Year 1 Learning. Term 2, Week 3.


  • As it shows above, Monday this week kicks off our Friendship Week with an odd socks day. More information has already been sent out.
  • Curriculum Showcase Evening this Thursday 4pm-5:15pm. A chance to see how all the areas of the curriculum are valued and taught and for ideas for you to support and enhance at home.
  • On Friday of this week it is Children in Need Day. You can dress up with stripes and/or spots or just wear some of your favourite clothes. We ask that you bring in at least £1 as a donation for this very important cause.
  • You will find below a grid showing the sessions to be taught each week. They do not exactly follow days as each class has different sessions due to support and PE times being different but it allows you to see the week as a snapshot of sessions. 
  • Check out the newsletter that has details about a Christmas Card Competition your child can take part in at home using ‘Purple Mash’. This is something which can be entered from home but we ask that if your child does enter that you email a copy to your class email so that Miss Ross can give out some certificates for participation. Here is a link to a short video with some examples. There is a prize for the overall winner (50 printed copies of their card, a £20 Amazon voucher and a 2Simple Goody Bag!!

We will always aim to get outside, whatever the weather, as much as possible so children will really need a waterproof coat each day.

Red Sounds and Keyword Books: Every Monday morning as part of our morning work we will write between 5 and 10 keywords in our new red books. The children should keep these books in their folders with their reading books. You can look at these words together throughout the week. It is important that the children can read the words first then they can practice writing them. They can do this in their red books. The words will include some words that use the sounds we are learning from the week and CEW which are being introduced or revised.

Daily Well Being Activity Ideas

Monday – Connect – Pick a conversation starter card and model using it. Turn to the person next to you and take turns to start a conversation.
Tuesday – Take Notice- Colour your feelings
Wednesday – Be Active – Joe Wickes
Thursday – Keep Learning –
Try something new’ challenge: Find an unusual place inside or out to look at a book with someone you don’t usually play with.
Friday – Give –
Acts of kindness cards Pick a card for the class and at the end of the day, ask children to tell us who they noticed doing it.


Phonics for the week can be accessed here…  aw      wh     ph     ew (blew)

Phonics: New Phase Teaching – Phase 5
Information for Sounds and Words Books:

Focus GPCs: aw      wh     ph     ew (blew)
New CEW to read and spell: Mr   Mrs
Other words to read and spell:   when    saw   new   because very even each these
Sounds and Keyword books- children will write in these sounds and keywords – Differentiated where necessary. Please use the books for the children to practice in. 
Vocabulary: adjective, noun, phoneme, sounds, blend, letter name, word, sentence, full stop, question mark, Conjunction

Writing: Based around new text: ‘Send for a Superhero’
Afternoon English Session:
Using conjunctions, and, but, or and because. Create sentences on strips and/or use those provided, cut up for children to work in pairs to order.  Display on working walls.
Session 1: Children write adjectives around a picture of FILTH after it is modelled by the teacher with VACUUM. Use these then to create a WANTED poster. Look first at examples of wanted posters.
Session 2: Use ideas from previous days to write a letter to a superhero (of their choice), asking for help. Look at examples of superheroes they may choose to write to.
Session 3 :   Friendship Week  Writing – Use learning from this week and create a ‘Superfriend’ superhero. Start with recapping power point from assembly about what makes a good friend. Put adjectives around and extend to write sentences. (The opposite of Filth and Vacuum.)

Handwriting: Correct formation of the graphemes and CEW for spelling listed above through the use of our 4 formation families.
Complete a dictated sentence: 


  • Read as part of a group. Look at front cover details and explore making predictions, using phonetic knowledge to decode unknown words and to extend vocabulary. Read aloud and look at increasing fluency and use discussion as a group to discuss comprehension.
  • In reading groups, continue to continue on phonic and CEW recognition gaps.

Whole Class – Planned story sessions and whole class reading each day.


Addition within 20 
Mental/ oral warm-ups:

  • Recall of addition facts within 10 (every day)
  • Recognise numbers to 20
  • Bonds to 10 (and 20) – big focus

Learning Objectives: 

  • To add 2 numbers within 20 by counting on.
  • To understand that addition is commutative and to put the biggest number first when counting on.
  • To use their knowledge of number bonds to 10 to find the number bonds to 20
  • To recall number bonds to 10
  • Some children will begin to recall number bonds to 20

Wider Curriculum

PE- SHINE Outside Session – Team Games
Jasmine PE
Social: I can work sensibly with others taking turns and sharing. I can help, praise and encourage others in their learning
Real PE Unit 1 Lesson 3 Skills: Jumping and landing. 

Science -: I can understand the four different seasons in a year and I can describe how the weather can affect us. I can identify 4 different types of weather.
Continuing our focus on the Weather this week we are thinking about seasonal changes in the weather and how the weather can affect the way we live our lives. 
DT-: Following on from Science discuss how we could find out how much it rains and make a rain gauge together.

R+WV (Formally known as RE) – We will be taking part in a live online Muslim based story told by Abdul Malik from Easton Mosque. This will follow up on our learning from last week.
I can understand what Christians are looking forward to during Advent
To know and order the main events in the Christmas story.
Reflect and talk about what Christmas means to them – or  a different festival eg Ramadan
This week we look at Advent and the Christmas story. We will discuss why this is an important time for Christians and what it means to us. Each child will write 1 thing they are looking forward to on a holly leaf template which we put together to make a wreath decoration. 

Music –  LO: To tell a story using vocal sounds and percussion and to perform rhythms and melodies vocally and instrumentally
Continuing with Bristol Plays Music unit of work Air, this week we are focusing  on Clouds. We will discuss what kind of music clouds might make and use pitch and timbre to indicate the type of clouds we can see. 

PSHE – Why are we wearing odd socks today?

I can think of and discuss ways to be a good friend.
I can discuss what makes me a good friend
As part of Friendship week, we will be thinking about what makes a special friend and what we value in a friend. We will be thinking about what makes us a good friend to others and what we can do to be an even better friend! We shall also look at how this also looks online. We will also be exploring what it means to ‘Reach Out’. 

To complete friendship week, each child will be contributing a spot with what makes us unique for a special giant pair of odd socks!

The children will also be delivered an NSPCC assembly called ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’. Please see the school newsletter for further details on this.

Year 1 Bronze Reading Certificates

Bluebell Class – Annabelle, Heerad, William, Elena

Cherry Class – Felix, Riya

Bluebell Class – Zohar

Cherry Class – Jasper

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