Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Year One Curriculum Letter


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Year One Curriculum Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

Year One - Curriculum Newsletter

Welcome back to a new school year. We are so excited to have the children back and embrace the ‘new normal’.  We have had a fantastic first week getting to know the children and are so proud of the way they have adapted to Year One. 

We hope you find this curriculum letter informative. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher by email if you have any questions regarding Year One. (year12@broadford.havering.sch.uk)


Our expectation at Broadford is that every child should do the following every night:

·         15 minutes reading to an adult and note in the reading record

·         15 minutes practicing spellings

·         rehearsing times tables facts (2x, 5x and 10x tables)


The children will receive spellings each Monday in a red exercise book. These words will usually be either ‘red words’ (words that cannot be sounded out) or ‘high frequency words’ (words that they will use in the writing frequently). Please practise these spellings with your child each night. 

Please ensure that your child brings their red spelling book to school every Friday. They will complete their test in the book as this allows you to see their results. We will then send new spellings home in the book each Monday.


Trips and important dates

Unfortunately, because of Covid, we are unable to book our autumn term trips. We are instead looking to bring in workshops where possible and set up ‘experience days’ for the children.

Curriculum Information

We have included a summary of the topics which the children will be covering this half term. If you would like to make any suggestions of what you or your child would like to learn in relation to the topics taught, please get in touch through our Year One email . We welcome any suggestions you may have.

Yours Sincerely,


   Miss Chappel    Miss Ahmed    Miss Tuffley

    Beech Class Teacher   Walnut Class Teacher      Apricot Class Teacher

    Year One Leader 

Autumn 1


1st Half Term

Focus Text 



Children will be using the focus text; Beegu to develop important writing skills. The children will be working on descriptive writing, labeling and sequencing.

Some skills we will focus on this half term will be:

-Using phonic knowledge to identify the sounds in unfamiliar words

-Begin to use full stops and capital letters correctly 

-Read their writing out loud to ensure it makes sense


Reading- phonics

Children‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌assessed‌ ‌and‌ ‌grouped‌ ‌across‌ ‌the‌ ‌year‌ ‌group‌ ‌according‌ ‌to‌ ‌their‌ ‌needs for the teaching of Read, Write, Inc our phonics scheme.‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌really‌ ‌important‌ ‌children‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌phonic‌ ‌knowledge‌ ‌ and‌ ‌learn‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌fluent‌ ‌readers‌ ‌this‌ ‌half‌ ‌term.‌ ‌We‌ ‌ will‌ ‌revise‌ ‌Set‌ 1 ‌sounds‌ ‌and‌ ‌Set‌ ‌2 ‌in‌ ‌class.‌ ‌Please‌ ‌practice‌ ‌reading‌ ‌regularly‌ ‌with‌ ‌your‌ ‌child,‌ ‌this‌ ‌will‌ ‌help‌ ‌them‌ ‌to‌ ‌access‌ ‌the‌ ‌whole‌ ‌curriculum.‌ 



This is a good website with a variety of games to practice phonics skills. If you want more information on the best level to start with your child.


You may already have personal login details for LP websites from Reception. We will be sending these out again in the front of the children spelling books.


Number: Place value

Number: Addition and subtraction (inc. bonds to 10) 

Please practise the times tables daily with your children.

Useful websites:



You may already have personal log in details for these websites from Reception. We will be sending these out again in the front of the children spelling books.


Creating basic algorithms (using Beebots)


Seasonal changes

History/ Geography

Topic: Space 

Significant person: Neil Armstrong 

Skill- Chronology 



Throwing and catching

Year One’s PE day will be on Tuesdays. PE sessions will take place outside. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit. They will then stay in their kit for the full day. 

Their kit should consist of the following:

  • Navy jogging bottoms(or shorts dependent on weather)

  • White t-shirt

  • School jumper

  • Trainers


Pulse, rhythm and pitch, through old-school hip hop

Art/ Design and Technology

Exploring colour

Sculpture, using clay


Back to school social situation stories 



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