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Term 5

Term 4



Mixed-Up Fairytales

Once upon a time, in a faraway place… Year One learned how to become amazing storytellers!


English – The children will be listening to, watching, reading and discussing a wide range of traditional stories, most of which they probably already know, but we may find some new to them. We will consider the common features of these stories and learn to tell some aloud. Our main story focus will be an alternative version of a famous fairytale – I wonder if you can guess which one?  While exploring the book there will be opportunities to use drama, art and debating, and we will write character descriptions, diary entries and explanatory texts. Our focus will be thinking of our own sentence ideas, and then writing them in sequence, using the correct punctuation. We will be reading and comparing a wide range of funny and silly alternative fairytale stories, and will use a puppet theatre, puppets and a story-tellers’ chair to practise performing and making up our own.


Maths – First we’ll be doing a week on counting in groups of ten, two and five, then we have two weeks on measurement – comparing and measuring height and length. The we will consolidate our learning about addition and subtraction from last term, really making sure we are confident and fluent mentally with numbers within 10, and good at calculating with numbers within 20, comparing number facts, finding missing numbers and solving a variety of reasoning problems. We’ll finish with a week learning about weight and mass.


Theme – All term in Science Mrs Jewell will be teaching the children about ‘Everyday materials’ and they will learn to name and describe them, considering their properties and the objects we make from them. This will be a very hands-on topic, with lots of the learning stimulated by fairy tales and real-life scenarios of how and when we use different materials to meet our needs. Our Geography learning will have a mapping focus. We will think about how fairy tales take place in different settings and landscapes and find out about how other people have created imaginary maps to show these. We will learn about room plans, make a 3D story landscape, then turn it into a map following the route characters take in the story, and we will design our own Far Far Away Land fantasy map using our own symbols to show the different manmade and physical features that we want to include. In DT we will be focussing on different joining techniques using paper and card, making a basket for Red Riding Hood, completing a tallest tower building competition and making paper bag puppets. PE will be a unit on Dance through fairytales and in RE we are covering the unit ‘What do Christians Believe God is like?’ and we will use stories and parables from the Bible to help illustrate this. Computing will be pixel Art designs and beginning to understand giving simple instructions and programming. The values we will be focusing on this term are Happiness followed by Acceptance.


Our School Priorities for Learning                                                      

 This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Learn to spell Y1 red word tricky spellings and use in own sentence writing.
  • Know addition and subtraction facts by heart within ten and use to help solve mental problems within other contexts eg. measuring

Term 3


Would a dinosaur make a good pet?

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We have a fun-packed dinotastic term to look forward to, packed full of learning about dinosaurs and other animals.


English - To start we will be learning lots of facts about a variety of different dinosaurs to help write interesting information sentences, using basic punctuation every time. We will use what we have learned to design and make a dinosaur picture/fact matching game to play with friends and family.  Then we will be learning to retell the story of ‘The Smallest Dinosaur’, using actions and a story map to help us remember the words. The children will use the same ‘lost and found’ story pattern to write a different story version of their own. The focus will be on sequencing sentences to create a narrative, rehearsing, punctuating and re-reading each sentence as we write. All term we will be working hard on our Set 2 phonics spelling (our writing priority), making sure we use Fred fingers and sound mats to help use the phonemes/graphemes that we have learned. As always, we will be reading lots and lots of stories and information books about dinosaurs, and pets, comparing them and discussing them, extending our vocabularies and re-reading favourites.


Maths – First we’ll be doing lots of learning with addition and subtraction within 20, working on children’s understanding, reasoning, fluency and memory of number facts. Within this we will work on repeated addition and multiplication, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, and then finish with a unit learning about place value with numbers to 50 – counting, reading, writing, ordering and representing the numbers. Linked to dinosaurs we will be using measurement of height and length to find out about the real-life sizes of dinosaurs and their fossil footprints.


Theme – All term in Science we will be using the story ‘Dinosaur Pet’ to think about whether a dinosaur would make a good pet and the children will learn about real-life pets and other animals that come from the different animal classifications – mammals, birds, lizards, amphibians and fish – describing and comparing their different structures and key features. We will use learning on fossils of dinosaurs and their teeth to think about whether they were herbivores, carnivores or omnivores, and compare this to modern animals. We will find out about the life of Mary Anning, a famous local Victorian palaeontologist (and the work of modern palaeontologists. In Computing we will learn about using text and images to display and share information, and in Art/DT we will create a Jurassic jungle landscape, based on the work of Henri Rousseau, with paint and collage, and use a sliding lever to make a dinosaur travel from one side to the other. In RE we will covering the first unit on ‘Who is Jewish and how do they live?’. PE this term focuses on gymnastics and Music lessons will cover keeping a steady pulse, rhythms and singing.

The values we will be focusing on this term are courtesy and honesty.


Our School Priorities for Learning                                             

 This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Use Fred-fingers and ‘sound talk’ to correctly read and spell words with all Set 2 phonic sounds (ay  ee  ow  igh  oo  oo  ar  or  air  ir  ou  oy)
  • Know how to add and subtract within 20, using our knowledge of number bonds within 10 and the place value of teen numbers to help.


Term 2


Stickman and the Seasons

Using the wonderful Julia Donaldson story ‘Stickman’ as a starting point the children will be learning all about the seasons, weather, the life cycle of trees and spring flowers bulbs, and light and dark, all bundled together into a great theme.

