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Year 1 Sycamore

Welcome to the Year 1 Sycamore Page  

We hope you have all had a lovely half term break! . We are ready and excited to welcome the children back for another action packed term. We are excited to begin our new topics and are looking forward to exploring some more engaging texts!


Please remember to check our Facebook  and Twitter pages for regular updates about the exciting learning opportunities in year 1 Sycamore. If you have any questions, please don not hesitate to ask one of the KS1 team. 

Thank you
The Year 1 Sycamore Team




Reading books and records should be brought to school daily. Please ensure that your child reads regulary throughout the week and an adult signs their reading record. It is important that all children are reading and being read to as much as possible.


We believe that homework plays an important part in education and the benefit of doing homework must be instilled at an early age so that independent study can be achieved. We are also aware that pupils have opportunities and experiences outside of school that are equally important in developing and enriching their lives. We will give careful consideration to ensuring homework is well-balanced across the school. In year 1 Sycamore Homework will be sent out every friday and we ask that it is returned to school the following wednesday. Should you need more information then Miss Wylie will be happy to explain or you can use the following link which will lead you to our homework policy. Homework policy

Key information

  • PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday (full PE kit is required for your child). Please ensure that all of your childs PE kit is labelled. 
  • Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school.
  • Please ensure that uniform is clearly labelled with your childs name. 
  • School starts at 8.50 and finishes at 3.30



Our focus genres this half term will be character description, non-chronological report and traditional poetry. Our focus texts will be The Robot and The Bluebird by David Lucas Meerkat, Mail by Gravett and Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clarke Moore. 

Little Wandle - Phonics 

All children are accessing Little Wandle Phinics and will have reading books set on line via Collins Big Cat ebooks. The phonetically decodable books have been carefully matched to your child's phonic phase. If your child is reading it with little help, please do not worry that it is too easy;your child needs to develop fluecy and confidence in reading. Please listen to them read the book and remember to give your child lots of praise. If they can't read a word, read it to them. After your child has finished, talk about the book together. Most importantly enjoy this experience with your child. 


This term, children will be taught a variety of new maths skills whilst building on their prior knowledge. The following topics will be covered: 

  • Place Value - Numbers within 10
  • Addition & Subtraction - Numbers within 10
  • Geometry - Shape
  • Place Value - Numbers within 20

Please remember to Log into our online resource tool Numbots. Your childs log in details are in the front of their reading record. Please speak to a member of staff if you need any support. 


This half term, our focus will be everyday materials. The children will:

  • Ask simple questions and understand that they can be answered in different ways.
  • Observe closely using simple equipment.
  • Perform simple tests.
  • Identify and classify.
  • Gather and record data to help in answering questions. 
  • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions. 


Wider Curriculum

Our topic this half term has a Geography focus. The children will be learning about the North and South Pole.

Our R.E. focus this half term is Incarnation. The children will be thinking, talking and asking questions about the celebration of christmas. The children will think about big quetions such as 'What is the christmas story?' 'What does the christmas story mean to Christians?', 'What is Advent?" and  'What are you thankful for?'.


In Design technology the children will be learning healthy foods and how to make a healthy snack. 

In PSHE the children will be learning about ways they can get help, how they can become independent and how they can take care of themselves and others. . 

In Music, the children are learning rhythmical songs about a type of dance/rhythm. They will sing in parts as a round and using instruments to play the beat and  different rhythms. 

Our P.E. days are on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has their full kit on these days. This half term, we are focusing on S.A.Q (Speed, Agility and Quickness) and basketball.