Wed Jul 24 2019

Class 1 Topics - Autumn Term 2014

Communication and Language (Reception)/ Literacy (Year 1)

The children will have lots of opportunities to listen to others and show understanding in show and tell, in the listening corner, listening to stories daily, learning songs and rhymes and taking part in role play. The Year 1s will be focusing on a different story each week which will lead to opportunities   for speaking and listening, role play, reading and writing.

Physical Development (Reception)/Physical Education (Year 1)

PE lessons are on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The children will be learning skills to help them participate in a variety of games.  They will be introduced to using and handling a wide range of equipment and they will be thinking about the changes in their bodies when they have been exercising.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Reception)/PSHE (Year 1)

The children will be learning about each other and themselves. They will have opportunities to share their All About Me booklets, discuss their likes and dislikes and explore how to work well together. In addition the children will learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle through physical exercise and healthy eating.


Each week we will focus on one or two stories, poems or nursery rhymes. We will do a lot of speaking and listening activities based around it, this will also involve reading and writing. All children will take part in daily Letters and Sounds activities. 

Mathematics Numeracy (Reception)/ Numeracy (Year 1)

The Reception children will be counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s, ordering numbers, and adding or taking away from a number. The focus will be numbers up to 30.  We will be looking at shapes and patterns. The Year 1 children will be looking at basic number and learning some mathematical vocabulary. They will have lots of opportunities to use practical equipment to solve problems to solve problems and they will also be looking at patterns and relationships between different aspects of mathematics.

Expressive arts and design (Reception):

The children will be exploring and experimenting with different media and materials, and will be encouraged to use their imaginations in different ways; crafts, music, dance, role play and stories.

(Music Year 1) The children will be exploring sounds.

(Design Technology Year 1) The children will be designing and making a moving toy.

(Art Year 1) After half term the children will be using colour mixing and primary and secondary colours. They will be looking at work by the British artist Bridget Riley.

Understanding of the World (Reception):

The children will be given opportunities to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They will learn that other children do not always enjoy the same things and look at similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

(Year 1 Science)  The children will be looking at different animals and their habitats.

(Year 1 Computing) The children will be taught the term algorithm and begin to develop an understanding of how to write their own.

(Year 1 Geography) The children will learn about the continents and oceans of the world.

(Year 1 History) The children will learn about Remembrance Day.

(Year 1 Religious Education) The children will be learning about stories from the Old Testament and looking at the Christian festivals of Harvest and Christmas.


Drinks money:

Drinks cost 20p. There is a choice of banana, strawberry and chocolate milkshake, and fresh orange juice and apple juice. If you would like your child to have a drink at snack time each day, please send in a £1 in an envelope with your child’s name on at the beginning of the week as this avoids confusion!

Naming Clothing:

Please make sure all your children’s clothing is named as it makes it easier to match the clothing to the child at the end of the school day.


For those children currently reading please aim to support your child with their reading each day as this will greatly help develop their confidence and enjoyment of reading.  Reception children will start reading once they are ready. They must know all their phase 2  sounds before we start them reading.


In letters and sounds the year 1 children are given weekly spellings; please try to practise these with your child each day. They have their spelling test on a Friday.

Slide and play equipment:

Due to health and safety reasons, please do not allow your children to play on the slide in the outdoor area, or on the equipment in the larger playground, while dropping them off or picking them up. For insurance purposes, children are only allowed to use the equipment during school hours when they have the correct footwear on, and are supervised by teachers.

Picking up after school:

If someone other than the usual person will be picking up your child after school, please do let one of us know.

If you would like to talk to us….

We like to keep in touch with you, so if you would like a quick chat when you pick your child up please come and find us. Alternatively if you would like a longer appointment please arrange that with us.