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Tigers - Year 1

Welcome to Tiger Class!


Spring Term 1


Tigers, welcome back! I am really looking forward to another fun half term with you all!



This half term we will be focusing on Fairy Tales and Traditional Tales.

Throughout this unit, all children will:

  • Use question marks.
  • Use capital letters for the personal pronoun ‘I’, names of people, places and days of the week.

Children who are working deeper will:

  • Correctly sequence writing with greater control on pronouns.
  • Make the purpose of their writing clear.

Writing opportunities throughout this unit:

  • Character descriptions.
  • Setting descriptions.
  • Speech.
  • Repeated phrases.
  • An alternative version of a fairy tale. 


Read, Write, Inc.

Phonics will take place daily, following the Read, Write, Inc. scheme. These lessons will incorporate learning phonics sounds, reading, and spelling.

Our Maths focus this half term is place value to 20 and addition and subtraction to 20. By the end of the term the children will be able to:

  • Count to 20, forwards and backward, from any given number.
  • Count, read, and write numbers to 20 in numerals and words.
  • Identify one more and one less than a given number.
  • Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations.
  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.
  • Read, write, and interpret mathematical statements involving addition, subtraction, and equals 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.


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.


Wor  Working scientifically - question, find out, observe, describe, test, compare, record, results, table, chart


AAni Animals including humans and senses -  see, look, hear, listen, touch, feel, taste, smell, head, face, ears, hair, eyes, mouth, nose,  teeth, cheek, chin, neck, body, arm,  hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, tail, skin,


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

The vocabulary for this topic is - summer, autumn, winter, spring, sun, day, moon, night, light, dark.


We have a science star each week. Somebody who added something special to our lessons or completed a super piece of work. 

our tiger science stars

our tiger science captains


In Geography, we will be learning about the UK and weather patterns. During this topic, the children will:

  • Name the four countries in the United Kingdom.
  • Name some of the main cities in the United Kingdom.
  • Identify seasonal weather patterns. 
  • Observe and describe daily weather patterns. 
  • Begin to find out about the weather during each season in a hot and cold country.


In Art, we will be exploring the artist Piet Mondrian! During this topic, the children will:

  • Explore the artist Piet Mondrian and his work.
  • Understand primary and secondary colours.
  • Create artwork in the style of Piet Mondrian.



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 in a Christian church.


In Computing, we are ‘Programming’. During this topic, the children will learn:

  • How to use technology safely and respectfully.
  • ​​​The uses of technology beyond school.
  • How to program a floor robot to go forward, backward, left and right.
  • How to program a virtual robot to go forward, backward, left and right. 


Our PSHE topic will be based on the book ‘Max the Champion'. Throughout this topic the children will learn that everybody is different and understand that not all differences can be seen.



In music, we will be focusing on ‘Timbre and Rhythmic Patterns’ with a fairy tale theme. Throughout this unit the children will use their voices expressively, play an instrument to represent characters, compose and play a rhythm, recognise how timbre is used to represent characters in a piece of music and perform part of a story.



PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays. This half term the children will be doing Dance and Team Games. Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school each day.


Mrs Gregg will be teaching the children on Thursday afternoons during my PPA.

Working alongside myself will be Mrs Knight on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Mrs Holden on Thursday and Mrs Hibbert on Friday.


Homework is a little different this year as it will all be set online and will not be returned to the class teacher. There will be weekly spellings linked to the Read, Write, Inc. sounds learnt in class. There will also be a maths activity to consolidate the learning from the week. This will be set online on a Thursday and can be found under the 'Homework' tab at the bottom of the class page. 


Reading books will be sent home each week. Please read these books more than once if possible to increase fluency. You will change these every Friday so please make sure your reading books are in school that day.

You can also read online at

Username: parkgateprimary 

Password: parkgate


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 email me at


Many thanks,

Miss Morris