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Welcome to Year 1

January - February 2018 Spring 1

Welcome back from the Christmas break. I will use this page to showcase the learning that takes place in our classroom and let you all see the wonderful things that the children do. Please let me know if you have any ideas on what you would like to see on this page.


Our overall theme for this half term will be 'Around our school: The area we live in'


English this half term will be text led through fairytales and traditional stories, focusing mainly on a variety of stories incl. Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Elves and the Shoemaker among others. We will be using some of the 'Pie Corbett' strategies to really get to know the stories, in order to retell and innovate them. The children will have lots of opportunities to support them in generating ideas for their writing, for example; use of character and comic book apps on the iPads, Role Play and Drama! Again there will be lots of opportunities to write! 


Throughout the year, there will be a focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar. Spelling will be taught through daily phonic lessons where children will learn the essential skills needed for reading and writing. During our English lessons, the children will focus on different aspects of punctuation and grammar, for example; continuing with capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and sentence structure from the previous half term, and introducing adjectives to describe nouns, use of 'and' to join words and ideas.


Our Maths will focus on this half term on multiplication and Division. By the end of Year 1 the children should be able to: 

  • Use concrete objects to double numbers to 10
  • Use concrete objects to half numbers to 20
  • Count in steps of 10
  • Count in steps of 2
  • Count in steps of 5
  • Find a total when counting in groups of 10
  • Find a total when counting in groups of 2
  • Find a total when counting in groups of 5
  • Solve word problems involving multiplication
  • Use an array to represent a multiplication fact
  • Share objects equally into groups of 2
  • Share objects equally into groups of 5
  • Share objects equally into groups of 10
  • Solve word problems involving division
  • Explain why all numbers can be doubled but only some can be halved
  • Explain whether a number will appear in a sequence or not
  • Solve open ended problems involving multiplication where there is more than one option as the answer
  • Use an array to explain the commutative property of multiplication
  • Solve open ended problems involving division where there is more than one option as the answer, e.g. How many ways can I share 20 toys equally into baskets?


We will continue with counting and number skills. By the end of Year 1 the children should be able to: count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number 

count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals;

count in multiples of twos, fives and tens 

given a number, identify one more and one less 

identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least 

read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.


The children will have lots of opportunities to take part in practical, 'real life', activities that will allow them to apply their learning.


In Science we will be looking at the five senses of animals and humans, and the body part associated with each sense. We will be carrying out some fun and engaging investigations to answer scientific questions. 


In Geography we will be

  • Carrying out a study of the school and grounds
  • Using appropriate terms to identify human features in the local area: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop
  • Starting to recognise the difference between natural and man-made features
  • Developing map skills: Draw simple picture maps/plans with labels of known places, e.g. school/grounds or scenes made from small world play toys
  • Understanding and using simple compass directions (N, S, E, W)
  • Using directional language (e.g. near and far, left and right)


This half term in RE we will be looking at 'Christian Communities' and 'Baptism'. In PSHE we will be looking at relationships linked to family and friends. 


PE will take place on Tuesday with Mr Hall and Thursday with Miss Smith; this half term we will be covering 'Team Games' and 'Dance'.  Through Computing we will be creating links to other areas of the curriculum, using both the laptops and iPads. We will be Coding/Programming using Kodable. We will be learning to use different Multimedia. In Design and Technology we will be exploring and creating our own mini playgrounds. Music will continue to be taught alongside Miss Phillips.

Reading – we will be continuing with Guided Reading and changing the children’s reading books. We will encourage lots of reading activities throughout the day; using all our lessons whether it be as a class, in a group, with a friend, or on their own.  Children will also be reading with our Reading Rangers.


Water bottles – can you please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school each day.


If anyone has anything that they would like to discuss, then please see me after school, or arrange an appointment.


Many Thanks


Mr Simon