Welcome to Year 1
Welcome to Year 1

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Purple Mash

Class Curriculum

Autumn 2 2023


Welcome back to Year 1!

Arrival time is from 8.45 – 8.55am as usual.  Myself and Mrs Jones will be just inside to welcome the children and get them settled in for the day. Your child can bring themselves into the coat room now as they are familiar with the morning routine and one of us will be on hand to help if needed. Our day finishes at 3:15. We will continue to bring the children out to the front pedestrian gate and see that they are collected safely. Please wait for us on the pavement where we can see you. If you need to let me know about any changes to collection arrangements please let a member of staff know in the morning or email using the email address provided below. Please note on Mondays and Tuesdays Miss Curtis will be teaching in Year 1. Miss England will be teaching in Year 1 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please email both of us with any messages or questions.

Reading continues to be an important part of the day. Your child will learn to read their ‘learning to read’ book with an adult on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday following the Little Wandle Scheme. The book will then be sent home with them on Wednesday afternoon to share at home and increase fluency. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we will visit the library where your child has chance to choose  a ‘reading for pleasure’ book. Please ensure that your child reads or shares a book at home every day and that this is recorded in their reading record.

In order to promote a love of reading for pleasure we would encourage you to do a mixture of; reading the ‘learning to read’ book, sharing a story from our library or one of their favourites from home.

In class we share stories daily and keep a list of the books that we have read to look back over and enjoy some of our favourites time and time again. Stories from our Year 1 reading spine include…




As writers, we will be writing our own set of instructions. We will be using our model text ‘How to Catch a Wolf’ when learning some of the key features of an instruction text. This half term we will be increasing the amount of whole class teaching in Year 1 and the children will be expected to start working more independently. We have introduced this in the Autumn term so that the build up is gradual. In Year  1 we follow the National Curriculum. Children have English lessons every morning which they will record in their books.


In Maths, we will be learning about addition and subtraction within 1o. We will continue to use a range of resources to support our learning and will build up our independence when recording in our maths journals. We will look at how numbers can be broken down into parts and focus on ordering these using greater than, less than, equal too and one more and one less. As we progress through the term we will be bringing these ideas together following the White Rose Maths scheme of learning.



Project Learning

We will be starting the term with our new Geography project, Our Wonderful World, where we will be learning about the 7 continents, 5 oceans and the counties in the United Kingdom. We will deepen our learning about human and physical features of geography, maps and directions. Later in the half term we will be learning all about history and looking how childhood has changed through living memory.


Physical Education
Our PE lessons will be on Tuesday afternoons. We will be learning hockey which will be outside when possible. Please ensure your child wears a full PE kit into school that is weather appropriate – school jumper and dark trousers. If the weather is wet we will be in the hall.


This half term we will be going to the theatre! Linking to our writing unit based on The Three Little Pigs we will be visiting Poole Lighthouse in December. More information will be sent to you shortly.


Home Learning
Home Learning is set on the school website. Please check the Year 1, Home Learning section every Friday so you can support your child at home. Activities will focus on tricky words or spellings from the Year 1 Common Exception Words spelling list and maths activities to support the learning in class.

Your child’s reading book and reading record need to be sent into school each day to enable us to read at school and monitor your child’s reading progress.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to email us at: