Year 1

What year 1 are doing in school this term: September 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

At Highbury Quadrant our learning is organised into a cross-curricular programme: containing English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, History and Geography, Personal, Social and Emotional and Cultural Development (PSHCE), Music, Spanish, Art and Design, and PE.

Topic means that a theme or an idea is used to teach the subjects. This means the teachers and children can make links between different ideas and begin to understand the world, how it works and how people live. This term’s topic will be ‘All about me’.

Our school values of ‘Respect, Achievement and Positivity’ were decided by the parents, carers, children and staff. This year our classes are named using synonyms of these values. Throughout the year we will be developing an understanding of the values and how we show them. We encourage you to discuss and embed these qualities at home.

Other important facts to know are:

  • Reading books are changed every Thursday.
  • Read with your child every day. Please write a parent comment at least once a week.
  • Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday.
  • Book Bags must be brought to school every This allows letters, homework, books and reading records to be sent home without them getting damaged.
  • Children should arrive at 55 am, ready to enter school at 9.00am. Any children arriving late must register on the late log.
  • PE will be on Tuesday (after the transition phase) and Thursday.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you need any further help please contact your class teacher at the end of the day to arrange an appointment. You are invited to a meet the teacher day for parents on Thursday 22nd September at 9:15 in Accomplishment Class (1H).

We hope you find this information helpful however, should you need any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact either of us to arrange an appointment in order to discuss your child’s individual needs.

We look forward to working with you to ensure your child achieves their full potential and more importantly enjoys learning at Highbury Quadrant Primary School.

Below, is an outline of what your child will be learning about in school this term. You will also find some suggestions on how you can help out at home. It  is very important that your child arrives at school on time at 9.55  ready to enter school at 9am.

English (reading, writing and phonics  )

We will

  • always expect children to use speak in full and detailed sentences
  • practice active listening in class.
  • read ‘I ‘m special, I ‘m me!’ by Ann Meek, traditional tales including The Little Red Hen and The Gingerbread Man and many more special books.
  • do role play, hot seating and sharing opinions on characters and events from these stories.
  • read for pleasure and use our reading to give us ideas in writing.
  • write labels, captions and sentences.
  • improve our writing by saying the sentences aloud before writing them.
  • check our writing by reading it to look for capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
  • enjoy story time every day and engage in a whole class discussion about the characters and events.
  • have a guided reading session every day.
  • visit the school library every week.

You can:

  • model using full sentences and introduce interesting vocabulary.
  • encourage your child to practise using cursive writing.
  • practise sounds (phonemes) and sounding out the words on the lists that are sent home.
  • keep reading! Developing a love of reading, stories and books is also very important.
  • each book sent home is practised at least three times; the first time to decode words, the second to develop fluency and the third to concentrate on talk about and comprehension of, the story.
  • Practice reading and writing the ‘tricky words’ found on bookmarkers at the back of your child’s reading record.
  • return library books on Monday. (If a book is lost a payment of £5.00 will be requested).
  • encourage your child to read everything around them; bus timetables, menus, shopping lists,  shop and street signs as well as books.
  •  encourage your child to write stories, leaflets, lists, poems and anything they show interest in writing.

Resources to help you with cursive writing and phonics will be available to take home from our meeting on  22nd September.


Mathematics is taught every day.

This term we will be learning to;

  • recognise, sequence and write numbers 1-20.
  • count on and back from any number within 20.
  • add and subtract and to begin to record a number sentence.
  • compare measurements of height and width.
  • recognise coins and learn how to choose the best to pay a price.
  • recognise and describe 2D shapes and their features.

You can:

  • practise counting with your child. Ask your child to count things around the house (for example How many knives and forks do you need to set the table?, How many socks are on the line?, How many pairs is this?)
  • ask your child to count the small change in your purse or wallet.
  • use the vocabulary more than, less than, plus and minus when taking about every day things. Please ask the teacher if you want more examples.
  • discuss the measurements used in baking and cooking.
  • go on a shape hunt in your local area and record the shapes you find in a chart.


We will be covering the following two topics in Science this term: My Body (Health and Growth) and Seasonal Changes.

We will be;

  • naming the different parts of the human body. Children will identify the five senses and know the organs associated with them.
  • observe seasonal changes and talk about how these affect us.
  • finding ways in which animals and plant behaviour is influenced by seasonal change.

You can:

  • draw and write about how to be heathly in body
  • count ‘how many’ steps, to school, up the path etc
  • make a collage of different sized feet/hands and measure them
  • encourage your child to read information books about our Science topics..
  • collect leaves and draw pictures of how our outdoor spaces are changing.


We will:

  • have weekly computing sessions.
  • become familiar with keyboard and mouse control.
  • use a variety of programs and websites to support our learning such as:
  • learn programming skills by usnig Beebots to travel on a map.

You can:

  • use your child’s login details  to ( in the back of the reading record book to access computing  games and activites relating to the school curriculum.


This term we will do Games and Gymnastic

We will:

  • throw and catch balls of different size and shape.
  • learn team games.
  • learn how to ‘defend’ an area.
  • develop our special skills.
  • focus on balance.

You can:

  • Teach your child any playground games you know that use these skills and encourage them to teach others in school at playtime.


We will learn about:

  • ‘citizenship: responsibilities at home and at school’
  • ‘fun food and fitness’.
  • how the core value of respect can be shown in our relationships .
  • how to cook different types of celebration food. Please come in and help if you can.

Religious Education

We will

  • Explore how we are all unique and special.
  • Learn that identity includes name, language, colour, culture and belief.
  • Look at the ways in which religious communities mark the importance of each person eg baptism.
  • Look at all the different relationships we have in our lives at home, at school and in the faith community.

You can

  • talk about how you chose you child’s name. Does it have a special significance?
  • read traditional tales of significant heritage.
  • make a collection of ‘special things’.

Art and Drama

We will

  • use stories to make models, mask and artworks of our own.
  • Use stories of role play, hot seating and debate.


We will

  • have singing assembly once a week.
  • do a weekly music session on Thursday to learn about beat, rhythm and pitch.
  • learn to make and combine sounds musically.
  • explore sound  using untuned instruments and their voices musically.

You can:

  • Listen to recorded and live music with your child.
  • Sing rhymes and songs for pleasure.


We will

  • do a weekly Spanish class on Wednesday
  • learn everyday vocabulary such as greetings, colours, days of the week and numbers.

You can

  • use LGFL resources to look up songs and themes that we are doing in school

Can you help?

We would love to have parents and carers help out in school. If you can help in any way please talk to our class teacher.

We hope that you find this information useful when learning with your child at home. If you have any questions or concerns we are happy to arrange to speak with you at the end of the day.