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Welcome to Class 1M.

Our teacher is Mrs Metcalfe.  Miss Pemberton is our LSA


We always try our best and have lots fun while we learn in Year 1!



Below you will find lots of information about our class, including what we have been up to, homework, reading book days and PE. 

Upcoming dates this half term:


Friday 20th October - INSET day

Friday 27th October - finish for half term







Homework Menu


Every half term, a homework menu will be given out with a selection of tasks to be completed, across all areas of the curriculum. It is your choice how many you complete, however you must do at least one and hand it in by the end of the half term. Your completed work will be celebrated. 


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Water Bottles


Children can bring in a water (and only water) in a named bottle so if they get thirsty they have access to a drink throughout the day. Unfortunately, we don't have the facilities in class to provide drinks, please provide your child with a clearly labelled drink. Thank you.



Our PE day this year is Monday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit on Monday. No PE kits are to be brought into school.

‘The school PE kit is available from Lazer School Wear, St Mary’s Road in Garston.  This is a red t-shirt with the school badge and school blue shorts.  However, your child can also wear a plain red t-shirt and dark blue shorts that are available from most supermarkets.  The children can wear any training shoes for PE.  

This is part of our school uniform and must be worn for PE lessons. 

Football kits and other sportswear will not be allowed.’


Book Bags


Reading books will be changed regularly. Your child will take home a Read, Write Inc phonics book which your child has read during RWI lessons. They will also take home a book for you to read together for pleasure. Please send youe child's book bag to school with them every day. Ebooks will also be allocated regularly on Oxford Owl. Your child's log in details are the same as last year.



In Year 1 we teach phonics daily. Phonics is the learning and application of the letters and sounds children need in order to read and write. We use Read, Write Inc to teach phonics and to apply these skills when reading and writing. Children will be taught in small groups. More information can be found here 

It is important for children to pronounce phonemes (sounds) correctly. Here is a video which shows how to pronounce them accurately. When saying phonemes with your child, please pronounce them correctly.  



Autumn 1


Our first half term in 1M will be  exciting as we will be getting to know our new teachers, areas of the classroom and how we learn in year 1.

Our main priority is to ensure that our children feel happy, confident, safe and secure in school. The children will have lots of opportunity to talk, play and express their feelings.


This term our topic is toys.


We will be reading some fantastic fiction, non-fiction and poetry books about toys. We will predict what will happen, answer questions and compare them to other books. 


RE: Our first topic is Families. The children will talk about their family and the love and care shown within a family. They will understand that God loves and cares for every family.


English: We will be continuing with our Read, Write Inc lessons. Books linked to the sounds we have learned will be assigned on Oxford Owl. Links to RWI videos will be shared on ClassDojo.


Whole Class Reading: Our whole class reading lessons will mainly be based on books about toys. In these lessons, the children will be taught and will use new, adventurous vocabulary. They will be encouraged to think about the text and use the text to help them answer questions.


Maths: We will be learning about the different ways we can make numbers, use number lines and have even practice how to spell numbers to 10!


PE: The children will be given opportunities to learn and practise a variety of skills, including moving and stopping safely, throwing, catching and kicking.


PSHE: The children will explore their feelings and emotions. They will realise that there are a range of emotions and different ways and how to recognise them. The children will also talk about why the are specials and who is special to them.

We will also include some Philosophy for Children  (P4C) lessons. The children will have the opportunity to give their thoughts and opinions on certain topics as well as listen to and respect the opinions of others.


RSE:  The children will learn to recognise signs that they are loved by their family.


Science: In science lessons, we will be naming and describing materials as well as looking at the properties of the materials. We will look at lots of toys and the materials they are made from.


Computing: The children will learn about coding, using Code Studio.


Music: The children will learn a new song, Hey You! Hey You! is written in an Old-School Hip Hop style for children to learn about the differences between pulse, rhythm and pitch and to learn how to rap and enjoy it in its original form. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other Old-School Hip Hop tunes


Art: We will be studying the work of artist, Kadinsky.  The children will create a self portrait based upon his style.


History: History lessons will involve us looking at how toys have changed over time. It would help your child if they could talk to you or another family member about toys or games you used to play.


DT: Towards the end of the term, we will make a moving toy car in DT. We will learn about the axle, axle holder and the chassis and the part they play in making a vehicle move.


Philosophy For Children (P4C):During this term and throughout the year, your child will have the opportunity to give their thoughts on various topics. During the sessions we will be encouraging the children to understand, that as well as their opinion being valued, it is also important to respect the throughs and opinions of others. The sessions are a time for discussion and debate and develop the children’s speaking and listening skills





Reading Information September 2023

Half Term Reading

Below is a link to our Autumn Reading Bingo. We would like you to complete as many of the reading tasks as you can and share your completed bingo board with us on Twitter @ChrissiesSpeke.

You can access free online books by signing up at 

Autumn Reading Bingo



Year 1 curriculum overview