Year Groups

Year 1

Spring Term in Year 1- Termly Newsletter


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-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: but, so, when and while.

In Spring 2 we will begin by reading a book called, ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’ by David Conway and Jude Daly. We will write our own setting descriptions of the first scene, alternate endings to the story, 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 alternative 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 continue with addition and subtraction to develop the children’s understanding of ‘bridging 10’. We will develop this knowledge further by comparing subtraction sentences. We will then be moving on to develop our place value knowledge investigating numbers to 50. We will be looking to fully understand 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. This will involve lots of investigations and comparison work. Finally, we will continue to develop our understanding of counting in multiples of twos, and also introduce counting in fives and tens.


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 the seasonal changes, drawing comparisons with our Winter walk.


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.


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.

In Spring 2 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 (we will send them home at half term). Please ensure every item is named and in a named drawstring bag.


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 the 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

We are having an ‘Awesome Arctic’ workshop and a ‘Map Skills and Mini-Orienteering’ outdoor activity session on January 21st. In spring 2 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 also be visiting a church in the local area linked to our RE question.


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.