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Our First Autumn term Topic is


The Bare Necessities



Your hook question.

Which bear went to visit the Queen?




                                 Baloo Bear             Pudsey Bear      Ready Eddy              Paddington



During this topic we will be learning all about famous story book bears and also real bears. We will work together as a Year One team, to organise a special picnic for our own teddy bears. Have a think about what special role you may want to do to turn our plans into reality.

We will also be using these exciting texts to support our learning this half term.

You may recognise some of them or even have them at home.






               Have a look at the curriculum planner below to find out more information about our learning this half term.




Overview of our curriculum for Autumn 1 - Year 1



In school we do phonics every day based on the Letters and Sounds scheme. We get our planning from the Phonics Play website and we enjoy playing the games on there. 

We use the videos on Espresso to help us with new learning. Espresso at home logins were given out during our online learning. Please ask us if you need it again.



Phonics: A Parent's Guide for Letters and Sounds






In school we follow the Penpals for Handwriting scheme. We believe handwriting is the foundation for learning as it allows us to express ourselves on paper, gives us confidence and allows us to have pride in our work.

The letters are split into 4 different families. We have the curly caterpillars, the long ladders (sometimes called long legged giraffes), the one arm robots and the zig zag monsters. At first, it is important that we learn to form the letters in each family correctly and learn how to position them on the line. We spend a lot of time working on this in Year 1. Once this is secure we will then move on to learning some basic joins.




Useful English links (Phonics and Early Reading)

Big Maths


We usually do Big Maths every week. It's a really great way to help us learn our basic number facts and recall them at speed. It is a challenge but we are not scared by challenges in Year 1 and we enjoy trying to beat our scores every week. You may choose to practise your big maths learn it facts at home. See below for some practise sheets and timers.