Year 1

Spring Term 1 – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break.  We are hoping that the children are ready to continue working hard in Year 1 and are looking forward to the term ahead.


This half term the children in Year 1 will be following a topic entitled…

                           Paws, Claws and Whiskers

On Thursday 10th January we were visited by Lion Learners, a company that brings a variety of animals for the children to see, touch and find out fascinating facts about.  The handler, Rachael, has been running workshops within schools for ten years and brought with her; a rabbit, a lizard, a giant millipede, a snake, a stick insect, a giant snail and a tortoise.                  

ENGLISH -This half term we will be looking at non-chronological reports, lists, labels and captions. We will continue throughout this year concentrating on using our phonics to help us spell and will be working on our handwriting. As always the key skills we concentrate on are writing in sentences, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces and beginning to use question marks.

As a year group we will also be reading the story The Tin Forest by Helen Ward and using our prediction and inference skills.

PHONICS-We will be teaching Phonics twice every day throughout year 1. We will be learning phase 5 sounds in both sessions and recapping phase 3 sounds where needed. This is very important as the children will have a Phonics screening test at the end of the year and we want them to do as well as possible.

READING - Guided reading takes place every week.  Every day special reading activities are planned for groups of children with one group taking part in a focus Guided Reading session with the class teacher.  This group session will focus on reading and understanding the text.  Individual reading also takes place each week. We aim for two reads each week; however during busy times it may only be one. 

HOME READING - Home reading continues to be an important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book. 

SPELLINGS & KEYWORDS - Keywords are checked in class and always in a different order from the list. Spellings are tested weekly.   It is also part of your child’s homework to practice their key words to read and spell every day with you.       

MATHS - We continue to build on what the children learnt last term. We will work on counting and being able to read and write our numbers, including looking at zero but will be moving on to numbers up to 50. We will be continuing with fractions and will be learning about quarters. We will develop their understanding of the - + and = symbols and will use these to create number sentences.

GEOGRAPHY – This half term we will be looking at weather patterns within the UK. We will identify hot and cold areas of the world and then make a comparison between a town/city within the UK and one in a Non-European country.

SCIENCE This half term the children will be learning about humans and animals. They will begin to look at the human body and at which body part relates to the senses. They will sort and classify animals into groups such as reptiles, mammals, fish, birds and amphibians. They will be introduced to the terms herbivore, omnivore and carnivore. 

D&TThis half term we will be designing and creating an animal enclosure. We will design it on paper before creating it. We will be considering how to make our structures stiffer and stronger, will be looking at using mechanisms and will participate in practical tasks such as cutting, joining and finishing. Please can you bring items such as cereal boxes, cleaned milk bottles, shoe boxes or any recyclable items that could help us to construct our animal enclosures during D&T.

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing.

RE – This half term the children will be learning about Sikhism. They will be learning about Sikh places of worship, festivals e.g. Diwali and the Sikh creation story. The children will also be making their own Sikh artefacts such as a chauri.

OUTDOOR LEARNING – The children will get the chance to access outdoor learning as often as possible.  As a Key Stage we feel that it is important that your children get chance to spend time outside learning about the world around them on a bigger scale.  We are very lucky to have some excellent equipment for them to use. 

HOMEWORK – Homework will be a combination of being handed out and online but all work will be expected to be completed with little rewards along the way. We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of the ability each week, without you actually doing it for them.

As always if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please come in to arrange this, after school is better as we will have more time to spend with you. Thank you.


Miss Duggan and Mrs Waterland