Welcome to Year 1

In Year 1 we continue the Early Years Curriculum to ensure that the transition between Reception and Year 1 is smooth. In Year 1 we follow the New National Curriculum. We continue to learn through what the children are interested in and weave this into all areas of the curriculum to make lessons as creative and engaging as possible.

Mrs Hemming

Mrs Hemming

Class Teacher


Mrs Leadbeater

Mrs Leadbeater

Class teacher


Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter

Find out what we are learning every half term by reading the curriculum newsletters:

Autumn 1 Year 1 2018 Newsletter

Autumn 2 Year 1 2018 Newsletter

Spring 1 Year 1 2019 Newsletter

Autumn 1

We have had a fantastic start to year 1! All the children are settling in beautifully and embracing the changes in Year 1! We have been learning all about the new subjects we do in Year 1 such as Geography, Science and Art and the children are very excited to begin to dig deeper into the content.


Autumn Term 1 – RE

In RE this half term we are learning all about God’s Great plan. We have started out topic by thinking about the story of Creation and all the things that God made. Children retold the story and created some art work to share all the amazing things that God has made. We have also been thinking about how to look after God’s world. This week the children are going to create some posters to help explain to others how to look after God’s world.

Our Class Saint is Mary, Mother of God. We have been looking really closely at Mary and how important she is to us at St Joseph’s. Year 1 wrote a prayer to Mary asking her to look after our family, friends, animals and others around the world. Here are some examples…


Collective Worship – Autumn 1

In Year 1 we have collective worship every day. On Monday we have a whole school collective worship. On Tuesday we join together with Reception and Year 2 for our collective worship lead by a different teacher each week. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays we have our own collective worship in class. We encourage children to bring any prayers that they would like us to share during our collective worship into class to put in our prayer box. Sometimes we have collective worship outside at St Joseph’s prayer garden. We will share photos of some of our collective worship sessions throughout the year on our class page.

Christ at our Centre

We take a lot of pride in our RE corner in Year 1; from our Prayer Table, our thoughtful displays, beautiful displays of children’s work, children’s prayers to others, our prayer box and Disciple of the Week box. Take a look at our wonderful pictures of how Christ is at our Centre always.

PSHE – Autumn 1

This half-term we have been working on many areas of the PSHE curriculum – from learning the importance of class rules, how to be a good friend and disciple to others, to learning how we can play nicely on the playground. Year 1 completed a task on feelings and how we feel when we play outside on the playground and at home. This created a lot of discussion about happy feelings and games we love to play in Key Stage 1.

As well as learning about PSHE in Year 1, we often have regular Circle Times. Pupils can take the time to talk and reflect on their days, work, friendships and time spent at home. We often use our circle time mascot ‘Max Marley Moose’ to help us and he is also one of our class rewards as he gets to go home with a child every weekend!

Growth Mindset 

Growth Mindset is very important to us in Year 1. We focus a lot on our class characters – Perseverance, Making Mistakes, Independent Learners and Challenge. We ensure we use this terminology as often as we can in order to learn and succeed. Our Growth Mindset learning wall is a Minion Pit and it shows how we can overcome difficulty even if we find things tricky. Kevin the Minion is also another one of our class rewards and he goes home each night to a super learner! Take a look…

English – Autumn 1

This half term we will be using our Under the Sea topic as a stimulus for our English learning journey. We will be using the story of the Storm Whale, The Lighthouse Keeper and The Rainbow fish to look at different characters, settings and the use of full stops and capital letters. We will be encouraging all children to start joining there letters. Please encourage your child to do the same when they are writing at home. By the end of the half term we will be encouraging children to create their own under the sea story working on all their next steps and new learning from the Autumn term.


The children in Year 1 have been working very hard on writing sentences. Take a look at some examples of the children using different sounds – oe, o-e, oa and ow.


Maths – Autumn 1

This half term we will be spending some looking at place value. We will be looking at the value of digits up to 100, ordering numbers up to 100 and reading and writing numbers up to 100. We will be counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s this half term. By the end of the half term we will have looked at the four operations- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will continue to revisit the operations throughout the year. We will be applying our maths in lots of practical ways. We will also be practising our maths skills during our maths in the wood sessions every Wednesday, as well as having a biscuit and hot chocolate! Keep looking back for updates and pictures on our maths learning journey this half term!

Topic – Autumn 1

Our topic this half term that the children have chosen to learn about is life under the sea. We will be looking at all the creatures that live under the sea and also plant life under the sea. We will also look at explorers from around the world throughout history. We will be following the children’s interests during the topic and answering the questions they come up with. Our role play are has turned into life under the sea. The children are already enjoying extending their learning through play and challenges in the area.

Art – Autumn 1

We love painting in Year 1! We paint every Friday and love being creative. Year 1 painted a rainbow last week with Mrs Hemming and Mrs Duggan. So far we have painted fish under the sea, self portraits and colour wheels. We are currently mixing primary colours to make secondary colours.