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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

In Year 1 this half term we will be following a unit of work called ‘Green Fingers.’  This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects. During this unit we will be focusing on Geography, Science and Health and Well-Being as well as continuing our daily Literacy and Numeracy lessons.

Spellings – Will go out every Monday and the children will be tested every Friday.

Homework – Will go out every Friday and is Collected in every Wednesday.

Reading Records – Changed every Monday and Thursday. These must be bought in everyday for Guided Reading sessions.

Upcoming trips

Year 1 Trip to Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses:

  • Monday 6th February:1B
  • Tuesday 7th February: 1Y
  • Wednesday 8th February: 1D


In English our class books will be ‘Wild’ by Emily Hughes and ‘The Secret Sky Garden’ by Linda Sarah and Fiona Lumbers. We will be continuing our understanding of capital letters and inputting them in the correct places and using a range of punctuation to demarcate our sentences. We will be learning how to use the personal pronoun I, to tell a story from the point of view of a character, this will be in the form of a diary. The children will be continuing to explore emotive language to understand the feelings of others. Finally, we will be appropriately using conjunctions to make our own set of instructions.


As part of our maths topic for year 1 we will be completing our Addition and Subtraction topic by practicing and consolidating our knowledge of the addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) symbols. We will be learning how to represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20 by recapping and recalling our number bonds to 10. Finally, as part of our addition and subtraction topic, we will be learning to add and subtract 1 and 2 digit numbers to 20 and use commutative law. Our new topic will be Geometry, where we will explore 2D and 3D shapes and make repeating patterns.



In Science we will be learning about plants and how important they are to our world. Plants are living things – they grow when we give them enough sunlight, food and water. Plants give us food to eat, clean air to breathe and materials to build our houses and furniture. We can use plants to make clothes and medicines, and to decorate our gardens. To fully engage with this unit, we will need to be scientists, geographers and international learners. How important are plants to our world?


Homework will be sent out on Friday to be returned to school each Wednesday for marking.  The ‘menu’ type homework allows children to choose which homework they would like to do each week based on what subjects interests them the most.  Please date the menu to show which homework has been completed each week.


Reading Records are to be in school every day whether your child has read or not, this is so we can record any comments that we may have during Guided Reading sessions. Reading books may be changed daily if the Reading Records have been signed by an adult to show a book has been read. All Reading Records are checked on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to ensure that children are reading regularly at home.  Online books can also be accessed on 'Collins E Books’ through the Active Learn website.

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