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We will now be having our walk around around Collingham after half term. Hopefully we will be able to look for signs of Spring as well as look in detail at the local area. 


Following on from parent's evening I have added a document to the bottom of the page which as some questions to ask children when they are reading their book. The document is called 'Year 1 Further Questions'. This document will also be sent  home with homework this week. 


The new topic has continued to capture the children's curiosity and enthusiasm. We have been as busy as ever in the last couple of weeks. In math's we covered money and it was really clear to see how confident the children were with adding the coins. We have now moved onto multiplication and we have been looking at using arrays to help find the answer. In Phonics, we have finally covered all the sounds (set 1, 2, 3 and a few extras which are not in RWI). We will now move onto spelling patterns as well as continuing with our tricky words. The children now have a spelling book which they seem really excited about! In grammar, we have looked at -ed endings and that this ending is used with verbs in the past tense. In English, we have been learning how to plan stories using 'story mountain' as well as reading numerous traditional tales. I think the most popular so far has been The Gingerbread Man. 


In topic, the children especially enjoyed a science experiment where they had to free good fairies from a block of ice. The naughty fairy had put 5 lovely fairies in ice and the children had to work in their groups to free the fairy as quickly as they could. The conversations and vocabulary from the experiment was brilliant. We have also mastered compass directions and remember them by saying 'Never Eat Slimy Worms!'. We have began to look at materials again and went on a five senses hunt around the classroom. We had discussions about materials which are man made and natural.  


I have added a couple of things to the useful documents and websites at the bottom of the page:

  • A really useful maths website is called This has lots of activities/games for all the different maths objectives.
  • A useful website for phonics is There is a free phonics play section. In this section there are games for the children and also useful advice for parents. We are looking at being able to send a username and password home for the website once we have the appropriate number of licenses. The children have loved the games we have played in class!
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Welcome to Year One


A very, very warm welcome to Key Stage One! I hope you enjoy reading our class page, where topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half-term and latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Wednesday. As always, there will be lots of photographs uploaded after all the exciting activities and events we get up to!


The Year One staff team consists of Miss Thackray, Mrs Naylor, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Meek. Mrs Naylor will support the class every morning and Mrs Shaw will support Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Mrs Meek will teach Year 1 on a Wednesday afternoon.


We are really looking forward to our time in year 1 this year, and hope that you are too!

Miss Thackray and the Year 1 Team


Upcoming Events

23.03.18 - Sports Relief Day

26.03.18 - Easter Church Service

26.03.18 - Show and Tell (group 2)

27.03.18 - Non-Uniform Day

28.03.18 - Easter Bingo

29.03.18 - Last day of term

16.03.18 - Show and Tell (group 1)

23.03.18 - Show and Tell (group 2)

24.04.18 - Phonics Screen Information (6pm)

25.04.18 - Parents Afternoon 

30.04.18 - Show and Tell (group 1)


Latest News

The new topic 'Enchanted Woodland' has had a really successful start. The children have been really busy especially during provision times completing all the different activities. Our focus book this week has been 'Little Red Riding Hood' and the children have had the option to complete some tasks about the book such as sequencing the story, writing adjectives for the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, making a wanted poster for the wolf and writing their own version of the story. I have been very impressed by their level of independent work. We have also started to look at money and the value of coins. We have looked at counting coins as well as making different amounts. We also discovered we can make the same amount in different ways. Money has been really good for mental addition and we have even managed to add 4 numbers together in our head!


Important Information

  • Reading books will be changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please can you write the name of the new book in the reading record and sign when they have read the book. It is always helpful to leave a comment and it is something that the Year 1 team really appreciate.
  • Show and Tell will be on a Monday afternoon. I have split the class into 2 groups meaning children will be able to show something every other week. Children with a surname beginning with A-M will be in group 1 and children with a surname beginning with N-Z will be in group 2. Please look at upcoming events to keep up to date with the rota.


Homework Expectations

Learning Logs will be given out on Friday indicating skills to be practised. Learning logs need to be back in school the following Wednesday. Some homework will be over longer periods to enable research and the date for completion will be indicated on the log. In Year 1 the children have a session to share homework with classmates and staff. Pupils get the opportunity to see each other’s learning and discuss findings. This enables the children to really engage with homework by sharing good ideas and information. All homework is related to what’s going on in the current curriculum and supports their classroom learning. All homework is read by Miss Thackray and initialled.


