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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 1 – Saint Joseph

Welcome to Year One!

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Autumn Term

Welcome to the Year 1 web page. It is lovely to have all the children back in school and to see how well they have settled. 

Children - During this special time, we will be together in our Year One bubble. We will learn, play and eat together but we won't be able to visit other parts of the school or see siblings and friends from other classes. We will keep safe by washing our hands lots throughout the day and remembering to cough or sneeze into our elbows. We will try to keep a social distance from each other whenever we can and the adults may wear face masks if they are giving first aid or working very closely with you. Lessons will be just as fun as usual and similar to what they were before but we may use our resources differently. We are doing this to keep each other, our families and our friends safe.

Parents - Please find below useful information to help your child's learning.

The Year One Team

Mrs Green is the Class Teacher Tuesday to Friday and Mrs Walker teaches the class every Monday. Mrs Cappa and Mrs Nyarko assist in class every day.

Class Information

Class information is shared and updated regularly via our Class Dojo page. Please feel free to send a message via Class Dojo or speak to a member of the team if you have anything you would like to ask or discuss.

These are a few things we would like you to know about Year One:


Mr Harris is a professional Sports Coach from Signature Sports. He teaches P.E. every Friday afternoon. On this day, your child will need to wear their P.E. kits into school (white shorts, red polo top and black plimsolls). It is really important that all pieces of uniform, not just P.E. kits but school jumpers etc. too, are labelled clearly with your child's name. For your child's safety it is also highly important that long hair is tied back and that no earrings are worn on P.E. days.  If for any reason earrings cannot be removed, you will need to provide your child with tape or plasters that can cover them instead. 

Children should bring a water bottle to school every day. Juice/squash is NOT allowed in class.


Homework consists of:

  • daily reading
  • weekly spellings
  • word pot/high frequency words practice
  • number bonds practice

Each term, we will also send home details of a longer homework project linked to our learning in class. For homework this term, we would love it if you could work with your child to find out about a toy or game played by children in the past (see file attachments below).

Please let Mrs Green or one of the Year One team know if you would like any support or advice regarding homework.


Your child's yellow reading record and school reading books will be collected in, checked and changed once a week (based on written comments in yellow books). We are currently collecting in books on a Friday and issuing new books on a Monday, allowing 72 hours between contacts. However, your child should bring their book bag to school every day (no rucksacks please as storage space is limited) so that they can be heard read regularly in school too.

Children are encouraged to reread their books to build fluency and to talk about their reading to improve comprehension skills. Children may then go on to read their own books to help foster an enjoyment of reading. Please record this in your child’s yellow reading record book in the usual way. A formal 'book check' is made at the end of each short term but your child may also move book levels as part of our ongoing assessments.


In maths, the children will practise recall of number facts daily in class and are awarded bronze, silver and gold awards for their achievements. You can support your child at home to practise their number bond addition and subtraction facts to five, and then ten (see file attachment below).

Outdoor Learning

We will be doing Forest School and outdoor learning in some areas of the curriculum. A message will be sent via Class Dojo giving notice when additional outdoor clothing is required but suitable warm and/or waterproof coats should be worn every day throughout the Autumn Term. Wellingtons can be stored on the pegs provided outside the classroom.



This Term, we will focus on number formation and mastery of number and place value within ten, before moving on to calculation (addition and subtraction). We will then extend our place value and calculation mastery within twenty.

Throughout the Autumn Term we will also develop our knowledge and understanding of geometry with a focus on 2D and 3D shapes.


  • Tale of quest - ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ by Jon Burningham
  • Non chronological report - ‘Chickens’
  • Nonsense Poetry - ‘Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan
  • Finding Tale - ‘This Is Not My Hat’ by Jon Klassen
  • Discussion text – ‘Should the little fish have taken the hat?’
  • Patterned poetry – ‘Winter Walk’ by Wendy Larmont


‘Everyday Materials’

  • Identify common materials
  • Describe the properties of materials
  • Explain why some materials suit certain uses
  • Test the properties of materials


  • Online Safety & Exploring Purple Mash
  • Grouping & Sorting
  • Pictograms - using, creating and debugging algorithms on the computer

Creative Topic Work

 ‘Time Travellers’

 During this topic we will learn about ‘toys’ past and present. We will:

  • develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time
  • learn that different periods in the past can be ordered on a timeline, describing when the things we have studied took place
  • identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods
  • used a wide vocabulary of everyday historical words
  • ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that we know and understand key features of events
  • understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented


‘Children's Toys and Games’

  • Sketching, drawing and painting
  • Primary and secondary colours
  • Famous artists - e.g. William Hogarth and Pieter Bruegel 

Design Technology


  • Cutting, sticking and joining
  • Sock puppets
  • Thaumatropes

Christmas crafts


Charanga Music – ‘Hey You!’

  • Listening and appraising
  • Musical activities
  • Performing and sharing

KS1 Nativity

Learning and performing songs


Building our vocabulary:

  • Greetings
  • Numbers to 10

PSHE - Jigsaw

(In combination with our weekly 'Twelve Baskets' assemblies and Forest school)

‘Being Me In My World’

  • Feeling special and safe
  • Belonging to my class
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Rewards and feeling proud
  • Consequences
  • Owning our learning charter

‘Celebrating Difference’

  • Boys and girls (stereotypes)
  • Why does bullying happen?
  • Standing up for myself and others
  • Making a new friend
  • Celebrating differences and still being friends


‘God’s Great Plan’

  • Exploring the wonders of God’s world
  • The creation story
  • Reflecting on the knowledge that God made us because he loves us
  • Understanding our responsibility to look after God’s world
  • Learning about God’s promise and hope

‘Mary, Mother of God’

  • Learning that Mary is our Mother too and reflecting on how she looks after us
  • Sequencing the events of the Christmas story
  • Preparing to celebrate Jesus' birthday


  • Parachute Games & Team building
  • Games  – ball skills and games
  • Dance – Toys
  • Games – throwing and catching and aiming games

Forest School

  • Communication and team building games
  • Signs of Autumn
  • Nature art
  • Cross curricular outdoor learning

For any questions about the Year One curriculum, or if you would like to discuss any aspect of your child's learning, we can be contacted directly via Class Dojo messages. Overviews of the curriculum to be covered each term can also be found in the attachments below.

We look forward to seeing you soon and, in the future, once again welcoming you into school to join in some of the activities we have planned for your children. Until then, take care and stay safe.

Warm regards,

Ms Green, Mrs Walker

and the Year One Team