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Year 1

Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 1

Our topic this term is Explorers




We always look forward to writing in Year One! The children will have daily handwriting lessons to work on their letter formation and build awareness of capital letter formation. They will work on writing words linked to their Phonics sounds in their daily Read Write Inc Phonics lessons. Twice a week the children will complete creative writing.  They will develop their use of capital letters, full stops, fingers spaces, adjectives and conjunctions.



Our author for this term is Oliver Jeffers and we can’t wait to explore his wonderful books.  We will have whole class reading lessons three times a week to develop our use of the reading skills of prediction, retrieval, inference, vocabulary and sequencing. We will also be reading every day as part of our Phonics lessons. Please continue to read at home as often as possible. This can be your child’s library, reading or Phonics book. It makes such a big difference!



The children will be exploring addition and subtraction within 20 and developing their understanding of the associated symbols. We will look at place value to 50. They will be looking specifically at tens and ones within each number. They will use their reasoning and problem solving skills to deepen their understanding of number. We will be continuing to consolidate their understanding of 1 more and 1 less as well as counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. They will also begin to understand length, height, weight and volume. 




During the Spring term our topic will be materials. We will be exploring the school for different materials and use our skills to classify, sort and compare them. We will be using our knowledge of material properties to help design a bed for a pet and also a boat in Design Technology.


Other Subjects

 In geography we will be learning about all 7 continents and the oceans. We will learn about Plymouth, England and the United Kingdom and their place in Europe. During our computing sessions, we will become illustrators and create our own digital images linked to a key high-quality text we have been exploring. In PE we will be focusing on our fundamental movements (agility, balance and coordination) and use them across a range of activities. In our music lessons, we will be learning about the sounds associated with the weather and seasons. During RE, we will be learning about Judaism and looking at special days and festivals.  Within art we will be learning about collages and creating a ‘class continents of the world’ collage. Our puzzle in Jigsaw/PSHE lessons is ‘Dreams and Goals’. The children will be thinking about what they are good at and what they would like to improve upon. 


PE Days

PE for 1SW is on a Monday and 1J is on a Wednesday. Please remove earrings in the morning or your child will not be able to take part in the PE lesson.


Key Dates and General Reminders

Homework is given out on a Friday and is to be returned by the following Thursday.

Spellings are given out on a Friday and need to be learnt by the following Friday.

Library books are changed weekly on a Friday.

Please name all your children’s clothes and belongings.