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Tiger Class Year 1


Welcome to Year 1!

Spring Term 1

January - February 2018



Tigers, welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I am really looking forward to another fun half term with you all!



English this half term will be text led, focusing on Fairy tales. By the end of this topic, the children will be able to use some questions marks and begin to link ideas by subject or pronoun. Children who are ‘Working Deeper’ will correctly sequence writing with greater control of pronouns to link ideas/events and make the purpose of their writing clear.

Writing opportunities throughout this unit:

  • Character descriptions.
  • Setting descriptions.
  • Diary entries.
  • Letters.
  • Repeated phrases.
  • An alternative version of a fairy tale.

english in tiger class

Read, Write, Inc

Read, Write, Inc. will take place daily. These lessons will incorporate learning phonics sounds, reading, writing and spelling.


Our Maths focus this half term is Addition and Subtraction (within 20) and we will begin Place Value (within 50).
By the end of this term, the children will be able to:

  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.
  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition, subtraction and equal signs.
  • Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero.
  • Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems.


In Place Value, children will begin learning to:

  • Count to 50 forwards and backwards.
  • Count, read and write numbers to 50 in numerals.
  • Given a number, identify one more and one less.
  • Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations.
  • Count in multiples of two, fives and tens.


Our Science topic for this half term is ‘The Senses’. We will be looking at the five different senses and finding out which part of our body is related to each of them. We will learn that the nose, ears, eyes, skin, and tongue are all organs, and organs are parts of the body that do specific jobs. We will talk about what the children can see, touch, smell, hear or taste, and we will use simple equipment to help us to make observations.

We will also be continuing with our ‘Seasons’ topic by looking at the season of winter.

We have a science star each week. Somebody who added something special to our lessons. 


In Geography, the children will be focusing on ‘Our School in the Community’
Throughout this unit the children will:

  • Describe the character of a place.
  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of the local surrounding environment.
  • Devise simple maps.
  • Use geographical terms.
  • Identify human and physical features of the local area.

Geographical and historical Tigers


In Art, we will be focusing on portraits. The children will experiment with painting and mixing paints to make colours. They will explore other artists work before painting their own self portrait.


Our Big Question for Spring 1 is, ‘How do we know that someone belongs to a Christian community?’. We will be looking at different communities we belong to e.g. football teams, school, Rainbows etc. We will then move onto looking at baptism and we will be visiting St. Thomas’ to look at artefacts which are important to Christians.


PE will take place on Monday’s and Friday’s, this half term the children will be focusing on Dance and Team Games. Please ensure that your child has a named PE kit in school each day.


The PSHE topic we will be focusing on is ‘Relationships with Family and Friends’. In PSHE we will also be looking at ‘Picture News’, which is recent and relevant information.


In Computing, we will be focusing on Programming. This will include giving and following instructions, giving a simple sequence of instructions and exploring outcomes when instructions are given in a sequence.

computing tigers


Mrs. Knight will be working with the children alongside myself on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Mrs. Gregg will be teaching the children RE and Science on Thursdays during my PPA.

Miss Phillips will be teaching the children Music on Monday afternoons.



Homework will be sent home on a Friday and needs to be returned the following Tuesday. This will include work to consolidate the children’s learning from that week. Mrs. Gregg will send home ‘Talking RE’ and ‘Talking Science’ homework each week. This might be asking your child to find something at home to share the following Thursday or to talk to you about a topic relevant to our next lesson. Thank you in anticipation of your support and I hope you enjoy supporting.


Water bottles

Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school each day.


If anyone has any questions they would like to ask me, please feel free to see me after school or arrange an appointment.


Many thanks,


Miss Morris