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See below for the list of spelling words for Year 1.





This week are continuing to revisit multiplication. We have been counting in jumps of 2s and 10s from different numbers and explaining how we have worked things out and our mathematical thinking.


English -


In English we are beginning to think about writing our own adventure stories based on The Magic Faraway Tree. We will be making maps of our own lands and using these to tell our stories. The children will need to write their story using conjunctions to extend sentences, use interesting openers, adjectives and story language.

In Phonics we are continuing to revise all the sounds the children have learnt so far.


Geography -


In Geography we will be starting to investigate Southsea. We will be looking at maps of Southsea and finding the different features we will see there. We will be comparing this with Old Basing.


Spelling focus words this week are words using the ph and wh graphemes. Any support you can give with these things, alongside the usual reading would be much appreciated.


If there are any further questions please do not hesitate t ask.


Many thanks,





This half term the children have chosen to find out about Kings and Queens alongside the Geography and History work that we will be doing about the seaside and holidays in the past.



This week we are starting to learn about Division and revising the work we have done on Multiplication. We are doing a lot of counting forwards and backwards from different starting points in jumps of 1, 2, 5 and 10. We have been looking at how to use different coins to make different amounts and have been working hard to continue to write numbers correctly; both in numerals and in words.



In English this week we have been learning about Poetry. We have used the story 'Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy' as a focus for reading; working specifically on reciting memorable parts and being able to identify patterns and rhyme.

We have used 'Commotion in the Ocean' as a driver for writing our own poetry, focussing on using adjectives and similes to add detail to description.

In phonics we are revising all sounds. It is so important to make sure that the children are using letter sounds and not letter names, except when there is a specific rule or when the word contains a split vowel digraph.

Handwriting continues to be a focus. The children have made fantastic progress this year, however they all tend to slip into old habits when they are not reminded to form their letters cursively! It is so important that they form the letters correctly in order to be able to join accurately. Accurate joining is vital for establishing and maintaining a comfortable handwriting style that muscles can maintain as the length of what is being written increases.


In Science we have tested different types of materials to establish which are best fit for the purpose of building a bridge to hold weight.


Work done in history and geography this week is focussed around the topics of Kings and Queens and the seaside.


This week the focus spelling words are any words that end in es, ed and ing where the root word does not change. E.g. jumped, rushes, playing. Any support you can give your child on these things, alongside the usual reading would be much appreciated.


If there are any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Many thanks,





This week in spelling we are learning about compound words.

Compound words are two words joined together. Each part is spelt in the same way as each word would be if it were on its own.

Can you help your child to learn to spell these compound words and any others that you may be able to think of?

Football, bedroom, playground, farmyard, blackberry


Keep your eyes peeled for an email about a science activity we would like your help in completing.




We finally finished assessing the children's spellings this week! One of the areas that many of them still need to work on is spelling accurately numbers in words. As a result we will be revisiting the numbers eighteen, nineteen and twenty this week.

In maths this week we are returning to addition. Extending their learning to know how to add two two digit numbers together. It is important that the children are able to count in 10's from any given starting point e.g 2, 12, 22, 32 etc so helping your child with counting like this would be much appreciated!


In English we are continuing to learn about Traditional Tales and developing this by getting the children to write alternative endings, re-tell their own versions of these stores and read their writing out loud.


Our campaign work will continue and we will be discussing ways to get our message across; we have already had some lovely posters created by a few children in their spare time; we will be asking the council if we are allowed to use them around the village.


Please keep supporting your children with their reading at home,

Many thanks,







Please help your child to spell the words for this week. These are the words sixteen, seventeen and eighteen. We will also be looking at adding the suffix 'ed' to words in order to change the word to the past tense eg jump to jumped.


Our focus in Guided Reading is discussing and retelling fairy stories and Traditional tales. We will be looking at the different type of language discussed in these stories and encouraging the children to re-tell some of their own.


This year the children have decided to campaign to change something that will directly impact upon the local community. Y1 decided that they would like to do something about making sure people clean up after their dogs in the village.  Please could you discuss how we might be able to do this with your child; any suggestions would be welcome!


In maths we are revisiting and extending the work the children have already done on subtraction and addition calculation methods.


Thursday 8th is our opportunity to celebrate World Book Day. The children can come to school in their book day costumes. Please make sure that they are suitable for the playground; no high heeled shoes please!


On another note we are busy preparing for Sports Morning which is on Thursday 22nd March. Please can all children have their PE kit in school; to include outdoor clothes and shoes.


Many Thanks.



  • This week our focus spelling words are the numbers thirteen, fourteen and fifteen.
  • In handwriting we are learning to join letters when writing the words said, they, was.
  • In Maths we will be recapping what the children know about 2-d shape and introducing 3-d shape.


Family Day February 28th 2018

If you have signed up for a slot to come to school and work with your child, there will be a range of activities going on.

9-10:25am Rights Respect Focus on the children's right to be safe. We will be exploring aspects of Road and Sun Safety.

