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.

Year 1 is having a ‘Royal’ start in the spring term. Our theme is ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ and will focus upon our key driver topic Geography, along with much more! We will explore the countries that make up the United Kingdom, including their location, capital cities and some of their physical and human features.

Literacy will involve exploring texts including ‘Paddington at the Palace’, ‘Katie in London’ and The Town Mouse and the ‘Country Mouse.’ These texts will support us in building knowledge and skills in reading, writing, comprehension and grammar. We encourage you to share these stories with your children at home along with any others you may have that link to the topic.

In Maths Mastery we will be developing our mathematical skills and look at in-depth Time and calculation strategies within numbers to 20. We will then begin working on learning numbers to 50 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 Islam in R.E, learning about the celebration of Milad un Nabi which commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. Our Charanga Music topic is ‘In the Groove’, we will learn a range of music styles including Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk and Funk.

Y1 Lockdown Timetable

9.30 a.m- RWI Phonics -Set 3 Speed Sound Lesson and directions to Phonics Colour Book Activities

11.00 a.m- Maths Mastery 

1.00 p.m- Maths Meeting and Cornerstones Topic- Bright Lights Big City/ Music or R.E

WOW! What an amazing start to our lockdown curriculum Y1! Mrs. Elmore, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Bond and Miss Cooper are immensely proud of what the children have achieved in the first few weeks of lockdown learning whether in school or online. You have all shown amazing resilience, hard work and determination to do your very best despite the circumstances. Even after having a couple of snow days, you guys are still work your socks off! We are seeing lots of fantastic work being sent in from home and we will continue to share it on our Y1 page as you can see at the top of your screen. Well done everyone!


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 3-Perfect Passwords and Scenario 4- Fake Profiles. Please see the links below for the current Gooseberry Planet lesson plans and powerpoints, along with Gooseberry Planet Parent Workshops.


Year 1 Diary

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


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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