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Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School

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Year 1

Introducing the Year 1 Team:


Miss Elwin – Class Teacher

Mrs Ahmed - Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Bland - Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Olvedi – Learning Support Assistant

Miss Turner - Learning Support Assistant



Miss Pearce – Class teacher

Mrs Firby – Senior Learning Support Assistant

Ms Myatt - SEN Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Prabhakar - Learning Support Assistant


This Half Term Year 1’s first history topic is called ‘Family Tree’. The children will be looking at family trees – including a family tree for the royal family. In the second Half Term the topic will be called ‘A Toy Story’. In this topic the children will be investigating toys that they play with today and toys from the past. The children will be comparing toys and thinking about how they have changed over time.

The children will also learn about this topic through their other subjects including English, Art, Design and Technology and Science.


Across the year in our writing, we will be spending four weeks on particular text types to build the children’s confidence with them. The children will be learning the texts using story maps and shared writing before beginning to independently apply the skills they learn. In Maths, the children will start the term by looking at number and place value before moving onto addition and subtraction.


At the start of the Term the children will be completing a variety of Maths and English activities, with lots of practical activities and opportunities for play. These activities will provide lots of opportunities for the children to learn and consolidate new skills being taught within the lessons.



The children are going to be given one book to read a week. They should read this book two to three times to build their fluency and comprehension of each text that they read. Please can Reading Diaries be signed 3 times a week.

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. The homework is optional; however, is a great way for you to get involved in your child’s learning and to complete them together, as a family. We would also love to see photos of you completing your efforts; these photos can be emailed into the school office.



Year 1 will have PE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please send the children to school on both these days in their PE kits.


The children need to have a named Haydon Abbey PE T-shirt and black shorts for inside. As the weather becomes colder the children need to bring in warmer clothes for PE outside. They need to have a pair of trainers and they can bring in black or navy tracksuit bottoms and a black or navy jumper. Please remember to give your child an extra pair of socks if they are wearing tights that day. 


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


Miss Elwin and Miss Pearce