Year 1

It's SpringTime!

Our topic is 'Toys Old and New'.

Class teachers: Miss Ellis (1E), Mrs Hampson (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Lane (Thursday and Friday) (1HL)

Teaching Support: Mrs James, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Holden and Mrs Oldroyd

Curriculum Subject Outline

English – writing and speaking
We are exploring many texts to learn about writing simple and complex sentences. Some of the texts we are going to explore, that link with our topic, are: 'Callum's Incredible Construction Kit', 'Supertato' and 'Dogger'. We will also include poetry and non-fiction texts. This term we will also be learning about adjectives, nouns and verbs, including what those words mean and how to identify and use them in our sentences. For a complete list of writing targets, please see the attached form.

English – reading
Every day in school is a reading day. The children will be reading independently, within whole-class guided sessions, small group reading and 1-1 reading. The end of the school day will always be spent sharing a book with the children as we want to promote the love of reading throughout school. 

Please encourage your child to read with you or another adult as often as possible outside of school. If you need any recommendations, please ask. is a wonderful website for recommendations but we have a vast selection in school. Remember, comprehension and an appreciation of what you have read is of equal importance to speed and fluency so please enjoy asking your child questions and asking them what they thought about the book. 

It is so important that each and every child has an enjoyment of reading. There is a book for everyone! I know that all of Year One will be super readers by July. The children need to bring their books into school each day and their reading record needs to be signed each week by an adult. Children are reading each day in school throughout a variety of lessons and contexts (even if their record has not been signed daily!) is a great website for recommendations (for all Year groups and topics)

Our first Spring objectives will focus on subtraction. Learning what this means and different methods to work out subtraction calculations and problems. Revision of place value, ordering, and counting forwards and backwards will also be completed and then we will move onto reading and writing numbers to 100. A block of work on fractions will be taught and this will involve finding halves and quarters of shapes and numbers. Throughout the term, regular rehearsal of the number bonds within 10 and 20 will take place, so please keep supporting them with this. They should aim to recall a fact (e.g 2 and what makes 6 or 13 and what makes 18) within no more than 5 seconds.

Science: Plants

We will be learning about different varieties of plants and trees and how to identify them. Will be learn about the features and we will name parts of the plants. The class will be using lots of Scientific skills to find out about the plants. 

Seasonal Changes

Over the Spring term we will be collecting information about how the season changes. This will include collecting data, recording an interpreting our findings. Hopefully the season will lead to better weather!


Our first week back is a mini-topic on a local artist -Lowry. We will be exploring his work and how it gives evidence about the past. We will also do our own Lowry pieces of art for our gallery. 

Following this we will be thinking about old and new toys, discovering differences between them. Hopefully we will learn a lot from our visitor who is bringing a collection of very old toys!

R.E. and PSHEC

Our focus will be 'relationships and families' and in RE we will be learning about how Christians use the bible to help them learn about God and Jesus.

Art and D&T

Our first week will be focussed on Lowry and hopefully we will use his style to create our own Lowry gallery. The final week will be an art week that explores Van Gogh and his famous Sunflowers painting. Over the term we will develop our skills and techniques to improve ourselves as artists.

In Design and Technology we have been given the challenge of making a moving toy! 

PE Day: Thursday for both Year 1 classes. Please ensure that your child has a white T-shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps (velcro fastening or elastic). All kit should be named and kept in a labelled pump bag to be left on their coat peg. The P.E. bags can be kept in school for the half term.

Other Information

In Year 1 we expect:

  • Reading books in reading bags to be brought in every day.
  • Children need to be heard read at home and talked to about what they have read.
  • Reading record to be signed and comments included.
  • A charge of £5 for lost/damaged reading books.
  • Children to be on time 8.55am so that they are ready to start learning at 9.00am
  • At the start of the day children in Y1E will line up at the main entrance and will be collected by their teacher. The children in Y1H/C will line up outside their classroom door.  As we are encouraging the children to be as independent as possible, parents do not need to come into school. 
  • At the end of the day the children will be dismissed from the main entrance if they are in Y1E and from the classroom door if they are in Y1H/C.


Snack:Children can have toast every morning. If you wish your child to have toast, please make sure the money is paid online. The cost is  £1.25 per week and if you are unsure about payment then please speak to the office.

We would like your child to bring in their own water bottle to school with their name on and water is freely available throughout the day for them to refill their bottle. 

Homework: In Year 1 we expect children to read daily with adults at home. Flashcards with tricky words may be included in reading work

Please remember that if your child brings their own personal belongings, school will not be liable for loss of personal items. Thank you.

If you have any questions or queries, please come and see Mrs Hampson, Mrs Lane or Miss Ellis. 

We all look forward to working with you and your children this year,

Many thanks for your continued support.