KS1: Blencathra

Welcome to Year One! What a wonderful start we have had to the year. The children have settled in so well and are enjoying life in Year 1.

This term the children will be developing their geographical skills by learning all about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom. This includes a detailed exploration of the capital city, London. We have linked our PE dance unit to The Great Fire of London where the children are busy sequencing their dance routines to depict the events beginning in the bakery on Pudding Lane.

In English we have been enjoying the story ‘The Queen’s Hat’. Through our new writing approach based on Jane Considine’s ‘The Write Stuff’, we have been focusing on improving our vocabulary choices to create some fantastic sentences. Each lesson we focus on different ‘lenses’ to formulate ideas, include literary devices and apply grammatical procedures. Reading is a high priority in Year One. Each day we undertake a Read Write Inc. lesson to practice new sounds, review previous sounds, read words with increasing pace and read a story. These books are sent home with the children and it is really important to practice reading each day after school to ensure progression.

We have also started the Inspire Maths programme beginning with comparing, sequencing and analysing numbers. In Year One a prominent mathematical focus is on becoming secure with basic number skills. Some of these key skills include: being able to count forwards and backwards within 100, counting on and back from any given number, recalling number bond facts to 10 and 20 and addition and subtraction of one and two digit numbers within 20. Numbots is a game designed to help with quick recall of addition and subtraction facts, this is a great tool to use at home.

Year One had a fabulous morning at Forest School and we are looking forward to the next session. Nicky has been busy preparing the area and we were particularly excited with the hammocks, swings and mud kitchen. Worm pie was a definite favourite!

Thank you for your continued support, if you need to discuss anything please contact the office to make an appointment.

Dates for your diary:

PE days are Tuesdays (outdoor) and Fridays (indoor)

Forest School: Friday 9th October



Let’s put on our coats, pop up our umbrellas and investigate the weather!

This term, we’ll begin our ‘Splendid Skies’ topic with a nature walk to find out about different types of weather and to look for signs of the seasons. We will be studying TV weather reports, making weather symbols and learning about the life and work of Sir Francis Beaufort. Creative opportunities will allow us to explore weather in works of art, make season trees and create seasonal music! Our thinking skills will come in handy when we experiment with thermometers, investigate the effects of the Sun and compare weather around the world. The topic will conclude by creating our own weather station to collect data and identify patterns in the weather. As we will be spending a lot of time outdoors this term, please can you send your child in with a named coat and wellies or outdoor shoes that can get messy!

We will also be conducting a science investigation to examine leaves to find out how they are different. This will test the children’s observational and describing skills.

Our English work will coincide with our topic so children have the opportunity to write at length using their amazing knowledge. To start we will read the text ‘My Friend the Weather Monster’ to later independently write a narrative based on this text. Next we will be writing a recount to retell the events from one of our memorable experiences. To finish the term we will be looking at poetry about the seasons, primarily focusing on winter poems. The children’s writing has improved so much and we can’t wait to see what this term brings!

In Maths we will be continuing with number bonds, beginning with subtraction. Each week I will be setting maths quizzes via Diagnostic Questions. It is really important that children are completing these quizzes as it helps to consolidate their learning. The children are really enjoying telling us about their progress in Numbots so please keep up the great work!

In RE we will be learning about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. We will be creating diva lamps out of clay, reading the story ‘Rama and the Demon King’ and enjoying lots of hands-on activities.

Homework will be uploaded onto Satchel One every week. Remember you are more than welcome to bring in your amazing work each Friday to show off your amazing work!

Memorable experience

Nature's treasures walk

Innovate challenge

Weather station


Narrative; Recounts; Poetry;


Seasonal changes


Collage; Painting


Seasonal and daily weather patterns


Significant individuals – Sir Francis Beaufort


Weather sounds and songs




Gymnastics and tennis


Dates for your diary:

PE days are Mondays (indoor gymnastics) and Thursdays (outdoor tennis)

4th November – Nature walk around the local area

13th November – Children in Need

 11th December – Christmas Jumper Day

18th December – Last Day of Term




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