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Year 1: Attenborough class

Welcome to Year 1 Attenborough 2021-2022


We would like to offer you and your child a very warm welcome to Year 1 and back to school. 

Since returning to school, all the children have begun to forge friendships, set learning goals and create lasting memories. We are excited to be teaching and guiding each child through the next stage of their learning adventure. It is an exciting year for your children as they begin their journey in Key Stage One. We are pleased to have Mrs McGarry and Miss Brennan in Year 1 helping us this year. 


We have high expectations of all the children and ask that they come to school with a positive attitude to learning. Our classroom is a caring and positive environment where praise and encouragements are used to help every child thrive. As a school, we have the 3 Bs for behaviour, which are ‘Be Safe’, ‘Be a Learner’, ‘Be Kind and Respectful’. 


Throughout the year, lots of new and exciting learning will take place. As always, we value the support you give your child at home and wish to continue this positive partnership throughout the year. Now more than ever, 'a little and often' approach to practising phonics and reading will have a powerful and prolonged impact on making long lasting connections and developing your child’s fundamental learning skills. 


As you can appreciate, the start and end of the school day can be very busy. Therefore, if you have any concerns please contact me via Dojo. This will allow me to give you my undivided attention.

Throughout the year we will continue to update this page, sharing details of the exciting learning and any useful links. We work hard but have lots of fun in class and look forward to sharing our photographs with you.


Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you have any questions throughout the year,


Mr Cross

Autumn Term


In the first term of year 1 we get up to lots of exciting learning and adventures. During the Autumn Term, we will be learning about different types of animals and leaning about The Great Fire of London. We will be creating freeze frames based on extracts of Samuel Pepys diary and children will be creating 3D models of a Tudor house which would have been in London during 1666.  We will be reading and writing our own versions of ‘Zog’ and ‘Lost and Found’.  In Maths, we will be learning our numbers to 20 and learning how to calculate single digit numbers using our addition and subtraction methods. We use lots of practical resources and there are always opportunities for collaborative learning. We are going to really enjoy learning about seasonal changes and using scientific vocabulary to identify weather patterns and explain why we have day and night. During the Christmas period, we will be designing and making our moving Christmas cards. We can't wait to show you all the exciting work we are going to be doing. Pictures to follow soon. 

Useful Information


Our P.E. lessons will  be on Wednesday and a Friday. Your child's full PE kit should be brought into school at the start of each term. Children may wear blue or black sports pants and trainers for outdoor PE. No jewellery is to be worn

Our Behaviour Charter

Our school Behaviour Policy is built upon the ‘5 pillars of Pivotal Practice’ (‘When Adults Change, Everything Changes’, Paul Dix):

  • Consistent, calm adult behaviour,

  • Relentless Routines,

  • First attention to best conduct,

  • Scripting difficult conversations,

  • Restorative Follow-up.


We have three simple goals: Be safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful.

Curriculum Overview

Year 1 Text Overview

Recommended Reading Books

We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books.  These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries.  These lists are chosen because they:

  • link with our curriculum for each year group
  • represent different cultures
  • introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors
  • ensure progression 
  • match topics of interests for our children
  • tackle current themes


Year 1 Maths Curriculum