Year 1

Class Teachers:

Mrs Gill (all day Monday & Tuesday plus a Wednesday morning)

Mrs Hollman (Thursday & Friday)

Learning Support Assistants:

Mrs Kime

Miss Atherton

Welcome back Year 1!

We hope you have all had a lovely break and that the children are ready for a very busy and exciting half term!

The Year 1 team is: Mrs Gill (all day Monday & Tuesday plus a Wednesday morning),  Mrs Hollman (in school on a Wednesday but teaching Thursday & Friday) and Mr Seary will teach PE on a Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Kime works within Key Stage 1 from Tuesday-Friday mornings and Miss Atherton works all day everyday within Key Stage 1.

On a Friday afternoon, the children will have the opportunity for ‘Show & Tell’. This is where they can bring in special objects, photographs or certificates from home to share with the class and talk about why they have brought them in. Due to the short amount of time that we have for this within the timetable, each colour team will take it in turns each week. Our timetable for Show and Tell is on the Year 1 door. 

If you have any questions, you can arrange an appointment by contacting the office.




Your child should access Numbots at least once a week. This gives them the opportunity to develop their skills within number.


Your child should read at least 3 times a week for 15-20 minutes. Learning to read and understand what we read is paramount and, for children and adults alike, it opens up doors to endless opportunities. Read, Write Inc is our Phonics programme that focuses on developing children’s reading, fluency and understanding. With its repetitive nature it quickly develops the children’s ability to decode unfamiliar words as well support them through any writing process. With this in mind, it is essential that the children read as much as possible at home and ensure that they bring their reading book and record into school on a daily basis. This enables us to change their books regularly and give them access to a wider range of genres whilst developing their love of reading.


There will no longer be a weekly ‘spelling test’ where children are just expected to learn lists of words. Research suggests that the vast majority of pupils do not benefit from these types of tests as they do not transfer their knowledge used in tests to their writing. Furthermore, such spelling tests do not promote enthusiasm or engagement with spelling. When formal spellings start in KS1, in the summer term, each week, a copy of the weekly ‘focus words’ will be sent home, so you are aware of what spelling rules/patterns children are learning that week. There is still the same expectation for your child to practise these rules as part of their weekly homework (even though there is no longer a set weekly spelling test).


Year 1’s PE lesson is on a Wednesday afternoon and is led by Mr Seary. Children are required to wear their full PE kits to school on this day or they will not be allowed to participate in the lesson. If there are reasons why your child cannot take part in these lessons, a written note must detail the reasons why.

Spring 1


Our story focus for this half term is ‘ The Lion Inside’ by Rachel Bright. The story is about two completely different characters – a lion and a mouse. Although they are opposities, the story tells the tale of how they are brought together and become best of friends in the end. Over the half term we will be consolidating our use of capital letters and full stops and using the word ‘and’ to join ideas together. We will also learn about what a question is and how to use question marks correctly within our writing. Towards the end of the half term, the children will be writing their own story based on two different animals and will then be researching lions in order to write a simple non-chronological report. We will continue with our daily Read Write Inc sessions to help develop children’s phonics skills and use of common exception words.  


This half term we will recap some of the skills from last term but with numbers to 20 instead of 10.  We will begin by counting and comparing sets of objects. The children will then learn how to order, add and subtract numbers within 20.

Other areas of the curriculum:


Within Geography this half term, we are focusing on Hot Countries, the children will specifically learn about Kenya.  As part of the topic, they will learn the names and location of the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world.  We will talk about the position of the equator and the impact that this has on the temperature of the different continents.  The children will continue to develop their skills when using maps, atlases, globes and google earth.  

Hot and cold places – BBC Bitesize



In RE we will start to look at the Islamic faith.  The children will question ‘How might beliefs about creation affect the way people treat the world?’ We will learn about how Muslims believe in one God and that they believe the world was created by him.  The children will also learn that Muslims believe that it is their role to take care of the planet.

What is Islam? – BBC Bitesize



In Science this half term, we will be continuing our Animals including Humans topic and will be learning all about animals. We will start off by looking at what animals need in order to grow and how they need to be cared for differently. The children will identify and classify a range of animals into appropriate groups such as fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. We will then learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and will group animals according to what they eat.

Animals including humans – KS1 Science – BBC Bitesize



Mr Seary will continue to teach the children on a Wednesday afternoon.  This half term their focus sports are Gymnastics and Hockey.



In Computing this half term, the children will use the Paint application.  They will learn to use the various icons within the programme and how to edit their work.  By the end of the project, the children will have created their own poster about Kenya.



In the Groove is a song that was specially written for classroom use to teach children about different styles of music. This is a very easy song to learn and has been arranged in six different styles: Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk and Funk. Each week you will listen and learn a different style of In the Groove. In the Listen and Appraise section of this unit they will also listen to a well-known song in that week’s style. 


At the end of the half term, we will learn about sculpture.  We will link this with our English topic and the children will create their own combination animals.  This means that they will create their own model involving 2 animals.  Their model will have the head of one animal and the back of another.  We will examine how we can change the texture of the clay by adding different types of media.