Children need to read daily and discuss their reading. At the bottom of the page I have added a document with a list of possible questions you can ask your child when you are reading with them. Your support with reading is greatly appreciated and really enhances learning.


Curriculum this half term 



Our new Topic 'Enchanted Woodland' will finish on the 27th April. In this topic we will continue to look at maps and compass direction. I will be rearranging our walk around Collingham and the school grounds so we have a really good understanding of the area. In Art, we will be looking at the artist Morrisseau and how he uses black outlines and bright colours. We will also be sketching a woodland scene and making leaf rubbings. In design and technology we will be making a moving book for one of the traditional tales. We will also be making bird feeders as we move into Spring! Each week in class we will have a focus story/traditional tale. The first focus story will be Little Red Riding Hood followed by Jack and the Beanstalk. 



In English, we will continue to concentrate on Read, Write, Inc (RWI) Phonics. We will focus on the sounds from Set 1, 2 and 3 which include split digraphs (chatty friends) as well as looking at the words on our Superhero Spellings list. Alongside our Superhero Spellings we will also be looking at the Year 1 common exception words and high frequency words. We will also be looking at some new sounds this half term (ue, au, ie, oe, ey, wh, ph and ea bread for breakfast). 


As always, in our Friday 'Big Write' we will be emphasising the use of capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, using our phonics and spelling knowledge and joining sentences with conjunctions such as 'and', 'because', 'so', 'but'. We will also be concentrating on question marks, exclamation marks, adjectives and maintaining tense. 


We will continue practicing our cursive letter formation and joining letters. We will be focusing handwriting families and making sure formation is correct and all letters are sat on the line and joined in the correct position. 


Another focus this half term will be using interesting words in our writing. I would like children to challenge themselves with the vocabulary they are using and we will be looking at meanings of a variety of words every day. We will continue to look at nouns and verbs as well as making words plural. Another focus will be adding the suffixes -ed, -er, -est to the end of words, adding the prefix -un and contracting words e.g. I am = I'm or do not = don't.


I will also be reading the class a lot of stories this half term and asking questions about the texts we are reading. I will be starting to read Matilda which will get them used to longer texts. We will be looking at a few traditional tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The 3 Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel and the Gingerbread Man. We will also be reading some traditional tales with a twist such as Cinderboy, Paperbag Princess and the True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. We will also be looking at the books The Tunnel and Into the Forest by Anthony Browne. Towards the end of the topic I will be reading the class 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by Shakespeare.   


There are links at the bottom of the page to any English support I think could be helpful. If you require any more information/support please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Year One Team.



In Maths, we will have a particular focus for each week starting from the 19th February.

Week 1 - Addition and Subtraction

Week 2 - Addition and Subtraction

Week 3 - Money

Week 4 - Money

Week 5 - Multiplication and Division

Week 6 - Multiplication and Division



In Science we will also be looking at seasonal changes in Spring and compare this to the changes in Winter. To help with this we will be looking closely at plants and trees. We will be looking at the parts of a flower and tree and what they need to survive as well as being able to identify common garden plants. We will also look at evergreen and deciduous trees. Also, we will be looking at common woodland animals and their habitats. We will also be looking at materials and conducting some experiments based on two traditional tales. We will look at the most suitable material to make a house and the best material to make a bridge over a river. 



In Computing we will continue with algorithms. We will also focus on data retrieval and visual media, this will include creating and manipulating digital images. We will also be using purple mash to create our own story. 



Our RE topic this half term is Gospel and our focus question is 'What is the good news Jesus brings?' 



Our P.E. days for Spring term 2 will be Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that you are wearing your School PE kit, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster. 

  • Spring 2 - Badminton (Tuesday - Indoor).
  • Spring 2 - Gymnastics (Thursday - Indoor).



Year 1 will be introduced to Spanish this half term on a Tuesday afternoon. 


PHSE/British Values

Our RESPECT code, as ever, will underpin all our learning, and the children will be encouraged to continue to add to a RESPECT code display and write a post-it when they see a child portraying aspects of our RESPECT code and help to choose the children who will be selected for our leaf assembly. We will be discussing lots about our locality and discussing what it means to be British, recapping our British values.


Our PHSE focus will be drug, alcohol and tobacco education: What do we put into and on to our bodies?


Fire Service

Curriculum Parent Leaflet Year One