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Abbot's Hall Community Primary School

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1



These are our teachers and teaching assistants who help us with our learning: 


Teaching Staff: Miss Wakefield Mrs Thomas (MTW) Miss Brennan (WThF)



Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs Horrex


                                                                                Teaching Assistants: Mrs Jolly and Miss Ward

Our topic this half term is 

Incredible Animals!


We hope you are all excited for our brand new topic this half term. We will be planning some exciting activities for you to complete. We will continue to be developing our reading skills with our daily phonics sessions and guided reading activities. We will be looking closer at subtraction this half term in Maths and in English we will be studying some fantastic books, such as Rumble in the Jungle and Lost and Found. In Science we will be  looking closely at some 'Incredible Animals', sorting them into groups and discussing some of the incredible features they have.

Anti Bullying Week  
Monday 16th November - Friday 20th November 


As part of anti bullying week, we have talked in our collective worship time about bullying. We talked about what it meant to be bullied and what we can do about it if we think we are being bullied. We were working hard to be kind friends at playtime. 


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural in Year 1

  • During the Autumn term, in PSHE we will create our classroom rules to ensure we are safe and happy in our learning environments. We will also discussed important online safety rules to follow at both home and school. 
  • We have voted for our new School Councillors and have fortnightly meetings to talk about any issues that arise.
  • Our Eco Committee members help us to care for our environment by organising our recycling and waste management.
  • We have also voted for our Sports Ambassadors, who will working with other Sports Ambassadors across the school to develop our sports provision, equipment and ensure we have fun sporting activities available at lunch time.  



How can you help your child in Year 1?

Reading at home

This term we are exciting to be continuing to use our new reading scheme, Rocket Phonics, from Foundation Stage to Year 2. The books are all phonetically plausible and based on your child's phonics phase. 


We hope that you are able to read with your child as regularly as possible and record any comments in their yellow log. We will be habing Rapid Reading for two weeks in first half of the Autumn term. Last year the implementation of Rapid Reading was very beneficial in helping childrens' reading skills improve. We hope you will also see improvements  in your child's reading from Rapid Reading and thank you for any comments and feedback. 



This term  we will  continue to build on children's phonics learning from the Foundation Stage. This will include consolidating our knowledge of phase 3 and developing our knowledge of  phase 5 sounds. We learn and practise our phonemes in fun and engaging games. Please see the websites below to play some games at home: 



Maths at home           

At the beginning of this term, we will be consolidating our counting skills within 20 - Counting on and back, writing and recognising numbers. W will also be learning about position and direction through using the beebots to explore positional language. 

Any support at home linked to these areas will be great and remember you can find any activities on mathletics to support your child: 



Spellings will be tested on a Monday and new spellings will also go home on a Tuesday

Home learning is due back into school on a Thursday. Please ensure your child brings their home learning book back each week so that we can check which task they have completed. We will send home learning books back out on a Friday. Please remember only 1 piece needs to be completed each week, although you are welcome to complete more if your child wishes. 

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