Year Groups

Year 1

Spring Term in Year 1- Half termly letter


We will start by reading a book called, ‘The Emperor’s Egg’ by Martin Jenkins. We will be writing a diary entry and a non-fiction report about animals from the polar regions. We will then read and write a selection of poetry, linking this to the animals too. After that, we will read, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson where we will be re-telling parts of the story but changing some of the characters. We will continue to focus on using capital letters, full stops, question marks, adjectives and using ‘and’ and ‘because’ to link sentences. We will also be introducing the use of exclamation marks and a variety of conjunctions to link sentences, such as ‘but’, ‘so’, ‘when’ and ‘while’.



We will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics, we will be further developing our knowledge of addition and subtraction (within 20), using methods such as counting on, finding and making number bonds and adding by making ten. When subtracting the children will develop their knowledge in order to subtract crossing 10.

Later we will be looking a place value within 50. The children will be learning to count and represent numbers to 50, compare objects and numbers to 50 as well as ordering and sequencing. The children will also develop their ability count in 2s, 5s, and 10s.


We will be looking at plants. We will be identifying and naming a variety of common plants, including garden plants, wild plants and trees and those classified as deciduous and evergreen. We will also be identifying and describing the basic structure of a variety of plants, including roots, stem/ trunk, leaves and flowers.


We will be using laptops and chrome books to explore coding through various games and computer based activities on Purple Mash (an interactive teaching and learning resource).


Our topic question next half term is: “How would you get ready to explore the North and South Pole?”

We will be using atlases, globes and maps to locate the polar regions, as well as learning about animals, habitats and explorers.


To link to our science topic on plants, we will look at the artist, Georgia O’Keefe and re-create her paintings of flowers. We will also create our own collages of a variety of flowers. To link to our topic on the North and South Pole, we will be creating our own pictures of animals, using tissue paper and crate paper to explore different textures.


We will continue with PATHS, a resource to support children with their emotional well being, including recognising and managing feelings. We will also look at how we can look after ourselves by living in a healthy and safe way by learning about the benefits of excersise, healthy eating, personal hygiene and preventing the spreading of germs.


In PE we will be looking at gymnastics, focusing on refining control in balances and movement using equipment. We will also be making links to our topic by looking at fitness and strength as preparation for exploration. PE kits are to be left at school for the full half term if possible. Please ensure every item is named and in a named bag.


We will be learning about Judaism. The children will be learning about how Jewish people celebrate Shabbat in the home and synagogue.


Next half term our music work will be focused around the song In the Groove. We will: listen to and talk about the song and other songs in the same style; build on our knowledge and understanding about the features of music through vocal warm-ups, learning to sing the song, composing and improvising; and work toward an in-class performance.

Trips and Special Events

We are having an ‘Awesome Arctic’ workshop and a “Map Skills and Mini-Orienteering” outdoor activity session on January 24th.


Please send your child in with their coat, book bag, reading record, water and fruit (optional) every day and ensure everything is named. Please record any reading at home in their reading record and complete weekly Mathletics tasks.