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Welcome Back Year 1 !

Welcome back to a new year at Little Leigh Primary School, I hope you are all safe and well and are ready for an exciting year ahead. I am really looking forward to being your new teacher and diving into all the exciting learning that has been planned.  Year 1 will bring lots of normality, fun experiences and interesting learning that I hope you will all enjoy – so if you are feeling a little bit nervous or anxious please do not worry, we will all have a fantastic time together in Year 1.  

In addition to myself, we will be joined by Mrs Mawray every Monday and Friday morning. Mrs Mawray will also be covering my PPA on a Tuesday morning and is very excited to meet you all.  

Our PE sessions are on a Tuesday and a Friday and our Forest School session is on a Thursday so please remember to come in your PE kit and Forest school clothes during those days. 

Warmest wishes, 

Miss Parker 

Our Autumn Term Topic


Here We Are


As Writers


This Term our learning will be focused around our amazing world and we will begin with the fantastic book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers.  Our world can be a bewildering place at times – especially at the moment! However, this heartfelt and thought-provoking book will allow the children to make sense of their world and their role in it.  From land to sky, to people and animals – we will journey on an adventure together around our planet, whilst remembering that even though we are all different, we are never alone and we always belong.  We will then explore a new text called ‘Beegu’ written by Alexis Deacon.  Through these fantastic texts we will practise forming sentences, using capital letters, full stops, simple description and the conjunction 'and'. We will create quality pieces of writing that I am sure all the children are going to be very proud of. 


As Geographers

As Geographers, we will be able to use atlas’s, maps and globes to name and locate the world’s 7 different continents and the 5 different ocean’s that make up our world.



As scientists

As scientists we will begin by identifying and naming a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.  We will then identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.


  As Artists 

As Artists, we will begin by learning about Andy Goldsworthy who created artistic pieces using the natural resources around him and create are own amazing nature artwork.  We will then explore Henri Rousseau’s jungle inspired artwork and create our very own jungle landscapes.



Every day Year 1 will have a 20 minute phonics lesson. The children will begin by learning and practising their phase 3 sounds. Below are a selection of websites which will help support the children with their phonics at home. 

Recommended websites


http://www.mrthorne.com/ - very useful for pronunciation of sounds

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk - lots of free phonic based games 

http://ictgames.com/literacy.html- more phonics games 

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - great selection of games to support all areas of learning


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This half term our PE sessions will take place on a Tuesday and Friday with Forest School sessions on a Thursday. Please can your child arrive to school in their P.E kit/Forest school clothes on these days. 

During the winter months, it is advisable for the children to bring warm clothes such as tracksuit bottoms as sessions will continue outside where possible.


Within school, all the children take part in whole class reading sessions, guided reading sessions and individual reads. These sessions aim to develop word recognition, inference skills, comprehension of texts and fluency/understanding of the texts we read.  Our inviting reading area with quality texts will allow the children to independently develop their love of reading during quiet reading times.  

In KS1 we encourage parents/guardians to read with your child at least 3 times a week and record a short comment in their child’s reading diary about that reading session. Due to Covid 19, reading diaries will not be provided at the moment, however every child will choose a new book each week to take home and read.   


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