Welcome to Year 1K!

Teacher: Miss Kozij

Teaching assistant - Miss Moran



Welcome back Year 1!  I hope you have all had a lovely Summer and are ready for our term.


Key Dates: 
PEEvery Monday - please wear the correct PE uniform.
Class AssemblyTuesday 30th April 2024 - 9am
Class Mass at Church9th May 2024 - 10am




Our literacy focus for the start of the autumn term, will be The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis. The Bog Baby is a children's picture book that contains words and illustrations of two small sisters who go fishing to the magic pond. They find something much better than a frog or a newt. They find a bog baby. Small and blue with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to make him their secret. However, the bog baby is a wild thing, and when he becomes poorly, the girls decide they must tell their mum. And she tells them the greatest lesson, if you really love something, you have to let it go. During this unit, we will be exploring narrative retell writing and we will be discussing the features of writing a descriptive, exciting story. Later in the half-term, we will be focussing on The Pirates Next Door. In this book we meet the Jolley-Rogers - a pirate family, who are moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town. Stopping to fix up their ship, this unusual family get the whole neighbourhood spreading rumours. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda from next door decides to become friends with the youngest pirate son. When the Jolley-Rogers leave, the town discovers they were wrong to assume the worst - the pirate clan have buried treasure in everyone's gardens. Matilda feels sad until she discovers her own treasure - an incredibly exciting new pen friend. During our lessons, we are going to focus on letter writing and answering comprehension style questions, sequencing and discussing how we can improve our writing, using drama and speaking and listening skills. For our final piece, we will write our own letters using some simple words and captions.




During our Maths lessons this half-term, we will be learning about numbers and place value to 10. We will be using lots of practical resources to support us. We will then move on to extending our knowledge of numbers to 10 through addition and subtraction . Below are the objectives we will be learning and the order we will focus on them. 





Our topic for this term is... 'Manchester - What makes a city?'.

We will have a History and Geography focus and we will be learning...                                    



In Science this half term we will be learning all about Living things and their habitats. We will learn to:





In our RE lessons this half-term, we will be focusing on Beginnings. We will be learning to:





This half term you will need to come into school wearing your PE kit on our PE day which is a Monday. In PE you will be learning about invasion and team games skills with Mr Berry outside and circuits skills in the hall. 




Reading – 10 minutes a night

Listening to your child read for 10 minutes a night makes a significant difference in their progress and attainment. It helps them practice key reading strategies and skills, develop their comprehension skills and supports their overall fluency and accuracy, which are vital skills they need for the future. Every Friday an eBook will be assigned to your child’s online account based upon the sounds they have learnt in phonics that week. The children will have practiced this book in their guided reading sessions so will be familiar with the text. The purpose of them practicing it again at home is to become more familiar with these sounds and fluent when reading them.


Your child will also choose a reading for pleasure book. This is a book that you can both read and enjoy together and encourage reading for pleasure. This will be a physical book that your child takes home and they will be given the opportunity to choose and change every Friday. As it is a reading for pleasure book, it is not necessarily aimed at your child’s reading level, therefore can be challenging, which is why we are asking for an adult to read this and your child to join in where possible. The reading for pleasure book is important as it is how we will help build a love of reading together.   Please ensure your child brings this back to school every Friday ready to change in our school Library.


Reading eggs – once a week

Reading eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.

My Maths and Mathseeds – once a week

Every Friday, your class teacher will set home learning for your child on This will be based upon what they have learnt that week so your child can practice the skills taught at home to reinforce key strategies.  

Mathseeds is an online website that your child can use to develop pupils’ confidence and fluency in Maths and the interactive lessons provide step-by-step examples to break down learning into manageable chunks. The log in for this is the same one you use for reading eggs.


Phonics home learning – once a week

Every Friday, we will send home a phonics sheet in your child’s book bag for them to practice over the next week. The sheet will have the list of sounds your child has learnt that week, words and sentences for them to read and write with these sounds in and then a list of tricky words that the children need to know. These words will be familiar to them and ones they have practiced in phonics sessions.

You can then practice these sounds further on fastphonics (, which is the same log in as reading eggs.


Learning logs – Autumn  2, Spring 2 and Summer 2

Last year we introduced our project-based home learning to replace the homework board we previously used. Pupil, parent and teacher voice all showed that project based home learning was the preferred style of home learning as it gave children more freedom to learn about real life world events, share personal experiences and it has helped motivate them to engage in home learning as it is child managed. It encourages the children to be more independent, inquisitive and provides more opportunities for outdoor learning together. This can be completed in your learning log, a scrap book of your choice or it can be uploaded onto Seesaw.


Instead of completing these every half term, we have reduced this to three half terms a year to make it more manageable. They will therefore be given out on the first Monday of Autumn 2 (31st October), Spring 2 (27th February) and Summer 2 (12th June).  We ask that their project is brought into school on the last week of that half term to share and celebrate with their peers. You will be given a sheet of paper that will be stuck in your child’s learning log that will outline what the project is and ideas of activities you can do.



Please see an overview of the topics we are learning this year:




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