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.

Spring 2- Fire! Fire!


After being transport experts last half term, we are now becoming historians and exploring the the Great Fire of London and the key role Samuel Pepys played in the event. We will be continuing our investigations as historians by exploring how the fire services have changed from past to present, understanding the importance of fire safety. We will even examine historical artefacts through looking at our history box. 


In literacy we will start by celebrating 'Book Award Week', looking at a range of fictional books about a range of topics such celebrating differences. Our teachers will read a new book over four days and we will vote for the BEST book at the end of the week. This will be followed by writing poetry and stories about the Great Fire of London. 


In maths we will be building on our place value, addition and subtraction skills. Using our knowledge of numbers bonds to help solve simple problems. In Art we are looking at the work of Kandinsky to create our collage pictures of a tutor house linked to the Great Fire of London. 


In Jigsaw we are looking at 'Happy Healthy Me'. In Science we are looking at bodies and what each part is used for.

The Great Fire of London Episode 1 | History KS1 | BBC Teach

Purple Mash

Count by 2 | Dancing 2's | Skip Counting by 2 | Count to 100 | Educational Songs | Jack Hartmann

Dancing 2's is a fun way for kids to learn to skip count by 2.

Welcome back Year 1 to our Summer term. We will be looking at lots of Traditional tales such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. We will complete hot seating and role play activities. This gives the children a wonderful opportunity to act out different scenes from the stories. The writing that has been completed so far has been exceptional. We will further this learning by looking at plurals, pronouns and using emotions in our writing. 


We will make cross curricular links into our science experiments where we will plant our very own seed, noting any changes from day to day. At the end of the half term we will bring them home to our wonderful families. Making sure we water them and find the perfect spot in the sun for our new flowers. 


Last half term we created animated story books during our computer lessons. These storybooks were then displayed around the school for all our visitors to see our amazing stories. We will continue our learning by looking at spreadsheets and pictograms. Parents and Carers we will continue to assign 2'dos for your children to complete on Purple Mash. Keep up the good work! 


Owls, we made amazing progress as mathematicians last term. We will kick of the Summer term by adding and subtracting coins (2p, 5p and 10p). Once finished, we'll dive into multiplication and division.


In art, we will be exploring the artist, Orla Kiely and creating our very own patterns.





Pictogram- To understand how data can be represented in picture format

The Three Billy Goats Gruff | Fairy Tales | Gigglebox

The Three Billy Goats Gruff can't wait to cross the bridge and eat the sweet green grass that's on the other side. But can they get past the Bad Old Toll without being eaten?

Jack and The Bean Stalk

Jack and his mother are so poor that they don't have anything to eat. Their hope is fading, until Jack meets a strange old man with a handful of magic beans.

/u-e/ Jude Mule: Groovy Phonics Phase 5

Count by 5's

Join Grandma and Grandpa in the islands as they count to 100 by 5's and move with island moves to build body and brain connections.