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 topic this half term is 'In the Land of Ice and Snow'.  We will be finding out about Ernest Shackleton's amazing adventure on his ship 'The Endurance' and finding out how the crew survived when their ship became trapped in pack ice.


We will be sequencing the events of the story and writing about the key events.  We will also be writing diary entries and letters whilst pretending to be members of the crew.  The children will have the opportunity to take part in drama activities linked to the story.  This term we will also be developing our understanding of question marks, plurals and suffixes.  We will also continue to practise writing clear sentences with finger-spaces, full-stops and capital letters and we will continue to work on forming our letters correctly.


Reading and Phonics

Phonics is taught daily, concentrating on Phase 5 sounds - those alternative ways of writing previously learnt sounds.  In addition to reading using phonics, we will practise identifying 'Tricky Bug words' (those 'common exception' words that cannot be sounded out and that the children 'just need to know'.)

Every week the children will be heard read by an adult and will participate in a Guided Reading session - this may take the form of small groups or as a whole class activity.   All children now have a phonics related book which is changed once a week

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


This term we are continuing to develop our understanding of addition and subtraction through practical, pictorial and written methods.  We will also be exploring place-value to 50.


Our Science lessons link with the theme 'Animals including humans'.  This term children will be identifying, drawing and labelling parts of their body, naming the five senses and carrying out an investigation into the five senses.


In computing we will be continuing to explore basic programming using Beebots, iPads and laptops, In addition to this we will discuss and explore e-safety.


In the Spring term we will be focussing on dance and gymnastics.


Homework and spellings will be set every Friday. Homework will be due in on the following Thursday.

Spellings will be tested on a Thursday morning.

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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