Year Groups

Year 1

Spring Term in Year 1- Half termly letter


This half term we will begin by reading a book called, ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’ by David Conway and Jude Daly. We will be writing our own setting descriptions of the first scene, writing alternate endings to the story, writing a letter to Lila’s Grandfather and finally writing a set of instructions. We will then read the traditional tale, ‘The Hare and Tortoise’ where we will describe the characters and then re-tell the story using alternate animals.

We will continue to focus on using capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks to punctuate our sentences. We will continue to use adjectives and similes for description as well as using the conjunctions: and, because, so, but, when and while. 


We will be continuing with our understanding of subtraction and developing the children’s knowledge of ‘bridging 10’ when subtracting. We will look to develop this knowledge further when comparing subtraction sentences. We will then be moving on to develop our place value knowledge whilst investigating numbers to 50. We will be looking to fully understand 10s and 1s within 50. We will continue to use concrete and pictorial representations to develop our understanding of more than, less than, and equal to, as well as comparing and ordering numbers and objects to 50. Finally we will continue to develop our understanding of counting in multiples of twos, fives and tens.


Our science topic next half term continues to be Plants. We will be recognising the differences between deciduous and evergreen trees, naming a variety of common trees and plants, discussing the life cycle of a plant and finally going on a ‘spring walk’ to look at the seasonal changes.


We will continue to look at coding and will be using Beebots to give instructions, as well as looking at online safety using the program ‘purple mash’ on ipads.


Our topic question next half term is: “Our school and Wandsworth – is it the same as other places?” We will be looking at maps of Wandsworth, using simple compass directions, as well as going on a class walk around the local area.


To link with our topic, we will be designing and making our own 3D maps as well as looking at the artist ‘Banksy’ and creating our own ‘Banksy’ style pictures.


We will continue with PATHS, a resource to support children with their emotional well being, including recognising and managing feelings. We will also discuss what it means to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle.


In PE we will be looking at ball skills, including throwing, catching, bouncing and kicking. We will be focusing on these skills so that they can play mini games of rugby and basketball. 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 drawstring bag.


We will be learning about Judaism. The children will be looking at some of the main festivals celebrated, such as Hanukkah and Passover.


Next half term our music work will be focused around the song Round and Round.

We will listen to and talk about the song and other songs in the same style (Bossa Nova Latin style); build on our knowledge and understanding of investigating pulse, rhythm and pitch.

Trips and Special Events

We will be going on a walk around Wandsworth to use our map skills and identify human and physical features.

26th February our duck eggs arrive.


Please send your child in with their coat, book bag, reading record, water and fruit (optional) every day! Please ensure everything is named. Please record reading at home in their reading record, complete weekly Mathletics tasks as well as practise spellings and mental maths. These short tests are completed every Friday and come home with the children.