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Beckford Primary School

"Together, we achieve."

Welcome to year 1

This year we have redesigned the Year One curriculum to be fully integrated and provide a rich, simulating learning experience which incorporates the child centred practice of the Early Years Foundation stage. The children will  be working toward Year One outcomes through our exciting new provison. This will provide opportunities to develop creative and critical skills and independence.

Year 1

Our Topic this term is Carnival of the Animals.

Our key books will be ‘The Snail and the Whale’  by Julia Donaldson, 'One Day on Our Blue Planet' by Ella Bailey and  ‘Surprising Sharks’ by Nicola Davies.  Our genres for writing will be Story Writing and Information Reports.  You can help your child to develop their writing skills by asking them to write their own information reports!  It would be great to send them into school so they can teach the class about something they are interested in. We will continue to have daily phonics and reading sessions with the children.

In Maths, we will continue to develop the children’s knowledge of numbers to 100 including counting forwards and backwards in 1s and 10s.  You can help your child by practising their number writing in both numerals and words from one to twenty.  Children need to be able to write numerals with correct formation a well as spell them (eg 12, twelve) by the end of Year One.

As you are aware, children make the best progress when they are supported with reading at home.  Please try to read with your child for ten minutes each day.  To develop their understanding, you could talk about the story with your child, asking what they think will happen next, and how characters are feeling/behaving.  

Reading records and books must be brought on Monday and Thursday so books can be changed overnight. Please don’t forget to sign your child’s reading record so they can continue to collect stickers on their reading bookmarks and earn their achievement certificates and book vouchers. 

As part of our topic work, Year One will be learning about animals and their habitats.  In July, we will enjoy a day at Paradise Wildlife Park to find out about animals, what they eat and how they are similar and different (catergorisation).   You can help your child by reading up some non-fiction books or watch a documentary about animals.  If you can manage a trip to the zoo or a wildlife park – even better!  Children are naturally curious about animals.  Talk to them about what they eat (herbivore, carnivore or omnivore) and how they are catergorised (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians). 

PE and Music take place on Thursday mornings. Children need to bring in a school P.E. kit consisting of a white t-shirt, green shorts and trainers.  It would help if children wore clothes that made changing easier e.g. shoes without laces and polo shirts instead of full buttoned shirts. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly named so they do not get lost. Also, for their safety, no jewellery, apart from ear studs, should be worn.

Finally - a few dates for your diary:

Friday 6th July – Severn Class Assembly in the Middle Floor Hall at 10.30am

Tuesday 10th July – End of Year Celebration parent event in your child’s classroom (end of day)

Friday 13th July – Year One and Two Sports Day in the school playground

Wednesday 18th July - Trip to Paradise Wildlife Park

Tuesday 24th July – Changeover morning for children to meet their new teachers

If you have any questions, please feel free to chat to a member of the Year One team.

Thank you for your continuing support,


Michelle Housley and Michelle Loo