Welcome back after what we hope was an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas break! We would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Spring Term. 

The Spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. Our theme/topic this term is ‘City explorers’ where children’s learning will start by learning about their locality before adventuring to other cities around the UK. As artists, children will look at the work of William Morris and create their own prints– we cannot wait to get started! In DT, children will learn about healthy eating and food hygiene before designing and creating fruit skewers for city café! As part of our history, we will step back in time to see what houses and transport were like within cities in the past. We are also hoping to plan an exciting visit to further our learning. We will also look at significate people from the past such as Queen Victoria/Queen Elizabeth.

In English, we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters and full stops when writing sentences. The children will begin to use question marks and exclamation marks and will be encouraged to continue using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘because’. We will also learn how to apply prefixes and suffixes to words and children will have the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts, including, poetry, recounts and traditional stories.

In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, fives and tens up to 100. The children will have the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of how to add and subtract two numbers together by solving word problems and we will continue to practise reciting number bonds to 10 and 20. Later on in the term, we will move on to solving multiplication and division using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines.

In Science, we will be learning about a range of materials and their properties. Children will have the opportunity to investigate the properties through simple investigations.

Pupils will continue to remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics sessions for which they will be ability set and may have a different teacher and be in a different classroom or learning room. Phonics sessions were ran this way in Reception so your child will be familiar with working with different teachers. Throughout the year, children will start to have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Friday morning and new spellings will be given out on Friday with the spelling test result of that day underneath. This will only start only when children are confident within their reading. Spellings will be set by your child’s phonics teacher and can range from 1 to 10 spellings to learn (dependent on your child’s ability).

Reading is a massive focus in Year 1 therefore please continue to support your child’s reading at home regularly. Reading Eggs is a great programme we have invested in so please continue to use this to support their reading. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building your child’s confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome! Phonics is particularly important during Year 1, as children are required to take a phonics test in the Summer Term, which consists of 40 words (real and nonsense) to read – we will have a parent meeting to discuss the phonics-screening test in the spring term.

We will continue to out send creative homework that will have many suggestions for activities to complete at home. We hope your child will take pride in their books and complete as many of the activities as possible. We aim to set creative homework twice every half term. We have loved seeing some of the amazing creations the children have brought in so far!

Soccer 2000 teach PE/Dance and children will have it twice a week. Children in Year 1 will have these sessions on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. However, please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. In the interests of safety, no jewellery, including earrings, should be worn on PE days. It would also be appreciated that all items of uniform (including PE bag and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the Autumn term and we are aware how expensive it is!

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher either via Class Dojos or school office to arrange a meeting. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.

We have much to be excited about for the Spring Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.

Miss Armstrong               Miss Wood                Miss Collins
Class 3                             Class 3                      Class 4

January 2022

Year 1 had a fantastic inspiration day to introduce our new topic,  'City Explorers' which is based on the book Claude in the City.  Linking to the book, we had a 'robber' come in a steal a very special parcel that was supposed to be delivered to Class 3 and Class 4. The children had to chase the robber to try and get the parcel back! Once the parcel had returned to us, we got to explore all of the things that Claude had left for us in there. This helped the children to learn all about the different countries within the UK and the capital cities for each of them. They then had the chance to create their very own posters in teams to encourage Claude to visit the city of Wolverhampton by telling him all of the wonderful things that you can do here!

   

January 2022

Year 1 had a fantastic inspiration day to introduce our new topic,  'City Explorers' which is based on the book Claude in the City.  Linking to the book, we had a 'robber' come in a steal a very special parcel that was supposed to be delivered to Class 3 and Class 4. The children had to chase the robber to try and get the parcel back! Once the parcel had returned to us, we got to explore all of the things that Claude had left for us in there. This helped the children to learn all about the different countries within the UK and the capital cities for each of them. They then had the chance to create their very own posters in teams to encourage Claude to visit the city of Wolverhampton by telling him all of the wonderful things that you can do here!

 

 

   

January 2022

Year 1 had a fantastic inspiration day to introduce our new topic,  'City Explorers' which is based on the book Claude in the City.  Linking to the book, we had a 'robber' come in a steal a very special parcel that was supposed to be delivered to Class 3 and Class 4. The children had to chase the robber to try and get the parcel back! Once the parcel had returned to us, we got to explore all of the things that Claude had left for us in there. This helped the children to learn all about the different countries within the UK and the capital cities for each of them. They then had the chance to create their very own posters in teams to encourage Claude to visit the city of Wolverhampton by telling him all of the wonderful things that you can do here!

 

 

   

 
November 2020

  

March 2020

Year 1 had a very exciting time in a Space Explorer Dome. The children learnt all about the planets and our solar system. They heard lots of ancient stories and were amazed to see the constellations. The children learnt that the sun is a star and found out why the sun moves across the sky. They watched in awe at the different phases of the moon. The Space Dome has certainly inspired some future astronomers in Year 1.

  

 

February 2020

Year 1 children took part in ‘Paddington’s Space Mission’ inspiration day. The children made NASA space badges and rockets ready to take off to the moon. We took off in our rockets and watched the first moon landing by Neil Armstrong. Once we were safely on the moon, we listened and followed instructions to create a moon dance. We also created our own aliens using handprints. After a busy day we listened to the story ‘Whatever Next’ and had our own space picnic on the moon before coming back to Earth. I think the children will all agree that it was an enjoyable day and were left feeling inspired for our learning this term.