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Year 1

Welcome back,

I can’t believe it’s the Spring term already!

The children have made a brilliant start to Year 1 and we’re all looking forward to another fun and exciting term.


This term, the title of our theme is ‘Far from Home’.

What would it be like to be far away from everyone and everything that you know? How would you make friends? How would you make sure you kept those friends? And how would you communicate with those around you?

Although this will be a predominantly science-based topic, it will also incorporate elements of history and design and technology.

The children will learn about the history of the moon landing and explore what the surface of the moon is like. They will also investigate the properties of different materials. Their findings will shape their ideas in the design and technology element of the topic as they use materials (based on the qualities) to construct different products.

If there is anything else you would like to know about our theme, please ask. I am more than happy to discuss the work we will be completing.


To help provide the children with the best educational experience possible, I will be teaching separate science lessons this term on a Friday morning. This will be in addition to our science-based topic. Our first science topic is ‘Plants and animals where we live’. This will provide the class with a chance research our school environment and learn how to sort and classify the trees, plants and animals we find. We will be spending plenty of time outside so please make sure children have a pair of wellies that fit them in school.


There is an expectation that children will read at home daily. Please ensure that you note what has been read in your child’s reading diaries and send these to school every day. A member of the Year One teaching team will check reading diaries regularly and the children will also be heard reading at least once a week in school.


The children have a phonics homework book and they will be asked to complete a couple of pages each week. These sounds will be the ones we have learnt in class and will be written in the front of the book. These need to be given in every Friday ready for the next weeks homework.

Other classroom information

PE kits - need to be in school all the time please but our PE days are Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that PE kits include suitable clothing including footwear as PE lessons will take place outside when weather permits. Please also ensure PE kits are fully named as there will be other children with the same t-shirts in class and possibly shorts/tracksuits and trainers.

School water bottles - are welcome in school at all times- please ensure these only contain water unless other arrangements have been made with the class teacher/ head teacher.

Uniform – Please ensure, as with PE kits, that your child’s uniform is named, it is difficult to track down lost items if they are not!

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Houghton and the Year One team