Year 1 Spring 2

Firstly, we would like to say thank you for your support recently. We have had several very successful events including listening to your children read their stories, sharing books with your children and making and naming aliens whilst finding out about phonics in our school.

Our topic this term is ‘Damsels in distress’. We will be learning all about castles, who lives in a castle and visit Porchester castle on the 2nd of March. Please ensure you have returned your child’s permission slip.

In phonics, we will be continuing to learn alternative ways to spell sounds that we already know. For example ‘or’ as in ‘for’ can be spelled ‘aw’ as in ‘saw’. The children will be coming home with their alien word homework packs very soon. Please support your child to add sound buttons to the words and listen to them read the words.

In English, we will use non-fiction texts to find out about knights and talk about the differences between fiction and non-fiction texts. We shall become knights for the morning and experience some exciting knight activities including jousting, using a bow and arrow, dancing and fighting dragons. We will then write a non-fiction page about knights and castles. We will be reading the story ‘That rabbit belongs to Emily Brown’ and thinking about using a range of adjectives to describe settings in stories.

In Maths,  Year 1 will be  helping the white rabbit to tell the time to half past. They will be timing themselves doing various  activities to help them understand  time in minutes. They will then  solve one step problems with multiplication and division , using the theme of castles . Finally, they will solve problems involving weight and measures  and understand the vocabulary of heavier and lighter.

In Topic, we will look explore castles. Children will be finding out about the history of castles ,  the structure of castles and who lives in castles . We will look at the defences and have an experience of visiting  a real castle on our trip to Portchester. In Science,  they will  investigate what  materials are used to build castles.   In Art, the children will build their own 3D  model castles.

Please check that your child’s clothes are labeled clearly. PE days this half term are on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dates for you diary….

Friday 2nd March – School trip to Porchester castle.

Friday 9th March at 9pm -Angelfish class assembly. We look forward to sharing some of the wonderful work that we have been doing this half term.


Activity Week – Day 3


This morning, we have been creating our own board games. We have researched board games using the internet to see the designs, and we have also played games to get an idea of features we like (like miss a turn) and would like to put in our own. We used the laptops to collect images which we then printed, cut out and stuck on. We created our games on big pieces of sugar paper. Then,most importantly, we tested them out to make sure they worked. We could make changes and fix any problems as we went.

We have all had a go at playing each other’s games and they’re all great!

Curriculum News

Year 1 are learning all about animals .

Welcome back and a happy new year !

The children were very excited to find out about their new topic by finding  small animals in cornflake boxes. In English we will be reading ‘There’s a Lion in my cornflakes’ by Michelle Robinson.We will be writing letters to characters . We will also be writing a non chronological report about animals . Finally we will read ‘A Tiger who came to tea’ By Judith Kerr and write our own versions.

In Maths we will be learning Place Value and  Addition and Subtraction. We will be learning 2d Shape and Fractions .

In Science we will learn all about animals and how they survive. We will make moving animals pictures In Design and Technology.

Please ensure your child  has  a  P.e  kit in school . Remember to listen to your child read daily.