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' and finding out about Shackleton's 'Endurance Expedition' to the South Pole.

Integrated Topic and Writing

Spring 2: Our topic this term is called ‘In the land of ice and snow’. 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.

In the final week of term we will be celebrating that it is Holy Week by carrying out lots of Easter activities to immerse ourselves in the Easter Story.

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.  In addition to reading using phonics, we will be doing lots of practise of reading and writing '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.   

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', this time looking at 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).


In the first half of the Spring Term we will be looking at Seasonal Change and how people and animals adapt to the winter weather. After Half 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. 

In light of the recent lockdown, we will not introduce the weekly spelling test until the Summer Term.

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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