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Galileo (Year 1)

How Galileo Changed Your Life - Biography

Welcome to the Year 1 class page, our class name is Galileo. Galileo was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer. He helped open the eyes of the world to a new way of thinking about the workings of our solar system and astronomy in general. We are looking forward to learning more about Galileo this term.

Autumn 1

A huge welcome to my new Year 1 class. I am so proud of how well you have all settled back in to school life. I am really looking forward to having a wonderful year, watching you all learn and grow and being a part of your journey. Please check the class page often for updates.

Thank you.

Mrs Longstaff.


This half term the Topic in Year 1 is Bright Lights, Big City.

As part of this Topic and to celebrate the end of our first full week in Year 1, we had a ‘Royal Tea Party’. The children helped to make sandwiches, decorations and they made their own crowns.


PE for Year 1 is on a Tuesday and will take place outdoors as much as possible. Please can children come to school on this day in their PE kit.


The focus for homework in Year 1 will be on reading. Please can you listen to your child read at least three times a week and sign their yellow reading log. Children will be encouraged to change their own books on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday. There are incentives in school for home reading, so please remember to sign the book!

You can access a variety of free books by clicking on the link: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

Additional tasks will be added as the children’s learning progresses, so please check the class page often for updates.


In Year 1 children will have daily phonics lessons, we are learning to read both real words and nonsense words. You can support your child at home with phonics by playing some of the games at: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources

As part of our phonics lesson we are working hard to form our letters correctly. We teach the children to write using pre cursive font, encouraging them to start with their pencil on the line and ‘whoosh up’. See below for an example of how we form our lower case letters.

Don’t forget to ‘whoosh up’.

KS1 Common Exception Words

We are learning how to read and spell the Year 1 Common Exception Words. You can support your child’s learning by practicing these at home.

Red Words

Please support your child at home to read and write their ‘tricky red words’. These are words that children can not sound out using their Fred fingers. Children will need to be able to recognise these words on sight and be able to spell them. The red words for this half term are:











Extension: once your child is confident with their reading and spelling of these words, could they then put one or more of them in a simple sentence?


Mental arithmetic is of great importance, with a particular emphasis in Year 1 on counting up to 100 in different ways, both forwards and backwards. Please help your child by counting as part of your daily routines – in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. Other home learning activities that you can help your child with are those that form part of day-to-day activities, e.g. counting coins and using money, telling the time, measuring using different equipment, spotting patterns and shapes around them, and so on.

Children also enjoy watching these videos to help them with their counting and they keep them active too!

Black History Month

To celebrate Black History month this October, children will be learning about Rosa Parks and we will be sharing the story of ‘Amazing Grace’. We will be celebrating and embracing our differences.

Rosa Parks - Life, Bus Boycott & Death - Biography
Rosa Parks


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