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Sunny Bank Primary School

Minster in SheppeyPrimary School

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Year 1

A very warm welcome to Year 1!


This year we will support your children as they develop new skills and independence.  Our experienced staff are fully committed to helping the children grow.


In Term 1 we start the transition from Foundation Stage learning to National Curriculum objectives. This is a sensitive time for our young learners, and they will experience much growth. We will be focusing on practicing core skills particularly handwriting, phonics and reading development which is a strong focus in Year 1.


To aid them with this transition we especially focus on our children's wellbeing and emphasise the importance of staying safe and being responsible for our own actions. The focus is very positive, aiming to praise growth mindset at every opportunity.  We also ensure we celebrate every new success with our staff and peers.


We are very much looking forward to working with our parents and children in Year 1 and would like to thank you in advance for your support. Please share any successes, or concerns with your class grown-ups, we would love to celebrate and are here to support.



Mrs Pleace and Miss O’Connell, Nightingale Class

Miss Pleace, Mrs Long, Miss Crockford and Mrs Deacon, Dove Class

Mrs Pearn, Mrs Holloway and Mrs Walder, Goldfinch Class





Our Term 1 Learning


This term in Year 1, the geography focus will be ‘Our Island’.  We will learn to draw and read maps and understand what physical and human features are.  We will use our Minster Muscles to develop our observational drawing skills.


In literacy, we will explore a new and exciting concept, called Drawing Club.  We will develop our handwriting and phonics skills when writing sentences, remembering to use a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop. We will be thinking about adjectives and using them to describe the characters and the setting. 


In maths, we will be looking at place value and reading and writing numerals to 10. We will explore using manipulatives and number lines to find one more or one less than numbers to 10.  We will be sorting and comparing groups of objects and numbers using symbols < > + to show greater than, less than or equal to. We will be learning to use the part-whole model when adding and subtracting.


It is sure to be a fun term of learning

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