Dear Parents/Carers                                                                                                

Please find below an overview of the topics that we will cover next half term. We hope you will find this useful.


Children will begin the term by reading ‘Cloudland’ by John Burningham and writing their own descriptive Cloudland stories. Following this, children will be exploring a beautiful and engaging book ‘The Lost Words’ and writing their own acrostic poems about the natural world. Finally, children will be writing non-fiction texts about the Victorians, linked to our ‘Changing Childhood’ history topic.


Children will begin the term with strengthening and consolidating their understanding of measures, multiplication, division and fractions, before completing some maths assessments. They will then be extending their understanding of place value, addition and subtraction using numbers up to 100.

History – Changing Childhood
Children will be learning about what life was like over 100 years ago in the Victorian times. They will be learning about Victorian schools, homes and jobs and consider how life has changed from the past.

Science – Amazing animals!

Children will be learning about different types of animals, including mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. They will be developing their scientific enquiry skills by asking questions, making careful observations and carrying out research. This topic will include a virtual visit from a Zoolab ranger!


Year 1 will be taking part in a singing project. They will have the opportunity to develop their vocal skills and will learn a range of songs in unison, simple two-part harmonies and rounds, in different genres and different cultures.  We hope the children can perform to you at the end of the year either via Zoom or with a recorded performance. 

ICT and Computing 

Children will be learning to use the coding program Scratch Junior. They will create interactive stories, solve problems and express themselves creatively.


Year 1 will make a collage on the theme of friendship, inspired by the artist Lubaina Himid.  They will explore colour mixing and textile patterns while looking at the artist's paintings, A Carpet of Colours and Between the two my heart is balanced'.


Children will be learning greetings in French as well as words to describe how they are feeling and the numbers 1-12 from Madam Lambert.


Indoor PE lessons  

The class will be split into two groups of up to 15 children for their Indoor PE lessons with lessons being 30 minutes each due to hall space and distancing requirements. They will continue to have an opportunity to explore and promote their physical fitness and wellbeing through movementbased games, dance and yoga. In addition, over the term children will have an opportunity to create, devise and compose movement in response to classroom curriculum based topics and given stimuli such as music, visuals and text. Children will be encouraged and taught to share and develop the language to feedback and comment with an emphasis on team building, problem solving, communication, decision-making and actively encouraging peer learning.

Outdoor PE lessons

Children will continue to learn about personal space and how to travel safely following instructions. This will be achieved through a variety of fun and age related activities with story and action themes such as ‘their bodies’, the jungle, animals, colours and much more. Children will experience athletic training, obstacle courses, yoga, movement to music, mindfulness & wellbeing. Through interval training, athletics and circuits, we will also introduce the idea of setting personal goals and improving personal bests.

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Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)

Children will learn about various aspects of keeping healthy and safe. Please see the attached letter for more information.


Mathletics homework will continue to be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday. Reading books and matching comprehension activities are provided on Bug Club (

Reading books

The children receive a guided reading book from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher.   

Reading records

Children should continue to record their reading in their reading record. Please read the class teacher’s comments and write a comment each week after reading with them at home. Children will continue to receive one homework task per week linked to the Guided Reading book they have been reading in class. They will also receive some ‘words to learn’ which they should learn to read and spell at home and record on the grid provided.

Please ensure that your child’s Guided Reading book and record is in their book bag everyday as their reading day may occasionally change.

Healthy snacks

As Belleville is a healthy school and a nut free school, we remind you that children are provided with a piece of fruit at playtime and do not need to bring in their own snack from home. 

Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 1 team

Rose Spring (1S)                       Emily Grove (1G)                     Lottie Wallace (1W)                      Gus Brooks (1B)                                                                                  

Hannah Coles (Assistant Headteacher – KS1 and Year 1 Leader)                

Download the Year 1 PSCHE letter

Download the Phonics Parent Workshop

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