Year 1 Classes

Welcome to Year 1!


New to Year 1

This term our line of enquiry is….

Is it busy in the city?

This half term our learning will be based around the book ‘Claude in the City’ by Alex T. Smith.

As Geographers we will be developing our learning about our immediate environment. By the end of our learning, we will be able to name the 4 countries of the United Kingdom, discuss the similarities and differences between cities, towns and villages and use simple directions on a compass.

As Scientists we will be furthering our knowledge of our immediate environment by learning to identify and name some common garden plants, wild plants and trees. We will be learning the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees and features of plants.


VIPERS reading strategy _ cartoon snake posters and images for display |  Teaching ResourcesVIPERS reading strategy _ cartoon snake posters and images for display |  Teaching Resources

This term the children will be engaging in a range of fiction and non-fiction  texts, where possible linking into our Power of Reading book. We are practising our VIPERS reading skills, focusing this term on the vocabulary and retrieval domains.

We will be learning about a new author each half-term and will be focusing on their books throughout this time during our Author Mornings. This half-term, our focus author is Jill Murphy. We will be reading various Jill Murphy books and will be participating in some learning activities surrounding these.

Please continue to support your child’s reading at home by reading every day.

Word of the Day!

Each week we learn five brand new words to expand our vocabulary!

This week our words are:

Monday – Noun – napkin

Tuesday – Adjective – grotesque

Wednesday – Compound – household

Thursday – Suffix – soiled

Friday – Multi-syllabic – tableware


Can you be a Word Wizard and write a sentence for each word?


Reading Wednesday!

Don’t forget to read every Wednesday and at least three times a week. Do not forget that we are all in a reading race against every other class in the school!

Please practise your spellings at home!

This term we are focusing on spelling high frequency words correctly. The first 100 words are:



At Northfield St. Nicholas we teach our English curriculum through high quality texts. The texts we use link directly to our lines of enquiry and support our learning in other areas of the curriculum. Roughly, each half term we introduce a new text.

The children explore the text page by page over the half term and engage with it in a variety of ways. We use lots of drama to support us and take lots of photos – keep checking back to see what we have been up to!

We will be improving our knowledge of grammar and parts of speech, as we learn to write different types of sentences. Approximately once a fortnight, we will be putting what we have learned into practise with a ‘Big Write’.

Please continue to support your child at home with spelling and handwriting practise.



At Northfield, we adopt a Mastery approach during our lessons. Daily children will engage in three maths sessions, timetables, maths mastery and maths workshop. The children’s lessons will be based upon their gaps and will use the mastery ‘White Rose Maths’ program.

Times tables!

Don’t forget to practice your times tables at home! We are currently focusing on the two times table and the four times table.

Click the links below to sing along with the Super movers!

KS1 Times Tables Mash-up!

The 2 Times Table with Bridget the Lioness!

Posh Pooch 5 Times Table!

The 10 Times Table with Webster the Spider!

Don’t forget to use the PiXL times tables app!

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Remember to collect coins on ‘Times table Rock stars!’ Will you beat the other class? Maybe you could even challenge your teacher!

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Key Dates


Links to help at home: