Y1 2023 - 2024

Mr Heaton

Mrs Harper

Welcome to Autumn Term in Year 1

The Autumn term is well under way and we have had a great time getting to know your wonderful children.  Christmas is nearly upon us and we have plenty of seasonal activities planned to keep them busy!

The classes in Key Stage 1 are named after woodland animals:

Mrs Harper is the teacher in Squirrels Class.

Mr Heaton is the teacher in Hedgehogs Class.

Useful Links

Spelling Shed/ Maths Shed:  https://www.edshed.com/en-gb/login/school



Our topic in Year 1 is " Peep into the Past"

Our Year 1 topic for the Autumn Term is ‘Peep Into the Past’. We will be finding out about the toys our parents and grandparents played with, and how they compare with the toys we have today.  Our stories this Autumn Term are ‘Old Bear’ and ‘Little Bear Lost’.  These wonderful stories will guide our writing and learning.


Old Bear: Amazon.co.uk: Jane Hissey, Jane Hissey, Jane Hissey:  9781908759993: Books

Little Bear Lost (Old Bear): Amazon.co.uk: Jane Hissey, Jane Hissey, Jane  Hissey: 9781908973672: Books

In History, we will be asking the children to quiz their parents and grandparents about the toys they used to play with. We will create timelines by placing toys in age order, using certain criteria to help us decide how old something is.  The concepts of New/Old and Present/Past will be explored to give the children a sense of time over long periods.

In Geography


General Information for Year 1


Homework will be set weekly. It will be set on a Monday to be completed by the following Monday. This homework can be found by logging onto Spelling Shed and Maths Shed. Please let your class teacher know if you are having problems accessing either site.


The children will be continuing the Read Write Inc reading scheme. In the first few days, we will be setting up groups ready to start phonics on Monday 11th September.

Your child will read daily in school, as part of a small group. Some colours follow a 3 day reading system in school (Red, Green, Purple, Pink) and others follow a 5 day plan (Yellow, Blue, Grey).  Alongside this, they will be given a high quality story book to share with you.  This needs to be returned and will be changed on the same day as their RWI book.

We would love you to be reading with your child everyday at home, and ensuring you are signing their Reading Record once you have read with them. This is essential for their successful reading journey and to develop a love of reading.

You will also continue to have access to Oxford Owl and their library of resources and ebooks which match with the story they are reading in school. 

Oxfor Owl Student Login

Please ensure your child has both their reading book and reading diary in school everyday and secured inside their plastic wallet.


We will continue to have one P.E session a week on a THURSDAY afternoon.

Children are required to come to school wearing their full PE Kit. With the guidance in place advising against changing clothes in school, children will be required to come to school wearing their full PE Kit on their allocated day (and also on Fitness Friday).

We are suggesting that the Elworth PE t -shirt and shorts/skort be worn underneath the Elworth jogging bottoms and zip up top on colder days.  A waterproof jacket is a necessity, in case of poor weather. Children will also need to come in wearing a sensible pair of sports trainers.



Children will be able to order snacks on a daily basis. If your child is having a snack from home, please can you ensure it’s a healthy snack and avoid sending in chocolate or sweets.

Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day. In the current climate we are unable to provide cups for children who have forgotten their bottle.

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