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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

The Teachers and Teaching Assistants in Year 1 are:

Butterflies Class

Miss Gasson

Mrs Yurtsever
Teaching Assistant

Mrs Ryder
Teaching Assistant

Squirrels Class

Miss Thorpe

Miss Allen

Mrs T Millar-Sarahs

Mrs Millar-Sarahs
Teaching Assistant

Team Leader: Miss Norbury

Welcome to Year 1. The team consists of Miss Gasson, Miss Thorpe, and Miss Allen as the Class Teachers within Butterflies and Squirrels. We are lucky to have Mrs Henderson and Mrs Ryder in Butterflies and Mrs Millar-Sarahs in Squirrels as our wonderful Teaching Assistants. This year we also have Mrs Harvey-Lucas, Mrs Trattles, Miss Martin in Squirrels and Mr Gander and Miss McPherson in Butterflies as 1:1 support for specific children.

This is an exciting and important year for your child as they move from Year R into Year 1. We aim to provide a smooth transition between year groups, by having thorough communication between teachers as well as settling in activities upon return to school in September. It is of great importance to us that the children are supported in the best possible way, to ensure they feel safe and happy to learn.

We work alongside the foundations which have been laid in Early Years and continue with an Explore and Discover based approach to our learning in the Autumn term.  Each area of the curriculum is based around small, focused teaching and learning time, as well as some free choice in that specific curriculum area. Gradually, as the year progresses, the learning will take on a more structured approach. We build on the length of time children can sit for a teaching input, as well as working independently and in groups on specific tasks. We work through a topic based approached to your child’s learning. This allows them to become immersed in the topic regardless of the specific subject.  By the time we reach the Summer term, structured whole class curriculum lessons are in place.

On a final note, we always welcome parents or grandparents to help with reading and other activities in class on a regular basis or for a specific purpose.  If you are able to offer your time, please get in touch with your child’s class teacher.

Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 Team

Summer 2 Topic - Rio de Vida


We will continue to provide our weekly handwriting lessons to develop fluency in letter formation. We will be learning about Brazilian myths and legions such as the Brazilian Legend of the VitóriaRégia and Guarana, talking about what happens in the story and using pictures to aid recall. Sequence the story’s events using pictures or sentence cards.


We will continue to follow the Mastery approach for this half-term with the focus on money where we will recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes. We will then move on to measurement including weight and volume. We will compare, measure, describe, record, and solve practical problems for mass/weight [for example, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than]; capacity and volume [for example, full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter]. Alongside this we will continue to develop are number skills


In science, we will look at the seasonal changes within summer. We will also look closely at plants not only in our local area but also the plants and wildlife in the Amazon rainforest. We will also look at the animals within our local area and compare them to animals in another country.


Children will be learning about how to research, design and make their own South American street food. They will also be making their own percussion instruments to celebrate in style.


In geography, we will locate Rio de Janeiro and make simple comparison with life in Steyning. We focus on three different places of interest within Brazil and research the key features of each area leading to a postcard from one of these destinations.


In our art sessions, we will explore colours of the rainforest and look at Brazilian artists to create our own artwork using a range of media.