Denholme Primary School

Happy Learners High Achievers

Minorca Mount, Denholme, Bradford. West Yorkshire BD13 4AY

01274 832123

Welcome to Rowan Class - Year 1 


Autumn 2

Why Do Leaves Change Color in Autumn?              Christmas Nativity Scene - Royalty free photo - #9985424 | PantherMedia  Stock Agency

Class Teacher - Mrs Pierce 

Teaching Assistant   - Mrs Bidgway         

Some photographs of our learning in October...



In our writing this half term we are going to be concentrating on sentence structure and punctuation.

Our written work will be based on our focus stories: Meerkat Mail and Lost in the Toy Museum.  

Walker Books Lost in the Toy Museum | AlexandAlexaMeerkat Mail : Gravett, Emily: Books

The children will  also get lots of opportunities to write for different purposes in our classroom provision.



This half term we will be continuing to learn more new phonemes and tricky words as well as practising all of the phonics the children learnt in Reception class.  



Each week the children read three times in their reading group, focussing on reading, fluency, expression and


The children listen to a story or part of the class novel every day.



This half term our maths topic is 'Addition and Subtraction within 10'. 

 Adding and Subtracting (song for kids about addition/subtracting) - YouTube


Our science topic this half term is all about the human body, focussing on body parts and the fives senses.  The children will have lots of opportunities to develop their scientific vocabulary and enquiry skills.

 The Five Senses In Arabic, Body Parts and Useful Vocabulary



Our first history topic is called 'Memory Box' and we will be learning about how toys have changed during the last 100 years.  The children will be introduced to timelines and the different ways of finding out historical information. 


Our PE days are Monday and Friday - the children will need to come to school in dark coloured, plain jogging bottoms and trainers that are suitable for outdoor PE.  Please wear a school t-shirt and jumper.

On all other days the children need to wear practical black shoes, preferably black trainers, as we will be spending more time on the running track and outdoors in general.



  • Spellings

New spellings will be put in planners every Wednesday to be tested on the following Tuesday.

  • Reading book 

Please encourage your child to read every day - this doesn't have to be the whole book, just a few pages each day.  You will have the book for a week - please read it more than once for confidence and fluency.  Please make a note of when your child reads in their planner so we know to change their book.  Reading books will be changed every Friday.

  • Homework

Additional homework will be given out every Wednesday. Sometimes this will be online games and songs to watch to practice things such as maths facts.  We may also give worksheets or challenges that need to completed - a homework book will be provided for this purpose.  Please hand in homework on Mondays.