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Spring 1 Term 2020 for Year 1

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter – Spring 1 2020


Happy New Year to you all and a brand new decade!  We hope you have had a lovely time with your families and are ready for another exciting term full of learning and children being the best that they can be.   The children 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 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 Monday 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 'Growth and Green Fingers'.



In English, we will be writing our own stories based on traditional tales such as, 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. The children are working hard to develop the use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops and this half term we will also be investigating exclamation marks.   Later, we will explore the key features of instructions and learn how to write some of our own. 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. 



This half term we will begin by reading, ordering, writing and recognising the place value of numbers. This will involve counting up and down to 100. Using our place value knowledge we will be adding and subtracting 1 or 10 to a number.  Next we will be measuring, recording and comparing masses.   In addition, we will be looking at a range of 2d and 3d shapes, naming and recognising them. Then we will focus on knowing the value of different coins and notes. Lastly we will be solving multiplication and division problems. During all work there will be a range of practical resources to support and engage the children’s learning and this term we are starting to build our 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 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 we will be going on a local walk on the 15th January to look for signs of winter (please make sure your child has a warm waterproof coat, hat, gloves and scarf for this). We will also be starting our topic 'Plants'  and will identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.  We will also plant seeds so that we can observe how plants grow. These observations will help us to identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants. 



'Growth and Green Fingers' is largely based around the science which is explained above.  In addition to this, we will be exploring the work of the textile craftsman William Morris.  This will enable us to make observational drawings of flowers using light and dark tones.  We will also learn how to press print using our own flower designs. The design and technology aspect of the topic is to explore a variety of fruits through taste and observation.  This will enable us to design, make and evaluate our very own fruit salad.  Please support your child to learn the facts on the knowledge organiser - you can find a copy below and also in their homework book.  



During PSHE, children will be learning about how being 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 6th January - Children back to school

Tuesday 7th January - Green Grrr Dojo party

Wednesday 15th January - Walk to Corporation Park


I hope your child has a brilliant half term.