Infant School

Aiming High, Achieving Together

Year 1

A huge welcome from Tawny Owls and Barn Owls!

We are Year 1...

We are so looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

Information for parents

P.E days:  Tuesday and Friday

Please make sure earrings are taken out or covered and long hair is tied up.

All items of P.E kit should be clearly named.



Daily Tasks

Reading and Keywords

Spelling practise

Counting forwards and backwards to 20


Purple Mash remote learning

Rocket Phonics Reading


Children also have Merton Missions set every half term. These can be found on our topic newsletters. 

Autumn 1 - Out and About


In this first half term we will be exploring our local area and using our geography skills to look at the human and physical features in Popley. We will also be exploring the history of our school comparing the school now to when it was opened in 1969. 


The story of The Gruffalo which we will be retelling in our Literacy lessons.

After exploring our artist of the half term, Andy Goldsworthy, the children collected natural materials with their special relatives and created spectacular 'Leaf Men'.

Autumn 2 - Amazing Animals 

Amazing animals is a great topic to explore the world around us and become scientists, geographers, explorers and animal lovers!


This term we will be exploring animals from near and far.  We will be continuing our investigations as scientist and looking at herbivores and carnivores. As a hook, Zoo lab will visit and present different animals to continue our exploration. To land our learning, the children will write fact files on different animals and present them to the school community.


In Geography, we will be Locating where we live on a map. Through song, the children will name and locate the 5 oceans and 7 continents. To finish, we will compare the UK to other country’s climates.


In literacy, the children will write a recount of our book of the half term, Elmer. We will talk about our emotions and how it's ok to be different. 


In maths, we will be building on our place value, addition and subtraction skills.



Continents Song

A song to help kids learn the 7 continents in order from largest to smallest.

5 Ocean Song

A song to help kids learn the 5 oceans in order from largest to smallest.

Elmer - The Patchwork Elephant | Children's Books | Read Aloud

Written and illustrated by David McKee. Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork. The grey elephants all love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it would be like to be just the same as them... Full of colour, wisdom and pathos, little readers will love this classic tale at bedtime.

Spring 1- We're on the Move


We hope that you enjoyed a fun filled Christmas break and the children are ready for a busy term of fun and learning! Our topic for Term 2 is ‘We're on the Move'.


In literacy, we will be learning how to write a story using noun phrases. We will be using the text: ‘ The Naughty Bus’ by Jan and Jerry Oke to help us spot nouns. 

Please read with your child every day and talk to them about what they are reading. Ask them questions about the story, characters and plot. Can they predict what will happen next? 


In Maths, this term we will continue to learn about addition and subtraction. Later in the term the children will be developing their of fractions and time.


Naughty Bus

Naughty Bus was developed as a school resource to inspire children in all aspects of the curriculum, especially literacy, geography and in their own short video projects. Naughty Bus is inspired by the Children's book of the same name. By Jan and Jerry Oke.

Create and debug an algorithm using 2go.