Year 1

Topics covered in Year 1 Spring Term 2019



Word level work

The children will be consolidating their knowledge though the teaching of phonics.

Speaking and listening

The children will be given daily opportunities to communicate news, observations and experiences, to read aloud favourite stories, poetry and their own work. They will also be encouraged to ask relevant questions, re-tell stories and events.

Reading and writing comprehension.

A range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry will be shared within the class. This will include fantasy, fairy and traditional stories, poems with patterned and predictable structures, information texts including recounts of observations, visits and events.

Grammar and punctuation

We will be focusing on the use of punctuation in both reading and writing. This will include using full stops, capital letters, question and exclamation marks and speech marks. Spellings are given for homework each week, with a test every Wednesday.


The children will be developing skills further in addition, subtraction, place value, money, measuring and shape. They will continue to use mental strategies with confidence to solve simple problems and be able to explain their method.


Everyday Materials:- Through this topic children will learn about the characteristics and uses of a common range of materials and vocabulary for describing and comparing them.


Whole class homework will be given out on Friday and is due back on Monday. Please ensure that any additional homework given out is completed and returned by the next day. Please could you check your child’s homework when it is completed and ensure your children practise their spellings each night. Spelling tests will be on Mondays. Please sign your child’s homework when completed.

We aim to listen to your child reading approximately once a week, so it is very important that book bags are brought in everyday. Please try and write in your child’s reading record book to keep me informed about progress in reading. Please ensure your child reads at least 10 minutes every day. The children should log on to their Bug Club and read the books allocated to them. They should then complete the activity at the end of each book.

Art and Design – Portraits

In this unit children will investigate different types of sculptures, the materials they are made of and where they are displayed and used. The children will design and make their own sculpture.

Design Technology – Playgrounds

Children will develop and understand simple mechanisms, learning how things move through design and make moving swings and roundabouts.

P.E. – Indoor/Outdoor Games

This term they will doing games on Thursday and the children will develop their agility, coordination and catching skills. Irish Dancing will take place on Friday. Please ensure your child has the correct school P.E. kit on these days.

R.E. – Caring for Each Other

Through stories and traditions from different religions, the children will consider how we look after others and how others look after us.

Geography – How to make the environment safer

This unit develops children’s knowledge about how the flow of traffic will impact on their local environment. The topic helps them to develop ways of improving the local environment.


The children will study Nurses in history, including Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell.


The children will use technology to make an illustrated eBook. They will also learn how to use Powerpoint and how to use technology and the internet safely.


The children will be working with the Brent Music Teacher. They will be learning a range of songs aimed at developing their ability to recognise the difference between pulse and rhythm and to perform with a sense of pulse. The children will also learn to discriminate between higher and lower sounds and to create simple melodic patterns. They will also be learning to play the violin.


We will be looking at the topics ‘say no to bullying’ and ‘dreams and goals’ during which our circle-time activities will develop listening skills and build positive relationships.

Mrs N Serroukh