Dear Parents/Carers

Please find below an overview of the topics we will cover in Year 1 next half term. We hope you will find this useful.


Children will begin the half term by learning about a range of fairy tales and traditional stories. The children will write their own fairy tale based on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Later in the half term children will be investigating poems which have pattern and rhyme.


Children will be continuing to learn about addition and subtraction in the context of word problems. They will then move on to learn about division through sharing and about multiplication using repeated addition. Here are some example questions:

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This term children will be learning about countries and continents. They will be using language such as north, south, country, continent, ocean and land.


In science children will be continuing to learn about animals, including humans. They will learn about the five senses and explore how humans use these to understand the world.


Children will be learning about Christianity. This will begin with a trip to St Michael’s Church (Webbs) and St Barnabas’ Church (Meteor).


Children will be exploring instruments in relation to dynamics, tempo, timbre and symbols. They will be exploring the different ways sounds can be changed on musical instruments and creating symbols to represents those sounds.


In ICT the children will be learning to use the coding program Scratch Junior.


In PSCHE the children will be learning about keeping safe and the use of medicines.

Design and technology

The children will be designing and making their own fruit salad based on criteria given by a friend.


Children will continue to learn simple words and phrases in French, as well as listening to stories and singing songs.

P.E. days

All children require a complete change of clothes for PE in the school colours of light blue, navy blue or white, including suitable footwear. Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing such as tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers and jumpers when the weather gets colder. If PE is before morning break, children may arrive at school dressed in their PE kit bringing their school uniform in a bag to change into. If PE is at the end of the day, your child should come to school in their uniform and will come home in their PE kit. We would also ask that all school uniform and belongings are clearly labelled with name and class to ensure safe return. It is particularly important that jewellery is not worn on PE days.  Those children that have PE clubs before school are still expected to change into uniform during register time.

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Reading books

The children receive a guided reading book (guided reader) from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher.   Please ensure that your child’s guided reader is in their book bag every day, as their reading day may occasionally change. Children will also take home an extra book

from the class library. This is a free choice book, which the child can read independently or have read to them and share with an adult.

Reading records

All children have a reading record which needs to be in their book bag at all times. Please read the class teacher’s comments and write any comments you wish to make after reading with your child at home.

Many thanks
The Year 1 team

Hannah Coles                 Rose Spring                   Emily Grove                         Gus Brooks (Meteor)                


Download the Year 1 presentation to parents

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