March 2019

Year 1 children have a busy term ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at  Oxford Owl


The Spring Term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters and full stops when writing sentences. There will also be a strong focus on grammar and spelling. Throughout this term children will have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Tuesday and new spellings will be given out on the same day. The children will begin to use question marks and exclamation marks and will be encouraged to continue using the conjunction ‘and’. We will also learn how to apply prefixes and suffixes to words and the children will be given the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts, including, stories with familiar settings.

In Maths we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, fives and tens up to and across 100. The children will be given the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of how to add and subtract two numbers together by solving word problems and we will continue to practise reciting number bonds to 10. Later on in the term we will move on to solving multiplication and division using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines.
In Science, we will be learning about a range of materials and their properties. Children will have the opportunity to investigate the properties through simple investigations.
In Geography we will be finding out how to identify human and physical features both in their local environment and in coastal areas. In Art we will be looking at the work of Renoir and Monet and the children will be creating their own ‘Waves’ painting. After half term we will learn all about the Victorians in History and in DT we will be making our own Victorian clay tile in the style of William Morris.

For more details about our learning this term, please click on the Spring Term Curriculum Overview.

Pupils will remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, with the exception of Phonics for which they will be ability set and may change teacher/classrooms.

Children need to keep a P.E kit in school, but generally children in Year 1 will have P.E on a Friday, Can you please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. PE kit can be purchased from the school office and should consist of a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and a pair of pumps. It would also be appreciated if all uniform, including PE kit and pumps, are labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we realise how expensive it is to replace when items are lost!

Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. 

This term we will be continuing with the Purple Creative Homework books which will allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on.

Children will continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building their confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome!

The gate to the playground will continue to be opened at 8.45am and closed at 8.55am. Late children will need to report to the main office.

We have much to be excited about for the Spring Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to me, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.

Thank you for your continued support. 

Miss C Edge

 Photos From Last Year...

Look at our fantastic homework!





Science -  Testing Properties of Materials

Senses Investigations