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Gilmour Infant School

Learning Together, Growing Together

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Mrs Keenan, Mrs Murray, Mr Fidler, Mrs Gould, Mr Doran, Miss Brown and Mrs Lekal would like to welcome you to our new Year 1 web page.


Autumn Term 2019

Throughout the year we will keep you up to date with all the amazing learning that is taking place in class.

We have planned lots of exciting learning opportunities throughout this term and can't wait to share these with the children. Please see below to see what we'll be up to over the next term.



This term the children will focus their writing on the following areas:

Captions and labels

Dictionary skills


Poetry - using the senses

Stories with familiar settings


Reading books should continue to be brought in each day and children will be listened to read each week either individually or as part of a group. Children should continue to access lots of further reading material using their online "Bug Club" login.



This term our Maths focus will be on the following areas:

Number counting - up to and across 100 forwards and backwards

Place value



Children will soon receive their logins to our online Maths homework "My Maths". Our weekly "Learning Together" sheets will provide details of what we have been learning throughout the week.



In Science our topic is "Plants". We will be exploring our wonderful school grounds to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants. The children will identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.


Geography & History

During the first half term we will be focusing on Geography and looking at our local area through the use of simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school and its environment. The children will be using aerial photographs and plans to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features. After creating their own maps, they'll use and construct basic symbols in a key. 

During the second half term we will be focusing on our History topic of Guy Fawkes. The children will learn about the events of the Gunpowder Plot and will have a visit from Guy Fawkes himself. We will learn about the importance of "Remembrance Day" and will learn about the life of local hero Noel Chavasse.



 The children will be given the opportunity to use both laptops and iPads this term. They will be developing the basics of using a laptop, such as logging on, mouse pad skills and typing. 

Through the use of iPads, the children will be focusing on their topics of "We are celebrating" by creating a digital card and "We are TV chefs" by filming the steps of a recipe.


Online Safety runs through all of our lessons, focusing on what we do if we see something we don't like when using a range of technologies and who we can talk to about it. Each half term there is a focused Online Safety lesson.


Art & Design Technology

During the first half term we will be focusing on our Art topics of Colour Creations (1K & 1F) and Self Portraits (1B). We will create our own pieces of art in the style of famous artists such as Mondrian and Kandinsky. 

During the second half term we will be designing and creating moving pictures within our Design Technology lessons. The children will look at sliding, lever and wheel mechanisms and design, create and evaluate their own moving picture.



This term we will be using Charanga online program to learn about different styles of music. The children will learn a variety songs in the style of "Old School Hip Hop", "Reggae" and "Hip Hop". We will also learn a variety of songs in preparation for our Christmas performances.



The children will enjoy a range of outdoor and indoor sports activities led by our coaches Mr Whelan and Mr Burke, alongside movement and dance. 



This term there will be a strong focus on P.H.S.E. Our topics will be "Being Me in My World" and "Celebrating Difference".



During this term we will cover




Things to bring to school every day

School coat

Gilmour school book bag with reading book

Water bottle

Gilmour School P.E. kit in school kit bag with black P.E. pumps and trainers for outdoor lessons

Wellington boots




Things to practise every day

Correct letter and number formation

Reading for pleasure (school book, library book or Bug Club)

Answering questions about their book (What might happen next? Why did the character do that?)

Spelling Year 1 tricky words

My Maths homework



Our Classroom doors are always open if you need any help, guidance or support.

Mrs Keenan, Miss Brown, Mr Fidler and the Year 1 Team