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Year 1


Welcome to Year 1

Spring 2 2021

Dear Parents,


Welcome back to Year 1!


We are very excited to welcome you all back on March 8th after lockdown has ended. The letter to remind you pick up/drop off of points and timings remains at the top of this page. We have followed government guidelines to keep your children safe when they return and things will be slightly different to what they are used to. The children will be reminded of our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty and they will continue to earn dojo points for good behaviour, attitudes and effort.


Staffing in Year 1 is:


Mrs Smith - Class Teacher 

Mrs Morris- Associate Teacher

Mrs Haji- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Maqsood- Special Support Assistant



Please encourage your child to complete their homework each week. Homework is given out on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Tuesday.  It is important that your child learns to read their spellings and understand the meaning before attempting to copy them into their spelling book with a sentence using the word underneath.  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.  Passwords and logins have been sorted, there will be some online homework too through Purple Mash, My Maths, and TT Rockstars. 


It is crucial that you read with your child as much as possible at home to support their phonics and also their understanding of different texts.


Your child will be given fact sheets with information and vocabulary based on these topics and others that we are learning about in class. Please support and encourage your child with learning these facts, as this will support and consolidate their learning with the classroom.



PE 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. 



In English this half term, we will be writing our instructions all about how to plant different plants. We will explore the key features of instructions to enable us to write our own. We will develop our use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will explore the text and use the Talk 4 Writing approach to retell, innovate then invent our own instructions.

Phonics will continue throughout the day and there are some links in the website star for you to support your child at home.



We will be practising our 2x, 5x and 10x times tables which all year 1 children should be able to recall confidently. Therefore, we ask that you practise these with your child as much as possible. Our main focus will be ensuring the children have mastered numbers up to 40 by: counting, writing, ordering and adding and subtracting them. Then we will move on to multiplication. We will learn the foundations of equal groupings, repeated addition, arrays and doubling.  After this we will be moving on to division. We will be grouping items and sharing them equally. Lastly we will look at fractions. We will learn what a half and a quarter is and how they have equal parts. We will then make the link between division and fractions.



Our Science topic our topic is ‘Plants.’  We will be identifying and describing the structure of plants and trees. We will also be identifying and naming a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees. Then we learn about how some plants are eaten.



Our focus this term will be on the UK. We will learn about the four countries in the UK and their capital cities. We will then identify human features of these capital cities and our own area. Next we will identify the seas that surround the UK. Then we will identify the physical features of different parts of the UK.



Our History topic this term is ‘family album’.  We will be looking at our own families and photographs of when we were younger. We will be looking at how we have changed over time and what we can remember from when we were younger. We will then look at notable events from the children’s life time. We will timeline and order these events. Finally we will look at how we celebrate birthdays now and how they were celebrated in the past. 



The artist we will be looking at is Leonardo Da Vinci. We will be looking at Da Vinci’s self-portraits. We will focus on drawing the different features, taking into account the different shapes, sizes, tones and lines.  We will have a go at replicating some of Da Vinci’s work then we will draw our own self-portraits.



In music we will be exploring using the voice expressively and creatively. We will be also looking at chants.  We will be singing in unison and will sing call and response songs.



This term we will be learning about what makes some places sacred. We will look at how the words ‘sacred’ and ‘holy’ are used. We will show respect for other people’s precious or sacred belongings.  We will explore the main features of places of worship and how places of worship are used. We will find similarities and differences between places of worship and how they are used.  Then we will explore the meanings of signs, symbols, artefacts and actions and how they help in worship.



We will be looking at ebooks and comparing them to traditional books. We will learn how to use different drawing tools to create pictures. Then we will add text to a page changing the colour, font and size of the text. We will explore animations and sounds how we can add these too our work. We will create our own stories including adding our own backgrounds and copying and pasting pages.



We will have discussions each day during PSHE to ensure your child feels safe and happy and there will be an emphasis on the importance of keeping clean and away from germs.  We would appreciate this discussion happening at home too.


If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to discuss these with us at the beginning or end of the school day or arrange an appointment through the school office.


We hope your child has an amazing first half term being the best that they can be.  As always, we all hope that you stay healthy, safe and happy! 


From all the Year 1 team: Mrs Smith, Mrs Morris, Mrs Haji and Mrs Maqsood