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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Welcome to Year 1!

Year 1 2018 to 2019

Welcome to Year One!


Firstly, I’d like to welcome you and your child to Year 1. It has been a real pleasure to be able to continue to teach your child and to watch them grow and learn for another year. I  look forward to working together to ensure your child has a brilliant year in Year 1. 

Year 1 is a fantastic year for the children and presents many exciting learning opportunities. We will be drawing on both the Early Years Foundation curriculum and the Key Stage 1 curriculum to deliver fun-filled topics.

This half-term we will be starting with the Cornerstones topic ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’.  This topic will include looking at animals of all shapes and sizes! From looking at pets at homes to animals in the zoo, we will be looking at the similarities and differences between animals and the habitats they live in. We will be studying animal art work, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints.

There will be an emphasis on the basic skills across the curriculum. In this respect there will be a strong focus on developing skills such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term our writing opportunities will focus on the book ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’,  we will be writing lists and captions as well as looking a nursery rhymes and poems.  Alongside this, we will be using the Talk for Writing approach to learn the story through actions in order to innovate the story then invent a new story. Other fiction and non-fiction books will also be used.


In maths this half term, we will focus on place value:

  • Count to 10 forwards and backwards from 0/1 or any given number.
  • Count, read and write numbers to 10 in numerals and words.
  • One more and one less.
  • Representing numbers using objects and pictorial representation.

After this, we will then look at addition and subtraction:

  • Using number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10.
  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition, subtraction and equals signs.
  • Add and subtract one digit numbers to 10.
  • Looking at missing number problems and solving problems that involve adding and subtraction using concrete and pictorial representations.


In order to encourage independence,  the children will come into school independently as they did on transition week. A teacher will be stood on the gate if you have any queries or questions, but I will be available to speak to at the end of the day.



PE  - Year 1 will have PE on a Thursday (please remember the correct PE kit including out-door trainers for all sessions please). 

Reading– Reading books will start being sent out next week, it is important to read at least 3 times a week with your child.


We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Thank you for your support. 


Miss Taylor, Mrs Millington and Miss Machin.

Year 1 Homework


Homework will be issued on a Friday.

(REMINDER: Reading books are due back in school on a Thursday)

Children will be expected to complete:

  • Spelling Shed activity                                    
  • Times Tables Rockstar activity                     
  • To learn this terms Key Instant Recall Facts
  • Read to an adult at least three times a week.  


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Thank you for your support with home learning!

The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy.  Click on the link below to find out some fantastic books you could read with your child at home!


50 must reads for Year 1...

Common Exception Words

Congratulations Year 1 on achieving 100% attendance (wc 15.10.18)!  As a reward they enjoyed: Parachute games, football and the trim trail! The children loved being outside and using the outside area and equipment with their friends.

Math's in Year 1!

Autumn 1: We have been learning about place value, addition and subtraction. The children have been learning how to use part-part-whole as well as counting on and back on number lines and in their heads!

The children have been securing their knowledge to 10 and 20 with some children going beyond this.

Talk For Writing 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm'

Animal Art: We have been looking at animal prints in topic and identifying animals by their prints. We used oil pastels to make shapes and lines to create patterns. Alongside this, we have been looking at the art work of Jenny Foster she liked to use her imagination to change the appearance of familiar animals. The children carefully looked at pictures of animals and then changed the colour's of them including the patterns.