Year 1 Spring 1

Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely holiday. Our topic this half term is Homes and Materials.


Comparing non-fiction and fiction books related to our topic.

Writing sentences with a focus on using full stops, question marks and exclamation marks.

Using adjectives (describing words) to make sentences more interesting.

Continuing with Phase 5 letters and sounds.

Continuing focus on handwriting and correct letter formation.

Emphasis on now using correct spelling of key words in writing.

Please encourage your child to continue to practise reading to you every day and to practise spelling their key words correctly.


Number – number and place value, addition and subtraction, partitioning numbers into tens and ones (units), telling the time, directional language using a compass.

Measurement – comparing and measuring different capacities.

Please encourage your child to use the correct formation when writing numbers to 20 and to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.


Everyday materials – identify and name a variety of materials, describing and comparing their physical properties.  Some examples of materials are wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock.

Religious Education:

Families and celebrations – to know that we all belong to a family, to think about how we can love and help each other and to know that Mary, Joseph and Jesus are The Holy Family.

Art / Design Technology:

To examine the properties of different materials and the patterns they make.  To create 2D and 3D representations of polar animals. To make 3D models of different types of houses including detached and semi-detached houses.


To learn and sing songs related to our topic.  To explore different rhythms and patterns in music.


Polar regions – to find out about very cold regions in the extreme north and south of the planet and develop an awareness of their similarities and differences.  To consider how polar bears, penguins and people live in such cold places.


“We are painters” – to use the web safely and to create an illustration about a traditional tale, understanding that the use of ICT differs from using paint and paper.


Gymnastics – to gain an awareness of space and safety when moving around others and using equipment such as mats and benches.  To gain agility and grace through sequences of movements and travelling in different ways.  Children will aim to improve their confidence, determination and co-ordination skills.

Please note children must wear shorts (black) and a t-shirt (white) to take part in these lessons for safety reasons.  No tracksuit bottoms allowed.


Care and concern – to understand the importance of caring for young animals and babies.

To manage feelings appropriately and begin to resolve conflict issues independently.

School Trip:

Wednesday 6th February – children making pizzas at Pizza Express, Blackheath, exploring the changes that happen in food when heat is involved.

Best Wishes,

Mrs Lucas 

Year 1 Autumn 1 – 2018

Welcome to Year 1!   The children have settled really well and we look forward to lots of exciting learning.  Our topic for this half term is called This is Me!   Here is what we will be focussing on in each subject area:

To write labels, captions and simple sentences.  To re-visit recognition of Phase 2 and Phase 3 letters and their sounds in order to read and write.  To focus on correct letter formation.  To share together and read a wide variety of books to help develop a love of stories and reading.


To count forwards and backwards in 1s to 30.  To recognise and write numbers to 30.  To begin to gain an understanding of place value.  To recognise and describe common 2D and 3D shapes.  To measure objects using non-standard units of measurement (hands, cubes etc). 

Religious Education

The Catholic Faith: Looking at ‘God’s Great Plan’ and exploring the beauty of God’s world through circle time discussions and activities, drawings, music and dance.


To name and understand the uses of the different parts of our body.  To explore our senses and the important role they play.  To discuss the importance of healthy eating (link to Harvest) and exercise and relate to growth.

Geography (alternating every half term with History)

To discuss ‘belonging’ in relation to our family, church and community.

To explore our local environment facilities.  To look at the different ways to keep safe. 

Art and Design

Still life and portraiture; to develop drawing skills and attention to detail.

To create collages related to the different food groups.  To make clay face masks of the young and old.


Singing songs related to Harvest, autumn and the different parts of our bodies.

Exploring instruments and controlling their sounds.

Physical Education

Circle games to promote turn taking and team games with a focus on ball skills.


Exploring programmable toys and using algorithms to make them move.


Building an awareness of self and others and rights and responsibilities in relation to behaviour for learning.  To explore our feelings.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 18th September – Meet the Teacher meeting at 6.30pm to 7.00pm in your child’s classroom.  

Tuesday 9th October – Visit to Manor House Gardens and Library.

Friday 12th October – Harvest Festival at 2.15pm in the main hall.