Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

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Green Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 1JZ

Andrea Riley and Alistair Darnell (co headteachers):

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Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

'Unlocking Potential'

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1! 

We are very lucky to have two classes in our year group – Class 1L and Class 1V

In Class 1L we have three adults – Miss Leadbeater (Class Teacher), Miss Lindley (Learning Support Assistant) and Mrs Bosworth (Learning Support Assistant). 

There are also three adults in Class 1V – Mrs Vedia (Class Teacher), Miss Lee (Learning Support Assistant) and Miss Doyle (Learning Support Assistant).


Key Information

Our PE lessons are on a Monday (indoor PE) and Thursday (outdoor PE). Please remember to come wearing PE kit on those days.


Autumn 1

In English this term we will be learning the story ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson and using Talk for Writing to write about it. We will be retelling the story in lots of different ways and developing our understanding by exploring new vocabulary and creating story maps. In Autumn 1 we will also be looking at some key texts from our school reading spine during whole class story times. In Autumn 1 we are focusing on reading individually to practice our skills in decoding words, but we will also be starting Guided Reading once a week to practice our comprehension. In phonics, we are following the Castleton phonics programme.

In Maths we will be beginning our scheme Maths No Problem and focusing on numbers 1-10 and also learning about number bonds to 10. In Science this term we will be learning about Animals, including humans. During the month of October, it is Black History Month and we will be learning all about the achievements of Nicola Adams and other inspirational people. We are excited to be starting Computing this half term, learning about word processing and typing using tools on Purple Mash. We are all looking forward to this term and have had a brilliant start to Year 1.

Autumn 2

The Y1 children had a great start to the year in our first term and we are proud of them for settling in so well to their new classes! They have all being superstars and have really impressed us!

In English this term we will be learning our new story ‘Little Charlie’ using talk for writing again to orally learn the story and build new writing skills around character description.

In maths, we will be continuing subtraction within 10 and then moving on numbers to 20 and developing the children’s understanding and fluency with numbers up to 20 including addition and subtraction skills up to 20. In Science this term we will be learning about the four seasons and the seasonal changes. This is something that will be ongoing throughout the year as each new season approaches.

We will be also starting our Geography topic exploring and learning all about ‘Our local area’ this will include going on a learning walk around our local area and seeing if we

can spot different human and physical features as well as developing our geographical vocabulary and knowledge.

Spring 1

In Spring 1 the students will be learning the story of Pirate Tom from the Talk for Writing scheme. We started the term by going on a treasure hunt around the school and finding treasure! We will learn this story with actions and develop our understanding by exploring new vocabulary.

In Maths we are learning addition and subtraction facts within twenty and will soon move on to explore 2D and 3D shapes. Everyday we practice our counting and we continue to develop our fluency in Maths Mastery.

Science for this term is exploring different materials and learning how to identify these materials. This links well with our new History unit in which we are looking at old and new toys and how these are different. In RE (Religious Education) we are learning about Christianity and Islam including their places of worship and items that they use.

PE days will remain the same, Monday and Wednesday.

We have had a wonderful start to 2024 and are excited to progress even more this term!