Welcome to Year 1!

News and reminders


See below for this term's topics. There are suggestions for questions to talk to your child about.

If you would like to read any extra books with your child you can borrow books from the local library or read some online:

PE kits

PE will usually take place on a Monday and a Tuesday. However, this can change so please have PE kits in every day!

Please bring to school:

Please ensure your child has a water bottle and a coat every day. We have drinking water in class for refilling.

Class book

(Black and white paper copy)

This is the storybook they have read in class. They take it home to practise what they can already read and build confidence.

Your child can read this to you.

Book bag book

They have guidance inside just for you as parents. They are matched to the books children read in school so provide practice of the same sounds – extra practice at the right level for your child. They include many of the same reading activities that we use in class.

Your child might need a bit of help with this book.

Picture/story book

A picture book to share with your child. You can read the story to them or they can retell the story by looking at the pictures. They are not expected to read the story themselves.


This term...

We are building on our existing knowledge of adding and subtracting.

We will start to add and subtract with numbers between 0 and 20. We have looked at how we can add two amounts together by counting on. We have used number lines and tens frame to help us with this.

You could talk to your child about adding and subtracting in real life:

  • - There are 3 apples. I had 7 more. How many are there altogether?
  • -There are 11 plates. I put 4 away. How many are left?


This term...

We are reading 'At the Beach' by Roland Harvey.

In this book there are lots of postcards.

You can talk to your child about what a postcard is, why you would send one and what it might include.


This term...

We will start our new topic, Where we live.

In this topic we will be learning more about Cherry Hinton and it's surrounding areas.

You can talk to your child about what shops, houses and buildings are in the area. What is similar about them? What is different?


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Henri Rousseau

This half term we will be looking at the work of 'Henri Rousseau.

Last week we researched him and found out some interesting facts. Ask your child what they can remember!

This week we practised sketching animals that might be found in the jungle.

Home learning


Reading every day is the most important part of learning at home - books will be sent home each week and should be brought to school each day.


Practise the Year 1 KIRFs at home (see below).

We will also send home questions relating to the learning in class each week.


This half term we will introduce a home learning project. Keep an eye out in your book bag for more information.

Key Instant Recall Facts

The secret to success is practising little and often. Use time wisely. Can you practise these KIRFs while walking to school or during a car journey? You don’t need to practise them all at once: perhaps you could have a fact of the day. If you would like more ideas, please speak to Miss Murray.

Use practical resources – Your child has one potato on their plate and you give them three more. Can they predict how many they will have now?

Make a poster – We use Numicon at school. You can find pictures of the Numicon shapes here: – your child could make a poster showing the different ways of making 5.

Play games – You can play number bond pairs online at and then see how many questions you can answer in just one minute.

Suggested reading list:

Here is a list of books that you may want to read with your child. These can be borrowed from your local library!

  • The Smartest Giant in Town - Julia Donaldson
  • A Squash and a Squeeze - Julia Donaldson
  • The Gruffalo’s Child - Julia Donaldson
  • The Gigantic Turnip - Aleksei Tolstoy
  • The Whisperer - Nick Butterworth
  • The Blue Balloon - Nick Butterworth
  • The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
  • Hairy Maclary - Lynley Dodd
  • The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers
  • The Large Family Collection - Jill Murphy
  • Charlie and Lola - Lauren Child
  • The Trouble with Jack - Shirley Hughes
  • My Friend Bear - Jez Alborough
  • Avocado Baby - John Burningham
  • The Jolly Postman - Allan Ahlberg
  • Mister Magnolia - Quentin Blake
  • Frog and Toad are Friends - Arnold Lobel
  • The Princess and the Pea - Minnie Grey
  • Don’t Forget the Bacon - Pat Hutchins
  • Emperor of Absurdia - Chris Riddell
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka
  • Mixed up Fairy Tales Hillary Robinson - Nick Sharratt
  • Not Now Bernard - David Mckee
  • Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey - Dominic Walliman
  • The Big Book Bugs - Yuval Zommer
  • Once Upon a Raindrop - James Carter
  • A Cat’s Guide to the Sky - Stuart Atkinson