Little Doves - Year 1

Miss Caff


My favourite book is 'How to Train your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell. When I was at school, this book was read to me by my class teacher. I became engrossed in the adventurous, magical and wondrous characters within the story and the ups and downs within the plot. I was hooked. The book follows a young Viking boy, Hiccup who wants to be just like his dad until he meets an interesting dragon, Toothless. The bravery, independence and teamwork within this book resonated with me as a child and still do now. I will continue to read this book and recommend it to all of my students.

Mrs Slade

Support Staff

There is something so special about getting lost in the pages of a good book. I love reading. My favourite thing to do is to curl up under a blanket with a good book and a hot chocolate. When I was young, I used to love reading 'The Secret Seven' and 'The Famous Five' books by Enid Blyton. Now I'm older I still enjoy reading mystery novels. My favourite grown up book is 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern.

Autumn 2

Welcome back after the half-term holidays! Autumn 2 is always one of our favourite half terms, with the build up to Christmas and nativities. Here is a sneak peak of our learning this half term.

In History, we will explore the lives of significant individuals from the past who have made national and international achievements more specifically Nurses; Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. Our outcome for this unit will be for the children to be able to answer the question of what achievements these nurses made.

In science, we will be working scientifically and observing changes over time, specifically looking at the seasons. The children will then collect data and use this information to support them in answering questions based on season change.  Upon completion of this, children will then begin to create mini enquiries; year 1 will perform an experiment involving floating and sinking. 

In DT, we will be discovering clothing from around the world and the different materials and processes that are used.  The children will then design, create and evaluate their own no-sew scarf. 

Phonics and spelling will be taught daily alongside our English lessons. This half term we will be writing for a purpose to entertain, we will be exploring fireworks poetry. We will then be using the story of Nibbles: The book monster as our stimulus and we will retell the story and will write a diary in the role of Nibbles. In our final week, we will focus on writing to inform, and we will write a letter to Father Christmas, informing him of the presents that we would like to receive on Christmas day.

In maths, we continue to follow the White Rose scheme of work. Our focus in year one will be addition and subtraction within 10, exploring part whole models, number bonds, fact families and comparing calculations. After this we will explore different 2D and 3D shapes and how to identify and classify them based on their unique properties. Finally, we will continue to build on previous knowledge of place value however we will extend the learning to numbers within 20. We will ensure that we are retaining and consolidating methods taught through our ‘fluency in five’ sessions at the start of our maths lessons.

Don’t forget if you want to get a head start or further support your child at home, all of our in-school methods can found in our maths policy on the ‘maths at Bishop Bronescombe’ tab above.

In P.E, we will be learning to express different movements through dance; specifically linking this to animals around the world. We will use these intricate movements to form a dance piece, which the children will evaluate and critique.

In R.E. we will exploring the question: “Why does Christmas matter to Christians?” to do this we will try to understand why Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  We will explore the story of Jesus’s birth and why we are thankful for the birth of Jesus.  Identify that Jesus’s birth is the reason that Christians celebrate Christmas and finally discover and that Christians believe that ‘giving’ is important and the impact this has had on the traditions of Christmas.

In Music, we will be learning our nativity songs and will be singing as part of an ensemble, thinking about what makes a good performance. We are very much looking forward to our nativity!

We hope you find the resources below easy to access for supporting your child's learning at home and understanding the key objectives being covered. The list below includes:
-Knowledge Organisers
This explains the key information and facts your child needs to know by the end of their topic unit with some visual aids and key vocabulary we will learn too.
-Calculation Policy 
This provides you with information about the key mathematical concepts and how these are taught during this Key Stage.
-Recommended Reads
This document lists texts we would highly recommend your child to access and read during their year group. Pupils are encouraged to select from this range of books.
-Book for Topics 
Here you'll find an excellent selection of topic related books we'd recommend accessing in line with our Be Bold Curriculum coverage.
Autumn 1
Autumn 2