Our topic for Autumn 2 is Toys


Subjects covered this half term:


  • Comparing toys and sorting them into old and new. 
  • Sequencing toys in a time line.
  • Exploring how toys have changed over time.
  • Making links about toys and what they tell us about life at the time.
  • Comparing the life of children in the past with life for children today.


  • Exploring pushes and pulls, including toys that are pushed and pulled.

  • Identify objects that can be pushed and pulled and describing what happens in their own words.


English - Our English lessons will be focussed around the story 'Lost in the Toy Museum'.

  • Structure a simple sentence using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and correct letter formation of lowercase letters
  • Spell words using familiar phonics graphemes and tricky words
  • Sequence the story and explore characters.
  • Write a character description.
  • Make a 'Missing Poster' for a character in the story.
  • Write a fact file about an old toy (linked with History).
  • Year 1 SPAG- suffixes, including plurals.

Maths -

  • Addition and Subtraction within 10 - using part/whole models, objects and pictorial representations to calculate addition and subtraction, writing number sentences, number bonds to 10, subtraction on a number line
  • Geometry - recognise, name and sort 3D shapes, recognise name and sort 2D shapes, patterns with 3D and 2D shapes.

Computing - 

  • Pictograms (Purple Mash)

Design Technology - sliders and levers

  • explore slider and lever mechanisms.
  • Make a picture with a moving toy, using sliders/levers.

PE -

Tennis and Dance


RE -

Special people in Christianity and Hinduism



My Feelings, My Relationships


 Music - 

  • use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  •  listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions
    of music.
  • learning and performing songs for KS1 Nativity, 'Children of the World'.


Dates for your Diary this Half Term:

Year 1 and 2 are excited to announce that their Christmas Performance of 'Children of the World' will be shown to parents on the 14th and 15th December! More details to follow.

Parents Evening this half term will be on 9th and 10th November.

Key information for the Year


Monday-Wednesday: Mrs Price

Thursday-Friday: Mrs Syrett

Teaching Assistants

Miss Sullivan

Mrs Ware


Weekly timetable:

PE Days: Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons (please label ALL PE clothing including shoes)



Under the Sea


Florence Nightingale


The Great Fire of London

Our Local Area


Key Year 1 info: 


In Year 1, we have a Reading Race which is a visual display to represent and celebrate the amount of reading that the children do at home.  Every week the children's reading records are checked and their indevidual marker is moved up accordingly.  There are opportunities for all children to win small prizes as they move up through the race. 

Spellings - Due to our new phonics and reading scheme 'Little Wandle', we will no longer be setting spellings in Year 1.

Weekend Writing Books-  Please encourage your child to write a sentence or two about their weekend and draw a picture,  and to return their books to school to be shared with the class. You do not need to do anything other than encourage them to sit down with their book, talk through what they might write about and then let them have a go using their phonics! We want the children to work independently rather than an adult spelling it out for them. The children love to share their writing and we do appreciate you enabling your child to have this opportunity. Starting on our return back for Autumn 2, please send in by Tuesday every week.

Autumn 1 Highlights

Harvest Performance

Our Sealife Adventure Trip

Phonics and Reading

Our aim at Woodham Ley Primary School is to develop confident, fluent, and enthusiastic readers. Through our commitment to the teaching of phonics and early reading skills, we aim for all of our children to become fluent readers by the end of Year One.

We teach early reading and phonics skills in Year One through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, a highly structured systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme.

Each week, children take part in daily phonics sessions, learning four new/alternative graphemes, as well as a weekly review session. At the start of the Autumn term, we revisit Phase 3 phonemes taught in Reception. By the end of the first half term, children are beginning to learn Phase 5 phonemes and reading words/sentences containing these graphemes. We continue to build on Phase 5 phonics knowledge until the Summer term by ‘growing the code’ (teaching alternative graphemes that have the same phoneme).  See below.

