Year 1

Hello and welcome to Year 1! Class 3 is taught by Miss Liddle and Mrs Baggley on a Thursday.  Class 4 is taught by Mrs Baggley and Mrs Rowe. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Gibson, Miss Madden and Miss Fell. 


Our topic this half term has been ‘Great Explorers’. We started by reading the story of ‘We are going on a Bear Hunt’. We have been focusing on sequencing the story in the correct order as well as being able to retrieve key information. Our story map that we made in class together really helped us with this.

The next story we worked on in our English lessons was ‘Whatever Next’ – we enjoyed constructing sentences about the story. We focused on making sure that we had remembered our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We also acted out the story to help us with sequencing. Luckily, we found a big box to use for our rocket just like bear! In our topic lessons we have been learning about and comparing two ‘Great Explorers’ – Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. The children were all fascinated by what these two explorers achieved!


At The Milford Academy, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach. Children are systematically taught the 42 phonemes (sounds), using a multi- sensory approach. Year 1 children have daily 20 minute sessions where the children are encouraged to blend the sounds for reading and segment the sounds for writing. We use the principles and phases of the government’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, and children are taught:

  • the grapheme-phoneme correspondence in a clearly defined sequence
  • the skill of segmenting words into their constituent phonemes to spell
  • that blending and segmenting are reversible processes

Don’t forget to look out for our signs outside the classrooms which tell you what sound we are working on that day. To help support the learning of phonics at home, please practise reading and writing words with that sound in.

If you have any questions regarding phonics, please speak to one of the members of our Year 1 team.


In Maths this half term we have been developing our understanding of numbers to 10 and 20 in a variety of ways. We have been recapping on our number bonds to 10 and next term we will be using this knowledge to help us with learning our number bonds to 20! Our daily number fluency lessons in addition to our Maths lessons are really helping to improve our speed with answering number sentences within 10. We have also been enjoying doing the weekly maths challenges in our classrooms – keep up the good work Year 1!

One of our weekly Maths Challenges.

In R.E we have enjoyed learning about the Nativity as well as how Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. In Science we have been learning about Seasonal Change and are beginning to understand how we can measure the changes in the weather. We have brought this understanding through to our Art lessons where we have been sketching leaves found from outside in the style of Claude Monet. We have also enjoyed our outdoor learning where we have been understanding why the leaves fall from trees in Autumn.

Christmas Fun!

We really enjoyed performing our Nativity to all the parents. We showed off our singing that we practised in Music. We used Makaton signs alongside our singing because we think it is a very important skill to learn this language. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

We also enjoyed our Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day and ate lots of delicious food!

Next half term our topic will be ‘The Great Fire of London’. We will be exploring some non-fiction texts about the Great Fire of London in English as well as some fiction stories based from that time. In Maths we will be developing our understanding of addition and subtraction within 20 as well as broadening our place value knowledge to 50.

We have continued to make great progress with our Rainbow Reading, well done to everyone! Please remember to record in your reading diary when you have read your Rainbow Reading book as well as your Oxford Reading Tree book. Holiday homework has been stuck into reading diaries. We saw some amazing homework last half term and can’t wait to see what is created for our new topic!

Please remember:

Guided Reading is on a Friday, please make sure your reading diary and reading books are in school. P.E is also on a Friday, please make sure your kit is in school and that every item is named. Please also include jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt as we will still go outside as the weather gets colder.

The Year 1 Team.