Welcome to Year 1


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. I advise having your child’s P.E. kit in a separate bag which can be left on their coat hook in the classroom. This will ensure that no child forgets their kit, as children will not be able to take part if they do not have it. These will then be sent home with your child on the last day of term.


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 Lonely Beast’ will allow the children to sequence and retell a story with a familiar setting. The second book, ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’ will allow the children to delve deep into a story from another culture. 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 place value, moving onto addition and subtraction and finally, 2-D and 3-D shapes. We will be practising counting in 2s 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 living things and habitats. We will look at things that are alive, dead and that have never been alive as well as the features of habits found in our local environment and beyond. We will also look at different sources of food and learn about food chains.

In Geography, we will be learning all about the United Kingdom. We will focus on knowing which countries make up the U.K. and which cities can be found in our glorious country. What is most important about this subject, is our recent invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to throw our own Brentnall Royal tea party!

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 all about where British food comes from and which foods grow above and below the ground. We will then describe different foods and learn which foods are healthy and which foods are not. With all this learning, we will finally design a healthy school dinner menu and then learn how to bake shortbread!

In P.S.H.E., we will be learning about resilience and how to never let anything stop us from succeeding in our learning.  We will also learn how to be a good friend, make the right choices and be aware of how important it is to celebrate differences. We will finally create a beautiful recipe for friendship!

In R.E., we will be learning all about the importance of caring for everyone and what some religions say about this. We will move onto exploring how people can show that they have cared for someone and build skills for making sure that we care for everyone around us.

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.