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Welcome to Year 1

Class teacher: Miss Gallagher
Teaching Assistant: Miss Patterson

Mrs Allison Gallagher – Year 1 Teacher
Miss Donna Pattison – Year 1 TA

We have a Big Question in each class. In Year 1 Our Big Question is;

Who am I, who can I be and how do I belong?

We answer these questions in our Topic and RE work.

Reading in Year 1

In Year 1 we are working towards becoming independent readers.  We try to read with all our children at least 3 times per week. The books are levelled according to the child’s reading ability.

The words children need to practice from their book go home on a Monday, if the children have practiced the words they get a reading book to take home on Wednesday.

Books should be brought into school every day.                              

Spellings go home on Friday and are practiced every day of the following week.

PE; IS on Thursday, children come dressed in their PE clothes.

You can catch up with the work your children are doing by checking DOJO.

We give children Dojo points for all the positive things they do at school. You can also contact the teacher on here, if you have any questions.


Children can choose a story in our cosy story corner. We read stories to children all the time and our planning has a strong link to the stories we will be using. Our story Hut is used to bring stories to life.

*The children count every day forward and backwards to the number we are working on for that half term.

During their time in year 1 the children will also work on forming their numbers correctly.

Our maths topics are in the long term plan.


In year 1 this year our key English texts will be:

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Pixar Film – Piper

Spring 1

Spring 2

Coming Home Animation and Non Fiction Dragons.

Summer 1

Summer 2

Religious Education

As a Christian school our syllabus follows the ‘Understanding Christianity Approach’ from the Church of England. In RE lessons in year 1 this year we will cover the following topics:

  • Who made the world?
  • Why does Christmas matter to Christians?
  • Who am I? What does it mean to belong?
  • Why does Easter matter to Christians?
  • Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?
  • What is the good news that Jesus brings?


Children will have an understanding of what the future can bring for them. They will learn about different roles that people have in life and think about what that role will be for them. They will build on prior knowledge and learn to be curious and ask questions in order to discover more about themselves. They will begin to find out what they are good at and what they enjoy and learn to use their skills to help them improve and progress.

Our Key questions for the year are:

  • Autumn 1 – How can I understand the world and my place in it?
  • Autumn 2 – What makes me special?
  • Spring 1 – What is an explorer?
  • Spring 2 – What events have caused change?
  • Summer 1 and 2 – How do I understand my locality and the changes I see?


The children complete a unit of Art and a unit of DT every term as part of their big question curriculum topic.
We learn about these key artists covering the skills of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and printing.

  • Pablo Picasso
  • Andy Goldsworthy


In computing we allow children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. With links to maths, science and design and technology, computing ensures that children becomes digitally literate, along with being taught the principles of information and computation.