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Autumn 2

Welcome back to our second term in Year 1.

Here are some helpful tips and information about this term and how you could support your child in their learning.

This term our topic is…. Toys!     


We will be focussing on toys in many ways throughout this term, starting with the life of children in Victorian times (both their school life and the toys they would have at this time) and an exciting visit to the Peterborough Museum to support this new learning. We will then move on to looking at our own favourite toys and linking this into our writing in english and science, thinking about the materials it is made from. We will then go in to looking at Christmas, what is it, how is it important to people, practicing the play and what Christmas looks like in other areas of the world.  

Question for you: What is your favourite toy from your childhood? What was it you loved about it?


I have linked our topic with our English work this term so we are able to build up our knowledge of toys throughout the curriculum. We will be looking at non-fiction books about toys to begin with in the term, introducing the features found in non-fiction books (for example: contents page, index) and applying this in their writing of posters, leaflets and fact writing. We will then move on to reading stories including Toy Story, Dogger, Old Bear and Lost in the Toy Museum, among others. This is when we will look at describing our favourite toys using adjectives, thinking about how we would feel if we lost those toys and writing short stories. We will be focusing on capital letters, full stops, finger-spaces between words and starting to think about adding adjectives and connectives into sentences.

Key words: capital letters, full stops, adjectives, connectives, contents page, index, title, sub-title, bold, facts, glossary.


This term in maths we will be continuing our learning of addition and subtraction. We will then be looking at positions; naming these, ordering and nang left and right. We will then move on to understanding numbers to 20 and using these numbers to count, compare, order, find patterns and write as words.

Key words: addition, subtraction, equals, ordering, left, right, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, minus, take away, add, plus, number bonds, number line, 100 square.


We will be continuing our learning of the seasons and how they change over the year this term. We will be looking at Autumn changing into Winter and how the days are now shorter.

We will also be continuing our learning this term of everyday materials. The children can now identify what material items are made from so we will be extending our learning to think about properties of those items and then sorting items that are made from the same materials together and sorting based upon their properties. We will then move on to creating our own material property experiment.

Key words: property, season, Winter, Autumn, day length, material, bendy, stiff, smooth, rough, transparent, soft, hard.

Other Curriculum Areas:

Computing - Programming and direction with Beebots and E-safety

R.E. – Celebrations; How and why do people celebrate birthdays? Who is Jesus? 

Art and Design – Printing pictures of toys

Design and Technology – Pop-up puppets

Music – Singing playground rhymes and clapping rhythms

History – Toy and school life, how these change over time. Queen Victoria and Victorian era

P.E. – Playground games

P.S.H.E. – Anti-bullying and healthy and safer lifestyles

Key dates:

Friday 23rd November - Individual photographs

Thursday 13th December - Year 1 Christmas Performance - 9.15am