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Year 1

Medium Term Plan

Welcome to the Year 1 home page.


Welcome to Term 3! We hope you had a lovely Christmas. Our enquiry this term is 'What Did Brunel Do For Us?' which is described in further detail below. Please see our Medium Term Plan above for information on what we cover.

You will find information on our current term’s enquiries and important dates below.


Year 1 Staff

  • Teachers - Mr Brown, Mrs Delaney & Mrs Lester, Miss Simmonds
  • LSAs - Miss Cox, Mrs Rees
  • PE Teachers - Mr Boon & Mr Evans


PE days

  • 1PL - Monday Afternoon - Mr Evans
  • 1B - Monday Morning - Mr Boon
  • 1S - Monday Afternoon - Mr Boon


Dates for you diary:

  • Tuesday 9th January - 1S SSGB
  • Wednesday 10th January - 1B SSGB
  • Friday 12th January - 1DL SSGB
  • Friday 9th February - Last Day of Term



This term our English foci are Monkey Puzzle, Brunel Non-Fiction and Poetry. Children will be studying the features of these different genres and continuing to focus on non-negotiables such as full stops, capital letters and finger spaces. Children who have mastered these will be using more sentence openers and conjunctions.



For Maths we will be learning about Addition & subtraction within 20 and Place Value within 50.



This term our enquiry is called 'What Did Brunel Do For Us?'. As part of this enquiry we will be learning about the History of Brunel in the 1800s. This enquiry will be linked across the curriculum with a particular focus on History.



Reading is crucial to everything in year one as it allows children to access more and more knowledge, as well as providing a basis for success writing and maths. While the school encourages children to read to adults at home 3 times a week, we would recommend building a daily reading routine from the outset and in year 1 we do not set homework in order to allow for this. Many parents find this daily routine easier to remember and prefer morning or last thing at night reads - whatever fits best into your busy schedule.


Reading at home

This year children will get 2 books a week. One book is a decodable book for your child to read to you! One is a 'sharing book' (usually larger than the decodable) which you can read with/to your child to inspire the love of reading and instill the wonder of being read to. Reading books will continue to be changed once a week.  Children need to read their 1 book repeatedly to build up the essential skills of fluency. As adults we would find this boring, but children thrive on repetition to build confidence and essential reading skills.


Reading Skills

We will continue to read new texts each week in order to enhance our reading skills. In year 1 we use the Twinkl Reading Dogs to talk about different reading skills. See the attached document below to learn more about Inference Iggy, Predicting Pip, Rex Retriever, Sequencing Suki and Vocabulary Victor and bring them and their question types into your daily reading at home.