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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Welcome to Haydon Abbey Year 1 Classes. We are looking forward to getting to know all our children and watching them grow and develop throughout the year.


Introducing the Year One Team


1FD    Miss Doyle - Class Teacher, YR and Y1 Phase Leader

           Miss Adcock - Trainee Teacher

           Mrs Naughton - LSA


1JK    Mr Kirk - Class Teacher

          Mrs Bland - LSA


This term our Year 1 history topic is ‘A Toy Story. The children will start this topic by looking at their own toys from home and thinking about their favourite toys. We will also be investigating toys from the past and the children will have some opportunities to look at and play with some toys from the past. We will also be comparing toys and thinking about how they have changed over time. At the end of the topic the children will also be thinking about how toys may continue to change and what toys could look like in the Future.


Across the year in our writing, we will be spending four weeks on particular text types to really build our confidence with them. All writing has a purpose and we will be looking at ‘Writing to Entertain’ and ‘Writing to Inform’. In Maths, the children will start the term by looking at number before moving onto addition and subtraction.


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



The children are expected to read every day - this does not have to mean finishing an entire book; a few pages will do. Please remember to log in your child’s school diary if you need to keep the book or get a new one.


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. 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 in school every day



Year 1 will have PE on Mondays and Thursdays.


The children need to have their PE kit in school every day during term time and it will be sent home with the children at the end of each half term. 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 in school 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.


The children have one PE lesson with their class teacher and the other lesson with Mrs Westcott, PE teacher. Some of these lessons will take place outside so please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing in school at all times.


Forest School

The children in Year One will continue to have Forest School sessions in school this year.


Year One will have their Forest School sessions in the summer term this year. The Year One Forest School sessions are scheduled to take place on a Tuesday afternoon in the summer term.


The children will need to bring a change of appropriate clothing in a named bag each week. We always need parent volunteers for Forest School so that the sessions can continue so if you can help please speak to your child’s class teacher.


If there is anything else you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher they will be happy to make an appointment with you.


Incidentally, to help you to keep informed throughout the year all dates for the diary, relevant information and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website. Please ensure you check the school website regularly so you do not miss out on anything happening this year.


Miss Doyle

YR & Y1 Phase Leader