Welcome to 1DC!

Autumn Term 2021

Our topic in year 1 this term is: Why can’t a Meerkat live in the North Pole?

  • Within this topic we will be reading and exploring the story 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett. The children will have the opportunity to create a fictional diary entry for the character Sunny the meerkat, as well as, create a book of facts about Meerkats.

  • Also as part of this term's topic, we will be exploring Climate and Weather patterns around the world and this will provide the opportunity to discuss current news about climate change and key figures, such as Sir David Attenborough.

  • Over the next few weeks in Maths, we will be focusing on Place Value activities and investigating different ways to organise, count and represent numbers to and beyond 20. Also, we will introduce the children to Part-Whole models during our Addition and Subtraction unit.

Home Learning

If you are home learning during this term, activities and tasks will be uploaded onto GoRead, Dojo and EdShed. Thank you very much for your support!

Spring Term 2022

Our Topic over the next few weeks is: What will you find if you visit Badby?

  • Year 1 will be exploring the local area, beginning with the school grounds. As part of this topic, we will develop our map reading skills, understanding of co-ordinates and continue to explore the differences between physical and human features in Geography.

  • In our English lessons we will be exploring traditional tales and other similar stories such as, "The Deep, Dark Wood" by Algy Craig Hall & Ali Pye. We will also have the opportunity to complete some letter writing too.

  • PE days will continue to be Wednesdays and Thursdays so please can the children arrive to school in PE kit on these days.

  • In Maths, we will continue to look at Place Value of numbers up to 50, Addition and Subtraction methods as well as activities about Length, Weight, Height and Volume.

Home Learning

If you are home learning during this term, activities and tasks will continue to be uploaded onto GoRead, Dojo and EdShed. Thank you very much for your support!

Week Beginning 4th January 2021

Happy New Year!

Monday 4th January - Training Day

Please see Google Classroom for this week's activities

Week Beginning 7th December 2020

ASSESSMENT WEEK and Christmas crafts

Week Beginning 30th November 2020


Phase 4 reading and spelling games with a focus on reading simple sentences and questions.



Addition and subtraction questions and puzzles. We will be looking closely at fact families (4+3 = 7, 3+4 = 7, 7-3=4, 7-4=3)


As part of our end of term assessments, we will be working towards writing a character description of the alien from the story "Way Back Home".


We will be continuing with our weather diaries as well as begin practising our Christmas dances.

Week Beginning 23rd November 2020


We will be continuing to blend CVCC and CCVC words to create alien names. We will also practise Phase 3 and 4 Tricky words for reading and writing. (Please see Google Classroom for word mats and activity you may like to complete at home).



This week's focus is looking at different ways to represent number bonds to 10 ( resources such as numicon, string beads, tens frames, part-whole models, bar models, number sentences). I have placed a number bonds to 10 learning mat on Google Classroom for you to share at home.



We will be continuing our weather diaries during our English sessions as well as using our understanding of adjectives to write descriptive sentences about Seasons.

Week Beginning 16th November 2020


Finding ways to remember Phase 4 tricky words - said, have, like, so, do, some, come, one

To develop fluency when reading CVCC and CCVC words (including vowel digraphs) such as: float, sweep, brown.



This week, we will be focusing on number bonds within 10 as well as revising addition fact families (8=5+3, 8=3+5,

5+3=8, 3+5=8)



The focus this week is using adjectives to create descriptive sentences about the alien and the moon from the story "The way back home" by Oliver Jeffers.

BBC Bitesize have sessions which can help you practise creating descriptive sentences... https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zk9pnrd


We will be looking at starting a weather diary for our local area and discuss the different seasons throughout the year.


Week Beginning 9th November 2020


Revising Phase 3 Tricky words using games and activities from PhonicsPlay to help https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3

Practise reading and writing CCVC words (such as slam, flat, trap) and Phase 4 Tricky words (said, have, like, so). http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-4-games.html


We will look at the addition and equals symbols as well as addition number facts/sentences within 10. Example: 3+4=7, 4+3=7, 7=3+4, 7=4+3.

White Rose Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/week-6-number-addition-subtraction/

We will also continue to revise part-whole models.


This week we will begin our new story "Way Back Home" from Oliver Jeffers. We will focus on adjectives and using describing words to describe the boy's new alien friend.


This week, the whole school will be looking closely at art work by Yinka Shonibare. In Year 1, we will be creating our own block printing patterns and designs for a book cover.


Week Beginning 2nd November 2020


Continue to read and write numbers especially words zero - twenty.

Revising Phase 3 Tricky words using games and activities from PhonicsPlay to help https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3

Practise reading and writing CVCC words (such as tent, lump, bend). http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-4-games.html


We will continue to look at Part-Whole models this week to help us develop strategies for addition and subtraction.

White Rose Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/week-5/

We will also be revising counting 1 more and 1 less: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zht28hv


The main focus this week is to complete our Meerkat Factfiles by deciding on relevant information to include and how to organise this into a Factfile using Subheadings, Labelled pictures, etc. We will discuss how we can include questions in our factfiles. This is a little introduction about questions.... https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrqqtfr/articles/z2xdng8

Topic (Geography):

The focus will be on local weather patterns/observations and making comparisons with other climate zones (Polar and Tropical Zones).

Week Beginning 19th October 2020


Reading and Writing numbers (digits and words)

Revising ear, air, ure and using these to read and build words and sentences.

Tricky word practise - all Phase 3 (you, all, they, her, he, she, we, me, be, was, my)


This week we begin the addition and subtraction unit and focus on Part-Whole Models

White Rose Maths - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/week-5/


Success Criteria....

I can build sentences using who, what doing (verb), where and when. We will explore how the order of these can change and the sentence may still make sense.

I can find definitions for unknown words (from a factfile) in a dictionary.


We will be comparing maps, satellite pictures of Earth and a globe and discuss similarities and differences.

Key vocabulary: Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Poles, Equator, Climate

Week Beginning 12th October 2020


Reading and Writing numbers to 15 (fifteen)

Revising digraphs ow, oi and using these to build words and sentences.

Tricky words practise - you, they, her, all


This week we will focus on ordering numbers and looking more closely at number lines

White Rose Maths - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/week-4/


Success Criteria...

I know the difference between fact and opinion.

I can find features in a factfile.


This week we will be focusing on Internet Safety


Say which part of the body is associated with each sense.

Perform simple tests.

Name the five senses and perform simple tests to find out more about them.

Week Beginning 5th October 2020


We will continue to focus on comparing numbers and complete a few assessment tasks and activities.

White Rose Maths- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/week-3/


Based on reading "The Zoo Vet" last week, we will be writing a few sentences to describe what happens next in the story.


Reading and Writing numbers to 10 (words)

Revising digraphs - ar, or, ur and using these to build, read and write words.

Tricky word practise (reading and writing) the, was, no, go, I,


To identify and name the physical features of a hot place (label the Kalahari desert). Why is the Kalahari desert hot? What is the Equator? Compare the Kalahari desert with the North Pole. Can you name and label the physical features? What are the similarities and differences?