Welcome To Year One!

Miss Morris, Miss Swift and Mrs Westley welcome you to the Year One page!

This year we are really trying to look after our planet more, therefore you can see what we have been up to each week by checking the website and our Twitter feed for regular updates


Our twitter accounts require us to accept any follower requests. Your Twitter username might not directly link to your child's name so please ask if you're waiting to be accepted.

We have been learning about the British Isles and the United Kingdom and what countries belong to them. We started by modelling with playdough what we thought England looked like and then we used maps to refine this and make a more accurate model of the British Isles.

Bright Lights, Big City

Put on your best outfit because you're invited to have tea with the Queen. Use your best manners and comb your hair, as one will not be amused if you don't!

What do you know about England's capital city? In this topic we are going to find out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks.


We are all very excited to be starting a new Maths scheme this year called Power Maths. The essential vocabulary and learning objectives will be added each time we start a new unit. Click the drop down boxes below to see more about our current unit - Addition within 20.

How can you help at home?

Please practise X-Factor with your child because this will really help your child become fluent with these facts.

Ask your child 'why?' and ask them to answer in a full sentence.  It doesn't have to be about Maths: you can ask your child to explain anything!  It will really help when they then have to explain their thoughts in class.

You can now sign up to Power Maths at home! We are trialing a new home learning scheme 'School Jam', from the creators of Power Maths, which you can sign up using your child's personal log-in. On the app will be games and activities linked to your child's learning in school. Please speak to your class teacher if you need a log-in and do let us know what you think of School Jam!

Each week we also go on a mathematical adventure with Ray, the alien who we love to help with his understanding of Maths. Below are some examples of Ray's misconceptions and mathematical problems that we explore together.


We are linking our topic learning with our English and class novel. This half term we will be focusing on character descriptions and writing fantasy world stories! We will use our class novel as inspiration.  

How can you help?

Please listen to your child read each day. 
Encourage your child to talk to you in full sentences.  This can be about any topic but it will really help them start to understand sentences and how they are structured.

Reading with D.E.R.I.C

Children in  Year 1 will continue to have a daily structured Phonics lesson and reading with DERIC lessons. Each week the children will be reading together as a class to focus on their comprehension skills.  These are based on the DERIC approach.

  • Decode
  • Explain
  • Retrieve
  • Interpret
  • Choice

The children will need comprehension skills but as a priority they will need to be able to DECODE first. 

This term we will be using the book The Royal Rabbits of London. We will be focusing on the 'interpret' skill in our sessions. We will add examples of our DERIC interpret activities throughout the term.

Everything you need to know in Year One...

For information about how we work in Year One, take a look at the document below. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask a member of the Year One team.

Recent Letters

Homework and Reading

This year we will be having homework folders instead of books. Inside these folders will be your child's X Factor sheet to be completed at home along with a vocabulary homework. 

Homework will be collected on Tuesday and sent out again on a Wednesday.

Your children have also now received their Reading Records and books. Please make sure you are signing these after every read!

You can find this week's fridge words below.

Home Learning Ideas

We may no longer have the homework bingo grids, however, we still have lots of suggestions should you and your child want to get involved with our Bright Lights, Big City topic this term! 


We have two PE sessions per week. These will usually be on Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school everyday 

  • Black shorts 
  • White t-shirt
  • Plimsolls

As PE in both indoor and outdoor, when the weather gets colder, the PE kit should include trousers and a long-sleeved top such as a jumper or sweatshirt.  

For PE lessons, hair must be tied back and earrings removed. Alternatively, you could send your child with micropore tape to cover their earrings.  


Our Christian Values

This term Foundation Stage and Year One will be working together to create...

A recipe for friendship: 

 A small sample of our wonderful work can be seen on display outside the office.

Year One will be working with Foundation Stage pupils as ambassadors for the Christian Value "Friendship". Throughout the year we will be exploring the other values adopted by Sherrier pupils but we will be focusing on what it means to be a good friend.

If your child tells you about how another child has been a good friend to them do share this with us so that we can celebrate it in class.

Contact Us

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Last update: 2019-02-07