A Dawlish Learning Partnershp School

Year 1 (Kittiwakes)

Class Teachers – Miss Lax and Mrs Ratcliffe


Welcome to our Home School Link  for Autumn Term 2017!




We follow the Year 1 National Curriculum for Reading and Writing. Sessions will include learning about simple sentence construction with the accurate use of capital letters and full stops, practising handwriting skills as well as a variety of opportunities to fuel the imagination! We will also continue the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme of phonic work. Children will be taught to read in groups as well as some individual work.

How you can help.

Share books together for the sheer pleasure it brings! Your child will be bringing home a new individual reading book at the start of the autumn term. We will also be reading in small groups on a weekly basis. These Guided Reading sessions will have either a ‘decoding’ or a ‘comprehension’ focus. Some weeks your child will be given an additional book to read at home and other weeks they will receive a text extract/poem to explore. We will send home a letter to explain about Guided Reading in more detail.

Your child can continue to change their normal/individual reading book on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by placing their book bag in the box outside the classroom in the morning. Please don’t be alarmed if we don’t hear your child read their individual book every week, as we will be hearing them read their group reading book, as well as doing lots of other reading activities. We will check their level at least each half term to ensure they are on the right track. Show your child that you read and write for all sorts of reasons.



All of our work will be as documented in the Numeracy Framework. In number, we will be adding and subtracting with numbers up to 20 (and beyond where appropriate). We will be building on the foundations already laid in measurement, 2D shapes and data handling. We will be naming and using coins to solve simple money problems.

How you can help.

Be aware of Maths in our everyday lives. Count anything and everything in sight! Biscuits, cutlery, cars on the way to school and so on. Use mathematical language as often as you can; 1 more is an easy one, 1 less is often harder for the children to grasp as it is used less often!


We will be looking at ourselves and how we are all different in some ways but also what we have in common, with other humans and animals.  We will be using our senses to make observations and comparisons and to talk about likes and dislikes.

How you can help.

Please talk to your child about different parts of the body and what they do, you could also play ‘Simon says’ and ‘Head shoulders knees and toes’. If you are out and about you could see if you can find 5 things that humans have in common with other animals and 5 things that are different.


We will be looking at, and constructing, simple sliding and lever mechanisms. The result may possibly be an impressive card at Christmas time!!

How you can help.

Encourage your child to make a card, a cake, or do some sewing with you as the evenings are drawing in. Talk about what you are going to do and discuss the merits or disadvantages of the way you are doing it in very simple terms eg. “Shall we use glue or sellotape?” “What do you think might happen if we put all this milk in at once?”


During the first half term, we will be sharing many things that are important to us including people, places, objects, stories and music and considering how certain aspects of these are significant to people of different faiths. Then, in the second half of the term the Christmas story, will naturally figure very strongly, but we will also think about giving and receiving presents and gifts, especially the ones that cost us nothing!  If for any reason you are not happy about any of these areas then please come and have a chat.


How you can help.

Encourage respect for the views of others.



We will be continuing with, and building on, the scheme of work developed by the Devon PE advisory team and physiotherapists. This aims to build and consolidate sound movement vocabulary, so children have the full range of basic movement skills, and the associated self-esteem and confidence, by the end of KS1. We will be having three half hour sessions, each week in the hall, as well as additional sessions outside when the weather allows it! We will change into at least our plimsolls in PE on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

How you can help.

Encourage all physical activity and have fun! Please ensure all kit is named and in school (particularly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays please!).


Basing our work on Self-Portraits, we will be looking at the work of a variety of artists. We will be mixing colours, making patterns and using all sorts of materials to make collages.

How you can help.

Encourage your child to observe closely and draw what they see e.g. The neck between the head and body!


During our sessions in the computer suite we will be practising, and building on skills already known as well as learning that a computer can be used to represent real or fantasy situations. We will also look at simple programming and have a go at programming ourselves! In class, we will be using the interactive whiteboard to enhance all areas of the curriculum where appropriate.


This term we will be thinking about the children and adults in our school community, how we get on, feeling safe and content together and what to do should any problems arise.

We will be thinking about ‘What were our homes like long ago?’ We will be comparing both the interiors and the exteriors of modern and older houses as well as looking at household objects and how they have changed.

How you can help.

Do you or grandparents have anything of interest we may borrow or you would like to show and tell us about yourself?

We will be locating the UK on a world map, identifying the four countries and looking at the capital cities.

How you can help.

Talk about the places that you visit when you go away or go on a day trip.  Show them on a map where it is in relation to where you live.