Welcome to Year 1


Welcome to a brand new year at Roche and to Year 1.  I hope you all had superb summer holidays and you’re excited about the new school year.

We have a very exciting term coming up and it will be very busy throughout. This year will be much more structured for the children and this may take a little time for them to transition into.  We will cover a much greater range of subjects like Geography, DT, RE and Science. This work will be recorded in their Topic books (large A3 books).  The curriculum is a fantastic opportunity for the children to have really cross curricular lessons that are interlinked giving them a much greater context to what they are learning.


We will cover 2 topics this term and have already started the first ‘The big Build’.  We are covering the story of The 3 Little Pigs, using role-play to act out the story and to learn it by heart with actions. We will be looking at aerial pictures of the local area and deciding what are the best materials to help the 3 little pigs build a strong house to keep the big bad wolf out.  Each Topic will last half the term, the next one being ‘Posting and Places’. Homework will be one project based piece of work for each topic with the spelling,(set on a Monday – to be tested on the following Monday) reading and Education City work as well.  The spelling assessment will be done on Monday mornings during phonics and the results will be put onto the school system so that we know how well our phonics work is going.  We will be continuing with our book towers with rewards for children; every time they read 5 books and accumulative reading rewards every half term. In year 1, children receive a bronze, silver or gold card for their reading rewards. 


We hope to incorporate lots of outdoor learning opportunities throughout the year so please ensure you child/children have wellies for the coming winter weather. Spare socks and an extra layer that can be left in school for the cold weather would also be useful for those very cold, wet days.

I look forward to speaking to you all further during the parent briefing evening on the 19th.  We can then answer any questions for you or find out answers if we don’t have the answer there and then.

Kind regards

Mrs Gardner - Class Teacher

Mr Young - HLTA

Mrs Davis - Teaching Assistant

Year 1 Files
 Y1 Autumn Term 1 Spellings.pdfDownload
 Y1 Class Letter Autumn.pdfDownload
 Y1 Curriculum Overview.pdfDownload
 Y1 Parent Briefing slides.pdfDownload
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