Year 1-Spring Term

Happy New Year and welcome back to Year 1!

I hope that you have all enjoyed your Christmas and are ready for the next step in your learning.

Our topic is ‘The UK and Far Away’. We will be focusing on the 4 countries of the UK and also studying places further afield.

As always, if you have any questions, queries, concerns or comments, please feel free to speak to me when I collect or bring out the children.

Happy New Year again, here’s to a positive start to 2022!

English: Reading will be taught as a whole-class lesson, as well as through group and individual reading. To assist with your child’s reading development, it is essential to read with them at home. We will again be using the class dojo system to monitor home reading. We will be using the ‘Talk 4 Writing’ approach to develop our storytelling and writing skills. Our first class text will be ‘Meerkat Mail’. We will be focusing on the children’s ability to decode the text and provide developed descriptions of the characters and settings within the story. The children will be completing various written and spoken pieces of work throughout the deconstruction of the text, including post card and letter writing and taking on the role of the characters from the story in a ‘hot-seating’ situation. We will be focusing on our handwriting and developing our cursive letter formation, it would therefore be particularly useful if you could support your child at home with this. In June the children will complete their Phonics Screening. They will be given 40 real and nonsense words to decode, using their phonetic knowledge and recollection of the letters and sounds they have been taught since Reception.

Maths:  We will be focusing initially on numbers to 20 and consolidating our existing knowledge. Over the course of the Spring term, we will also be working on our addition and subtraction skills, embedding our existing understanding from the Autumn term. We will also be continuing to work on our place value knowledge, focusing on numbers to 50, including counting in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s. In the measurement aspect of maths, we will be learning about height and length and also weight and volume.

Science: During the Spring term, we will be focusing on different materials and their properties. We will be classifying objects and materials and aim to identify the different materials objects are made from.

History/Geography: We will be focusing predominantly on the UK and each of the 4 countries and their capital cities. We will be developing our map and key work, identifying the location of each of the countries and also learning about the key landmarks at each place. As part of our study, we will be learning about the Great Fire of London as the children have shown great interest in this.

Art/Design & Technology: This term the children will continue their learning about seasons through the use of their printing skills and pattern skills. As a link to our focus on the Great Fire of London, they will also be creating a collaborative piece of art to represent the city at the time of the fire.

Computing: The children will be developing their understanding of programming through the use of algorithms and debugging a simple sequence.

Music We will be continuing to use the ‘Charanga’ music scheme to develop our voice and instrument skills. We will be continuing with our frequent ‘wake up, shake ups’ throughout the day, to encourage children to develop their listening and singing skills. As part of our topic, we will also be listening to music from across the decades within the UK and also from countries around the world.

RE: Over the Spring term, we will continue to expand our knowledge of Christianity. The key focus will be love and forgiveness and the importance of these things in everyday life, as well as in the context of Christianity.

PSHE: This term our focus is ‘Community’. We will be working on the importance of belonging and following the rules of society. We will also be learning about the different jobs adults can have. In addition to this we will continue our ‘My Happy Mind’ sessions which builds resilient, balanced and happy minds at home and in school.

P.E: Our P.E. days are Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure your child brings their full PE kit to change into. They will be working initially on net and wall games.


English, Phonics, Maths and Spelling homework will be given out each Friday. It is also expected that children complete 5 minutes worth of spelling practice every day, as well as daily reading.

Reading at home should consist of parents listening and questioning their child, for a bare minimum of 3 times a week. I cannot stress how important this is and what a huge impact reading has on all areas of the learning.

Useful links:

y1 spellings

100 High Frequency