Cuckoo Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN7 6QE
Tel: 01302 840200 (Lower) 01302 842164 (Upper)

Travis St Lawrence CE Primary School

Year One

A warm and smiley welcome to Year 1 - we have  one year one class and one year one and reception class who love to learn through exploring, play and challenge. Mrs Gill teaches in 1G and Miss Wilcock teacher in R/1W. Mrs Gill is also our SENCO at travis and Miss Wilcock is assistant headteacher for EYFS and Key Stage One. Our year group teaching assistants are Mrs Baker, Miss Blandford and Mrs Manning.


During Autumn Term we begin with the Topic -Who do you think you are - this has a science driver and looks at our bodies, our senses and how we are all unique. We focus on texts Funnybones, Once we were giants and The tiger who came to tea. This gives us great opportunities to write simple narratives, label and sequence stories. 


We are exploring seasons through stories for example we're going on a lead hunt.


Children will be exploring what they look like and being artists exploring different ways to paint, pencil draw and collage our faces. Through this the children will begin to share how we are all different.


We are settling in beautifully to our new year group and making new friends as we go. 


Later in the term  we will look at our history and how times have changed Focusing on toys, houses and clothing of the past. In science we will be looking at different stages in life. One of our focus text will be The lost toy museum. This  gives the children opportunity to write wanted posters, descriptive character profiles and short narratives.



Please try to read with your child at least three times a week and record it in their reading record book. This can be the school banded book or a book from home. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events. Encourage children to develop empathy by focusing on characters' emotions and motivations. 

It is important that your child has their reading record in school every day so that adults within school can also record in them. In school it is our aim that each child reads with a school adult each week and we ask that at home reading is valued and a high priority too. Children who show great improvement or hit the highest number of reads receive reading certificates to share with their families. Regular reading is also one of  focus class challenges this term.

We encourage a love for reading and aim for our children to be lifelong readers. The children are encouraged to read and enjoy the books in our book area within the school day. Children are welcome to bring their own reading book from home as long as it is of an appropriate level for them to read and enjoy independently. Children will be able to change their reading books to take home each morning during our morning task. Please encourage your child to do this independently.


Spellings will be sent home each half term and will focus on spelling year 1 common exception words in the Autumn Term and then rules/patterns investigated and taught during our phonics sessions. We will have a spelling quiz every Thursday or Friday. The spellings for each week can be found in the front of the homework books 

Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation.


Home Learning

Children will bring home Read Write Inc phonics booklets for their home learning to help with sound recognition and phonics fluency. Please practise reading and writing one sound per evening.


Please focus on Set 3 sounds.

Useful Links       (phonic games)  (resources) (games)


Take a look below at all the songs the children love - they help us to learn :)


Take a look at our Long Term Plan