Year 1

Welcome to Year 1. Ladybird Class teacher is Mrs Gill and Butterfly Class teacher is Mrs Charlesworth. Our year group teaching assistants are Mrs Speight and Mrs Baker. We have two separate classrooms and a shared outdoor learning area where we enjoy working together.

In Year 1, the children begin the year with the familiar topic of The Three Little Pigs. They develop their story telling skills and learn about everyday materials and their uses. This is followed by a local study of Hatfield in the topic titled ‘Location, Location, Location’. During this term they reflect on the Christmas story and the importance of the symbols of light that appear throughout this story. The Year 1 children lead the Christingle Service for the lower school and share their understanding of the Christingle.

In spring, the children learn about different types of transport and especially the history of the train. They visit the National Railway Museum in York. The Year 1 children lead the Easter Celebrations in Church for lower school.

The summer term provides the opportunity for the children to develop their understanding of plants and animals in a science based topic. Finally, in summer term 2 they learn about Pirates and life under and around the sea, with the children taking part in an Educational trip to ‘The Deep’ in Hull. Year 1 is a fun year where we encourage children to develop their independence and a love of learning through first hand practical experiences.

Autumn Term 

During the Autumn term Year 1 have read and become very familiar with Traditional Stories including The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Enormous Turnip. Children have enjoyed making finger puppets to tell the stories and had a visit from a Little Pig himself!

They became authors writing traditional stories for themselves using the story language associated with these tales that they had learned.

 In science they are learning about the five senses and have enjoyed investigating different smells, sounds and the properties of materials.

They will use their first hand experiences to suggest appropriate materials to build houses, bridges and roofs.



In maths children have been working hard to recall number bonds and doubles. They have used knowledge of shape to sort and solve problems using Venn Diagrams.

Over the next few weeks the children will learn about non-standard measurements of length and begin to measure using standard units using a cm ruler.


Coming up in Spring Term...

Year 1 Spring Term topics include Transport and Trains, and Location, Location, Location. The children will learn about the history of transport and about the local links that Doncaster has in the development of trains. As part of this topic children will visit the National Railway Museum in York . They will learn about information texts and research information to create their own non-fiction book.


During the second half of the term children will explore the locality around school and learn what Hatfield has to offer with regards to amenities. They will use this understanding to plan and create their own town.