Year 1 2021 - 2022

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.


To begin our history led topic - Childhood in the Autumn Term, your child will take part in a 1950’s launch day on Friday 3rd September. On this day they are invited to wear old style clothing relating to the 1950’s, where possible. They will begin to learn about what life was like during the decade by learning old games, listening to old music and exploring old photographs. Under normal circumstances, we would ask that our families share any old artefacts such as toys, home wares or other items in school. If there are any items you wish to share, please send a photograph via the schools email address:

During the first few weeks, they will learn about the ‘Stages of Human Life’ and explore the stages of their lives so far. For the week commencing 6th September we ask that you send 2 photographs of your child- one as a baby and one as a toddler at their birthday party, a wedding or other significant event. This will support your child’s learning, as they will create a timeline of events in their lives. In the following weeks, your child will focus on the Queen’s Coronation as a significant event in British history. They will discover the importance of the Queen and how the coronation was the start of her reign as monarch.  

We will read stories based around childhood and history such as Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and Lost in the Toy Museum, along with many non- fiction texts that delve into the decades.

Throughout the topic, your child will be encouraged to identify the similarities and differences between life from the 1950’s to the present day. They will become familiar with everything from the geographical changes to the changes in childhood!

In Maths Mastery we will be developing our mathematical skills and begin looking at representing, comparing and exploring numbers within 10, one more and one less and doubling and halving. We will then move on to addition and subtraction within 10. After the half term, we will explore shape and pattern before moving on to numbers to 20 before Christmas. Greater depth learning will include explaining our answers in full sentences; solving word problems and investigating properties of numbers.

During this term, your child will discover Diwali in their R.E topic. Each child will make a Diwali lamp, as they will learn about the festival of lights. In music we will be looking at the unit 'Hey You!' which explores old school Hip Hop. As we listen and appraise, children will learn about the differences between pulse, rhythm and pitch and to learn how to rap and enjoy it in its original form!


A typical day in Year 1 …..

8.40-8.50 Registration

8.50-9.00 PSHE and Thrive

9.00-9.15 Maths Meeting

9.15-10.15 RWI Phonics

10.15-10.35 Playtime/ Snack time

10.35-11.45 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 Outdoor Physical/Sensory Break

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 their current phonics group reading book. 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 and/or stickers in your child's diary). 

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 first half term we will be accessing Scenario 1- People Online and Scenario 2- Personal Info. Please see the links below for the 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 Fiddler- Class Teacher

Miss Cooper -Learning Support and Cover Supervisor

Mrs Worboys- Learning Support Assisstant

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Get in Touch

Richmond Hill Primary Academy

Melton Road, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, DN57SB

01302 782421


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