Welcome to Mrs Harvey’s Y1A Class. On here you can learn all about what is happening in Year 1 and see all of the exciting things we have been learning!

Teacher: Mrs J Harvey

Email: jharvey@victoriousacademies.org

Teaching Assistants: Miss L Wray

Autumn Term


The focus of our maths lessons changes weekly to suit the needs of our pupils, we use assessments and previous lessons to identify any gaps and needs.

Throughout the autumn term we will be covering the following:

  • Place value – counting forwards and backwards to 100, reading and writing numbers in numerals and words to 20 as well as understanding that tens and ones are different.
  • Addition and Subtraction – one of the most popular methods was to put the bigger number in our head before either counting forwards or backwards to find the answer.
  • Learning to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour.
  • Coin recognition. Challenging ourselves to add coins to find the total value.
  • 2D and 3D shapes and can we recall the names for each shape?
  • One more and one less.

Maths lessons are structured to allow your children to fulfil their potential, mastery and greater depth opportunities are present in each lesson.


Throughout the autumn term will be covering the following:

  • Learning how to write captions and lists.
  • Writing recounts about our Teddy Bears’ picnic. It is important for the children to understand that to write a recount they need a strong introduction using the four W’s – who, what, where and when. It is important for time adverbials to be present in this writing.
  • Writing stories, learning to plan an exciting story before writing it. We will be using Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing to help us with this. Talk for Writing is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables them to imitate the language they need before writing their own version.
  • Writing instructions about how to make a jam sandwich. The children will then follow these instructions to make one for themselves!


Throughout the autumn term we will be covering the following:

  • Learning about the four seasons and the weather associated with each season. The children will make season spinners and explore the changing seasons first hand. We will be speaking about day time and night time and why day length varies.
  • The children will be planning and conducting various experiments. We will be learning about how to conduct an experiment, concentrating on a predication, what equipment we need, our results and a conclusion. We will also speak about a fair test and what that means.
  • Identifying everyday materials. We will be describing the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. We are also going to be comparing and grouping materials, identifying and naming them.


Throughout the autumn term we will be covering the following:

  • Naming and locating the four countries and capital cities in the UK. Paddington Bear will travel around each of the countries and send a postcard from each. We will be learning to speak Welsh, eat afternoon tea, try Scotch pancakes and eat some Irish potato cakes.
  • We will be comparing the Amazon Rainforest to Ashton. The children will be looking at where the Amazon is, what or who lives there and what it is like in comparison to Ashton. We will also research the type of animals which live in each location as well as the landscape and weather.


Throughout the autumn term we will be covering the following:

  • Learning all about Diwali. The children will make a diva lamp, helping to make a rangoli pattern and learn all about the festival of Diwali and what it is all about.
  • We will also be learning about Christianity and Christmas. The children will be researching the religious symbols, places of worship and learning about the meaning of Christmas.


Throughout the autumn term we will be covering:

  • How to stay safe on the internet.
  • The children will be creating their own algorithms for the bee bots. The children will learn to understand why algorithms have to be so precise too!
  • We are going to be using technology purposefully to create, organise and store digital content. The children will be turning in to TV chefs, they will be filming a popular cookery show at Inspire! This will link in nicely with our English work as we are writing instructions!


Phonics will continue much in the same way as reception. The children will continue to learn new phonemes and graphemes daily and will apply their phonics knowledge to their reading and writing. Each year, the children in year one sit a phonics screening check. This is a short test to confirm whether each child is able to decode to an appropriate standard. More information will follow regarding this in due course.

General Class Information

Our class has a PE lesson every Tuesday and dance alternate Fridays. Please ensure your child has a full P.E kit in school at all times.

Homework and reading expectations have changed slightly this year. More information to follow in relation to this.

Targets are sent home every half term. Please work through these targets with your child.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can make an appointment via the office or alternatively speak to me after school.