Year 1


The Year 1 curriculum is taught through 6 half termly topics:


Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2


Mrs Jukes is the Year 1 Classroom Teacher.


Dear Parents


A very warm welcome to the parents and children in Year 1.  I hope you all had a lovely summer break with your children as I did with my own two boys. It is reassuring however, to be back into a regular structured routine and I am really enjoying getting to know everyone. The class have been telling me lots about the exciting things they have been up to and they all seem very keen and enthusiastic about being in Year 1. I am aiming to make their transition from Reception as smooth as possible by gradually reducing the amount of free play and slowly increasing the time spent on directed activities. 


The topic for this half term is history based and entitled Homes. To deepen the children’s understanding of homes and life in the past we are intending to visit Beamish Museum before half-term. The teaching and learning in this topic will include:


Communication, Language and Literacy

Children will be given ample opportunities to practise their speaking, listening and responding skills in a range of contexts. As part of the Homes topic we will make a castle in the classroom for drama activities and there are costumes for the children to dress up. In addition, the children will be engaged in the reading and writing of:

  • Non-fiction - Studying books about homes in the past and the properties of materials, e.g. wood.
  • Fiction - Topic-based poetry/rhymes and stories based on homes and the past, e.g. The House that Jack Built,  The Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe, The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, When I was Young and Grandma’s Bill.
  • Handwriting – practising letter formation of all letters and where to position them on a line
  • Phonics – revision of letter sounds learned in Reception, blending them for reading and segmenting them for spelling. Spelling homework will be set after half-term but feel free to start practising the attached list of words at home. By the end of Year 1 it is hoped the children will be able to write all of these correctly.
  • Reading - children will be heard twice per week (once 1:1 and once in Guided Reading with a group). Home reading books will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays and only one book will be issued. Feel free to supplement this provision by reading other books at home.


Problem-solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

  • Number: Count reliably as least 20 objects. Count forwards and backwards in 1’s and 2’s within the range 0-20 or beyond if able. Know by heart all pairs of numbers with a total of ten. Understand the meaning of add and associated vocabulary (plus, and, more than, total, equals, altogether). Read, write and order numbers to at least 10. Estimate amounts that can then be counted. Say what is one more/less than a given number. Partitioning numbers, e.g. 5 can be made of 2 and 3 or 1 and 4.
  • Measures: Learning how to measure length and height using non-standard measures eg hands and then standard measures, e.g. cm. Learn the importance of measuring from the correct starting place.
  • Shape: Use everyday language to describe features of familiar 3D and 2D shapes. Identify shapes in homes now and in the past, e.g. square windows, rectangular doors.
  • Data Handling: Pictograms, bar charts, Venn diagrams and tally charts will all be taught as methods of representing information, e.g. to show how many pupils live in a bungalow, terraced or detached house.



Knowledge and Understanding of the World

We will be learning about how homes have developed through the ages from caves to wattle and daub peasant dwellings, etc, through to houses now. We will also be predicting what homes in the future may be like.  This topic will be supported by our computer work using an interactive CD-rom about homes past and present. In Science, our experiments on a range of materials will be linked to the homes topic considering why certain materials are suitable for certain purposes, e.g. glass for windows.



Creative development and Physical Development

  • Art/DT: making homes: activities will include using clay, shoeboxes, and lego. Designing and making wallpaper using a range of methods such as marbling, printing, computer programs, stencilling and bubble painting. Making a windmill house with wind-up sails (please send in any large card tubes you may have). We will also be looking at crafts in the past and learning how to weave a placemat.
  • Dance: BBC Time to Move CD to explore rhythm patterns, movement and stillness, gesture and shape.
  • Gymnastics: exploring travelling around a space changing speed, height and direction of movement on the floor and on large apparatus.
  • Games: outdoor games is scheduled for Monday afternoons. Please send a games kit each Monday for the children to change into. This should include trainers, a t-shirt and jogging bottoms/leggings. School sweatshirts/ cardigans can be worn if it is cold. The children will be sent home in their kit with their uniform in their kit bag.
  • Music:  the children will be learning new songs, how to use percussion instruments and how to keep a steady beat. They will be performing interpretive dance to classical music.


Personal and Social Development

Question what makes a happy home. Discuss the tasks that need to be done at home. Consider how the children could safely help the adults. We will also be looking how the location of our home gives us access to the wider community. We will ask how we can make a contribution and relate this to the importance of Harvest Time now and in the past. Time will also be spent finding out about homeless people and the conditions other people have to live in.

RE: listen and respond to Bible stories such as Noah’s Ark and the man who built his house on a rock. Learn about the church as the house of God and the materials used in its construction eg stained glass windows.



Additional Notes

As you can see I am aiming to cover a wide and varied curriculum over the half term. Please be aware that I need to respond to the needs and interests of the children so the planned activities listed above may vary slightly as the term progresses and I get to know them better.


You are all very welcome to come into school to help at any time. I would greatly appreciate any volunteers to listen to extra reading, to support classroom activities and to enrich the curriculum using any skills you may have e.g. art, craft, music, sport, etc. Your help can be just a one-off or a regular slot if you have time. Please let me know if you or anyone else (e.g. grandparent) is interested.


I am looking forward to getting to know all the children and to teaching them in a fun and exciting way.



Yours sincerely


Francine Jukes (BA Hons, PGCE)


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School Choir

Wylam First School choir is open to all children in Years 2, 3 and 4. We meet every Friday lunchtime (12.30 - 1:00) in the nursery classroom. We sing a wide variety of songs and the emphasis is always on having fun. We have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the North East. Read more about it here.