Halton - Year 1 2023 - 2024

Miss Bedford

Year 1 Teacher

Ms Wright

Teaching Assistant

What we are learning about this term in Halton Class with Miss Bedford.



This term will begin with a focus on poetry. We will be developing our range of vocabulary, listening to and reading a range of poems, as well as creating actions for and reciting poetry. The children will be developing their ability to write ‘the perfect sentence’ (using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops accurately and independently). They will build up to forming simple sentences independently to write their own poem. The children will use their senses and add adjectives to describe what they can feel, see, hear and smell. The children will learn how to use simple adjectives effectively to write both setting and character descriptions. In Guided Reading lessons, the children will read a range of short poems and stories, focusing on the characters and settings. The children will complete daily phonics lessons and they will use their phonic knowledge to sound out words and to develop their reading skills.



This term will begin with a focus on place value within ten, consisting of basic number recognition and careful counting within ten. The children will count forwards and backwards within 10 and look at one more and one less of a given number. This will be followed by work on strengthening their knowledge on number bonds to 10. There will be a focus on addition and subtraction within 10, where the children will use mathematical resources to aid their learning each lesson. We will then move onto focussing on geometry where the children will look at positions. The children will complete fluency flashback questions daily, recapping identifying numbers, shapes, and number bonds.



This term, we will be learning about ‘Our Senses and the Human Body’. The children will look at the different body parts of a human. They will focus on what our body parts are used for and will label the body. Our focus will then move onto the five senses, looking into which body part is linked to which sense and how we use these. The children will carry out some simple investigations linked to the senses. For the second half of the term, we will focus on everyday materials. The children will use their senses to explore materials and their properties and will carry out scientific investigations. 


Wider Curriculum – History & Geography

Our focus this term is Geography, and our topic is ‘Our World, Our Home’. We will be learning about where we live and what is in our local environment. We will create maps of our school environment and of our local area, as well as developing our understanding of local landmarks. We will also be learning about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, their capital cities, and the seas that surround the UK.


Wider Curriculum – Computing

This term, our focus will be on exploring using the computers and developing mouse skills. The children will be introduced to the Purple Mash software, learning how to log in and how to use simple tools. We will focus on online safety and the importance of not sharing our passwords with anybody.


Wider Curriculum – Physical Education

This term, our focus will be on ‘Locomotion’. The children will focus on walking and jumping before moving onto a ball skills using their hands. Children will learn different methods of throwing and catching and will be working with a specialist PE coach developing their skills. They will also look at the importance of communication and teamwork. The children will be given the opportunity to work both independently and in a group. The children will have Keep Fit and dance lessons weekly which will focus on developing skills and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

PE lessons will be taught outside wherever possible. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately: joggers, jumper and waterproof coat can be worn.


Wider Curriculum – Art & Design Technology

We will start the term with an art focus, specifically looking at developing our drawing and painting skills. We will focus on an artist and we will develop our line and pattern drawing. For the second half of the term, we will move onto a DT focus where the children will research, design, make and evaluate a freestanding structure.


Wider Curriculum – Music

Mrs Shakespeare will teach the children music lessons on a Wednesday. Pupils will enjoy rhythm lessons and learning new music as well as playing many musical instruments.


Wider Curriculum – PHSE

This term in PSHE, our focus will be on classroom rules and the importance of these. We will then look at our families and the people that care for us.


Wider Curriculum – RE

This term, our focus will be on Christianity. We will think about why Christians call God the ‘Father’ and discuss why Christians pray. We will look at the Christian church its religious artefacts, and its religious ceremonies.


Wider Curriculum – Spanish

In Spanish lessons, the children will learn greetings. They will apply this by answering the register in Spanish every morning and afternoon. We will learn this through a range of activities and songs, to help secure the children’s knowledge.  


General Class Reminders

  • Full school PE kit is needed on TUESDAY for PE lessons.
  • Reading books and reading records need to be brought into school everyday.
  • The children’s reading books will be changed on a Friday.
  • Homework will be set every Friday and will be due back in school the following Wednesday.
  • The children will be given spellings to learn each week. These will be tested on a Friday.

Your child’s attendance in school is extremely important.  Time missed is learning that can’t always be made up.

Please ensure your child attends school for 8:40 each day unless there is a very good reason for them to be absent.

Throughout the term, work completed by the children will be put onto the class blog and social media pages. Please look at our work by visiting:

BLOG: http://www.castleviewprimary.co.uk/

INSTAGRAM: @castle_viewps

TWITTER: @Castle_ViewPS

FACEBOOK: Castle View Primary School (Facebook Group)

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to speak to me after school.

Halton - Year 1: News items

PE Day, by Miss Bedford

Halton - Year 1: Blog items

Collage, by Miss Bedford

Imagine That!, by Miss Bedford

Halton - Year 1: Gallery items

Cooking Club!, by Miss Santos

Gardening Club, by Miss Santos

Super Scientists, by Miss Bedford

Halton - Year 1: Calendar items

Delemere Forrest Trip, by Miss Russell


Meadway, Halton Brook, WA7 2DZ

Headteacher | Ms H Melarangi

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Deputy Headteacher | Mrs J Hidden

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SEN Coordinator | Miss L Mulholland

Attendance Officer | Miss A Sheady

Chair of Governors | Mr D Jones

Designated Safeguarding Governor | Mr D Jones

School Office Administrator | Miss E Russell

School Bursar | Mrs S Hudson