English – We’ll start by writing a factual information guide to the four seasons, then move on to a lovely story all about night and being afraid of the dark. Drama, character descriptions, letters, story sentences and shadow puppets will all play a part. We will continue our main focus on using our phonic knowledge to spell and punctuating simple sentences, joining ideas with ‘and’, and re-reading to make sure each sentence has all the words. We will read lots and lots of stories related to our theme in different ways.

Maths – We start consolidating knowledge of addition and then move onto subtraction. After this is a block on the place value of numbers to 20 – reading, writing, representing, ordering and comparing, and using reasoning to solve number problems. We will then learn about the passing of time – time vocabulary, days, months etc, then finish with a block learning about 2D and 3D shapes.

Theme – Science and Geography are the main focuses of our learning. The children will investigate the four seasons and learn about weather – naming and describing different weather types, thinking about weather forecasts and a map of the UK. We will find out about a daffodil and nasturtium’s life cycle, plant some spring bulbs and learn how to identify different trees from their leaves. As the days grow shorter we’ll find out about how the hours of daylight change as we move through the seasons, how reflective materials keep us safe on dark evenings and how shadows are formed. Art will be looking at the beautiful paper cutting work of Matisse, thinking about shapes and colours to create a ‘seasons circle’. In RE we will think about ‘belonging’ and how people show they belong to different groups and religions, especially Christianity and Judaism. Music lessons will be computing based to begin with, then all about learning and performing the songs for our Nativity. PE learning will be based ‘Brilliant Ball skills’ – throwing, catching and aiming.

The values we will be focusing on this term are Consideration then Humility.



Our School Priorities for Learning                                                  

 This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Think of a sentence idea, saying the words aloud and then write it with a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.
  • Read, write, recognise and order different representations of teen numbers, understanding the place value of tens and ones.

Term 1

Moon Zoom!

Welcome to Year One Kittiwake Class, and what an ‘out of this world’ theme we have to start us off! Your amazing children have come in with such enthusiasm and are raring to go with their learning. Despite our best efforts the transition into Year 1 can be bumpy at times for some children, so if you ever need any help or advice, please do ask or message us and we will try our very best to support you and your child with whatever you need.


  • Every day your child needs to bring in their water bottle and book bag with their Reading Diary and books.
  • PE – our PE day is Wednesday every week, and children can come to school in their PE kits on that day.
  • RWI – daily ‘Read Write Inc’ lessons will start in the 2nd full week. Please read with your child and make a note of it in their Reading Diary at least three times a week – more if you can! The total number of ‘reads’ that our class has done over the week is counted up every Friday as part of the whole school StarBook Reader challenge. The class with the highest score each week is rewarded with a special storytime with hot chocolate and biscuits!
  • Homework – homework comes home in a Yellow Homework book every Friday. Please hand in their yellow book with completed homework on the following Wednesday each week.


We are beginning by using Oliver Jeffers’ wonderful book ‘Here We Are’ to think a little about being back together in school, our amazing planet Earth, and its place in space.


English – Our first writing will be based on a simple recount of Neil Armstrong’s rocket launch at the beginning of his journey to the Moon, followed by a narrative using a lovely story about a lost alien who has crash-landed on Earth. Both types of writing will involve lots of drama, talk, artwork and imagining, with a firm focus on simple sentence structures – thinking of the words, rehearsing and saying the words aloud, writing all the words and then re-reading them. We look at sentence punctuation, leaving clear spaces between words and we’ll will definitely be using our ‘Fred fingers’ to help sound out and spell. We’ll finish with a fun week of poetry based on the Moon. We’ll also read lots and lots and lots of stories and information books together.

Maths – We’ll spend time investigating and securing early number skills – sorting groups, counting 1:1, investigating amounts, matching, finding two parts of different whole numbers and using reasoning to solve problems and explain our thoughts. There will be lots of language and vocabulary work to ensure children understand different ways to compare amounts – more than, less than, equal to, most and least. We’ll find out more about simple addition and subtraction using a variety of approaches and will start building up at fluency in learning some number facts by heart.

Theme – History and Science are the main focuses of our learning. The children will find out about the historic ‘Moon Landing’, and how people watched and celebrated all around the world, culminating with the children planning and organising their own pretend ‘Moon Landing’ Party, just like people did in 1969.  In Science the children will think about the differences between our human bodies and those of aliens we find in storybooks - our faces, body parts, and most of all, our five senses. And we might make some alien slime! Near the end of the term we will have a whole day DT project building junk model rockets and spaceships. In Music we will be thinking about the Louis Armstrong song ‘What a wonderful world’ and we’ll be playing lots of rhythm and movement games. PE learning will involve collaborative games working on our listening, throwing and catching skills. As part of our Computing learning the children will be becoming more independent logging on as well as gaining confidence with mouse skills, keyboard skills and opening different programs. In RE we will be following the unit ‘Who do Christians say made the world?’, learning about the Creation story from the Bible. The values we will be focusing on this term are Friendship  followed by Equality.


The Year One team are really looking forward to getting to know everyone and having great fun together,

                                                      Miss Stone, Mrs Jarrad and Miss Sellers



Our School Priorities for Learning                                                     TERM 1                                                               

 This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Form all lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place.
  • Know by heart, or quickly work out mentally, all addition facts within ten

e.g.   5 + 5        4 + 3        7 + 1       2 + 6       3 + 5      6 + 4