Year 1

Hello and welcome to Blwyddyn 1.

This year each class has been named after a Welsh bird or animal. Our class name is Dosbarth Gwdih?, this means ‘owl’ in Welsh.


The people who work in our class are:

Miss Woodward

Miss Scandariato


Our week in school and things to remember:

Monday- Forest school – children will need Wellies in school.

Tuesday- PE day- we suggest that the children keep their PE kits in school.

Friday- Reading and homework will go home in book bags.


What are we learning about this term?

This term our topic is all about canals. We will be looking into our local area and learning all about how and when canals were built. We will also be discussing the difference between canals in the past and present. The children will also be looking into water safety and creating signs and posters to help keep people safe around canals, here we will be practicing sentence writing and introducing the concept of ‘bossy’ words. We will be using our ICT skills to research about Thomas Telford as well as creating an E-book full of wonderful facts that we have learnt about canals.

This term we will continue to practice our letter sounds as well as introducing new diagraph sounds (two letter sounds) the first set will be – th, sh, ch and ng. The children will then be using their phonic knowledge to learn to read and spell CVC words (constonant, vowel, constonant). We will also be introducing some high frequency words which will be sent home to practice when the children are ready. We will continue to practice our letter formation and handwriting skills as well as beginning to learn how to write in cursive writing.

In maths we will be focusing on counting to 100 from different starting positions. We will be looking at 1 more and 1 less of a number within 20 and practising to count up in steps of 2’s to 20 and in 10’s to 100. We will focus on recognising teen numbers and writing numbers from 0-20. We will also be learning how to use different counting strategies to work out addition sums within 10 including number bonds to 10 e.g. 1+9=10. 2+8=10. We will also be looking at doubling and halving numbers to 10.

This term in Welsh we will be focusing on the question ‘Ble wyt ti’n byw?’ so it would be very helpful if you could talk to the children about the village that they live in to help us with this work J

This year, Dosbarth Gwdih? will be taking part in the Lead Creative Schools project where we will be working with artists to develop our Forest school area. The children will be given opportunities to develop their numeracy and creative skills through their engagement with the arts. We are really looking forward to this J


Learning at home

Reading – children will be sent home reading books on a Friday and it would be very beneficial for them to get as much reading done as possible with you at home.

Spellings – When the children are ready to be sent home spellings, we will send them home on a Friday in their book bags. They will have a spelling book with the week’s spellings inside, the children can practice reading and writing these words in their spelling books.

Phonics – We will also be sending home any letters/sounds that the children need to recap as well as new letters and sounds that are being learnt that week in school.

Number work – We will sometimes send additional numeracy homework home for the children to practice. This will be optional homework and is just there to help support and reinforce any numeracy work that has been taught that week in class.

Friend of the week – We will also be sending home ‘friend of the week’ bags on a Friday. The idea is for the children to place special items that mean something to them inside the bag and bring it back into school on a Monday. The children will then get to show and discuss their special items with the rest of the class. This is so that we can find out more about what makes each child special and learn how to value and respect other people’s achievements and possessions.

Topic – any topic related work that you do, see or make at home will be happily shared with the class.


Important dates this term

Thursday 14th September- Drop in session for parents to meet the teacher (Years 1-6)

Wednesday 20th September- Famous Artist Day

Friday 22nd September- NSPCC on-line safety meeting for parents at 3:15pm- film and snacks for children

Friday 29th September- Healthy Living Day

Friday 6th October– Harvest festival at church- time tbc

Tuesday 17th October/Wednesday 18th October- Parents evening for all classes from 3:30pm

Wednesday 25th October- Autumn disco Infants 4:30-5:30pm; juniors 6pm- 7pm



Coffee mornings

Tuesday 24th October Year 5; Thursday 26th October Year 6

Tuesday 7th November Year 4; Thursday 9th November Year 3

Tuesday 14th November Year 1; Thursday 16th November Year 2



Friday 1st December- Christmas fair


Christmas Concerts

Monday 11th December- Nursery and Reception- Morning performance only

Tuesday 12th December- Year 1 and 2 afternoon and evening performance

Wednesday 13th December- Key Stage 2 performance (afternoon and evening)

Thursday 14th December- Key Stage 2 performance (evening)


If you would like to download a printable version of this information, please click on the link below.

Year 2 Autumn term overview