Year 1

Class Page for Year 1

This term Year 1 are covering a variety of different topics.  Our Science topic is ‘Can you be an animal detective?’  

In Geography Year 1 will be studying the features of the village of Bishops Tachbrook in order to understand the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom.  We will look at aerial photos of the village and use Google Earth, and find out how physical features are represented on a map, e.g. trees, hills, rivers and lakes.

Later on the Geography topic is ‘How is Handa’s home different from ours?’ This is based around the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ which is set in Kenya. We will compare features of the UK with features of a village in Kenya [a small area in a contrasting non-European country].

We will use atlases, maps and globes as well as Google Earth to help with research.

The R.E topic this term is ‘What does it mean to belong to a faith community?' Within this topic Year 1 are finding out about the symbols of belonging and ways of welcoming a new baby as a Christian and as a Muslim. We had a visit from the Revd. Elaine to show us how a Christian baptism would be carried out.

In English the curriculum covers writing traditional and fantasy stories. The children will continue to plan their stories on a story mountain to introduce the setting, characters, plot and resolution. They also study non-fiction texts to plan recounts and reports.  Through writing in these different genres the children learn to use a range of vocabulary including adjectives and nouns. Grammar work focuses on knowing how to spell plurals adding s or es and spelling with the word endings ‘ed’ and ‘ing’. Joining sentence ideas with connectives including and, because, but and so is also expected in the children's writing.

Year 1 continue to learn and practise the common exception words for thier year group and move onto those for Year 2 when ready. The focus is also on reading and spelling words with the 44 phonemes that make up the English language including alternative ways of spelling the same sounds. 

Maths covers the following areas with emphasis on reasoning and problem solving:

place value to 100 and beyond

addition and subtraction

multiplication and division including multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s


measurement of length, weight and capacity

telling the time to the hour and half hour

making and using pictograms

Your child will bring home a range of homework activities as well as spelling and reading. Spelling tests will take place every Friday and it is important that your child practises the words at least four or five times in the week. Please see the enclosed information about home reading in the document below.

Click here to go to a useful website for 'Being an animal detective'

For finding out about plants and animals click here.

Click here to go to a useful website about key stage one Geography.

Maths games that we use in Year 1 can be found here.

For Year 1 English games click here.

If you  need to contact me, please use the email address below and a reply will be sent as soon as possible.