Autumn 1

Hello and welcome to Key Stage One! I hope that the children have had a lovely summer holidays and are ready to come back and stuck in! It certainly feels different all being back together in school but its a good different as we start our learning journey together in year 1.

Our topic for this half term, chosen by the children, is Under the Sea!


Collective Worship

Here is our Collective Worship table in Year 1. We look to our statement of the week to guide us through our school lives and to be our focus for the week.


In RE this half term our topic is God’s Great Plan. 

We are starting our learning by thinking about the beauty of God’s world, what we are grateful for and what we wonder about God’s creation. The children have some interesting questions about creation and had some lovely prayers to say thank you to God for everything we have in our lives.

We have been looking at the 7 days of creation. We started this learning by learning the story before deepening our understanding by working in groups to order the story correctly. The children have also created some wonderful art to show their ideas and really enjoyed learning the story and discussing God’s creation.


In English we have began our learning journey by writing recounts of our favourite activities in the holidays. There have been such a range of exciting things going on such as going to the beach riding our bikes and going to Grandma’s house! Our focus has been letter formation and sentence structure such as capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. The children have worked really hard to write their recounts and have been so excited to share their stories, it was difficult for them to choose just one!



In Maths we have had plenty of things going on! We started our learning with looking at the number system and counting. Then we moved on to addition and subtraction. The children have been working really hard with these methods and have come up with plenty of ways to help themselves with their learning such as with objects, fingers or ask a friend. We have been working hard with our number formation too, using our working wall and resources in the classroom to support us.

10 has been our magic number this week. We have been looking at numbers up to 10 and focusing on the place value, 1 more/ 1 less and making the number 10 in different ways. The children have really embraced the challenges this week and are really coming on with their number formation and their understanding of the number system. We took a Burn 2 Learn approach to making numbers up to 10 which the children loved!



In Science this half term, we will be focusing on Animals, including Humans. We started our learning by labelling the basic parts of the human body.




In Art we have been exploring the primary colours and how they mix to make the secondary colours. 


We have been using our new school ipads in computing and using them to explore input and how this makes something happen.The children have been working independently to understand the iPad functions e.g. turning it up/down, finding apps and exploring these. The children worked in pairs to support each other and by the end they were confident exploring the apps given to them.


In Geography we are looking at the local area. However, before we can even start this, we have to look at what Geography even means! We have been learning about all of the different topics we could learn about as we move through school and we have created posters of the topics we are most looking forward too learning about e.g. the weather, local area and physical Geography. The children were excited about all of these and can’t wait to get started with our local area learning.

After looking at what Geography means, we moved on to the physical and human features of some of our favourite parts of Wetherby. The children were fantastic at locating the features and labelling pictures e.g. at the river.




In PE, we have been learning different throwing techniques and practicing how to catch accurately. We played lots of mini games to practice these skills and discussed what sports they would be useful in. The children were fantastic at playing fairly with their partner and catching/throwing the resources sensibly.

With Mrs Powell, our new PE Partner coach, we have been looking at different ways to travel. We found so many different ways to move. We took part in lots of races to practice our movements and took it in turns with our partners. We practiced side stepping, skipping, hopping and running and had lots of fun doing it!


We have been doing lots of learning in PSHE, lots of this to do with us returning to school and keeping safe. We have been learning all about keeping our hands clean and why this is important. The children had such brilliant ideas and were really great at sharing ways to keep their hands clean.

We have also been learning all about our emotions and how to share these with our friends if we want too. The children had really great ideas for what they should do if they are feeling worried and who they can talk to. Well done Year 1!