A Dawlish Learning Partnershp School

Year 1 (Kittiwakes)

Class Teachers – Miss Lax and Mrs Radcliffe


Welcome to our Home School Link  for Spring 2018!



We will be continuing to build on your child’s individual needs within the framework of the National Literacy Strategy document. Phonic work will focus on phase 4 and 5 sounds during the Spring Term. We will continue to conduct our phonics sessions with the whole class, but will also offer additional support if necessary, based on an assessment carried out last term. Being able to both segment and blend these sounds will help with spelling and reading.

How you can help.

We will be recapping these sounds during our daily phonics sessions but please support your child with reading these at home if they are not confident. Later in the term we will send home a Phase 5 Sound Mat. Being able to read Phase 2, 3 and 5 sounds is necessary for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check which all children will participate in during the summer term.

Please also continue with all the suggestions we have made in the previous Home School Link. We will be sending home a sheet showing the letter formation we use in school. Please note where the letter starts and ends and watch your child practicing. Correct formation now will ensure that ‘joining up’ will be much more fluid in year 2.



Again we will be building on the skills your child has already acquired within the framework of the National Numeracy Strategy document.  We will continue with counting forwards and backwards from any number in 1’s understanding what one more or less is.  We will be trying to understand counting in 2’s and 10’s and recognising patterns within this.  We will also begin to look at money.

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 one is very useful too and going past 100. Can your child have a small amount of money to buy something for themselves occasionally? Handling money is the best way of learning the value of the coins!!


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.


ART (1st half)

We are going to be looking at Vincent Van Gogh, learning how to draw flowers and add colour to them.

How you can help

Encourage your child to draw flowers and plants from in the garden taking their time to look at the shapes carefully.

Design and technology (2nd half)

We are going to be investigating a variety of playground equipment and then designing and making a simple model we would like to have built.

How you can help.

If you take your child to the play area please take a few minutes to investigate the materials used and how the equipment is fixed to the ground.


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


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 intend to do within the classroom.


This term we will be programming be-bots, designing courses for them to follow and making a list of instructions to input.

How you can help.

Practice giving instructions.  Ask your child to instruct you how to brush your teeth or make your cereal but they must be very precise and you can only do what they instruct.  It’s harder than you think!

Geography (1st half)

This half term we will be looking at the area we live in thinking carefully about what we see as we walk to school.  Buildings, shops, leisure activities, transport etc….

How you can help

If you have any pictures of how Starcross used to be, or what buildings and shops used to look like we would love to see them.  Encourage your child to look around them and describe what they can see.  Can they describe the route to school to you?

History (2nd half)

Next half term we will be looking at Toys past and present, how they have changed and why (ie: invention of plastic).

How you can help.

Have a look at toys around the home, how they are constructed and what they are made from. If you have any old toys we would be very appreciative if we could borrow them (a letter will be sent home nearer the time).