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Year 1

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with Mrs Faulkner, Mrs Long, Mrs Walker and Miss Isherwood

Autumn Term

Do we play with the same toys that our grandparents did?



During this history based theme, we will spend our lessons describing our favourite present-day toys, identifying toys from the past and comparing toys from the past and present-day. We will look at the history of Lego and also practice some geography skills as well, such as using maps.






In English this term we will be enjoying lots of different stories based around our theme of toys and our key texts will be ‘Kipper’s Toybox’, ‘Dogger’ and 'Traction man'. We will be making predictions about what might happen next in the stories. We will be using our phonics to spell words independently as we write labels and lists with a particular focus on correct letter formation. We will also use adjectives to write captions and sentences to describe the characters, concentrating on saying our sentence out loud before writing it down and punctuating accurately using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.




In Phonics this term we will begin continuing learning to read Phase 4 words, which include digraphs and trigraphs as well as root word endings such as s, es, ing, er, ed, est. We will generally cover 3 new sounds per week and will spend lots of time shared reading and writing words with these sounds in. We will then apply our new phonic knowledge into our independent writing. Alongside our new sounds, we will also be learning how to read and spell the Phase 4 tricky words whilst continuously revising the tricky words of Phases 2 and 3 too.




In Maths this term we will be learning to partition numbers from 0-10 in various ways, count sets of objects and learn how to use a part whole model to represent two parts. We will also learn more about 2-D and 3-D shapes, repeating patterns and positional language.




In Science during Autumn 1 we will be covering the unit ‘Everyday materials’. We will be exploring different materials and using the correct scientific language to name them and describe their properties. We will also be comparing different materials and using our understanding to sort and group them in different ways. In addition, during the year we will learn about the seasons and notice the changes that happen in each season.




PE this half term will be on Mondays and Fridays. Children should come to school dressed in their PE kit, which consists of – black jogging bottoms (not leggings), a plain white polo top or a plain white round neck t-shirt, a green school jumper or cardigan and trainers.



Reading books need to be brought to school every Wednesday please. Reading books will be changed then and children will bring their Little Wandle book and a phonics reading book which they have chosen themselves.

Our expectation is that children read at least 3 times a week with an adult. 

Reading records will be checked every week. Please do jot down any reading at all that children are doing into their reading records so that we can reward their fantastic efforts.


Home learning


Resources for homework



Websites to practise key skills at home:


Maths Links:

Use the following links to practise these key Year 1 number skills:

- Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s up to 100

- Recognising odd and even numbers

- Finding 1 more and 1 less than a given number

- Partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones

- Number bonds and facts to 10 and 20

- Finding doubles up to 10 and finding halves from 20



English Links:

Use the following links to practise these key Year 1 reading and writing skills:

- Segmenting and blending all sounds

- Breaking longer words into syllables to read them

- Reading contracted words (I'm, don't, can't etc)

- Reading and spelling tricky words and common exception words

- Forming capital and lowercase letters correctly

- Writing sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops

- Extending sentences using 'and' and other conjunctions (but, so, because, then, with)

- Developing sentences by adding adjectives and using different sentence openers




Other Learning Links:

Use the following links to practise knowledge and skills from other areas of the curriculum:







Activities to practise key skills at home:


                     Representing Numbers                 Maths                        Quick Maths



                                              Phonics              Common Exception Words               SPaG



                     Daily Online Activities         Maths and English Ideas          Practical Ideas



                                   KS1 Maths Games                     Year 1 Number Games



Resources from SEND Supported:


We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:



There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

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  • Binley Woods Primary School,
  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
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