Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

01707 652714

Cranborne Primary School

Learning Together

Welcome to Year  1!




Key information:

  • Please remember that all children need a named water bottle in school every day.
  • Let your child's teacher know if someone other than you is collecting your child or call the office. 
  • Please name all items of clothing 

 Please note, our PE days for the Autumn term are Mondays and Thursdays



Indoor PE lesson - Monday

Outdoor PE lesson - Thursday

On these days, children are to come into school dressed in their PE kit. Please ensure they are in weather appropriate clothing as they will be outside at lunch and break times in these clothes.

Please also ensure that all parts of your child(ren)'s kit is clearly labelled. Long hair must always be tied back and it would be safer if earrings were not worn. 

Reading Books 
Please ensure that your child reads a little everyday at home, in addition to the daily reading they do at school. We can not stress how important this is in helping your child to become a confident and fluent reader. 

We kindly ask that you read with your child every day and then sign their reading record so we know you have done this. We also, would like you to practice key maths skills with your child (counting to 20 forwards and back, number bonds to 10, 1 more and 1 less). 


Educational Games
Topmarks paint the squares can be used to play one more one less, find missing numbers, count to 100 and back, count in 2s, 5s and 10s and look at odd and even numbers-
Topmarks hit the button. Can be used to practise number bonds to 10 and 20, practise halves to 20 and doubles to 10
Spell words to help the Alien to escape!
 A range of games to play to practise our phonics skills
Number bonds to ten with farmer Pete -

Useful websites

Oxford Owl have some great online e-books that you can read with your children. They link closely to the book bands too!

Phonics Play



BBC Bitesize Daily 


Purple Mash 



Autumn key dates 

Monday 4th September -  Back to school

Wednesday 20th September - Year 2 class information evening 4.15pm

Sunday 24th September - Friends of Cranborne Family Photo Day

Monday 25th September - Flu Vaccination Service in school

Friday 29th September - INSET day (no children please)

Tuesday 10th October- Years 1 to 6 Open Morning – Come and see your child’s class in action – 9am

Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th October- 
School Photographs: Individuals & Siblings and Class Groups

Friday 20th October Friends of Cranborne Spooky Discos from 3:30pm onwards

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October 2023 - Half term 

Friday 3rd November -  Friends of Cranborne Fireworks Event

Wednesday 15th November - Parent Teacher Consultations 5pm to 8pm
Thursday 16thNovember - Parent Teacher Consultations 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday 17th November - Children In Need

Friday 1st December 2023 - Occasional Day (School closed) 

Wednesday 20th December 2023 - Last day of term (finish at 1:15pm)

Home learning

In the case of bad weather and school closure,  please see the list of activities below.

The work below will support your child in the key areas of arithmetic, reasoning, and phonics. 

As well as these activities, you can make use of Mathletics ( for Maths ) and Purple Mash (for reading and other curriculum games). Please also see the Phonics screening papers and our educational games and songs. 

You can use ' PE with Joe Wicks' you keep you moving. His YouTube Channel is: 


 u-e Phoneme Spotter Postcard.pdfDownload
 Year 1 reasoning challenge cards 2.pdfDownload
 Year 1 reasoning challenge cards.pdfDownload
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Phonics is  a very important part of the Year 1 curriculum. This is why we dedicate three sessions a week to teach stand alone phonics lessons following the Read Write Inc. scheme. We teach the children initial sounds, and set 2 and 3 digraphs and trigraphs. A digraph is two letters together that make one sound such as 'sh' 'ee' and 'th'. A trigraph is three letters together that make one sound, such as ''igh' and 'air'. We learn a new sound in each of our phonics sessions. We start by identifying the sound in a word, we then write it down (with focus on letter formation), and then have a go at reading a short story with this sound used frequently in it.

Below is the order we will be teaching the sounds.


Our learning for Autumn Term...


In the Autumn Term, we will be covering the following:

  • Finding patterns in numbers to 10
  • Finding one more and one less 
  • Estimating and ordering numbers
  • Regrouping numbers
  • Addition and subtraction 
  • Making 10 and some more
  • Doubling and halving
  • Odd and even numbers
  • 2D and 3D shape

Mental fluency:

  • Recalling number bonds to 10
  • 1 more and 1 less than a given number up to 50
  • Counting to 20 and back 
  • Double and halves to 20
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s

Foundation Subjects

In Geography, we will be learning all about our school. 

In History, we will be learning about our school. 

In Art this term, we will be studying the work of Joan Miro.  

In PSHE this term, we are learning all about 'Being me in my world'. 



In Autumn term, we will be focusing on word and sentence writing. Encouraging the children to say their sentence before attempting to write it. 

Letter formation, handwriting and presentation

Letter families
Curly caterpillar letters: c, a, o, q, g, d, e, s, f. All of these letters start in the middle of the line and start with a c shape and then you carry on with the rest of the letter.
One armed robot letters: r, m, n, h, b, k, p. For these letters you need to start at the top of the letter and travel down and back up again and then over.
Ladder letters: l, I, j, t, u, y. All of these letters you need to start at the top of the letter and travel down.
Zig zag letters: v, w, x, z. These letters are all very straight and have no curves!

 When writing on a line all letters should be on the line. Some letters have descenders where part of the letters go under the line, such as: y,g,q, p.
Some letters have ascenders where part of the letter is taller than the rest, such as: d, h, t, b.

Capital letters should always be bigger than the other letters.


In the Autumn term, we will be learning all about animals. We will be finding out the features of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians.