Year 1 2021 - 2022

Mrs O'Brien

Welcome to Year 1!

Summer Term 2022

Welcome to the summer term where we will begin our topic of 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'. We will be finding out about a range of animals and be making links to our geography, where we will find out about animals from different continents and their habitats. We will learn about different pets and how to care for them and use our writing skills to write fact files. We will also share the book 'Meerkat Mail' and write our own animal themed adventures! We will also share the book 'The Queen's Handbag' by Steve Antony as we learn more about British landmarks. 

Ways to help at home


Books will continue to be changed once a week and your child's book change day should be written on their diary. 2 or 3 books will be issued from the school reading scheme. The Read, Write, Inc Book Bag book should be the priority reading book as this links to the daily reading and phonics sessions we have in school. 


Home learning tasks will be set on a Friday and where possible need be completed by the following Thursday. The home learning will consist of:

  • Weekly phonics practise, linked to your child's Read, Write, Inc Book Bag Book. This is a photocopied sheet with the sounds, and the green and red words we are working on in school. Please try and practise reading and spelling the red words. (If your child has completed the Read, Write, Inc scheme then I will send a spelling activity home.) 
  • Weekly My Maths online task
  • Mr Shaw has also introduced the 'Chilli Challenge' topic related homework for Year 1 this term. This is an additional challenge for those children wanting to extend our learning a little more out of school. If your child chooses to complete one of these activities they are welcome to bring it in to share with the class. Please don't feel the need to complete every task.


Our PE slots this term will be on a Wednesday and a Thursday. The children will continue to come into school on those days wearing their PE kit. 

Our PE sessions will be outdoor athletics and dancing, where we will be learning and practising our dance for the Rose Queen Fair! 


This term our ICT session will be on a Friday afternoon where we will use the ICT suite. 

A note from Mrs O'Brien

The children have settled into the summer term so well and have adapted well to the change of teacher, I am so proud of them! 

If you need to contact me about anything at all I am happy for you to catch me before or after school for an informal chat or otherwise I am available via email on .

A typical day for Year 1 

8.50 School day begins (registration) 

9.15 Read, Write, Inc. Reading and Phonics session

Brain Break 

9.50 English session 

10.45 Playtime 

11.00 Maths 

12.00 Lunchtime

1.00 Register and story, small group work/quiet reading 

1.30 Topic related session - Art, design, science, geography, history. 

2.30 Playtime 

Storytime and getting ready for home. 

3.15 Hometime


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Gawsworth Primary School
Longbutts Lane, Gawsworth, Cheshire, SK11 9QU

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