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30th October 2018


Welcome back from the half term. We hope everyone had a lovely week and the children are back raring to go for the build up to Christmas!

This week we will be completing our half termly reading assessments and individually reading with all children. Some children may be moving up book bands as a result of this. Thank you for your continued support at home and reading with the children - it's clear that this support is vital in order to push the children's learning on as much as possible.

Additionally, we will be sending home the children's spelling assessments for you to use a point of reference when practising spellings at home with them.

We will also be sending maths passports home this week (the literature went home with you at parents evening) for you to practise with the children. Hopefully once they begin to mentally recall their number facts they will soon be whizzing across the world!

This week the children have had a discussion about what they would like their next topic to be. After discussion and several ideas the children have picked 'Toys' as their topic and will this week be further refining their thinking to decide exactly what they would like to learn about toys.

Finally, a little reminder about the new 'Home School Communication Book'. These are to replace the old reading records and provide a platform for you and your class teacher to talk about anything regarding your child. Please remind your child to put their book in the tray in the morning if their books have anything in.

Many thanks,

Year 1 Team.



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!