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Year 1

Introducing the Year 1 Team:



  • Miss Haynes – Class Teacher
  • Miss Foreman - LSA



  • Miss Stewart – Class Teacher
  • Miss Adams – LSA



  • Ms Davies – Class Teacher
  • Mrs Nallasamy – LSA


Year 1 is a huge stepping stone for the children, as it is where they start to transition into a more structured time table compared to continuous provision in Reception. In order to support this transition, we will continue to provide children with a good balance of practical, outdoor and investigative play opportunities, in addition to the more formal table-based lessons.


This term, our Year 1 History and Geography topic is ‘Under the Sea’. In order to immerse the children into ocean life, we will begin the term by thinking about the United Kingdom, locating the four capitals and surrounding oceans. The children will then progress to name and locate the world’s oceans and identify human and physical features of our coastlines. As the term progresses, we will begin to explore animals in their different ocean habitats and compare oceans and seas in different world regions.


The children will also learn about this topic through their other subjects including English, Science and Art, including making collages and sculptures.


Across the year in our English lessons, we will be building on our writing skills from letter formation to sentence writing and beyond. We always link our English work to a high-quality text, in order to engage and enthuse the children through both reading and writing. This half term, we will be immersing ourselves in poetry before moving onto the wonderful book ‘Rainbow Fish’.


In Maths, the children will start the term by looking at number, continuing to develop their addition and subtraction skills before progressing onto multiplication  and division. Towards the middle of the term we will revisit fractions, finding halves and quarters, revisiting measure, shape and position and direction before the end of the year. Our lessons will include both written and practical work, as we know that many children learn best with concrete objects. We will also take our lessons into the outdoor environment where possible.



At Haydon Abbey, we put a huge emphasis on the importance of reading and also the enjoyment that can be derived from it. We therefore expect children to be read with daily at home as part of their development.  Reading each day does not have to mean finishing an entire book; a few pages will do. Little and often is often a more appealing option for young children. Please remember to log in your child’s school diary if you need to keep the book or get a new one, as this will be checked daily by our class LSAs.


As we move towards our Phonics Screening Check later this term, we will also be placing a great emphasis on our phonics knowledge. Please continue to practise segmenting and blending the words on the sound card that we sent home before the Easter Holidays. Have lots of fun reading the words, creating your own games and activities to support learning.


You will also be able to find a homework grid on our website, which outlines six homework suggestions, in line with what we are learning about at school. Whilst the homework is optional, we recommend that you try and complete 1 task from the grid each week. It is a great way to involve the family in your child’s learning, have fun and support their development of key skills. The homework will be celebrated in a class show and tell session and may even make it onto our classroom displays! We would also love to see photos of you completing your efforts; these photos can be emailed into the school office.


Please make sure your child has their reading record and book in school every day.



1KT, 1JK & 1RD will have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The children should come into school in their PE uniforms on their PE days. The PE uniform is a Haydon Abbey PE t-shirt, a Haydon Abbey PE jumper and plain navy joggers or shorts in the summer. Please ensure that this is labelled with your child’s name.


All children will have one PE lesson a week with Mr Andrews, our PE teacher and, depending on the timetable, the other weekly PE lesson will either be led by Mr Andrews or your child’s class teacher. Please ensure that your child has their warm PE jumper on colder days and comes to school wearing suncream and a sun hat on hotter days.  


If there is anything else you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher they will be happy to arrange a phone call with you.


To help you to keep informed throughout the year, this and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website. If however you struggle to access information online then please do let us know. A small amount of paper letters will be available from the school office.


All of the staff in Year 1 are looking forward to working with you and your children over the next term.


Miss Amy Haynes                 Ms Rhea Davis                      Miss Flora Stewart

1KT Class Teacher               1RD Class Teacher               1JK Class Teacher