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Year 1 2019-20

Welcome to Spring 1!

This half-term our theme is 'Family Album.' The main focus is history, exploring events within the children's living memory. They will discuss how they have changed since they were born and plot key life events on a timeline, for example when they first spoke, walked and started nursery. We will investigate our family histories and use family trees to talk about different generations. We will compare toys now to toys that older members of our family had.

In geography we will learn about the four countries of the U.K and their capital cities. We will link this in with our family topic by thinking about where different members of our family live. 

We will draw family portraits and learn about what it feels to belong to a mosque and church family.

We will read fiction and non-fiction books linked to our topic and during guided reading sessions. We will continue to concentrate on neat handwriting, finger spaces, full stops and capital letters. 



The children have 2 sessions per week. These take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please can children ensure that they have both indoor and outdoor kits in school at all times. 



Year 1 homework is to read daily and practise spellings. It is expected that tasks on Spelling Shed are completed at least 3 x times a week. Spelling Shed will feature activities linked to the weekly spelling lists and phase 3/ phase 5 phonics. 

Fun, creative homework ideas linked to the half-termly topic are suggested below. Any extra work that the children do will be warmly welcomed, praised and shared with others.


Monday Show and Tell
Tuesday P.E
Wednesday Change library books


Spelling test and new spelling list given out





Show and Tell Rota 

Mon 13th Jan = Orange Group

Mon 20th Jan = Green Group

Mon 27th Jan = Purple Group

Mon 3rd Feb = Orange Group

Mon 10th Feb = Green Group


This is on a three week cycle and will continue in this order. If you are unsure of which group your child is in please don't hesitate to ask.


Year 1 Firework Poem


On Wednesday 6th November we created our very own whole class poem. First we discussed what a poem is and then looked at some examples of poems about Bonfire night. After watching a firework display on video we came up with as many describing words as we could and used these to write our poem altogether. We then had lots of fun learning our poem using actions. See the poem and video below. 



Shiny, smoky and multi-coloured.

Watch them shoot in to the sky.

Poumf! Bang! Boom!

Hear them explode in to the sky.

Red, pink and purple.

I love fireworks.


By Year 1 – 06.05.19


Still image for this video

9-10-19 - Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana

7.10.19 - We had fun making our clay models today.

We've had a great first week in Year 1. Here we are making our 'Rainbow Collages' to hang in the classroom... Amazing team work!