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24th January 2018


Apologies for the slower than usual updates to the Year 1 pages since the start of 2018; we would like to wish you a belated Happy New Year and provide you with an overview of the things that the children will be learning over the coming weeks.

This page will give you a summary of what the children will be learning, however weekly activities to reinforce your child's current learning can be found in the 'Home Learning' section of this website.


The children chose 'Jungles' as their topic for the first few weeks of this term and this lends itself very much to the Science, Geography and creative aspects of the curriculum.

Below is a summary of the things we will be learning about this term.



Our English learning will focus mainly on developing the children's writing skills; encouraging them to use their phonic and spelling knowledge to write independently in a creative way with tasks based around our topic. We will continue with weekly handwriting and spelling tasks and in Reading we will be developing the skills of prediction and inference, discussing different character profiles and learning about the importance of a book title. Phonics continues to be a huge focus so we will continue daily phonics sessions in order to get the children ready for the Y1 Phonics Screening in June.  

We are taking part in the Hampshire Book Award again this year. The children will be read a number of stories and will be able to vote for their favourite. This year titles include: 'The Bad Bunnies Magic Show', 'Danny McGee Drinks the Sea' and 'Tidy'.



 In maths we are learning about multiplication, doubling, halving, division and how to tell the time to half past the hour.



In Science the children will be developing their skills in working scientifically by taking part in various investigations; including one on which material would be the best to build a shelter to use in the jungle. We will be learning about different climates and the kinds of plants and animals that live in jungles, in order to continue our work on Variation and Classification.



We will begin to look in more detail at programming and writing algorithms alongside word processing skills.



Geography will focus on locating the different jungles in the world in order to develop the children's understanding of where they live in relation to other places in the world. It is important that the children can name and locate the world's Continents and Oceans.



The children have already made clay jungle animals and will be mixing their own colours and shades to paint.



The focus for PE is Gymnastics this half term alongside developing creativity in dance.



In RE the children have completed a unit of work on Special People with a focus on the Ganesh  for Hindu's. Later in the term we will explore the festivals of Holi and Easter.



We will be learning about rhythm and keeping a steady beat and we will be singing regularly in preparation for the annual singing competition.


As you can see the children will have a busy time at school with many of these things continuing into the second half of the Spring term. We will keep you updated on this page and if you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to come in and ask your child's Teacher.


Kind regards,



















Here is the link to Monster Phonics if you would like to know more!