RIDGEWAY Primary School

Year 1 - Team Pumpkin

Teacher contact details:

Ms J Walton - jwalton@ridgeway.derbyshire.sch.uk 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs L Jenkinson

Welcome to Year 1

Autumn 2 - Animals, including humans. 

This half term, our Science driver is Animals - Including humans

As part of our topic we have had a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. As well as exploring the park we were lucky enough to have hands on experiences with Snakes, Cockroaches, Giant African Land Snails and an Emu egg!

In Literacy we are using Talk for Writing to study 'The Journey Home' as well as other animal themed texts. We are coming to the end of our Addition and Subtraction unit and will be moving onto Geometry.

In addition to all of this, we are excited to prepare for our Nativity and enjoy festivities within school.

P.E days have changed to Tuesdays and Fridays - Please ensure that your child has a full P.E kit in school.

Books - Please bring in bookbags every day. Books will be changed on a Monday and a Thursday.

Here’s a sneak peak into some of the learning we have been doing this week. The children are settling in beautifully and as you can see they are not only learning but having lots of fun too! We have enjoyed singing a range of new educational songs and learning some makaton to music. Why don’t you ask your child to show off their new skills at home? I feel very lucky to be the class teacher to such wonderful children!

Ms Walton will be teaching in Year One full time. Mrs Jenkinson will be the class teaching assistant on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. She will also be leading the class on a Monday afternoon.  Each morning we will be learning Maths, English, Reading and Phonics. In the afternoons we will cover History, Geography, Music, Art, R.E, P.E, P.S.H.E, Science and D&T.  

In order to enable the children to transition into Year One we have adopted a Continuous Provision approach, this style of learning follows on from the EYFS. In addition to our structured lessons we also have designated areas that the children can access independently to extend and embed their learning further. Here are some photographs of our classroom to share with your children so that they can familiarise themselves with their new environment.

Should you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me to discuss. 



We will be completing daily phonics sessions and be learning a new sound each day. Reading with your child at home and decoding, blending and reading as much as possible will help with their progression in this area.


We are starting the year looking at Place Value which will include counting forwards, backwards, one more, one less, comparing numbers and ordering objects.


We will be reading a selection of fantastic books this half term that tie into our topic 'Low Tech to High Tech' and 'Toys'. Books include: It’s a Book – Lane Smith, Dogger – Shirley Hughes, Lost in the Toy Museum an adventure – David Lucas and 

Toys –Izzi Howell.


We are learning all about Materials where children will learn to identify a range of materials, recognise their properties and compare.


We are going to be exploring the artist 'Kandinsky' and creating work inspired by him. Alongside this we will be exploring Primary and Secondary colours through a range of media and materials.


We will be thinking about Christianity and considering 'Who is a Christian and what do they believe?'


Our Topic Driver this half term allows us to explore toys and technology over the years. We will be making comparisons and creating a timeline of technology over the past 50years. We are hoping to have a visit from The History Van this half term too!



PE will be on Tuesday and Friday so please have a PE kit in school - pumps, white t-shirt, black shorts, joggers and a black sweatshirt. Please ensure all are named and are in a drawstring PE bag (we do not have room for rucksacks on the corridor).  We send PE bags and kit home for washing/checking at the end of each half term.


Please ensure your child brings a drinks bottle to school each day.  We do our best to ensure they are sent home each day for washing and refilling.   Snack each day will be fruit - so children can have the school fruit or bring their own fruit  for morning break each day.


Reading books will be brought home each day to give your child the optimal opportunity to share books with you at home. We would really appreciate your support in listening to your child read as regularly as possible. Please record this in their yellow records. Children can put their book bags to be changed on a Tuesday and Thursday.



The school homework policy states, Y1 pupils should be reading for 10 minutes 4 times per week, learn spellings and have 1 additional task.

Homework will be set on Seesaw each Friday to be completed by the following Friday and will be spellings and another task.  Reading homework will include levelled books from school and Bug Club online books or story books at home.

Children should also complete Doodle Maths at home 3 times a week.

PLEASE NOTE - WE ALSO USE SEESAW IN CLASS - check the title/information for the task - if it is a homework activity or it is spellings to learn that will be clear.  Children do not need to respond to spellings.  

Low Tech to High Tech

is our

Autumn 1 Topic

This half term we will be having a History Driver in which we will be learning about technology and how it has transformed throughout the last 50years. If any parents, carers or grandparents have any old technology that we could borrow to share with the children, it would be much appreciated. Examples include, household telephones, old mobile phones, floppy discs, cassette players...