Year 1 2023 - 2024

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, your child will begin to learn about what life was like during the 1950’s by learning old games, rock and roll dancing, going to an old sweet shop and cinema, learn about the Queen’s Coronation and look at changes over time.

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 5th 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.

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 be looking closely at composition of numbers within 10. We will then be working on addition and subtraction and then shape and pattern 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 Christianity in R.E, learning about Harvest and the preparations made for this festival. Our Charanga Music topic is ‘Hey You’, we will learn 'rap' and 'hip hop' styles of music.


A typical day in Year 1 …..

8.40-9.00 Registration/ Fine Motor Skills

9.00-10.00 RWI Phonics

10.00-10.20 Maths Meeting

10.20-10.45 Playtime/ Snack time

10.45-11.45 Maths Mastery

11.45-12.30 Lunch time

12.30-12.35 Register

12.35-12.45 RWI Afternoon Phonics

12.45-1.00 Handwriting

1.00-1.45 Cornerstones Topic

1.45-2.00 Playtime

2.00-3.00 Cornerstones Topic

3.00-3.15 Story/ Hometime

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). 

Each week your child will be given a Maths Activity to complete at home, this will be sent out on a Thursday and should be completed and returned by the following Monday.

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. Please find your child's login in their diary.


Year 1 Diary

Thursday – 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 Elmore -Class Teacher and Music Co-ordinator

Mrs Millar- Class Teacher and Design and Technology Co-ordinator

Miss Cooper -Learning Support and Cover Supervisor

Mrs Mellins- Learning Support Assisstant

Mrs Bowater- 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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