10:50 - 11:10 Phonics

11:10-12:00 - Writing focus based on the RRE activity

1:30-3:15 - RE - Festival of Holi



Thursday is World Book Day. The children are allowed to come to school dressed up as a book character of their choice. Please make are that the children still have enough warm layers to pop on and a coat that they can do up when they are outside.


Welcome back after half term! It was lovely to hear about all the exciting things that the children have been doing over half term. We are continuing our topic on Jungles over the next week; continuing and finishing geography and art units.



We will be looking specifically at using exclamatory sentences within letter writing; encouraging the children to use an exclamation mark properly in the right context.

In reading we are focussing on prediction and inference and in handwriting we will be joining the letters ow and igh.



We are beginning a unit of work on measurement and using standard units of cm and ml to measure length and capacity.


We are in the process of assessing spelling and the results of these will be sent home to you shortly.


We can hardly believe that we have reached half term so quickly and that your children are now half way through their time in Y1!


During the half term holiday it would be helpful if you could remember to practise the Y1 spelling words as we will be assessing the children on their spellings over the next few weeks.

We will be continuing with our topic on Jungles when we come back after the half term holiday and relating this more specifically to developing the children's knowledge of the continents of the world.


There are plenty of Bug Club books for your child to be reading over the break as well as their book band book and library book.


As you know the phonics screening check for Year 1 will take place in June so any practise you can be doing with your child on their sounds would be fantastic. Please refer to the sound mats sent home last term if you need any prompts.


Many Thanks,




This week the focus spelling words are a continuation of the months of the year and recapping the days of the week. The focus for the SPaG work this week is proper nouns and starting the names of a person a place or a thing with a capital letter.


At home can you practice spelling these words alongside the names of any family members.


In maths we are starting to learn about fractions, specifically halves and quarters. We will be halving shapes and amounts.


In reading will be developing the children's understanding of the difference between fiction and non fiction.




The focus spelling words for this week are the days of the week. Please make sure that the children are using a capital letter at the beginning of each day. The children have learnt that names are proper nouns and should start with a capital letter.


In SPaG we have learnt about the letter k and how this is sometimes used instead of 'ck' or 'c'.


In handwriting our focus has been joining sh, th and ch.


In maths please continue to help your child to count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 to reinforce our work on multiplication.


We have discussed the significance of book titles this week. When reading with your child over the next few days perhaps spend five minutes discussing the titles of the books you have at home and how the title helps to give us a clue what the book may be about. Can you make up different stories from the same book title? What predictions could you make about a book from the title? Why is it important to give something a title?



We will be recapping all the Common Exception Words that we have taught this term alongside furious rehearsals for our Christmas play.

Please keep reading at home regularly and remember that if you need a reminder of your Bug Cub password then please come and ask.

If your child has a line to learn for the Christmas play please help them by practising at home and encouraging them to speak in a loud voice.

Many thanks,



The focus spelling words for this week are:












Please make sure that your child spells each day of the week beginning with a capital letter.


In handwriting we are learning the letters f (curly caterpillar) k (one armed robot) and u (long ladder)


We count every day at school in maths and at the moment were are counting in 2's and 10's; forwards and backwards. We are also working on finding one more and one less than any given number.


The focus spelling words for this week are:












In handwriting we will be practising:

d (curly caterpillar), b (one armed robot) and y (long ladder)


We will also be learning about words that contain the ph and wh digraphs.

spellings ph and wh (ph is usually only used in longer words and the letter f is used in short ones)

Can you learn to spell these words and any others that you may be able to think of?

ph - dolphin, alphabet, phonics, elephant

wh - when, where, which, wheel, while


The focus spelling words for this week are:












We will be learning the cursive letter shapes s (curly caterpillar), r (one armed robot) j (long ladder). If you need a reminder of how to form these then please see the handwriting sheet that cam home last week.


We will be learning the following spelling rules:

Words that sound like they end in s or z are spelt with an s. Words such as cats, dogs, spends, thanks. Can you think of any others and learn to spell them too?


If this end s sound sounds like an extra syllable then it is spelt as es. Words such as catches, fetches, matches. Can you think of any others and learn to spell them too?


In maths we are continuing to learn addition and subtraction number facts.


Focus Spelling Words








We have also been learning that...

English words hardly ever end with the letter ‘v’, so if a word ends with a ‘v’ sound, the letter ‘e’ usually needs to be added after the ‘v’. Words such as have, give, live. Can you think of any others and learn to spell them too?

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We will be focussing on these words this week:
















Please help to reinforce these words by practising them at home.


Also this week in English...

We have been learning about words that end in double letters. This usually comes straight after a single vowel letter in short words. Words such as off, well, miss, buzz, back. Can you think of any others and learn to spell them too?

There are exceptions to this rule such as pal, us, bus, yes.


In Maths were have been learning about subtraction, using resources such as counters and numberlines.

During the next few weeks we will also be learning about O'clock and sequencing simple times of the day, learning to recognise different coins and notes, learning the order of the days of the week and the months of the year, learning about 1/2 as a fraction of a shape or an amount, and language such as faster, slower, before, after, next.


Science is focussed around the classification of different animals.


Alongside this we will be continuing with other learning with the Titanic as our topic focus.