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Dear Parents and children,


There will be no more home learning tasks for you to do over the Easter holidays so you can catch up with any that you have missed.  You have been working hard over the last two weeks and it's been lovely seeing how creative you are.


Please keep reading over the holidays and have a lovely break.


We hope you stay healthy, safe and happy!  


From all of the Year 1 team 

Spring 2 Term 2020 for Year 1

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter – Spring 2 2020


Welcome back and we hope you have had an enjoyable week with your families and are ready for another exciting half term full of learning and children being the best that they can be.   We will continue to earn dojo points and follow the school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty.    


Staffing in Year 1 is:

Mrs May - Class Teacher 

Mrs Haji and Miss Hussain - Teaching Assistants

Mrs Matadar, Mrs Saleem and Mrs Solkar - Special Support Assistants 


Your child's homework grid will be given at the start of the half term and you will find this glued into their homework book.  Please encourage your child to complete the reading, spelling, times tables and topic homework. Homework is given out on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Wednesday.  Don't forget there is online homework too and you will find login details in the front of your child's diary. It is important that your child learns to read their spellings before attempting to copy them in their spelling book.  It is also vital that they learn their vocabulary as this is linked to the book they will be reading in class the following week.  P.E this half term will take place on a Tuesday afternoon.  Please ensure that your child has their earrings removed or covered by plasters from home on this day. The correct PE uniform must also be worn: Yellow PE shirt, black PE shorts or jogging bottoms and black pumps. Our topic this half term is ‘Family Album’.  If you haven’t done so already, please ask your child to draw or paint a picture of your family, no bigger than A4.  Make a frame around it using lolly sticks, card or cardboard and decorate it.  This can then be put up on display in our classroom.



In English, we are looking at recounts and begin by focusing on our family and the events that have happened in our  lives.  We will explore the key features of recounts, which will enable us to write our own version. At home, please continue to practise reading with your child as much as possible and encourage them to use their phonic knowledge whenever writing or reading unfamiliar words. The more phonics your child does, the more likely they will pass their phonics screening test in June.



This half term we will continue to compare numbers and identify number patterns.  We will then move on to solving addition and subtraction word problems.  During all work there will be a range of practical resources to support and engage the children’s learning and we continue to build confidence with fluency, reasoning and problem solving. As in the autumn term, we continue to practise our 2x, 5x and 10x times tables which all year 1 children should be able to recall confidently and we would appreciate it if you could practise these with your child as much as possible at home.



We will continue with our science topic  ‘Seasons, Weather and Trees' and will be measuring the weather for a week which will include investigating changes in the length of daylight.  We also continue our topic 'Plants' and will be observing how the seeds/bulbs we planted last half term, have grown.  We will also be following instructions to plant potatoes and other seeds to observe how they grow.



This half term our topic is 'Family Album.' We will be asking the children to bring in a photograph of themselves as a baby and one of themselves now.  This will help them to see how they have changed over time.  We will also share memories and create a timeline, which will support your child to understand chronological vocabulary.  Later, we will consider what birthdays are and compare how they have been celebrated in the past.  Our geographical aspect of this topic will be looking at countries and capital cities within the UK. We will also be looking at human and physical features within the local area of Blackburn and comparing it to the coastal area of St.Annes. The art, craft and design part of this topic will be focused on the artist Leonardo da Vinci.  The children will experiment with a range of media using the portraits of Leonard da Vinci and Mona Lisa and will then produce their own self-portrait.  Please support your child to learn the facts on the knowledge organiser - you can find a copy above and also in their homework book.  



During PSHE, we continue to learn about how to keep ourselves safe.


If you have any concerns, there will be opportunities for informal chats at the end of the school day, but if you would like a more formal meeting with any of the year 1 team, please arrange a suitable time at the office.  


Please remain patient when picking up your child at the end of the school day.  The safety of your child is our main priority.


Important dates for your diary: 

Monday 24th February - Children back to school

w/b 2nd March – Author week – Year 1 will be focusing on Dr Seuss


I hope your child has a brilliant half term.