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Welcome to Year 1!

Spring Term 1

 January - February 2020


Tigers, welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, 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 some questions 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. 


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 Place Value (to 50) and Measurement.


By the end of term, the children will be able to:

  • Count to 50 forwards and backwards.
  • Count, read and write numbers to 50 in numerals.
  • Identify one more and one less than a given number.
  • Identify and represent numbers.
  • Count in multiples of two, five and ten.
  • Measure and begin to record lengths, height, mass/weight, capacity and volume.
  • Compare, describe and solve practical problems for lengths and heights, mass/weight and capacity and volume.


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.


Our vocabulary for this half term is -  head, nose, ear


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. 

Science Captains


In Geography, we will be looking at our school and the UK. During this topic, the children will:

  • Describe the character of a place.
  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to student the geography of the local surrounding environment.
  • Draw a simple map using symbols to create a key.
  • Name some of the main towns and cities in the United Kingdom.
  • Identify the four countries making up the United Kingdom.


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 and we will be visiting St. Thomas’ to look at artefacts which are important to Christians.


PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays, 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.


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 Computing, we will be programming. Throughout this topic, the children will create simple programs, predict the outcomes of programs and design and create a program for others to play.



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



Homework will be sent home on a Thursday and needs to be returned the following Monday. This will include work to consolidate the children’s learning from that week.


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