Welcome to Year 1

Welcome back, I hope that you have enjoyed the Easter break and have had a well-deserved rest. We have another exciting term ahead of us in Year 1, below are the teaching and learning experiences for our term ahead.



Our focus for this half term will be based around significant people in History. Our learning challenge question for this half term is:

‘Who was famous when Mum and Dad were little?’

We will be learning about significant people in the past who have contributed to national and international achievement including Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela. The children will be learning about what being famous means and will also look at people who their parents admired when they were little. The children will have a dressing up day at the end of the topic where they will be invited to come to school dressed as somebody that they admire.


During the second part of the term we will be answering the learning challenge question:

‘Which materials should the Three Little Pigs have used to build their house?’

This involves us learning about everyday materials, the children will be learning about the names and properties of these materials in order to be able to compare and group them to test which would be most suited to different structures. The children will also have the opportunity to design and create models using some of the everyday materials they will be learning about.



During the summer term we will be reading and exploring the traditional tales; ‘Little Red Riding Hood and ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The children will be retelling the story and writing their own version of the tale with different characters and settings. We will also be focusing on recount writing this term based on an experience or event and will be writing these in chronological order. The children will also be reading alternative versions of these traditional tales from a viewpoint of another character. The children will be continuing to develop their skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as their handwriting and letter formation. Please support your child at home by listening to them read regularly and by ensuing that they practice their spellings weekly.



A lot of the work during this upcoming term will be based on number and place value and mental mathematics, the children will be developing their skills when adding and subtracting 1 and 2 digit numbers, doubling and halving numbers to 20 and understanding place value in 2 digit numbers. A great emphasis will also be placed on telling the time on digital and analogue clocks. We will also be focusing on finding fractions of shapes and recognising the value of all coins and notes and will be finding change from different coins. Additionally, we will be comparing and measuring weight and capacity and using this information to complete tables and graphs.


General Reminders

The children will be doing dance during PE this half term on a Friday and after half term will be doing games on a Monday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled.

Children will receive their spellings on a Friday and be tested the following Friday. Spelling books will continue to be given out on a Friday and to be returned the following Monday.

Learning logs will be given out fortnightly on a Friday and continue to be returned by the Wednesday stated on the learning log task sheet.

The online maths and grammar activities and games will continue to be allocated on a Friday if you wish to use them at home to support your child’s development. You can access the maths activities at: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/

Please ensure that you are reading with your child regularly at home and practising their phonics as the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will be the second week back after the May half term, the week beginning 12th June. 


Miss Slinger - Class Teacher


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