Welcome to Rowan Class - Year 1


                                             Class Teacher - Mrs Cleary 


    Teaching Assistant   - Miss Bull.  PPA Cover - Mrs Kirk - Friday pm

    Support Assistants - Miss Shimbles/Miss Knowles.                                         

                                   Autumn 2


 We hope you had a lovely half term holiday and are feeling refreshed and ready for a new half term. Our topic this term is “Long, Long Ago”. We will be finding out about the lives and events of significant individuals in the past like Guy Fawkes and Bonfire night and we will be preparing for the Christmas Nativity with Reception Class.



In Literacy we will be focusing on the story of 'The Tiger who came to tea' by Judith Kerr. We will be learning to re tell the story with actions, acting out the story and then moving on to writing our own version.

The writing skills we will be working on this half term are:

  • Letter formation.
  • Capital letters and full stops.
  • Finger spaces between words.

The Continuous Provision also provides many opportunities for reading and writing as well as group guided writing. We will have a Tiger Cafe in the role play area where children can take orders, make lists, read menus, have tea with the Tiger. Children will also be looking at labeling and writing lists as part of their literacy to practice writing and reading key words as well as putting their phonics into practice. Spellings will be given and checked on different days. Please check your child's planner.



In Maths we will be focusing on number bonds within 10 and number bonds to 10. It is important that over time children become fluent in these facts because they are the foundation for future number facts.
Within this unit, children are introduced to formal addition for the first time through the idea of ‘count all’ and ‘count on’ strategies. A ‘count all’ strategy is when all parts are added together to make a whole. A ‘count on’ strategy asks children to start with a number and count on. As well as introducing children to some of the key language associated with addition, children will also begin to develop an understanding of the commutativity of addition – the idea that addition calculations can be performed in any order.

Science – This half term we will be learning about everyday materials.We will distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made, identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock, describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials and compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties. We will also continue to look at seasonal changes. 


PE - 

Our PE lessons will be on a Tuesday and Friday. We will be working with a PE coach on gymnastics on Friday and then practising our new skills on Tuesday. Please could you make sure that your child's full PE kit is at school and is fully labelled with their name. If the weather is kind to us we will try and have our PE lessons outside . 



Please use Bug Club if you have access to the internet. It is a fabulous resource and we have been encouraging the children to use it at home. Your child's log in will be at the front of their planner soon.


We will listen to your child read and change their book on the day they do their spelling test (see your child's planner)  and at other points in the week too, so please make sure they have their reading book with them every day. If you need any help with ideas and techniques for how best to support your child with reading at home please don't hesitate to ask. Please record that you have heard your child read in their planner and let us know of anything amazing that your child does or says about their books! 



Homework will be spellings based as it is important to help your child become more fluent in reading and writing. Please check your child's planner for the day they have their spellings checked and given. We also ask that you are supporting your child to practise their 'learn by heart' targets for maths which can be found in the front of their planner.


Celebration Assembly

 Each week we select one or two children who we feel deserve recognition for their efforts in class. These children are rewarded with a special mention in our Friday assembly where they are presented with a certificate. We will send a letter home early in the week if your child is receiving a special mention. Please check your child's reading bag regularly for any letters. We will try and inform you in person where possible and I know the children are keen to tell you if they receive one of these letters! They are always extremely proud to receive these and the occasion is made all the more special if parents and family are able to attend.


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12th (evening) /13th (afternoon) December - Nativity performances

Friday 14th December - Christmas dinner

Friday 14th December 2.30pm - Carols Around the Tree

w/c 17th December - Christmas party


At the end of the school day, if you will not be collecting your child personally, please inform the class teacher or the school office of the named adult who will be collecting your child. Children will not be allowed to go without prior notification. This is an important safety issue and is in place to keep all our children safe. Thank you for your co-operation.

Please send your child with a named water bottle. Water only please.


All year 1 have free snack.

Tuck shop is open every break time if children want to visit. Please send money in a named envelope.

Toast 15p

Yogurt 30p

Fruit 20p


There are some useful websites which we use to provide children with resources to support their learning.  We also use interactive websites, particularly in maths and phonics to help children practise skills they have learnt.  Here are links to some that are popular: