wednesday.  Please ensure that PE kit is in school at the start of each week and is left at school during the week.


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