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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Throughout the year, we are trying to become more like our Captains – Captain Reciprocity, Captain Reflective, Captain Resilience and Captain Resourceful. This half term we are trying to be more awesome like Captain Reciprocity; we will be working hard to work in a team and to take on different roles. We constantly encourage the children to be resilient in their approach to the challenges in year one and to also talk about what they have learnt and the impact of this. In year 1 we will continue to change books on Tuesday and give the children their new spellings. The children are tested weekly on their previous week’s spellings.

  • P.E is on Mondays - please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school every day (as P.E. sessions may change days) P.E. kits include a t-shirt, a pair of shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or plimsols.
  • Please make sure you read with your child (and write it in their reading diaries) at least 3 times a week.
  • Please make sure your child has their book bag and their book, water bottle and a coat in school every day.
  • Children are not allowed to wear any jewellery in school please keep this safe at home.
  • The children practice their superhero maths in school on a Friday. When they complete all questions correctly they are given a certificate, badge and are moved to the next superhero.
  • Feel free to come and join us on 2nd July @3.30 or 4th July @3.30 to view the Relationship and Sex Education resources that will be delivered to your child.
  • We are running a Superhero maths workshop on 11th June @9.15 and 3.15- please join us.


In English, we are going to start the half term by introducing the children to the story of Robin Hood. This will form the basis of the children’s work for the Hoodwinked project, which links literacy and the arts. The children will also be doing lots of writing around their trip to Wheelgate both before and after the visit. They will be researching the theme park and be using maps to investigate the area. After the trip they will be writing a review for other children who may want to go over the summer holidays.

The children will be taking their Phonics screen test during the week beginning the 11th June. Children will be assessed at reading 20 real words and 20 nonsense words. Please see class teachers if you would like more information about this.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Please continue to practice your children’s spellings each week. Knowing these will make a big difference to the children’s independent writing and reading.
  • Keep up the home reading, key word reading can also count as a read when written in the home school diary.
  • When children are writing at home encourage them to use the sounds they know and their finger spaces and full stops.


In Mathematics, they children will spend the last half term consolidating their previous learning. They will be looking again at all different types of measure including weight, height, and volume. They will be identifying different coins and notes in money and using it to solve maths problems. The children will continue to investigate position, looking at full, half and quarter turns. The children also will focus on becoming really familiar with their number bonds to 20 so they can recall them easily and fluently. 

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practice using a ruler and measuring accurately in cms
  • Looking at the different coins you might have and identifying how much they are worth.
  • Play Simon says using full, half and quarter turns as the instructions.


In Science the children will be conducting their own scientific investigations. The children will need to plan and design their experiments, conduct them and make their own conclusions about what they have learnt.  The children will also be comparing the hours of day light in day in the different seasons and recording these changes.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Talk about how hours of daylight changes in different seasons
  • Look at plants in the garden or park what do plants need to be healthy
  • Identify the different parts of a plant e.g. petal, leaves, stem, roots


The topic continues to be ‘Heroes’ this half term. With the children learning about Robin Hood in literacy this will too link to their PM topic sessions. The children will explore the history of myths and legends and forest skills. They will look at Robin Hood times and compare them to now as well as comparing how Nottingham as a city has changed and evolved over time.

The children will also take part in a series of transition lessons where their thoughts and feelings about next year will be addressed and explored through our moving on module in PSHE.

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