Year 1

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Mrs Salvetti
Class 3 Teacher
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Miss King
Class 4 Teacher

A Warm Welcome To Our Year 1 Page!

Our topics this term have a History focus. During the first half term we will be finding out about 'The Great Fire of London' and after Half Term we will be exploring 'In the land of ice and snow', in which we will be finding out about Shackleton's 'Endurance Expedition' to the South Pole.

If you were unable to make our Year 1 Phonics Screen meeting on Friday 1st April, please find below a copy of the Powerpoint used and the handout with suggested games and activities on. If you have any further questions, please do contact your child's class teacher.



Writing and Topic

In the first half term we will begin by reading the story 'Katie in London', using this to explore the famous landmarks in London we can visit today. We will then go back in time to explore what London streets would have looked like in 1666, before reading the story 'Toby and The Great Fire of London.' We will be using drama to explore how it might have felt to have helped to put out the fire, and we will be writing diary entries inspired by Samuel Pepys.

After Half Term we will begin by reading the story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers and we will use this hook to find out the locations and names of the coldest parts of our planet. We will find out what it is like to live on a research station in Antarctica and we will think about what we would need to pack to take with us. We will then be learning about the famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton, discovering what happened on his Endurance Expedition to the South Pole. We will be using drama to help us imagine what it would have been like to have been stranded on Elephant Island, before writing diary entries as one of the stranded crew.

Reading and Phonics

Phonics will continue to be taught daily during the Spring Term. In addition to daily practise of Phase 3 sounds and Phase 4 blends, we will be looking at Phase 5 sounds - those alternative ways of writing previously learnt sounds. 

We encourage the children to read every day at home and in school they will continue to participate in a weekly Guided Reading session with an adult, reading a book set at their current Phonics level which they will then take home to continue reading.

Please see the links at the bottom of the page for some useful websites to support phonics at home.



This term we will begin by focussing on 'Number and Place Value', first of all looking at numbers to 20 and then numbers to 50. We will be doing lots of counting forwards and backwards as well as ordering numbers and sequencing numbers. We will also be using the mathematical language and symbols we have previously looked at, to describe numbers (eg.more than / less than / equal to). Towards the end of the Spring Term we will begin to look at measures (length, mass and volume).


This term our Science unit will be 'Animals, Including Humans'. We will be exploring the different classifications of animals (mammal, reptile, bird etc) and identifying their characteristics (naming body parts etc).


In the first half term we will be focussing on ball skills - practising throwing, catching, bouncing and balancing balls. In the second half of the term we will be practising attacking and defending skills during our outdoors lesson, and developing our fundamental movement skills during our indoor session.


Homework and Phonics practise will continue to be set every Friday with tasks due in on the following Wednesday. 

A weekly Spelling Test wil be introduced this term. 5 spellings linked to the Phonic sounds taught that week and Common Exception Words ('Tricky Bug' words) will be set every Friday and the children will be tested on these on the following Thursday.

Useful websites/Resources

Phonics Play

Interactive phonics game. Please select 'Phase 5'. 

Read with Fonics

This site and accompanying app explores all the sounds we are learning and includes all the phases.  It is available for iOS, Android and Amazon devices.

Letters and Sounds Phase 5 Resources

Free Phase 5 Resources for the Letters and Sounds phonics teaching programme. Bright, colourful individual word cards. All resources can be downloaded and printed free!

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