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Year 1

Year 1 

Our topic this half term is…

What was it like when your grandparents were young?

Our class text:

This term we will be learning the story Dogger by Shirley Hughes.

We will be having a go at writing lost posters to help Dave find his favourite toy.

We will be looking and comparing old and new toys.

We will have lots of discussions based on our favourite toys too! Can you describe your favourite toy? Think about their colour, shape and size. Think about how they feel when you touch it or describe their colour.

Have a think about these questions:

  • What toy do you like to play with the most at home?
  • Can you describe your favourite toy?
  • What toys did your parents or grandparents like to play with when they were young?
  • Can you spot any similarities and differences between old and new toys? What are the similarities and differences?
  • Can you create an information page based on your favourite toy?

Here are a few more books that we will be reading.

See if you can find any books that you will like to share from home. Can you find books about toys? Is it a story book or a information book? How can you tell? What is it about?

Here is our homework menu. Please have a go at the starters everyday, mains twice a week and one desert. If you need any help or resources please let me know. Autumn 1 home learning menu.

Extra activities to try at home

Due to the Phonics Screening Check in the Summer term of Year 1, it is important that we use, apply and practice phonics often – play some super phonics games here: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm

Play some great English and Maths learning games here: http://www.ictgames.com/

Links to important and useful websites:

Times table Rockstars: http://play.ttrockstars.com/

Purple Mash: http://www.purplemash.com/sch/dove-st7

Reading Eggs: http://readingeggs.co.uk/gaw/branded?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqLHy-u3K7AIVBbDtCh3UHAo8EAAYASAAEgIV2_D_BwE

To see a suggested reading list for Year 1 children,  click here: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks1-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-year-1-pupils-ks1-age-5-6/

Key information for parents:

  • PE kits should be in school and kept on pegs. These will be sent home half termly to be washed and returned
  • Homework menus will be in your child’s homework book. Please complete the starter section daily, and chose one task from the main or desert column.  Work should be submitted/handed in on a Thursday for marking.
  • Weekly spelling tests will take place on a Friday, and new spellings will be given out for the following week. Please practice daily (ensuring that your child understands the meaning of the word, too).
  • Reading should be happening at home daily, and this should be recorded on the reading record book. Reading books will only be changed when it has been recorded that books have been read twice. Reading books should be in school every day. Books will be changed on a Tuesday & Thursday.
  • Water bottles should be in school and will be sent home each Friday.
  • Practise count to 100, forwards and backwards as much as you can.

PE & Wellbeing Links:



Health for kids

Here are some apps that might be useful for your child’s mental wellbeing (please check that they are suitable and meet the needs of your child first)



If you have any questions, please email me on v.harley@dovebank.staffs.sch.uk 

To see our Year 1 Topic webs, click below:

Aut 1 – What was it like when your grandparents were young?  spring 1 – Can you find your way home? summer 1- Where would you like to go on holiday? WHere in the UK do we live?
Aut 2 – Why isn’t everyone afraid of the dark? Spring 2 – Why were Christopher Columbus & Neil Armstrong very brave people? Summer 2 – Which birds and plants can we see in our playground?

Year 1 long term plan: Year-1- Long term plan.

Thanks for visiting our page!

Mrs Guney & Mrs Mason