Year 1

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Welcome to Year 1 Class Page


A Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the spring term. We begin with the topic ‘Moon Zoom’ and then in the second half of the term, we move onto ‘Memory Box’.

Key Dates

Wednesday 8th January- school reopens

Wednesday 15th January- Termly update for parents

Thursday 16th January – Phonics meeting for parents – 9am or 4.45pm

Monday 3rd February- Spotlight on Year 1 all week. Photos will be on Facebook the following week.

Friday 7th February- NSPCC Number Day

Wednesday 12th February- Disco. KS1 6pm- 6.45pm

Friday 14th February- School closes for half term

Monday 24th February- School reopens

Wednesday 4th March- Story Magic Theatre- Read to Achieve- The Magic of Stories

Thursday 5th March- GB athletes to visit school (sponsored event, more information to follow)

Friday 6th March- World Book Day (rearranged to accommodate GB athletes)

Wednesday 18th March- Parents Evening

Friday 27th March- Easter Service 9am. School closes at 2.30pm

Curriculum News

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Examples of the texts we will focus on in our English work:

  • Man on the moon (A day in the life of Bob)
  • Space poems
  • Space (First fabulous facts)
  • Once there were Giants
  • Old Bear
  • When I was young: A book about family history

Alongside our focus texts, the children will have many opportunities to listen to and discuss a wider range of poems, stories and non-fiction. We will continue with drama activities to help the children to understand key events, to empathise with story characters and to link what they hear read to their own experiences.

During all reading activities, much emphasis will be placed on discussing word meanings and increasing their vocabulary, applying their phonic knowledge and skills to decode new and unfamiliar words, rereading books to build up their fluency and answering questions to check their understanding.

We will write for different purposes:

  • Character descriptions
  • Fact files (information about visiting space)
  • Recounts of events in our own lives
  • Instructions e.g. How to catch an alien!
  • Poetry linked to our topics e.g. space poem
  • Writing in-role (thought or speech bubbles)

When writing, the children will be encouraged to say out loud what they are going to write about, use their phonic knowledge to attempt to spell new and unfamiliar words, apply simple spelling rules and re-read what they have written to check that it makes sense. The children will continue to focus on what makes a good sentence. They will use capital letters and full stops, finger spaces, question marks and exclamation marks.


We will continue to practise and apply our maths skills through practical and recorded activities and through problem solving. We will:

  • Count to and beyond 50 from 0 or 1 or a given number.
  • Read & write numerals to 50.
  • Order & compare numbers to 50
  • Write numbers 0 to 10 in words.
  • Begin to understand estimation
  • Give a sensible estimate of a number of objects & check by counting
  • Count in multiples of 2’s, 5’s & 10’s
  • Know by heart all pairs of numbers with a total of 10.
  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
  • Add and subtract one and two digit numbers to 20, including 0
  • Measure and begin to record lengths/ height & mass/weight & capacity/volume
  • Recognise coins of different values/finds total and change from up to 20p

Our daily ‘Big Maths’ sessions include lots of counting, learning number facts, calculating and challenges!


During the first part of the spring term, we will continue with our ‘Everyday materials’ topic and will build on what we have learnt so far.

We will:

  • Continue to name and describe everyday materials and their uses
  • Explore the properties of materials e.g. rough/smooth; shiny/dull; bendy/not bendy
  • Perform simple tests e.g. What is the best material for a rocket?
  • Observe changes across the seasons
  • Identify and name the basic parts of the human body
  • Explore our five senses

Topic & other subjects

‘Moon Zoom’

We will learn about the role of an astronaut and of famous astronauts past and present. (History)

We will take a look at the Solar system and challenge ourselves to name some of the planets! (Science)

We will design and make rockets and spaceships (Design Technology)

We will listen to ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst and then try to create our very own space music using percussion instruments and our voices. (Music)

‘Memory box’

This topic has a large history focus and will provide us with many opportunities to think about the past and the present. To compare old and new. For example toys and how they have changed over the years? This will link in well with our science as we compare the materials used. We will also look at how the children have changed from being a baby to now and will share our family memories. We will think about the importance of Grandparents and what life was like for them when they were a child.

We will have fun creating self-portraits! (Art)


Two topics this term – ‘Jesus was special’ and ‘Easter-Celebrating new life’.


Gymnastics is the main focus this term with some elements of dance too. The children will work individually, in pairs or in groups. This will include balance work, rolls, tumbles and rhythmical movements and will also include use of the apparatus. The work will lead to groups putting together sequences and performances to show to the rest of the class.

PE days – Thursday pm and Friday am. Mr Parker will continue to do PE on a Friday.

Please ensure your child’s PE kit is named and in school.

Reading at home

You may have already noticed that your child has been bringing home a brand new reading book from our new reading scheme. The new reading scheme has a variety of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts. These texts link in very well with letters and sounds and will help your child to practise and consolidate the sounds already taught in class. Each week your child will bring home one reading book. When reading, please encourage your child to sound out the new words, talk about what is happening in the pictures and to tell you what the book is about. Please continue to read daily and sign their reading record.

If your child wishes to change their library book then please bring it into school on a Tuesday. Library book changing will begin again on Tuesday 14th January.

Our reading scheme for this year is Big Cat!

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