Year 1 2020 - 2021

Click on the link below to see Year One's Easter Service where they performed their Easter Signed Poem in their Easter Bonnets!

Y1 Easter Signed Poem

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 Splendid Skies topic, for Summer Term 1, Y1 will go for a natures treasures walk to launch our topic and discover seasonal changes. During the first few weeks, they will become weather watchers and explore the different ways in which the weather is measured, tracked and reported. During this time, we will discuss and identify the importance of sensible clothing by creating a ‘seasonal suitcase’. The children will receive their home learning this week, which will involve them tracking rainfall over a weekly period. Please assist your child to use a container or make a simple rain gauge to catch the rain.

We will read stories based around weather such as Percy the Park Keeper: After the Storm and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Lila and the Secret of the Rain along with many non-fiction texts. Please share any stories or non-fiction texts you may have at home which link to these topics.

From week 3 they will have the opportunity to build more weather watching equipment such as an anemometer to test wind speed and begin to look at the effects of the sun and how shadows are made. We will begin to create a weather diary over the coming weeks and this will be incorporated into their daily Maths Meeting session. They will look closely at the weather patterns that are specific to our country/ region. The children will then take part in weather themed art, looking at significant artists such as Berndnaut Smilde’s Cloud Art. Another significant individual the children will learn about is Sir Francis Beaufort. They will learn about his important work and create a Beaufort Wind Force Scale as a whole class.

At the end of the topic, the children will investigate the poles and the equator. We will look closely at the similarities and differences between the different continents and climates, linking specifically to our area of the world.

In Maths Mastery we will be developing our mathematical skills and look at in-depth at numbers to 50 and 100. We will then begin working on addition and subtraction within 100 towards the end of the half term. 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 Sikhism in R.E, learning about Naam Karan which is a Sikh baby naming ceromony. They will discover the Granthi (reader of the scriptures) who opens the holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, at random, and the first letter of the first word on the left-hand page will be the first letter of the baby's name. In music we will be using our 'Imagination' to listen and appraise, play instruments, compose, improvise and perform a number of different songs from famous stories and movies!


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

Wednesday & 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

Mrs Bond -Learning Support and Nurture Practitioner

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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