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Class 1

Welcome to Class 1!

with Mrs Rogers and Mrs Ball 



This is a summary of the units that we will be studying in Year 1 this term.



We will be continuing to develop our writing skills, using a range of books to inspire us.

Our text focus for this term will be: stories from a range of cultures, information texts, recount fact and fiction and poems on a theme. 

We will be reading stories with repeated sections and predictable endings, identifying main characters, making a sequence and summary of a story, inventing new words and phrases and writing new sentences to produce their own individual stories.

They will also be asking and formulating questions about information texts, understanding the differences between fact and fiction, recording in the form of a spidergram, list or chart, writing an information text and editing their own work. The children will be listening to recounts, capturing language ideas of a recount, orally telling a recount, writing a recount and editing a recount. 

The children will also be hearing, responding to and reading a range of poetry, performing a poem, acting out a poem, focussing on language choices in poems and writing their own poems based on a theme.




Unit 16 – Numbers to 100

•count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number

•count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; •count in multiples of twos, fives and tens given a number, identify one more and one less

Unit 17 – Time 

time (hours, minutes, seconds)

sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening]

recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years

tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times

Unit 18 – Money

recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes




The RE units for the spring term include: ‘Easter, Pentecost, Sharing Jesus’ Life and Following Jesus Today




We will be finding out what happened at the seaside 100 years ago and researching what kinds of activities people did at that time. We will be finding out how we know about the past and what evidence we can find to help us. Questions such as; Do we go to the seaside for the same reasons people did 100 years ago? will be answered through research. The children will explore how holidays have changed over time and making a choice about which holidays they prefer, according to time and place.


We will be finding out about the seasons and the months of the year. We will learn that different countries have different seasons due to their position in the world. We will find out about different weather types and how the weather differs depending on location. Using this information we will be able to compare different habitats.


The children will learn…

  • that there are different plants in the immediate environment. 
  • that plants and the environment should be respected. 
  • that some plants may be classified as ‘weeds’ – others may not. 
  • that plants should not be removed from their environment unless they are a weed. 
  • that plants have different parts. (see key vocab for parts which must be covered) 
  • that some plants have parts which may make them harmful. (bramble, nettle, cacti)
  • that some plants can be cooked and eaten or eaten raw whilst others are poisonous. 
  • that some plants in the local environment are similar to each other. 
    • roots (same size, structure)
    • stem (same size, thickness)
    • leaves (same size, shape, colour)
    • flowers (same size, colour, shape, number of petals)
  • that some plants in the local environment are different to each other. 
  • roots (different size, structure)
  • stem (different size, thickness)
  • leaves (different size, shape, colour)
  • flowers (different size, colour, shape, number of petals)
  • that some plants lose their leaves in winter. 
  • that some plants are ‘evergreen’. 
  • that some plants grow from seeds. 
  • that some plants grow from bulbs. 
  • that the seeds and bulbs of different plants may be similar to each other in some ways.
  • that the seeds and bulbs of different plants may be different to each other in some ways. 
  • that the parts of a plant change over time as they grow. 
  • thickness of stem
  • size of leaves
  • appearance of the flower (closed, open)
  • that different plants flower at different times of the year.

They will observe changes across the four seasons. 

They will observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

Design and Technology 

This term we will be learning about textiles, we will learn to join fabrics using a simple stitch . We will learn about the famous puppeteer Jim Henson then design and make our own puppet!


In Music we will be using Charanga. During the first half term the unit is called ‘What songs can we sing to help us through the day.’ During the second half term it will be ‘How does music teach us about looking after our planet’ We will be learning to sing songs.  As part of using our imaginations, we will be composing some of our own lyrics to add to the song.  We will also be learning to use glockenspiels and unpitched instruments to add a simple accompaniment to the music. Each week the children will have an opportunity to record their learning.

Art and Design 

In art this term we will be learning about the famous painter Alfred Wallis. Our outcome will be designing and painting a seascape. 

We will be celebrating diversity by looking at the artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and our craft focus will be finding out about Sanderson.


In computing we will be using Purple Mash. Our units will build on the knowledge that we have learned so far. This term we will be focusing on coding (we will learn simple programming skills including how to debug a programme), spreadsheets (where we will be making and using spreadsheets) and technology outside school.


In the first half term we will be working on our coordination and agility. We will practice sending and receiving and our reaction and response. In the second half term we will be focusing on agility and stattic balance. Here we will look at ball chasing and floor work.


The main homework will be set on Monday. This is put onto the class webpage. In addition to any written homework, please try to read daily with your child and sign their reading diaries.  Little and often is best – five to ten minutes each day can make a big difference.



Year 1 Reading challenge


Recommended Reading Challenge!

In your reading folders, you will have a poster with recommended books for Year 1. Your challenge is to finish reading all of these books by the end of Year 1! We will work together and find as many books to share with each other to try to get everyone to read them!

There are some amazing books that I am sure you will enjoy just as much as I have.

For each book you read, write a couple of sentences about the book in the back of your homework diary so that we know you have read it! There will be a prize for the people who read them all! Good luck and have fun!

Let us start the day with a prayer...

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Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum and Expectations

Below you will find the expectations for Year 1 and Year 2 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This year the year 2 will be following the government's End of Key Stage 1 interim curriculum. The government guidance can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. This document provides detail of the specific expectations for the end of year 2 statutory tests and expectations.

The document for year 1 which can be downloaded below identifies Year 1 expectations. In this document we have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parent’s evening during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

·         Your child is on track to deepen the end of year national expectations.

Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.