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Gorseybrigg Primary School and Nursery

Year 1

Mrs Christie and Mrs Barker would like to welcome you to Year 1

The children have come back to school happy and motivated to learn and have settled in really well. I thought I would send home some information about things that are happening this half term and a few general reminders.



This half term’s topic is based on stories by Julia Donaldson.

If possible, please can you send your child in with a large pebble or stone so that they can paint it into a ladybird.

On Wednesday 23rd October we held a Room on the Broom Day. room on a broom

The children came dressed as one of the characters from the story (witch/wizard, dragon, cat, dog, frog, bird) and participated in some fun activities based on the story.


Autumn 1 half term during maths we learnt:

Week 2 – Counting forwards and backwards from any given number

Week 3 – 1 more and 1 less than using number to 20

Week 4 – Comparing and ordering numbers to 20

Week 5 – Adding 1, 2 and 3 to a single digit number.

Week 6 & 7 – Number bonds within 10. e.g. 3+2=5, 4+1=5, 5+0=5

Week 8 – Adding: How many more do we need?

Mrs Barker will be teaching 2D and 3D shape on a Thursday.


PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays.

Due to the difficulties with the hall floor, PE will be outside wherever possible. Please ensure children have a named outdoor PE kit in school. If your child wears earrings, if possible remove them on PE days or send in surgical tape for your child to cover them. If your child normally wears tights to school please leave a pair of socks in their PE bag.

As part of our affiliation with Qualitas Sport, Year 1 were given the opportunity to attend a Multi-skills event at Graves Leisure Centre on Friday 20th September alongside other schools.


Please read with your child 3-4 times per week and sign and date your child’s reading record book. These will be collected in on a Friday and signed by the teacher. For every time they have read they will add to their colour team’s score which will send their racing car around the track. Whole team/class rewards will be given at the pit stops. You are welcome to change reading books, within the same colour band whenever you need to.

Please continue to learn the high frequency words a few at a time until your child is fluent and confident on each list. These words link to the reading colour bands.

Autumn 1 we are focusing on cursive handwriting. Your child will come home with a set of letters to practise. All letters start with an ‘entrance’. Use a pencil to practise the letters and return the sheet each Friday.


We are always grateful for any small boxes/pots for our making area. Please send them in with your child.

Please ensure all cardigans and jumpers are named. Any clothes not named will end up in the lost property box in the entrance porch.

If you can spare any time to come and listen to children read then please come and see me. The most convenient times for this are from 2.30pm.

Curriculum Matters

Curriculum Matters Autumn 2 2019