Welcome to Year 1Z!

Teacher: Miss Zaman 

KS1 Leader: Mrs Dunn

Hello Year 1! My name is Miss Zaman and I will be your teacher this year. I am so excited to teach you this year and cannot wait to get started with our learning. We will be doing lots of fun learning activities as well as learning some new school and classroom routines. We are going to have a great year together!



Key Dates: 
PEEvery Monday - please wear correct PE uniform.
Class Assembly25th April 2023.           
Class Mass at Church           



To begin this half-term we will be linking our literacy learning to our PSHE lessons and our Rights Respecting Gold Award. We will be using a range of texts which focus on mental health in a child friendly way. Our main texts will be, 'The Colour Monster' and 'Find Your Happy'. Both of these children's books explore how we can label our feelings and help to inform us of different strategies that we can use to mange our feelings when they seem bigger than usual. For our writing focus, we will be aiming to create a display about mental health and helping others to understand their emotions.

 During our learning we will be:

  • Making sure we correctly use our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops
  • Using our reading VIPERS to answer questions about the text
  • Labelling and creating captions
  • Applying our phonics knowledge
  • Using adjectives
  • Linking our learning to the zones of regulations and our own feelings





During our Maths lessons this half-term, we will be learning about Place Value. Place value is very important and gives us the mathematical knowledge to support our learning throughout the year. In this topic, we will ensure that we have a solid understanding of our numbers from 1-10. After that, we will look at counting objects, recognising numbers as words, counting on from any number, finding one more and one less as well as counting backwards within 10. We will also look at comparing numbers, ordering numbers and using a number line. To support us in our learning we will be using Base 10, place value charts, manipulatives, ten frames and part-whole models.  Below are the objectives we will be learning and the order that we will focus on them. 


In this small step, children learn that collections of objects can be sorted into sets based on attributes such as colour, size or shape. Sorting enables children to consider what is the same about all the objects in one set and how they differ from the objects in other sets. Children need to understand that the same collection of objects can be sorted in different ways and should be encouraged to come up with their own criteria for sorting objects into sets. Practical activities should be used to support the learning in this step and ideas are suggested in Key learning. The concept of sorting can also be reinforced during daily activities such as lining up. Children could be asked to line up based on certain criteria, for example whether they have a sister.






This half term we will be learning all about the Victorian era. In the history of the United Kingdom, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. During our History lessons we will be finding out about significant events that happened during that time, we will explore how the lives of the Victorian's were similar or different to our lives now and we will be using a range of exciting and fun ways to record our understanding.

During the topic, pupils will be taught to:

  • understand simple chronology and ask questions about the past
  • use words and phrases that relate to the passage of time
  • understand some ways we find out about the past and begin to find out about life in the past
  • describe the lives of some famous people who lived in the past and say why they’re famous
  • tell you about a time before I was born and record my understanding of the past in different ways
  • identify differences and similarities between the ways of life in different time periods
  • describe what happened in important events in the past and give a reason for why people in the past acted as they did





In Science this half term we will be learning all about Materials. We will be learning about the following objectives:

Pupils should be taught to:


  • distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties






In our RE lessons this half-term, we will be focusing on the topic 'Families'. We will be meeting the following objectives: 

  • talk about our own and others families
  • discuss how families love and care for each other
  • use Psalm 28 6-8 to understand that God cares for me
  • understand God's love for his family and creation
  • understand how Mary and Joseph cared for Jesus
  • create our own family 'hive'




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 practising your basic ball skills with Mr Berry outside and gymnastics 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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