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Year 1

We are now into the spring term. I am super proud of all of our children for making lots of amazing progress and memories so far, well done! Year 1 have adapted brilliantly to their new surroundings and routines in school! Last term, the children worked incredibly hard learn the new ways of school life as our transition from Reception to Year 1 can be very daunting and new! This term, we have lots of exciting lessons planned across the curriculum, and we are looking forward to making lots of amazing memories and progressing with our knowledge. We know our Year 1’s will continue to be work hard and try their best through out every lesson.


This half term our core texts is ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon, which is about an alien from another world and somehow gets lost on Earth. Lonely and confused, she wanders off to a nearby city to find some friends. But the only friendly people she comes across are the children, while the big Earth creatures just don’t seem to understand. We will also be continuing with our ‘Read, Write Inc.’ lessons, including lots of phonics and reading opportunities. Please read the online books and book bag books with your child as they will link into our lessons and help the children with their newly learned sounds.


In maths we will be learning about place value and addition and subtraction (within 20). The children will have lots of opportunities to reason and solve problems. In the second part of the term we will be introducing and working with measurement: length and height.

Come and See

Our first come and see topic this half term is all about special people. The children will be reflecting on the different types of special people in our families, communities and church families. We will also be learning about meals and the importance of different meals to our religion.


In science we are learning about materials. We will be focusing on different materials properties and how different materials can be used for different objects. We will also be looking into how to describe materials, exploring and using words such as ‘opaque’ and ‘transparent’.   


In geography the children will be learning about our local area. We will be exploring our local area and the different things in it such as parks, fields, schools, houses, apartments etc. We will be paying close attention to Kirkby and the different things our area has to offer.


In music the children will be learning all about the differences between pulses, rhythm and pitch in our topic ‘Into the Groove’.


Our topic in DT is preparing fruit and vegetables. The children will be looking at how to safely prepare fruit and vegetables. Focusing on designing and making fruit and vegetable kebabs. We will be trying different fruits and vegetables before making our favourite kebab.


In computing we will be learning about ‘My online life.’ We will be working on how to improve our knowledge of the risks of our online lives and to develop skills when using online services. We will be discussing certain situations that may arise when online and to get the children to think critically about their online lives.


 Our topic for this half term is ‘Who is special to us?’ We will be looking into how the children can look after each other in our world.

Useful information

  • Snack is 50p per week
  • Reading books are changed regularly. Please ensure you read with your child as often as possible. Year 1 is an important year for the children to develop their reading skills.
  • Read write inc. books- Children will be set books on ‘oxford owl’ that we are practising that week in phonics. Children need to read the book and take the quiz. This will be set weekly.
  • Homework- handwriting and spellings homework will be given out every Monday for the children’s test on Friday.
  • PE is on a Wednesday. The children can come to school in their PE kits and trainers. Please ensure your children has a yellow polo shirt, their school jumper/cardigan and navy or black shorts. In cold weather the children may wear dark jogging bottoms.

Please find below the year 1 spelling list which the children need to know how to read and spell.

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