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 We will be updating our Year 1 page every half-term with all our exciting news and updates as well as regular curriculum information and our half-termly topics. 

Class Teachers: Miss Perkins (Rabbits)  Miss Wilman (Squirrels) 

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Morrison (Rabbits) Mrs Farrugia/ Mrs Piddington (Squirrels)

1:1 Learning Support Staff: Mrs Ireland 

(Left to right)
Miss Perkins, Mrs Morrison, Mrs Ireland, Mrs Piddington, Miss Wilman, Mrs Farrugia



This half term we will be learning about traditional tales and the text driver for our learning journey will be Jack and the Beanstalk. Children will be creating a wanted poster for the Giant, by using creating vocabulary. They will also write their own traditional tale. We will then move onto looking a 'The Story Tree', which is a collection of traditional tales from different countries. We will focus on 'The Sweetest Song'. Children will retell the tale from the perspective of the wolf and write a letter explaining the wolf's point of view. We will complete our half term by writing instructions on how to grow a bean plant, using what we have learnt in Science.

For more information on the Year 1 English curriculum please visit:



As we enter the second half of the Spring term, we will begin by re-capping all the skills and concepts that the children have learnt so far in number and place value. We will then be introducing multiplication and division. Children will use concrete resources and pictorial representations to solve multiplication and division problems. Finally, we will move onto directional language in geometry. 

For more information on the Year 1 Maths curriculum please visit:


Here are some useful websites for Maths games and resources:



Your child will be read with once a week by a member of staff or an experienced volunteer and they will also join in with small guided reading groups with their teachers weekly. Children will be able to change their spot books daily or when needed. Members of staff will move them onto new spot book bands as they make progress throughout the year. The book bands will link to their phonetic knowledge, the sight reading of tricky words and their ability to understand and answer questions about what they have read. 

Reading with your child at home is a fantastic way to support their learning and progress. We suggest that a 'little and often' approach is best, i.e five minutes, five times a week. As well as decoding the words, ask them questions to check their understanding. In addition to listening to your child read, please read to your child as this will support them to behave like a reader, copying what they see and hear. We recommend that you share favourite stories, allowing them to join in with predictable phrases. Also, visiting your local library is a great way to discover new and exciting books. 

Phonics and Spellings:

Throughout year 1, the children will be revisiting and learning phonics phases 2, 3, 4 and 5. They will have daily phonics sessions, including games and on a Friday children will use the sounds which they have learnt that week to write in their phonics books. They will also learn to read and spell the 'tricky words' and high frequency words. We will be sending out handouts at the beginning of they year to remind you of the phonics phases and tricky words. It would be beneficial to practise reading words containing the sound patterns which we are learning each week, identifying them in books and spelling words. We will contain our weekly phonics sounds and tricky words in our fortnightly newsletters in the communication books. During the Summer Term, the children will complete a statutory Phonics Screening check. 

The children will use the sounds which they have learnt to carefully segment and blend words. For example:
'chair' ch-air
'shelf' sh-e-l-f 
'homes' (children will recognise the split vowel digraph o_e)

For more information on the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check please visit:


Here are some useful websites for phonics games and resources:


Foundation Subjects:

Science- Naming parts of a plant and learning about the jobs which they do. Finding out about what a plant needs in order to grow through investigations. Answering questions and exploring plant growth through practical experiments and by growing a variety of plants.

Longitudinal Environment Study- Observing and predicting changes in our school environment and identifying flowering plants in different seasons.

Computing- Creating a Stop Motion Animation using an IPad app. 

P.E- Gymnastics- working on our movement and balances. 

PSHE- Heartsmart- Don't rub it in, rub it out!

ART- Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers, Observational drawings of a daffodil, creating beanstalks and sunflowers using different materials. 

D&T- Designing, making and evaluating miniature gardens using different materials.

R.E- Special places, synagogues.

Music- Jack and the Beanstalk songs.


The Home Learning Tasks, which the children can complete at home, will be sent home in the first week back at school. These are by no means compulsory and we do not expect the children to complete every task, unless they would like to. We set these tasks to create and encourage dialogue between home and school - please see your class teacher if you any questions or queries regarding these tasks.

The children will be given the opportunity to visit our school library on a Friday afternoon. During this time they will be able to select one free-reading book of their choice.

Our PE days are on a Monday and Tuesday; please ensure your child has a full PE kit (white t-shirt, black leggings/skirt/shorts/jogging bottoms, white socks and plimsoles or trainers) in school every day as there may be occasions when our PE slot may need to be changed at short notice. Long hair needs to be tied back and earrings must be removed or covered with tape for PE.

If you have any questions please pop in and see us in the morning or after school or arrange a meeting through the office.

Miss Perkins and Miss Wilman