Year 1D Topic Letter: Spring 2

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely half term.

Our topic this half term is Traditional Tales.


Reading and retelling familiar fairy tale stories and traditional tales.

Recognising and joining in with predictable phrases in stories.

Sequencing sentences to write and retell stories.

Continuing with Phase 5 letters and sounds.

Continuing focus on handwriting and correct letter formation.

Using joining words such as ‘and’, ‘next’, ‘then’ and ‘because’ to make sentences longer. 

Using adjectives to make writing more interesting.

Using correct punctuation in sentences including capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Please continue to read with your child every day and encourage them to talk about what they have read.


Counting up in 2s to 20, 5s to 50 and 10s to 100.

Partitioning 2-digit numbers into tens and units (17 = 10 + 7).

Generating repeating patterns of 2s, 5s and 10s using practical resources in order to make number sentences (2 + 2 + 2 = 6).

Ordering the months in the year and relating to key events.

Telling the time (o’clock and half-past the hour).

Recognising different coins and counting out different amounts.

Religious Education:

Following Jesus and Easter – to learn about some of the things Jesus did as an adult. To learn the story of the Good Samaritan. To prepare for Easter by looking at Lenten Promises, Good Friday, and the Resurrection.


Animals – identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Describe and compare the structure of these animals. Discuss where these animals live and what they eat.


Castles – to learn about the different features of castles and find out what they were used for in the past. To learn about who lived in castles and what their roles were. To learn about a local castle (we will look at Leeds Castle in Kent).

Art / Design Technology:

Producing characters from traditional tales paying attention to size, colour and texture.

Using different construction materials to build castles.  Gaining inspiration from the painting ‘Saint George and the Dragon’ by Paolo Uccello and creating a collaborative piece of artwork.


“We are collectors” – to use the web safely to search for pictures of animals that we have permission to use. To copy and paste these images into a new document and sort them in different ways.

PE: Gymnastics: To move in different ways including making ‘high’ and ‘low’ movements with our bodies. To learn to use the apparatus safely and sensibly. To develop skills in balancing, rolling and creating simple sequences of movements.


Exploring pitch (high, medium and low sounds); changing pitch in relation to different characters and actions in stories.


Becoming more familiar with the work of UNICEF and the Rights of the Child. To understand that we all need to work together to make the world a better place for everyone.

Many thanks,

Mrs Anthony, Mrs Lucas and the Year 1 Team

Year 1D Autumn 2017

Year 1 Autumn 1 – All About Me

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 count forwards and backwards in 10s to 100.  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 and standard units of measurement. 

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 and 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.  To look at changes within living memory from birth to old age.

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.


Circle games to promote turn taking.  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.