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Beckford Primary School

"Together, we achieve."

Welcome to year 1

Our Year One curriculum is 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 towards Year One outcomes through our enabling provision. This will provide opportunities to develop resilience, independence, creative and critical thinking skills.

Year 1


We hope you had a lovely rest during the holidays. Happy New Year to you all. This term our topic is ‘Food, Glorious Food!’

Our key books will be ‘I Will Not Ever Eat A Tomato’ from the Charlie and Lola range by Lauren Child and ‘Biscuit Bear’ by Mini Grey.  Our genres for writing will be Letters and Instructions.  You can help your child to develop their writing skills by asking them to write letters to family, friends or their teacher!  It would be great to give some instructions at home by modelling recipes or getting dressed for school; children could also write these instructions by themselves, checking that they have remembered all the steps.

The children will continue to have daily practice sessions in phonics and reading. 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.  This will have a huge impact on their reading progress and attainment.  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.

In Maths, we will continue to develop the children’s knowledge of numbers to 20 including addition and subtraction.  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 as well as spell them (eg 12 twelve) by the end of Year One.

As part of our topic work, Year One will have the opportunity to do some cooking. They will be making fruit kebabs, a healthy salad and a gingerbread biscuit.  During Science we will be learning how to work scientifically by performing a range of tests linked to our theme 'Our Bodies'.

P.E. and Art take place on Thursdays for both classes.  It will be a great help if the children could wear clothes that will make changing easier for them e.g. shoes fastened with velcro. May we please remind you that no jewellery other than stud earrings, should be worn to school for the safety of the children. At Beckford we expect the children to wear the correct uniform every day.  As part of our music provision, the children will be enjoying a fun, interactive workshop by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment before watching them perform at a theatre.

There are many things you can do at home to engage with our topic and develop your child’s learning at home.  We have included some optional activities you may choose to do.  Please feel free to bring them into school so we can celebrate your hard work at home.

  • Visit the local library and borrow books on the theme of food.
  • Visit a café and talk about the environment drawing attention to print, including menus, specials boards, persuasive posters (eg ‘Go on, treat yourself!’), prices and money.
  • Collect and send to school a range of food packaging which reflects your family’s favourite foods.
  • Talk about healthy eating and help children to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods.
  • Invite your child to help cook meals at home.  As part of this investigate quantities, capacity, weighing and measuring using scales, jugs, measuring cups and spoons.
  • With your child, cook and write out a simple recipe for your favourite dish and send in a sample for the children at school to taste.  This can be from your home country so the children have experience with food from a range of cultural backgrounds.

We want to thank you for your continued support and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Best wishes,

Year One Team