Cycle 2

Welcome to Year 1 Coral class! I am delighted to be teaching Year 1 this year and cannot wait to see every member of our class learn lots of new things and succeed every day! We are going to have so much fun in a warm, caring and creative environment. I am so happy to be your teacher! We will also have the wonderful Mrs. Breeze and Mrs. Walsh in our class to help us. They say a big warm hello and welcome too! See you soon, Mr. Bannister.

Note to parents:

Each child has been given a reading record for their reading book at home. It is important to date each day and sign your initials to let me know that your child has read with you. Reading books will be changed every Monday. By reading one book over one week, it will allow your child to become secure in their reading application.

Homework is given out on a Friday which will include literacy and numeracy. This must be handed in by the following Wednesday. It is preferred that parents read what the challenges are, with the child then completing the learning independently.

P.E. will be taught on Monday and Friday afternoons. The uniform for P.E. is: white t-shirt, black shorts, black pumps/trainers.


In Phonics, we will review previously taught sounds and practise these, before moving onto learning new sounds. We will apply our phonics skills to reading speed sounds, speed words and tricky words – and not forgetting our alien words! We will also focus on spelling and writing sentences.

In English, we will be reading and exploring two amazing books. The first book, ‘The Fox and the Star’ will allow the children to sequence and retell a traditional tale. The second book, ’10 Things I can do to Help My World’ will allow the children to create labels, lists, captions and write an information text. Handwriting practise will be at the beginning of each lesson.

In Maths, we will be using our clever brains to practise lots of skills to apply in our lessons which will focus first on subtraction, 2-D and 3-D shapes and revisiting place value and addition using higher number. We will be practising counting in 10s and later 5s, every afternoon.

In Time for Reading, we will spending time together in small groups, reading a different text each week, answering questions as we focus on applying different reading skills. These small lessons will consist of one group spending time with their teacher each day.

In Science, we will be learning all about animals including humans. We will look at things that produce offspring and find out what animals including humans need to survive. We will also look at the importance of exercise, hygiene and eating the right amount of different foods.

In History, we will be learning all about the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. We will focus on Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and the infamous space between the US and the USSR. We will also look into using key historical vocabulary.

In Music, we will be learning a range of musical skills with Mr. Davis who will visit our classroom every Wednesday. Get ready to sing, clap, play a range of instruments and have a great time!

In Design and Technology, we will be learning to design our very own space rocket! Using our learning from our History lessons, we will design, make and evaluate our models – using technical understanding.

In P.S.H.E., we will be continuing to work with Mrs. Walsh on our journey into Philosophy – asking key questions and learning how to listen to other pupils’ thoughts, and how to think in different ways. This will help our goals of building learning power.

In R.E., we will be learning about special places of worship by focusing on the Sikh religion. We will identify the features of Gurdwara as well as specific rituals – engaging in many creative activities to help our understanding of this wonderful religion.

In P.E., we will be having a great time learning skills in two different lessons. On Monday, we will be doing Gymnastics and on Friday, we will be doing Physical Literacy. Both of these lessons will help us to become competent and confident movers.