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Year 1

Welcome to the Spring Term in Year

Our topic this term is ‘The Seaside’ and ‘Traditional Tales’





In English, we will begin our term by exploring three-part stories by looking at the book The Secret of Black Rock. We are going to continue to focus on our use of adjectives and the conjunction ‘and’ to help us develop our writing. We will be ending the unit by writing our very own, adventure-based, three-part stories. We will continue to develop the children’s basic punctuation skills and introduce them to arrange of grammar features, specifically; prefixes and suffixes.  



Each week we will be completing five phonic sessions in order to develop the children’s ability to read a range of tricky words and decode a range of words. We will be completing four whole class reading sessions focusing on a range of skills, including; vocabulary, prediction, inference, retrieval, explanation, summarise and sequence. We will be exploring a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry in order to apply these skills.



In maths we will be developing our understanding of addition and subtraction. They will be doing so within 20 and developing their use of the addition, subtraction and equal symbols. The children will be using a range of strategies, including; concrete objects, pictorial images and abstract representations. Following this unit of study, we will be looking at place value to 50.



During the first half term we will be learning about plants and exploring them within the school grounds. We will be thinking about wild and garden plants, the key parts of a plant and what they need to grow. We will be thinking about different types of trees and discussing the similarities between evergreen and deciduous.


Other Subjects

In RE, we will be learning about our Golden Rule which is 'treat others as you would like to be treated' as well as belonging and forgiveness. During SMSC we will be exploring British Values, with a focus on tolerance, and going for goals in Y2. In Art/DT, we are going to be looking at landscapes (linked to our seaside theme) and creating seascapes using textiles. We will also be exploring Hundertwasser in our Art lessons. During our Computing sessions, we are going to be building on our ability to be illustrations and make our own audiobooks. During our weekly music sessions, we will be looking at the use of sounds to retell a familiar story. In history, we are going to be learning about the seaside past and present. In PE we are going to develop our fundamental skills suing throwing and catching.


PE Days

P.E. for 1J will be on a Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon. 

PE for 1M will be on a Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon. 


Key Dates and General Reminders

Homework books will be handed out on a Friday.

It is to be completed by the next Thursday.

Spellings will be given out each Friday, to be learnt by the following Friday.

Please put names into your child’s clothes/belongings.