Year 1 2020 - 2021

Welcome to Year 1

This year marks the beginning of Key Stage One.  The children continue to develop their independence and positive learning behaviours they have worked on during the Early Years.  We work hard to ensure all our children reach their full potential.

In the School Days project, your child will have the opportunity to take part in a traditional Victorian class and will learn about the differences between schooling in the Victorian era and schooling today. They will learn about objects found in a Victorian classroom and how they were used. They will research Samuel Wilderspin, an important figure in the development of schooling for young children in the Victorian era, whose ideals are reflected in schooling today. They will learn to describe the passage of time through study of past, present and future tense vocabulary.

Suggested text
Memorable experience Our school’s history
Innovate challenge Planning an assembly
History Historical vocabulary; Historical artefacts; Timelines; Present day schools; Our school; Victorian era; Victorian schools; Significant people – Samuel Wilderspin
English List poems; Diaries; Letters
Geography Fieldwork; Human and physical features; Maps; Local environment; Changes over time
PSHE Special people; Positive contributions
Science investigations How does it feel? What keeps us dry?


In Maths Mastery we will be developing our mathematical skills and begin looking at multiplication and division in preparation for Year Two. We will then begin working on Money and exploring the different values and properties of each coin and note; before finishing off the year with measurement and capacity- exploring length, volume and litres. Greater depth learning will include explaining our answers in full sentences; solving word problems and investigating properties of numbers.

This half term your child will explore Buddhism in R.E, where they will discover The Kandy Esala Perahera also known as The Festival of the Tooth which is a festival held in July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. In music we will be 'Reflect, Rewind and Replay' as we listen and appraise, play instruments, compose, improvise and perform a number of different songs from throughout our year, consolidating our curriculum by looking back at some favourites!


A typical day in Year 1 …..

8.50-9.00 Registration

9.00-9.15 PSHE and Thrive

9.15-9.15-9.30 Maths Meeting

9.30-10.30 RWI Phonics

10.30-10.50 Playtime/ Snack time

10.50-11.45 Maths Mastery

11.45-12.25 Lunchtime

12:25-12.30 Registration

12.30-12.40 Afternoon Phonics

12.40-1.15 Year 1 Writing Lesson

1.15-1.45 Cornerstones Topic

1.45-2.00 Daily Mile

2.00-2.40 Cornerstones Topic

2.40-3.00 Storytime

Home Learning

Children are encouraged to read at home at least five times per week. Each week your child will be sent home with a slip informing you which colour book to read from your Phonics Home Packs. Along with this we encourage your children to learn the Y1 Common Exception Words, these are extremely important in supporting your child read fluently (see link below for Y1 Common Exception Words). 

All children will take part in the annual ‘Spelling Bee’ competition. They will be supported by school and home to learn the spellings for their Year group common exception words.

In Maths, pupils & parents are encouraged to register with the online ‘Maths with Parents’ tool. Each week, parents will receive a notification of a new topic that relates to the current Maths learning in school. Parents will have access to a short video to support the unit of work (with a focus on language & strategies) followed by 2 or 3 activities to be completed by parent and child. Pupils will be rewarded by choosing an item of clothing for their individual Mathscot monkey.

In Year 1 we focus on the Playground scenario on Gooseberry Planet, each lesson includes an online workbook and game for your child to complete. In the next half term we will be accessing Scenario 5- Selfie Safe and Scenario 6- Sharing Online. Please see the links below for the current Gooseberry Planet lesson plans and powerpoints, along with Gooseberry Planet Parent Workshops.


Year 1 Diary

Tuesday & Friday – Year 1 P.E kits needed. Please ensure all girls’ hair is tied back and earrings removed or covered. Thank you.

Dear Pupils, Parents and Carers.

We have invested in additional online resources to keep you active at home!

There are so many benefits to being active, not only to our physical wellbeing but also to our emotional and mental health, especially in such testing times for all of us. We hope that the ideas help support you and your family to stay fit and healthy in the coming weeks.

Real PE at home includes an online programme which supports families to be active, play and learn together. It includes programmes for children in Key Stage 1 and 2. Daily and weekly guidance will be provided (starting from this week) in addition to an option to choose your own themes and activities.

Here are the temporary log in details to access real PE at home. Children will receive an individual log in over the coming weeks. Please email us if you would like to get started on your personal account straight away. This will track how much activity your child has completed and where they are up to in the programme. 
The website address is: 
Username for Y1R - Y1R password: lock9744
Username for Y1E - Y1E password: dream3972

Click on the link for this week's timetable: - KS1 Real PE at home Timetable Week 1 and 2

Click on the link for an activity to mark your personal best KS1 personal best worksheet

Meet the team…

Mrs Robinson -Class Teacher and SENDCo

Mrs Elmore -Class Teacher and Music Co-ordinator

Miss Cooper -Learning Support and Cover Supervisor

Files to Download

Year 1: Gallery items

Hello Yellow, by Mrs O’Keeffe

Year 1 Gallery 2020 - 2021, by Mrs O’Keeffe

Get in Touch

Richmond Hill Primary Academy

Melton Road, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, DN57SB

01302 782421


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