Year 1 (Kittiwakes)




We will continue to follow the National Curriculum for Reading and Writing, and the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme in Phases 3, 4 and 5. Sessions will continue to include a programme of phonic work which will cover the sounds ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure and er.  Children will also be learning ay, a-e, ir, au, aw, ew, ue, ou, e-e, ea, ey, y (as in the ee sound on end of a word) ie, i-e, oy, oe, o-e, ph, wh, and u-e. Learning about simple sentence construction with the accurate use of capital letters and full stops will of course continue, and we will also be focusing on adding question and exclamation marks where appropriate. We are also targeting handwriting which is correctly formed and a consistent size, noting ascenders and descenders. Children will continue to read in decoding and comprehension guided groups as well as individually. There will be plenty of opportunities to fire their imagination when re-telling or inventing their own stories with pictures, words and role-play! We will be looking at fantasy stories, instructions and recounts this term.

How you can help

The lighter evenings are great for family activities but please set aside a little time to continue with reading. Please try to achieve a minimum of 3 reading sessions a week in addition to bed time stories and book sharing.

If you are able to help your child to practise and blend the Phase 2, 3 and 5 Phonics Sounds (sent home last term) this would be so helpful. The children will also feel better prepared and more confident when they take their Phonics Screening Check in June.



We will continue to build on the skills your child has already acquired within the ‘Numeracy Framework’.  This first half term, we will be gaining confidence with our number bonds to 20 written in number sentences with missing number problems e.g. 4 + 16 = 20, 20 – ____ = 4.  We will begin to look at time focussing on the basics of hours, minutes and seconds.  Recognising and writing numbers 0-20 in numbers and words.   The second half term we will look at time again and focus on the hour and half past.  We will also look at the fractions; half and quarter.

How you can help

Please remind yourself of your child’s individual target which is stuck into their reading record book.  Maths is everywhere in our daily lives. Try counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s e.g. the shoes in the cupboard, the fingers and toes in your family. How many would there be if Nanny and Grandad visited? Look for 2D and 3D shapes around the home. Do you notice any symmetrical patterns on the way to school e.g. brickwork, plants, curtains?  Let children look at the change in your purse or pocket.  What coins do they recognise?  How many 1’s, 2’s, 5’s or 10’s make up that coin?  Can children have a go at paying for something at the till?  Have fun!



In Science we will begin a new topic: We will be focusing on plants and learning about a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We will be describing the basic structure of these and conducting our own experiments within the classroom as well as learning about the plants in our school grounds. We will be planting our own Broad Bean seeds and keeping a diary to sequence their growth. We will investigate seed dispersal and plant lifecycles, with a focus on the Dandelion.

We will also continue our work on seasonal change, regularly updating our weather and temperature charts. The children will be given the opportunity to plan their own weather report in groups, focusing on one of the four seasons they have been learning about within the classroom.

How you can help

Please encourage your child to talk to you about the work they have been doing in the classroom, especially regarding the progress of their Broad Bean plants. If you have the opportunity, it would be lovely if you are able to plant some seeds at home and watch them grow. Please could you also reinforce basic safety considerations regarding garden and wild plants as we will be doing within the classroom. (For example, reminding children that they should; check with an adult before they touch wild plants, never eat any plants they have contact with and wash their hands after handling).



Our work in Technology will consider the taste, texture and importance of a variety of fruit and vegetables. We will be trying different fruit and vegetables during the second half of term, please let us know of any allergies.

How you can help

Please answer any questions your child may have as simply and honestly as you can.



With the good weather just around the corner we will hopefully be swimming next half-term! For this half, we will continue our activities supported by the ‘Leap into Life’ programme. For swimming the children will need a 1-piece swimming costume and all children with shoulder length hair or longer will need a swimming hat. Earrings will also need to be removed for each session.  Could all children who cannot swim a width of a normal pool unaided, please bring arm bands initially. A letter will go home nearer the time.

How you can help

As before, please encourage physical activity especially with the lighter evenings. Later on, we will be asking for volunteers to help during swimming lessons as an extra person by the pool or to supervise activities for groups not in the water at that time. Please ensure all P.E. kit is named and in school on the day of the week that your child is due to swim.



In RE we will be starting a new topic: Why are some symbols and places special? This will link back to our work from the start of the year on Belonging. We will consider what it means to belong to our school, to a club and to a religion. We will be visiting our local Church and discussing what people do there and why it is important to them. We will continue to learn about symbols and design our own symbols to represent specific family values.

How you can help

Encourage respect for the views of others.



We will be looking carefully at sea life and beach artefacts and using them to draw pictures, adding colour and pattern.  Children will use their drawings to make collages in the style of Romero Britto.

How you can help

Encourage your child to spot patterns in every day objects and animals and encourage them to have a go at drawing them in detail. You could also talk about the different things that you can find on the beach.



We will be thinking about internet safety and practising our logging on and off skills in the computer suite. We will also begin to develop our typing skills in preparation for Year 2.

How you can help

Encourage your child to become familiar with opening a Word document (or equivalent) and have a go at typing out a simple sentence.



Our History and Geography work revolves around seaside holidays and the weather. We will be locating places where children have spent holidays and specifically looking at features of a seaside / coastal environment and climate. We will compare holidays of now and in the past; discuss what we like to do on holiday and what our grandparents did. Where we go/ where did they go? How we get there/ how did they travel? etc.

How you can help

Talk with your child about times you have spent together on our many local beaches or about the holidays you have enjoyed. Tell your child about any holidays you may have had when you were young with your parents or that they had when they were young. Time to get out the photo albums or look at your holiday videos!


Miss Lax and Mrs Radcliffe