Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

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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 1H and Class 1L

In Class 1H we have three adults – Miss Hurrell (Class Teacher), Miss Lee (Learning Support Assistant) and Miss Roberton (Learning Support Assistant). 

There are also three adults in Class 1L – Miss Leadbeater (Class Teacher), Miss Lindley (Learning Support Assistant) and Mrs Mason (Learning Support Assistant).


Key Information

Our PE lessons are on a Monday (outdoor PE) and 1H have PE on a Wednesday, 1L have PE on a Friday (indoor PE). Please come to school dressed in your PE kit on those days.

Everybody has a reading book to take home and we monitor home reading using the Boom Reader app. It is important that we aim to read at home every night, even if it is just two pages and update on Boom Reader when you have read at home. Your child will be given certificates for reading at home.

We will begin to send home spellings to practice at home. Our spelling words will be kept the same for the half term so keep practicing!

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 into their new classes!  

In English this term we will be learning about instruction writing using ‘The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza’ as our focus story. We will even be making our own pizzas and writing our own instructions titled 'how to make a pizza!' For maths we are focusing on addition and subtraction to 10, positions and numbers to 20.  

In S

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. In P.E we will be starting our gymnastics where we will be learning the skills of travelling, balancing and rolling. Our P.E days are still Monday and Friday, on these days your children can come in their P.E kit.  

Our reading spine books this half term are ‘The Wolf’s Story- What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Red Tree’.