Parochial C of E Primary School | Keppel Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 6NN

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Growing Together in God

Hello and welcome to our Year 1 class page.

Here you will find some information about what your child will be learning in English, Maths, Religious Education and Topic. There will also be some links available to navigate you in the right direction in helping you continue your child's learning at home. 

I am looking forward to getting to know you all and please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.


Miss Hulme and Mrs Singh

What's happening this half term in Year 1?

Our Topic this half term is all about...

 In our Topic this half term we will be learning all about Ice Explorers. This is a very exciting topic where children will learn all about two famous explorers and their expeditions to reach the South Pole. The children will learn many things about Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen and their famous expeditions to the South Pole. 

This half term we will cover the following:



What are the achievements of Robert Falcon Scott?

What are the achievements of Roald Amundsen?

Why did Scott and Amundsen take life risking journeys?

What was the journey to the South Pole like for both explorers?

Why did Scott fail to reach the South Pole first?

What happened to Scott's last journey?



In English, we will be focusing on writing to entertain. We will be focusing our writing around the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. This story is about a young boy who finds a penguin at his door. The boy thinks the penguin is lost and decides to look after him whilst developing a plan to help him find his way home. Towards the end of the story, the boy realised that the penguin isn't lost, he is lonely. The story ends with them becoming the best of friends. 

In Year 1, we will  use the story as an inspiration to write out own losing and finding tale. Throughout the structure of our Talk 4 Writing, we will innovate the story by changing aspects like the characters and setting. We will then focus on being able to retell the story clearly, with expression, and using all we know. We will then focus on using out Fred Fingers and Fred Talk to help us when writing our stories.

At the end of the half term, we will look at completing a short piece of poetry writing. This will be based on the poem 'Ten Things Found in a Wizard's Pocket'. 

To support your child at home, you can read the story with them to familiarise them with the structure and events.  You can also complete short bursts of writing by saying the sentences they will write, Fred talking using Fred fingers and using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces accurately. 

The model texts can be found on our class page below. The key writing features are highlighted throughout the text to show what we will cover this half term.


 In Maths this half term we will be looking at number and place value and addition and subtraction.  We will cover the following:

  1.  Numbers to 20

  2. Addition  within 20

  3. Subtraction within 20

To help support your child's learning at home, you can continue to work on their number bonds to 5 and 10. If your child has completed this step, you can move onto number bonds to 15 and 20. This is a great way to get involved in your child's learning and boost their confidence. Children who have completed all number bonds need to practice their time. Seek advice from Miss Hulme or Mrs Singh about what to practice and when. 

Religious Education:

Our religious Education topic this half term is Jesus was special.

The aim of this topic is to explore Bible stories that reveal Jesus' power and divine nature. It was also cover how and why Jesus was special. 

We will be looking at the following:

  • Reflecting on special friends.
  • Identifying Jesus' miracles within the Bible.
  • The 12 disciples and how Jesus called them. 
  • Reflecting on The Stilling and the Stone.
  • Reflecting on the Feeding of Five Thousand.
  • Reflecting on the story of Jesus Turning Water into Wine.

Maths - Uploaded to Class Dojo on Monday due Friday.

Spelling - Uploaded to Class Dojo on Friday due the following Friday.

Phonics reading books will be changed on Monday and must be returned on Friday.

It is essential for your child's progress that they read at home as often as possible, and you record this in their yellow reading record.

Library books are changed on Wednesday

Please remember to pack your child's reading book in their book bag.  Lost or damaged books will result in a charge of £2.

Below are some great resources to use with your child at home if you have to isolate. 

This pack is available to download on

Below are some great practical ideas!

WOW Websites for learning - username and password provided, if you need this just let us know! - a great Maths game where children can work on number bonds, doubles and halves and mental addition and subtraction. You can access for other Maths games too! - username and password provided, if you need this just let us know! - another place you can access free e-books - a great website to keep up with what's happening in the world, you could research one aspect further and write about it! - For children working on gaining an understanding of numbers to 10, there are different episode you can watch and join in with

Year 1 Expectations

By the end of the year, your child should have achieved the following objectives. Please ensure you read this document carefully as it will allow you to support your child at home with their home learning/homework. 

Last update: 2023-01-01