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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 Resilience; we are working hard on managing our distractions so that we can set learning goals and work towards them. 

  • P.E is on Mondays and Thursdays - 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.
  • Book change and spelling tests are on Tuesdays, Maths ‘Superhero Times Table’ tests are on Thursdays
  • Please make sure you read with your child (and record it in their reading diaries) at least 3 times a week.
  • Please make sure your child has their book bag, reading diary and their book in school every day.
  • Please remember to check our class notice boards for any other information and to see what your child is learning in class.
  • If you haven’t done so already please sign up to Marvellous Me so we can keep you up to dates with all our learning in the class room.


We started the Spring term by linking our English work to cooking. The children all had the opportunity to make a pizza and some jelly based around the story of “Alien Tea on Planet Zum Zee.”

The book also gave the children a good introduction to our new topic of Weird, Wild and Wonderful.

The children will then be moving on to look at a narrative and be writing a full story for the first time in year one based on the text Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson. The children will also be exploring nonfiction books to gain information about weird, wild and wonderful plants and animals from around the world.

In all the children’s writing we will continue to focus on the application of phonics and the development of neat and clear handwriting.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Helping your child to write on the lines and form letters correctly.
  • Reading regularly and recording this in their reading dairies; remember, this could by anything and is not limited to their home reading book.
  • Practicing reading and writing the common exception (tricky) words for their phase – the children should have these on a bookmark and/or keyring.


In Mathematics, the children started the term by learning how to measure in cm’s using a ruler.

We will then move on to develop the children’s understanding of number- looking at numbers from 0-40. The children then will be looking at both addition and subtraction words problems where they will need to apply their number knowledge to different contexts. After that the children will be exposed to multiplication and division for the first time as well as fractions.

We are continuously learning and practising our number bonds to 10 and 20 through our ‘superhero maths’ tests which are every Thursday. We continue to focus this year on using our mathematical knowledge to reason, thinking about different ways to solve problems and choosing the best and most efficient methods.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practise all the number bonds to 10 and then 20.
  • Encourage your child to identify all the numbers up to 100
  • Refer to dividing a quantity as sharing it equally into groups


In Science, we are exploring plants. We will be looking at plants by going on nature walks to identify the different plants and trees around the school grounds.  We will find out about different types of plants and the different parts of a plant and their functions. When cooking we looked at science in a cross curricular context and looked at different changes in state.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Talking to them about the different fruits and vegetables you have at home – what do they look like and where do they come from?
  • Ask your child to tell you the parts of the plant and what they do.
  • Go on a walk around your garden, local park or street and see how many different kinds of plants you can find. Take photos, sketch them or do a bark rubbing to record what you find.


Our topic for this half term Weird, Wild and Wonderful. The children chose this topic and we are looking forward to covering lots of fun and interesting things.  The children have been learning about Chinese New Year in their RE sessions, investigating how it is either similar or different to our New Year. The children will also be learning about being an active citizen in their PSHE lesson focusing on the environment and things that either harm or protect it. The children will be taking part in Internet Safety day on Tuesday 6Th Feb- where they will discuss the uses of the internet and how to stay safe online.

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