Class 1 – Autumn Term

Paws, Claws, Fins and Fingers


Welcome to Year One! I hope that you all had a fantastic break and are looking forward to the new and exciting challenges that Year One holds.


Our first topic is ‘Paws, Claws, Fins and Fingers.’ We will be learning about different animals and their habitats. I will be sending out new  ‘What my child would like to learn about’ questionnaires, I would be very grateful if you could complete these with your child.

Make sure you check out our section of the blog to see what we have been up to each week:


Reading will be taught as a whole-class lesson, as well as through group and individual reading. To assist with your child’s reading development, it is essential to read with them at home. We will again be using the raffle ticket system to monitor home reading.

We will be using the ‘Talk 4 Writing’ approach to develop our storytelling and writing skills.

The first two weeks of English for the term will focus predominantly on an author study of ‘Roald Dahl’. We will be using texts such as ‘The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me’, creating character descriptions and exploring Roald Dahl’s work, ready for Roald Dahl day on the 13th of September.

This term, we will be using non-fiction and fiction texts, including ‘The Lion Inside’, ‘Otto the Book Bear’ and animal fact files. As well as this, we will be reading poems, rhymes and traditional tales to develop our storytelling and writing skills. Our key focus writing focus will be to begin to form letters correctly and to construct simple words and sentences. There will also be stand-alone spelling, grammar and handwriting lessons during the week.


The first term in Maths will initially focus on consolidation of learning from the EYFS. The children will be counting, representing, ordering and sorting numbers to 20, as well as writing numbers in numerals and words. We will be focusing upon their reasoning and problem-solving skills, developing their ability to explain their answers and suggest reasons and ideas to deepen their understanding.

We will be working on the children’s ability to identify one more and one less than a given number, using resources such as the number line to support this. This also includes counting forwards and backwards and developing the mathematical language associated with more and less.

Over the course of the term, we will progress on to addition and subtraction using concrete objects, as well as pictorial and written representations. We will also be developing our recognition of and ability to explain and describe simple 2D and 3D shapes.


During the Autumn term we start to monitor and develop our understanding of seasonal changes. Our key scientific focus will be Animals. The children will learn how and why animals are classified in certain ways, their habitats and endangered animals. Making use of their observational and recording skills.


Children will be using atlases and maps to identify where animals come from and the location of the different habitats, depending upon weather and temperature. We will look at the differences between Congleton and Chester as a town and city, learning about the history of Congleton as ‘Beartown’.  We will also be learning about ‘William Caxton’ in a cross-curricular link to our Roald Dahl study.

Art/Design & Technology

 Our focus artist is ‘Jim Dine’ and we will be completing various collage, line drawing and painting-based activities to explore his work. We will also be creating our own wind-up animals in their various habitats.


The children will work upon their ability to program using algorithms, using various technology to develop their skills. As a link to our topic, they will also use ICT equipment to research various animals, as well as creating their own animal using software on the laptops. We will learn about online safety and discuss the uses of computers beyond school.



 We will be continuing to use the ‘Charanga’ music scheme to develop our voice and instrument skills. As part of our topic, we will also be listening to and creating our own music to represent different animals and habitats. We will also be learning new songs for our Christmas production.


Over the Autumn term, we will focus on Christianity. We will be looking at various stories about Jesus, focusing predominantly on the idea of friendship and belonging.


The children will have P.E on a Tuesday with Ministry 4 Sport. Please ensure correct kit is in school daily and clearly labelled with your child’s name. They will be working initially on; Ball Skills- agility, spatial awareness, sending, receiving and co-ordination.

PSHCE: This term we will be focusing on ourselves and our feelings, as well as how our behaviour affects us and those around us. This will include discussions about kindness and being a good friend, linking with anti-bullying week which is held from 12th-16th of November with a theme of respect



English, Phonics, Maths and Spelling homework will be given out each Friday. It is also expected that children complete 5 minutes worth of spelling practise every day, as well as daily reading.

Reading at home should consist of parents listening and questioning their child, for a bare minimum of 3 times a week. I cannot stress how important this is and what a huge impact reading has on all areas of the learning.

In Year One, we start off with 100 High Frequency Words which all children need to be able to spell and read. It is therefore crucial that they are practising these at home. Each week, the children will complete a ‘Spelling Challenge’, focusing on the 5 spellings they received the week before. The expectation is that they try 5 words a week, any they get wrong will become a focus for the next week.

Dates for your diary

13th September: Roald Dahl Day

28th September: MacMillan Coffee Morning

3rd October: National ‘No Pens’ day

5th October: Harvest Festival at St James’

10th October: Soup Share /NSPCC workshops in school

Autumn Half-term week beginning 29th October

INSET DAY 5th November

12-16th November Anti-Bullying Week

26th November Y1 Class Assembly 9:15am

14th December KS2 Christmas Service

19th December Christingle Service

20th December Break up for Christmas holidays and return 7th January