Year Groups

Year 1

Spring Term Letter


In Spring 1 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-fictional report about animals from the polar regions. We will then read and write a selection of poetry about animals, before finishing with a re-telling of ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson with different characters.  We will continue to focus on using capital letters, full stops, question marks, adjectives and using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘because’ to link sentences. We will also be introducing the use of exclamation marks and a variety of new conjunctions to link sentences.

In Spring 2 we will begin by reading a book called, ’10 things to change the world’ by Melanie Walsh. During Spring 2 we will also cover explanation texts, persuasive letters, newspaper reports, diary entries and a non-chronological reports.


This term, we will start to learn about additive structures. We will use the solid foundation we have built in the Autumn term to easily add and subtract single digit numbers. We will learn to add and subtract using concrete resources and then build up to abstract examples and problem solving using additive structures. We will continue to develop their understanding of 10s and 1s within 50 using concrete and pictorial representations. We will review our understanding of more than, less than, and equal to, as well as comparing and ordering numbers and objects to 50. Using a variety of different equipment, we will learn how to accurately measure the length, height, volume and weight of an object. We will fluently learn number bonds within 10 and continue developing our understanding of counting in multiples of twos, fives and tens. We will continue to build on our understanding of 2D and 3D shapes. We will learn to complete and create sequences using different shapes.


Our science topic throughout the Spring term is 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. Finally, we will be discussing the life cycle of a plant, and going on a Spring walk to Wandsworth Common to look at some seasonal changes.


We will be exploring coding through various games and iPad based activities on Purple Mash (an interactive teaching and learning resource). We will also be using Beebots to give instructions, as well as looking at online safety.


Our topic question for Spring 1 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. We are very excited to have an Arctic explorer coming into school to talk to the children.

Our topic question for Spring 2 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 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.

To link with our Wandsworth topic in Spring 2, 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.


This term we will start using the Mind-up curriculum to talk about how our brains work. Mind-up teaches us about our pre-frontal cortex (PFC), hippocampus and amygdala and what happens when we feel different emotions. We will learn different techniques to calm ourselves down and rationalise our responses. 


In PE we will be focusing on orienteering once a week. We will also continue PE sessions with Mr V doing ball games and focusing on team work, ball control and passing. After February half term, Mr Haughton and Mr Clack will be taking Year 1 for P.E and they will focus on gym and outdoor games.


This term our focus is on Christianity and we will be answering the question: What is a promise? We will focus on Christian leaders like Noah and Abraham and look at the promises God has made to Christians. We will also focus on religious leaders (Pastors, priest, elders) to see what promises they have made.


In Spring 1 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.

In Spring 2 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

This term, we will be going on a walk around Wandsworth to use our map skills and identify human and physical features. We will also go on our spring walk to Wandsworth Common.

We will be visiting a church in the local area linked to our RE question and hope to plan more exciting trips for the children.


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 practising spellings and mental maths.

PE day will be on a Monday for Spring 1, so please send your child in dressed in their PE kit every Monday. You will be notified in advance via Parentmail and in the Talking Homework if PE day changes for any reason.