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Year 1

Key Information

PE this term will be on a Tuesday and Dance/Gymnastics is on a Wednesday. Please ensure that children have a suitable PE kit in school at all times. Please note that children with long hair must wear it tied back and also all jewellery needs to be removed for PE sessions (we are unable to take out earrings; this must be done by the children themselves). 

Forest School will continue to take place on a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Hamilton and each class visits on a half termly rotation. Therefore 1KW will visit Forest School during Spring Term One and 1JS will go after half term during Spring Term Two. The children will require wellington boots for this session. Please bring these into school, each Tuesday, in a named plastic carrier bag.

Please can we ask that each child brings a named water bottle into school each day. A daily snack is provided but you may also wish to provide your child with a small, healthy snack for playtime.

We also ask that you discourage your child from bringing toys into school to avoid any unnecessary upset. 

Your child should have their book bag in school each day. Please could we ask that you encourage your child to keep their book bag keyring free so that they can fit into their trays easily.

Our main topics for this term are Toys, Healthy Lifestyles, Hot and Cold Countries, Seasonal Changes (spring and summer) and Animals (including humans). We will also explore non-fiction books during our English lessons as well as focusing on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. After half term, we will explore stories written by one of our favourite authors Julia Donaldson. During Art/DT we will have the opportunity to experiment using a range of materials to create our very own self-portrait.

Please consult our Spring 2018 Curriculum Newsletter for more details about the topics covered. 


This term we are looking forward to a visit from Jewish speaker Jo Elijah to support our work in RE on Judaism.

The Tesco Farm to Fork team will be visiting Year One where we will have the opportunity to think about spring and new beginnings as well as taking part in some exciting craft activities.

Home Learning

Homework expectations are as follows:


The children will continue to be given a new book each week during their weekly guided reading sessions. Please continue to ensure that this is in school each day as the children will take part in one to one and independent reading throughout the week. The children have been busy learning their highlighted sight words. Please continue to support your child to learn these tricky words as that will ensure their continued progress with both their reading and writing. This will then be individually checked off in school each week once your child can confidently recognise them. 


Your child will have a set of words to learn each week based on the spelling rules they have been taught in class. The words on the list are the expected standard, in line with the new National Curriculum. The children should learn to spell them for the weekly spelling test, along with the two high frequency words, which will take place every Friday. Word lists will vary week to week in difficulty, depending on the rule. There are extra challenges listed; however the priority is to learn the spellings and ensure the children know the rule.

Creative Homework

We enjoyed sharing the children's dinosaur and firework/celebration projects with them and we were amazed by the children's creative ideas. This term the children may be as creative as they like by making, writing, drawing or using technology to explore the given topic and create something to share with the rest of the class.

Spring 1 Topic: Toys (History)

This will be shared in the class on Friday 23rd February 2018.

Spring 2 Topic:  Julia Donaldson (English)

This will be shared in the classroom on Friday 20th April 2018.

Please consult our Spring 2018 Home Learning Sheet for further details and information regarding homework expectations and the half termly topic tasks.

Useful Websites


DJ Cow

Obb and Bob 

Geraldine Giraffe does Phonics

Dinosaur Eggs


Count to 20   

Numbers in the Teens

Caterpillar Ordering

Shark Place Value Numbers

Problem Solving

Contact Us

If you have any concerns or questions then please feel free to pop in and speak with us and we will do our very best to help. For longer appointments then please contact the school office and we will arrange a suitable time to meet. 

We look forward to a really successful year ahead!