St Stephen's Church of EnglandPrimary School

Respect, Aspire, Achieve

In our school, whatever the challenge,

we aim high with God in our hearts

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome to Autumn 2!

This page will provide information on this terms topic, links to the websites and important information and dates.



Rowan Class                                               Birch Class

Mrs Hussain                                             Miss Mathieson


Our topic for our first half term is 

Do my actions affect the weather?

Below are our interesting areas of focus for this half term in each subject. You will also find some Key Questions and Key Vocabulary to discuss with your child:



We will begin with Our Talk 4 writing text  After the Storm– Nick Butterworth 

Park, park keeper, mole, squirrel, hut, wheelbarrow

Have you ever been in a storm? How did it make you feel?


Geometry: Shapes Number: Place Value (within 20) 


2D shapes, 3D shapes, addition, subtraction, more, less, equal

Can you find a number

greater than/less than…?


This half term we will be learning all about the Seasons! Can you name all the Seasons and what weather is connected to each weather?



Seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter


Why do we have different seasons?


This half term we will be learning about the Weather. 


Sunny, cloudy windy, Sun. Rain, Thunder, Lighting 



How does the weather affect our lives?


We are focusing on Respecting similarities and differences between people; special people; that everyone is unique; but that everyone has similarities

family, relationships, similarities, differences


What makes us special?



This half term we will deepen the understanding of the true meaning of Christmas by exploring the concept of Jesus as a gift.


Gift, faith, love, Christmas


What is the true meaning of Christmas?


Useful Websites 

Year 1 Curriculum Map


Please have a look at our Year 1 Curriculum Map which will give you a detailed overview of our learning this year in all subject areas. It also gives you extra exciting information about any trips, visits and additional learning experiences the children will enjoy this year!


Some highlights from our Curriculum Maps include:

  • Our trip to Church to meet with our vicar to discuss Baptism in Autumn term one.
  • Our trip to Witton Park to explore the outdoors, work on our problem solving skills and build our confidence. 

Thank you to all our parents who came to our 'Phonics Come and Watch Me Learn' event. We hope it was helpful and showed you lots of ways that you can support your child's reading at home!

This Week's St Stephen's Star and Captain's Table Winners

Our 'Oscar Award' has changed! It is now called our 'St Stephens Star Award'. Children can earn this award by demonstrating our School Values. St Stephens Stars are easily recognisable as they will be allowed to wear a special St Stephens hoody for a week!


Captain's Table Winners are now chosen by the children to encourage children to recognise good behaviour and values in their peers.



Author Damian Harvey came to visit our school!

Thank you to all of our parents who joined us to celebrate International Day of Peace and European Day of Languages

Phonics and Literacy

We love to practise our phonics and literacy skills by singing along to our favourite Scratch Garden songs.


Learn about dividing words, making beats, and counting syllables with this super fun animation:


We use daily number songs to help us learn and recite our number bonds and facts. We love singing along and dancing to Jack Hartmann's counting songs! 


Teach your children to count to 100 as they get some great exercise too. This cool kid-friendly song starts out with a message about staying healthy and fit and having fun counting to 100 together.

Useful websites

The following websites will help you to support your child's learning at home, using fun and interactive games and songs.  

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletters - 2019/20

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