Graphemes your child should already know from Reception (we will recap these in the first half term)
Graphemes your child should already know from Reception (we will recap these in the first half term)
Graphemes your child should know by the end of Year 1
Graphemes your child should know by the end of Year 1

Alongside the daily teaching of phonics, all children are assigned a stage appropriate and fully decodable reading book: Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Big Cat books.  These books are carefully matched, by class teachers, to prior phonic knowledge and skills, so that children can read â€‹fluently and independently​. Ongoing assessment ensures that children will be able to read 90% of assigned texts (9 out of 10 words) correctly, using their prior phonic knowledge enabling each child to see themselves as a successful reader, developing further confidence in their reading ability.  Each child reads the same book three times in school. Each read begins with a revisit and revise of previously taught Grapheme Phoneme Correspondences (GPCs) and words, including new vocabulary and tricky words appearing in the text, followed by sessions practicing decoding skills, prosody (intonation and expression) and comprehension skills. The child will then take this book home to read confidently and fluently to an adult.

In Year One, children are prepared for the Phonics Screening Check which is administered in the Summer term. Its sole purpose is to determine whether a child can phonically decode single words to an annually predetermined national standard.

In Writing, children are taught to apply taught phonic skills to write sentences, as well as use a large selection of high frequency words and adventurous topic based vocabulary. Children are encouraged to ‘have a go’ at spelling when writing independently, by segmenting (sounding out words phonetically) if they have not yet learned the correct spelling for a chosen word. Teachers will ask the children to use their ‘segmenting fingers’ and may ask the children to ‘write it like it sounds’ and, as they grow their phonics code, they will learn the correct graphemes to replace those guesses. During the teaching of writing the children will be encouraged to use capital letters, full stops, adjectives, and conjunctions whilst writing for a range of genres.

The videos below demonstrate how we teach phonics:

Sounds your child should already know:

Phase 2 Sounds

Phase 2 Sounds Part 2

Phase 3 Sounds

Maths Support

Here you can download free maths workbooks as an additional tool to support your child's learning at home! Simply print the workbook to match the term we are currently working on.


if you are looking to purchase additional maths workbooks to support the white rose curriculum they are learning in school, the 'Power Maths' (published by Pearson) workbooks are excellent.

Download the 1 minute maths app from White Rose -

The 1-minute maths app helps children build greater number confidence and fluency. It’s all about targeted practice in engaging, one-minute chunks! You can even download a free wall chart to record your child's scores.


Home Learning - For each lesson we teach using White Rose maths in Year 1, there is a matching home learning video. At any stage, your child can watch these at home to embed their learning.


What can you do to help at home?

A common question is how can parents help to support their child's learning?

  1. Read TO your child! The gateway to children's success is READING. Being a fluent, confident reader plays a key role in a child's learning. Although children learn to read in school through phonics and active read, do not underestimate the importance of a parent's role in developing a positive attitude to reading. First we must assist a child's love for reading by reading TO them every day. The best way of doing this is reading a story to them before bedtime each night. Switch off the technology and make it a special time that you look forward to each night. 
  2. Listen to your child read every day. Encourage them to use their phonics to sound out each word then blend it together. Remember, it is not about quantity of pages read, it is about quality. Ask your child to read the same page more than once to develop confidence and fluency, point to random words on the page to see if they can read it out of context, go back and ask them to read words they struggled with to see if they now remember them, and of course, ask them questions about what they are reading to check they are understanding each sentence. These can be retrieval questions, such as 'what colour was the car?' or 'where was the cat?' or inference questions such as 'how do you think this character is feeling? or 'can you predict what might happen next?'. Even if you read only one page but over and over again, this is excellent reading practice.  Remember to write in your child's reading record book to show us what reading they have been doing at home. 
  3. Complete the weekend diary each week. Remember to let them be independent with this writing using their own phonics rather than telling your child how a word is spelt.
  4. practise 2, 5 and 10 times tables
  5. Try to incorporate maths into your daily home lives, discuss the time you are doing things and ask your child to look at the clock and tell you the time (o'clock then half past);when using coins and notes, ask your child to help you select the correct coins to help them to recognise their value; when cooking or baking, ask your child to help you weigh and measure out ingredients, and when cutting or sharing food, discuss the fractions you are using, for example, ask your child to cut their sandwich in half or quarters, when they are eating it, ask them how many quarters they have eaten and how many quarters they have left. When cutting a pizza, discuss how many pieces there are and what fraction this is. 

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