Welcome to the Year 1 class area

  • Your class teacher is Mrs Murdoch and she is supported in class by Mrs Thompson.
  • PE days are Mondays and Thursdays. PE may take place indoors or outdoors so please make sure your child has the correct named kit in school
  • Reading Book Bags need to be in school every day - please see the 'Reading Book Bags' page for further information - along with your Home:School Diary.

Summer term 1

Welcome back to another busy half term.  I hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter break with your children and enjoyed the sunshine when it managed to break through the clouds.

In the weeks leading up to Spring Bank we shall be working hard in English to further develop independent sentence construction. A focus of our work will be to add description for interest and to learn how to use the textual features of a Traditional Tale. There will be a much greater expectation for the children to consistently use correct sentence punctuation and accurate cursive letter formation.  High Frequency and Common Exception words will continue to be a focus for our spelling and the children will be expected to learn to write these correctly. As part of our grammar work, we shall learn more about contractions and adding the -es and –ing suffixes to words commonly used in writing. 


Our next textual focus will be Traditional Tales. We shall be using familiar stories to learn how language creates excitement, intensity and humour. Our main books will be: “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”, “Troll” by Julia Donaldson and  “The True story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff” by David Reynolds. We shall look closely at the character of the Troll and use “Hot Seating” to try to find out more about his behaviour towards the goats and theirs towards him. The children will find out about how a traditional tale is structured before writing their own version of a story.


Daily time spent working on Phonics will be used to ensure that all children have had opportunities to firmly embed the different spellings of the phonemes in all of the first five phases. We shall continue to reinforce how to identify and blend the phonemes within words and give the children as much support with this as possible. Your help in working with your child at home is much appreciated and we shall continue to send our practice papers home so that you can see how well your child is coping. The statutory Phonics Screening Test will take place after the Spring Bank holiday, during the week beginning June 12th (more information about this will follow at a later date). After the Screening the focus for Phonic work will be on using the phonemes accurately when spelling for writing.

As most children are now able to decode unfamiliar text with a degree of confidence, work in Think2Read will move more towards the development of comprehension skills.

Maths work will centre on basic skills in number and calculation. Maths Passport work will provide opportunities for children to become really confident with different aspects of numbers to 100.

To begin the half term we shall continue to investigate Place Value. The children will be expected to be fluent in counting on and back from any number between 0-100; this means that they will have no need to spend time working it out. They will also be expected to give the number one more or less than any of these numbers as a fast response. The children have already begun to use Base 10 resources as a means of representing numbers using objects and this work will be developed to support them in their understanding of the place value of ones, tens and hundreds. They shall continue to learn how to read, write and spell number words.

Knowledge gained will be used to inform work in addition and subtraction. The children will be developing their ability to add and subtract single digit numbers to or from 2 digit numbers, including zero. They will use memorised number bonds of all numbers to 10 and 20 in Mental and Oral work as well as written tasks. Those children who are confident in using and interpreting the mathematical signs and knowledge of addition and subtraction will improve reasoning skills and begin to solve problems, some of which will involve money. You can support your child with these future tasks by helping them to be able to identify different British coins and to understand their relative values.

Our focus for Science is Plants. We shall be growing seeds and caring for plants so that we can observe how plants grow. The children will be spending time outdoors as we observe, measure and record the growth of common flowers within the school grounds. They will be learning to identify some of the more common native flowers by name.   


Our themes for RE work are the Ascension of Jesus, Pentecost and the Trinity. The next “big question” to consider is ‘How does what believers do show what they believe?’. The major faith focus will be Christianity but we shall also be finding out more about the Muslim and Hindu faiths, beliefs and places of worship. Our new Christian Value is Peace.


Music employs computer skills this half term as the children investigate how to combine sounds and rhythms to compose their own pieces. We shall begin with vocal sounds and percussion instruments and then move onto using music software to create and record our own ideas.                             

The question which forms the starting point of our new Learning Challenge is “Can you have an elephant as a pet?”.  This will be a cross curricular topic which will include Geography and DT. The children will be learning about areas of land and sea in the world and will use maps to locate and investigate the UK. Their learning will focus on the continent of Asia and its countries. They will learn about the habitat of the Asian elephant and begin to understand about endangered species of Asian animals and the centres for conservation which are helping to protect them.


There is no major change to homework expectations, they will continue as before. When children have additional practice work to complete at home, your continued support will be appreciated in ensuring that this is done effectively.


Reading Books will be changed on Friday unless your child has completed his/her books with an adult in school. Please ensure that reading books and diaries are in school each day so that we can maintain accurate records of reading both in school and at home.


Library books will be changed on Monday; a new book can be chosen on return of the current one.


For the final week of this half term we are looking forward to taking part in a wide range of activities for 'Tour de Health' Week!

PE lessons will take place on MONDAY and THURSDAY. Please ensure that your child has a complete, named PE kit in school:                                                     

· White t-shirt

· Black shorts      

· Black tracksuit top (without hood for health & safety reasons)

· Black tracksuit bottoms          

· Sports trainers (not fashion trainers)

· Black slip-on pumps for indoor PE.

As the weather becomes warmer, please ensure that your child has a named bottle of fresh water in school each day in order to stay fully hydrated. Please avoid damage to books by not placing this inside the reading book bag.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask the Year 1 team.


How can you help?


Reading and Phonics are very high priority areas in Year 1 as they are the key to so much of the children’s learning and we are eager to support them in making as much progress during the year as possible. With this in mind, we anticipate that you and your child will read school reading books regularly at home each week as well as sharing a range of other texts that your child has at home.


Children will bring home two reading books each Friday and keep these until the following Wednesday when they will be collected in. There will be other homework from time to time; children may be given short tasks to practise at home eg. in Phonics, Handwriting or Maths. A new initiative this year will be “Maths Passports”. These will replace Learn by Heart challenges and will become available at the end of September. Your support with these activities will be much appreciated and will help your child to develop confidence in their ability to work independently in the classroom.


Polite requests

  • Please ensure that all removable clothing is clearly named so that lost items can be returned to the correct owner as soon as possible.
  • To avoid damage to the content of reading book bags, please do not carry water bottles inside the bag. Water bottles should also be clearly named.
  • To enable the children to cope independently with storing reading book bags in their trays, please have only one small keyring attachment on the bag.