Year 1

Year 1

Assalamu’alaikum and welcome!

Year 1 Book Character

بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم

Assalamu alaykum and welcome TO SUMMER 2!

I hope you have all had a lovely break and are looking forward to the new learning and fun experiences we will share this half term!

Ustadha Shah 



Year 1 will be exploring a heartwarming story that follows the journey of a young girl named Lila, who lives in a drought-stricken village. “Lila and the Secret of Rain” is filled with themes of empathy and determination as Lila embarks on a quest to discover the hidden secret of rain, hoping to save her community from despair. Along the way, she encounters various obstacles and learns valuable lessons about the power of friendship, resilience, and the importance of never giving up. Through her unwavering spirit, Lila’s inspiring adventure teaches young readers about the significance of hope and the ability to make a difference in the world. Year 1 will be using this uplifting story as a stimulus for their written pieces. The story offers a wide range of writing opportunities such as setting descriptions, character descriptions, narrative writing, recounts, retellings, poems and more.


This half term, the children will be introduced to various mathematical concepts. They will be looking at time, money, recognising notes and coins, volume and capacity and mass. They will also be working towards consolidating their knowledge of place value.


This half term, Year 1 will be learning all about animals. We will look at the different animal types: mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds. They will understand the difference between carnivores, omnivores ann herbivores. They will recognise similarities and differences within and between animals, classifying and grouping familiar animals according to their physical and behavioural characteristics. At the end of this unit of work, the children will use the information gathered to design a zoo for the different types of animals.


In Geography, we will be carrying out a comparative study of the UK and Kenya. We will look at the similarities and differences between the two countries, the climate, physical and human features of both localities. Once the children have grasped a solid understanding of the similarities and differences between the two countries, they will explore the lives of children living in Kenya and compare those experiences with their own.


This half term,Year 1 will be investigating a range of fruits. They will consider the taste, texture and appearance of fruit using sensory vocabulary to describe their favourite fruits. The children will know the different ways we can prepare fruit and vegetables (cutting, slicing, chopping, grating, peeling) and have the opportunity to engage in simple fruit preparation. The children will work towards planning, designing, making and evaluating their very own fruit kebabs.


The children will continue to work on reviewing and developing their knowledge and application of phonic sounds. It is vital that your child is consistently reviewing all previously learnt sounds (phases 2-5) at home in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check in June. Please see me if you would like to know more about how best you can support your child with this at home.


The children will have guided reading sessions every day. They will all have the opportunity to participate in 1:1 reading sessions once a week. The children will also be provided with a reading book each week, please read with them daily and leave a comment in their reading journals. Ensure your child brings their reading book and reading journal into school every day. Please make use of BugClub at home; this is an excellent tool the children can use in order to develop their phonic knowledge, reading fluency and comprehension skills.

If there is anything else you would like to see on our class page feel free to let me know.

Jazakamullahu khairan

Ustadha Shah

Year 1 Staff

Assalamualikum, my name is Ustadha Shah. I am looking forward to working with Year One this year inshaAllah. If you have any concerns please feel free to contact me.


Homework will consist of English, Maths and Spelling. It will be sent out on Thursday and collected on Tuesday. 

Your child will also be sent home a reading book each week. Do encourage the children to read the book more than once. As they are beginning readers they may need to read the same book more than once to understand what the text is about. Do ask them about what they are reading, as it will help them in their reading comprehension.


You can find further information on Google Classroom.

  • Science – Plants
  • Qur’aan – Surah Feel
  • Computing – Google Docs / G Drive / Google Sheets
  • Geography – Local Fieldwork Study
  • RSHE – Being Safe and Looking After my Body
  • PE – Basic Movement skills

PE – Wednesdays and Fridays. Please ensure your child is in their complete PE kit.

Spellings – Each week we will have a spelling test on Wednesdays. Please ensure your child has prepared for this. Spelling are sent out on Thursdays along with any other homework.

What can you do to Help?

  • Encourage the children to become more independent.
  • Please label all items of clothing and book bags.
  • Make sure that you check that the children have taken their homework and that they return it.
  • Involve your child in real world maths by talking about how much something costs or how many you have. The children will benefit from it in class.
  • Please provide your child with a water bottle.
  • Please ensure the children start the day with a healthy breakfast.

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