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Spring 1

We have had a very different start to the year with only some children in school and the rest of you carrying out home learning! We are very much missing you all and we can't wait to have you all back in Year 1 again as soon as we are able to. 


We are however holding two Zoom meetings a day. Our morning session starts at 9:40am am and our afternoon story call is at 2:50pm to conclude the day. All links to your zoom meeting will be posted on the Year 1 class dojo page. The morning session is to welcome you all, start off our day and carry out some virtual teaching to recap our daily phonic sound and to introduce our English home learning. Our second zoom session of the day is our story time session and to conclude our day. 

This term, our challenge question is 'How can we tell people about different places of the world?'



English - Spring first half term

Class story - "The Emperor's egg" by Martin Jenkins

We will use the book ‘The Emperor’s egg’ story by Martin Jenkins to inspire our writing, focusing on different narratives using a range of punctuation, vocabulary and purpose.  


We will begin by writing a recount from the perspective of the father penguin character from the text.

We will also be writing a non-fiction chronological report to inform people about Emperor penguins using formal language and features of a fact file.  

Autumn 2

We had a fantastic first half term  and we are very impressed with how well the children have settled and are progressing in Year One.

They have really impressed us with their effort and hard work they put into their learning.


We have a new challenge curriculum topic this half term called 'Sparks Will Fly'

Our challenge question is - How can we tell stories of fire?


Our topic this half term is based on ‘The Great Fire of London’.


We will use the book ‘Vlad and the Great fire of London’ story by Kate Cunningham to inspire our writing, focusing on

Sentence structure using a range of punctuation, adjectives and forming our letters in the correct direction.     


This topic has a History & Geography focus where we will discover the past events and the impact that the fire had on London. We will explore the United Kingdom & maps of the world, identify and name materials, take part in scientific investigations and research our local fire station. In our Art & Design lessons we will be assessing our understanding of colour & texture by blending colours together to create a variety of pictures related to fire.

In Maths we will be learning to add and subtract numbers to 20, multiply and divide numbers and solve word problems The children will be encouraged to reason and explain their ideas using their mathematical knowledge.

Challenge Curriculum Autumn Half term 1

English - First half term

Class story - "While we can't hug" by Eoin McLaughlin

We are writing a short narrative in the style of 'While we can't hug' by Eoin McLaughlin.

We have been learning to write full sentences by using our phonics knowledge to hear and write sounds in words. We have began to focus on description using adjectives.


Each week, the children will be set spellings on a Friday. There will be 2 groups of spellings which they will need to practice. Group one focuses on the Year 1 Common Exception words and group two focuses on Year 2 Common Exception words. Please support your child with their spellings at home in preparation for their test on Fridays.

Maths- Autumn term:

Half Term 1:

Place Value - recognising, counting and writing numbers to 10. Children will be learning to write numbers to 10 in numerals and words, complete missing number tracks, identifying one more and one less and order numbers from smallest to greatest & greatest to smallest.


Addition and Subtraction using number to 10.- Children will use a range of strategies to help them solve calculations including numicon, number lines, objects and mental strategies. Children will begin with making number bonds and represent them using a part, part whole model.  Children will then move on to solving calculations and be encouraged to represent them in different ways.