Eldon Primary School

Aspiration, Determination, Success

Year 1

The Year 1 teachers are:

Ms. Rawlinson is our Assistant Head & KS1 Phase Leader

Mr. Chapman & Ms. Ryan - Bluebell Class

Ms. Children - Rose Class

Ms. Bellanfonte-Smith - Poppy Class

Ms. Delpeche - Daisy Class

Ms. Cunningham – Sunflower Class

The Year 1 staff are really looking forward to working with the new parents and children this year. So far we have had an excellent start back and are really looking forward to the exciting learning that will be taking place!

 Again, practising maths skills at home will help with the work done in school. If you are in need of any ideas or guidance the teachers will be happy to help.


In Year 1, we have been so busy with our learning this half term!

In maths we have been be learning all about fractions. We used counters to help us find half and a quarter of different numbers. 

We have been trying so hard with our reading during DSR and in our phonics sessions. We even came to school in our pyjamas and read lots of stories!

In English, we have looked at different traditional tales, including ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have been retelling these stories and including lots of adjectives to make our sentences really interesting! 

We have been having lots of fun in art as we have been making a sculpture based on the work of Gill Townsley. We used playdough and doweling to make our sculpture 

Forest School

The Year 1 children have been going to Forest School and they love it! We have really enjoyed being in the outdoors (in all weathers) and being in the trees and around nature. We have particularly enjoyed looking for insects and listening to different sounds that we don’t usually hear in our ‘normal’ classroom. We have also been working hard as a team to build dens and shelters.




Summer Term

We have been doing lots of fantastic learning in Year 1 this half term and we have settled back into our routines well.

In maths, we have been using dienes blocks to partition numbers into tens and ones.

We have been trying so hard with our reading during DSR and in our phonics sessions.

In English we have been reading the traditional tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. We wrote our own version of the story and have even planted our very own beanstalks! We can’t wait to see whose will grow the tallest!

Autumn 1

During Autumn 1, in Year 1 our topic is ‘All About Me’. In English we will be writing about ourselves. We will be thinking about what we want to write; using our ideas to put words into sentences. We will be focusing on using finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.

We will be doing lots of reading in Year 1 so it is important that we read every day at home and practise our phonics and High Frequency Words- these will be sent as weekly homework. Learning our phonics sounds will be a huge focus for us this year. Learning our sounds will help us to read and write.

In class we will be reading every day, following the Daily Supported Reading (DSR) programme.

Learning about ourselves will help us to create some art projects too, such as painting a self-portrait and making a collage of ourselves from different materials and shapes. In geography we explore our local area and its features using maps and aerial photographs to help us.

We will also be exploring the topic ‘All About Me’ further in science. We will be identifying and labelling parts of a body and learn about our senses through fun experiments such as taste tests and listening activities.

In maths we will be practising our counting forwards and backwards and learning more about place value focussing on addition up to 20. We will be exploring maths with the use of lots of different resources that can help us like numicon, cubes, counters and number lines.

On Friday afternoons, we will be setting work on Google Classroom for the children to complete at home. Here you will also find assemblies, Music and PE activities. We will be showing the children in school how to complete tasks and how to upload work. If you need any support or guidance with uploading work, we will help you.

Please check our area on the website and Google Classroom for regular updates. If you have any questions about the learning taking place this half term, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Thank you

The Year 1 Team