Year 1

Update for Week beginning : 19.3.18

English and Maths information:


After visiting the zoo last week we will be utilising this experience to write a recount about our trip, a fact sheet about a chosen animal and a letter to thank Marwell for our visit. We have reminded the children how important it is to use their fantastic phonic skills and to continue to focus on what makes a super sentence.


In Maths we will be revisiting multiplication and introducing the concept of division. This can be a tricky concept to understand and we will be using lots of practical apparatus to support us. You could have fun following this up at home. Can they divide smarties into the correct number of people in your family? Will they do it fairly? What can they do if any are left over?

The MyMaths home learning for this half term is due to be completed by April 15th. The learning is linked to the areas we are covering within school so will support your child in their learning. The tasks also include covering number bonds to 20 as this is a skill that the children need to master by the end of year 1. MyMaths club takes place on a Thursday lunchtime for any child that does not have access to a computer or the internet at home.

Other curriculum news:

You should now have received a handwritten invite from your child to our project outcome which will be an informal celebration Tea Party on Thursday 22nd March at 2:30 pm which parents are invited to attend. It is a chance for your child to show you their story they have written about an animal and to look around the classroom. If you are able to bring small cakes, biscuits or crisps to contribute to the party food, please bring them in the morning. Due to the size of our classrooms, we would kindly ask that only 2 people per child attend our Tea Party.

In order to support your child’s learning we thought it might be helpful if we let you know the spellings that we are focusing on each week during our English and phonics lessons so you can follow these up at home. The children need to know how to read and spell 100 common exception (tricky) words before moving in to Year 2 and so we thought it might be helpful if we share how we break this down in our teaching each week. This week we will be looking at; once, where, love, friend. 

General Information:

Year 1 visit the school library every Friday. Please ensure any books borrowed are brought back on a Friday so that the children are able to exchange them for a new and exciting read!!


On Tuesday 17th April we are hosting a phonics workshop for all parents of children in Reception and Year 1 to attend. We will begin in the hall where we can introduce the teaching of phonics before then breaking out into specific year groups to talk more specifically, with a particular focus on the Year 1 phonics screen taking place in June. The workshop will begin at 5.30pm in the hall and should be completed by 6.30pm.

Thank you,

Year 1 Team

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