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Welcome Back Year 1 !

Spring Term  

Welcome back to Year 1 after a well-deserved Christmas holiday.  I hope you all had a lovely restful week and everyone is ready and raring to go for another fun and exciting Half Term!  Our first Term in Year 1 has been fantastic and I have been so proud of how the children have settled in to their new class. We have enjoyed lots of exciting learning over the past Term; from searching for signs of Autumn in our forest to learning about the different continents around the world! The children have continued to amaze me with all the fantastic work they have produced!  

On our Year 1 class page you will find all the information about our class topics, class news, events, daily routines, homework and dates for your diaries. I will also regularly share the Year 1’s fantastic work on our Twitter page, so don’t forget to follow us to keep up to date with everything we are learning about in school.  

Mrs Mawray will  be covering my PPA every Tuesday morning. 

Our PE sessions are on a Tuesday and a Friday, so please remember to come in your PE kit during those days. 

Warmest wishes, 

Miss Parker 


Our Autumn Term Topic


We Are Explorers 

As Writers 

This Term our learning will be focused around 'Great Explorers' and our first focus text for English will be the fantastic book ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. This heart-warming story follows the adventure of Beegu who is lost on planet Earth because their spaceship has crashed.  

In the second half of the Spring Term, will will move on to explore a new text - 'The Secret of Black Rock' written by Joe Todd-Stanton. This is a story about an adventurous young girl called Erin who loves the ocean and wants to explore and discover the mysteries that lie within the deep sea. 

Using these texts, the children will practise using full stops, capital letters and questions marks; use the conjunction 'and', and add simple description to create more detailed sentences.  They will also begin using the suffix's 'est, er, ing and ed' in their writing. 


As Mathematicians 

This Term in maths the children be learning about: 

 Place Value within 20

Shape, Addition and Subtraction within 20

Place Value to 50

Length and Height and Weight and Volume. 


As Historians 

As Historians we will be learning about the journey of three great explorers - Robert Scott, Edward Wilson and Enrenst Shackleton. These three explorers set off on a discovery expedition to be the first people to reach the South Pole. 


As scientists

As scientists we will be learning all about materials. 

We will be able to: 

  • distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties



As Artists 

As Artists, we will create art inspired by our History Topic -'The Race to the South Pole'.  Linked to our English text 'The Secret of Black Rock', we will create 'Under the Sea' art using oils and pastels.



Every day Year 1 will have a 20 minute phonics lesson. At Little Leigh Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. We revisited Phase 3 throughout Autumn Term 1 and we will now move onto Phase 4 and then Phase 5.  Below are a selection of websites which will help support the children with their phonics at home. 


Online resources:


  1. http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/forestPhonics/index.html

Here you will find a fun phonics game where the children have to select the letters to make the words using their phonics sounds.

  1. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources

Here you will find different games where the children have to read and sort the real and nonsense words.

  1. http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

Here you will find information and resources about the different phonics phases.

  1. https://lettersandsounds.org.uk/for-home/y2-phonics-screening-check-revision

Here you will find different video’s for home learning, revising all the phonics sounds.

  5. http://www.mrthorne.com/ 

Here you will find phonics videos that are very useful for pronunciation of sounds.

  6. http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ 

Here you will find a  great selection of games to support all areas of learning.

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This half term our PE sessions will take place on a Tuesday and Friday. Please can your child arrive to school in their P.E kit on these days. 

During the winter months, it is advisable for the children to bring warm clothes such as tracksuit bottoms as sessions will continue outside where possible.


Within school, all the children take part in whole class reading sessions, guided reading sessions and individual reads. These sessions aim to develop word recognition, inference skills, comprehension of texts and fluency/understanding of the texts we read.  Our inviting reading area with quality texts will allow the children to independently develop their love of reading during quiet reading times.  

In KS1 we encourage parents/guardians to read with your child at least 3 times a week and record a short comment in their child’s reading diary about that reading session. Due to Covid 19, reading diaries will not be provided at the moment, however every child will choose a new book each week to take home and read.   


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