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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 2

I hope you all had a well rested half term.

This half term will be full of festive fun and lots of learning.


This half term the Topic in Year 1 is Dinosaur Planet. We will also be paying our respects on remembrance day and raising funds for Children in Need by coming to school in silly clothes! (pictures to follow)

Remembrance Day

Thank you for your kind donations

Children in Need

Thank you so much for your kind donations to Children in Need


In Year 1 the children conducted a 'mouldy bread' science experiment. The aim of this experiment was to provide the children with a powerful reminder of the importance of washing their hands. The experiment used two slices of bread to illustrate the accumulation of germs. One slice was left untouched while the other was touched by the children. They touched the bread after they had washed their hands with soap and water, so they thought they were clean! The children then predicted which slice of bread would go mouldy first.

The children's predictions were correct!


PE for Year 1 is on a Thursday and will take place outdoors as much as possible. Please can children come to school on this day in their PE kit and can girls remove any earrings for safety. Thank you.


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:

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:

You could also access: for some letters and sounds games.

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.

Red Words Set 2 (from the Read Write Inc. Scheme)


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?


Children will be given a set of number cards from 1-20. You could support your child at home:

Children can also practice their number formation:


Children have been exploring properties of 2D and 3D shapes:

Mental Arithmetic

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.

You can access additional learning activities at:

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



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