Year 1

Welcome back to the Spring term. We hope you had a lovely break.

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home

We will do most of our writing through our topics, Paws Claws and Whiskers and Bright Lights, Big city.

The children will be writing in a variety of genres.  There is a strong expectation that all children will use a capital letter to start and then finish their ‘sensible’ sentence with a full stop.  Each sentence should have clear finger spaces to denote each individual word. 

We are now moving forward to creating more complex sentences, where the children will be extending the content by using a conjunction – ‘and’ and ‘because’. 

In addition to this we have been and will be discussing the use of adjectives to add interest and to further describe, making the experience better for the reader.

It is important to talk about our topic.  Look at and discuss books from your local library or from TV programmes and other media. Any additional research will make your child more knowledgeable, confident and better writers!

When writing at home, encourage your child to use the Monkfrith script.  It would be wonderful if they could read what they have written back to you to ensure it makes sense and includes a capital letter and full stop.

Please remind children to write on the line and that the lead in strokes in the letters always hold onto the line.

Encourage children to bring in and share their home learning with the teacher and hopefully the class.

End of Year 1 Writing Targets


Your child will participate in a ‘guided reading’ session each week with the class teacher.  They will be heard reading individually by the class teacher or another adult.  They will continue to receive their ‘Phonics Reader’ on the given day until the scheme is complete. 

Discuss vocabulary – even if your child has read it fluently, they do not necessarily understand what it means.

Reading for at least 5 – 10 minutes each day makes a huge difference!  Reading material can take the form of packets, magazines, signs and of course fiction, non-fiction and poetry books.  READ pictures too!

Remember to keep reading to your child, as it should be an enjoyable experience – get cosy with a nice blanket!

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meaning.


There will be daily Phonics lessons with the inclusion of handwriting practise. This term the focus will be on reading the same sounds spelt in different ways and we will learn about different pronunciations of the same letter. We will also be using these skills to help us read real and alien words correctly.

When spelling – always encourage your child to break down words and listen out for the sounds in the words – especially the end sounds.

There is a spelling list of words that your child should be familiar with by the end of year 1 on the school website.  It is located under ‘parent zone’-> ‘home learning’.

Phonics in year 1 – Here is a copy of the phonics leaflet detailing how we teach phonics in year 1.

Creative Curriculum

In Spring 1 our topic is Paws, Claws and Whiskers in which we will be learning all about animals and how to look after them.

We will be using various art strategies to create pictures of some of the animals

We will be investigating how animals use camouflage.

We will be designing and making our very own creative exciting animal.

We will be using maps to look at continents, oceans and where some animals live around the world.

Please talk about the topics and encourage your child to do additional research to help improve their knowledge and contribute more in class.

Do you have a pet at home?

It would be great if you get your child talk to the children about how you look after your pet at home.  It would be lovely to see some pictures of your pets too. 



In Spring 2 our topic is called Bright Lights, Big City in which we will be exploring London, including its history, namely “The Great Fire’, and famous landmarks, as well as thinking about England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (We’ll be finding out about capital cities, main rivers and national emblems).

Our book focus for this topic is ‘Katie in London’. We will also be reading and listening to many other exciting stories about London.

If you have any other books/stories that focus on London, please send them in so your child can read it or share with another child / whole class.

If you can, take your child to visit the different landmarks and museums of London and talk to them about what / who is there, hopefully they can come back and share their new knowledge with the class.


We will begin the term by providing the children with opportunities to consolidate and extend their ability to add and subtract to and within 20 – using a variety of methodology.  They will then be expected to apply this practical and word problems.

The children will be then move onto working with numbers up to 50. Working to consolidate and extend their ability to add and subtract to and within 50 – using a variety of methodology.  They will then be expected to apply this knowledge to practical and word problems.

They will continue to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to prepare them for working on their multiplication facts.

There will be opportunities to explore length, height, weight and capacity moving towards recording with standard units of measure.

Encourage your child to read the door numbers on your walk home – can they identify odd and even?

Go to the park. Collect and groups and count natural items in 2’s, 5’s and 10s. Talk about any 2d and 3D shapes you may see. Ask the children how many vertices and sides/faces the shape have.

Expose your child to real money – create a ‘coin jar’ at home and allow your child to count the amount – Can they count the coins in 1’s or 2’s accurately? Extend their learning by creating a 5p and 10p jar.

Create models with junk modelling discussing the 3D shapes they’ve chosen using the language faces, vertices and edges.

Some helpful & fun websites you can use:

End of Year 1 Maths Targets.


Our topic this term is Beliefs.  Within this we will be exploring the need for rules and knowing right from wrong.

Share information about what a belief is, rules you have and right and wrong decisions.


The children will be participating in weekly PE lessons in the hall.

Daily movement activities in the form of yoga, gross motor and movement breaks will continue where possible.

Please make sure that all kits are in school every day and that each item is clearly labelled.  PE kits will be sent home at half term and end of term for washing. Please check labels are clearly marked before returning to school.

Boxes of tissues would be greatly appreciated! 

More ways to help: 

  • Take your child to the park and encourage them to explore the larger play equipment.
  • Make salt dough and get creative, it’s great to keep the fingers moving!
  • Setting up and playing games like ‘Kerplunk’ and ‘Operation’.
  • Stretching and twisting elastic bands.
  • Hama bead work.
  • Careful colouring.
  • Sorting objects according to different criteria (colour/size), using tweezers to move the objects.
  • Talking on the walk home about the numbers on the houses (are they odd or even?).

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to write an email or make a telephone appointment via the office.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Kotwani and Mrs Choudhury.

Useful information:

Click for the Year 1 Calculation Policy Leaflet

Here is a link to a great reading list for children in KS1 that is regularly updated with new releases.