Year 1, Curriculum Information – Spring Term

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We follow the Year 1 National Curriculum for Reading and Writing. Our main topic focus this term is SPACE! This will give children plenty of opportunities to explore both fiction and non-fiction, as well as become experts on our Solar System.

We have been delighted with the progress children have made with our new Floppy’s Phonics programme. This term, children in Y1 will continue to explore grapheme-phoneme correspondences in Level 4, before moving to Level 5.

We will conduct our phonics sessions with the whole class, but also offer additional 1:1, intervention and group support if necessary (based on assessments carried out last term). Being able to both segment and blend these sounds in Levels 1+ – 4/5 will help with reading, writing and spelling in all areas of the curriculum.


How you can help

Please ensure that you regularly look at the Activity Sheets in your child’s Phonics Folder, initialling the top right corner of each sheet. Support your child with re-reading the word banks to consolidate their previous learning.

Please also read regularly with your child, every evening if possible, to promote good habits and the love of reading. Book changing days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

We will contact parents in January regarding the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, which all children will participate in during the Summer Term.

We will be sending home information about the letter formation we use in school. Please note where each letter starts and ends, and watch your child practising. Correct formation now, will ensure that ‘joining up’ will be much more fluid in Year 2.



We will be building on the skills your child has already acquired within the framework of the National Numeracy Strategy. We will continue with counting forwards and backwards from any number in 1’s, understanding what is ‘one more or one less’. Focus will also be placed on correct number formation, this is something that all children must be secure with by the end of Year 1. We will develop our confidence with number bonds to 10 and 20, and begin to use our knowledge to write number sentences; e.g. 9 + 1 = 10. As we build on these skills, we will move on to solving missing number problems for adding and take away; e.g. 20 – ? = 18. In all above mentioned areas, children are regularly assessed and those children who are not yet confident with these requirements will receive additional support.


How you can help

Continue to be aware of Maths in our everyday lives – numbers are everywhere! Practise counting with your child in ones; backwards is just as important as forwards. Counting from any number rather than always starting at 1 or 0 is very useful too and going past 100. Please support your child to always write their numbers the correct way around. Perhaps they could trace over your correctly formed written numbers for extra practise. Playing games for adding and subtracting, and using toys or objects alongside a story, is useful to consolidate understanding; e.g. Daddy has 10 cars and gives 2 to Nanny. How many cars does he have left?



We will be looking closely at Everyday Materials, distinguishing between objects and the material from which they are made. We will be learning how to identify and name a variety of everyday materials including wood, plastic, glass and metal. We will be working scientifically and describing the physical properties of different materials and grouping these together on the basis of their properties.

We will also continue to observe changes across the four seasons as we look more closely at seasonal change. We will be observing and describing the weather and how day length varies.


How you can help

Please reinforce safety aspects concerned with handling certain materials. You could begin to discuss what materials your child uses a lot at home and consider what material their favourite toy is made from.

Regarding seasonal change, it would be lovely if you are able to discuss the weather from time to time, perhaps watching a weather forecast on television or looking at one on a computer.


Design and Technology (1st half)

We are going to be designing and making a simple model of a space rocket which must stand alone.


How you can help

Help your child to find the materials required to build their own space rocket in school from their design plan.


Art (2nd half)

We are going to be painting a planet from the solar system and exploring line, colour and texture.


How you can help

Encourage your child to look at the planets in our solar system and to make observations about their appearance.


Physical Education

We will be continuing the new scheme of work started last term.


Religious Education

We will be thinking about our experiences over the Christmas holiday, the gifts that we have given and received and how this made us feel. We will think about our actions and how rules and codes of behaviour help us to know what we should do. We will also consider what makes us happy or sad.

We will continue to explore familiar celebrations in our lives and the lives of others. Towards the end of term, we will discuss baptisms, weddings and Easter.


How you can help.

Please encourage your child to talk to you about what they have been learning in class and how this makes them feel. Perhaps you could also consider whether it is possible to give a gift that costs nothing, as we have done within the classroom.



This term we will be learning about algorithms, coding and debugging. We will also be using WordART, as well as researching the internet for information about our planets.

How you can help.

Teach your child to be independent when using the computer or laptop. Can they log on and off independently? Can you support them when researching interesting Space facts on the internet?



We are learning about Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong – Who they are and why they are famous? What can astronauts see from Space? We will be looking in atlases and at Google Earth to help us investigate our ideas.


How you can help

Talk to your children about what you know about Space and ‘the first man on the moon’. You could also enjoy looking at books together or researching the internet and finding out as many facts as you can.


Mrs C. Radcliffe and Miss G. Lax


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