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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 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.  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 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 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 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 including growing cress and measuring our bodies.

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.

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