Year 1

Goldfinch, Flamingo and Hummingbird

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Spring Term Curriculum 2020

Topic title and summary overview

The way of the warrior!

The children will be learning all about Maasaii Tribes found in different parts of Africa. We will be learning about who they are, where they live and how they survive.

What’s the weather?

The children will be learning all about weather, seasons and climate. We will be creating our own weather maps and weather reports

Ancient Egyptians

We will be learning about their daily lives and about some of the Egyptian gods


This term we will continue to stream our phonics and we will also be consolidating the set 1, 2 and 3 sounds in our own classes. The children will also be taught to identify and use some common suffixes (-ed, -ing, -est, -er, -s) where the root word does not change and the suffix is simply added to the root word. (e.g. play- playing, plays, played).

We will continue to immerse the children in books and encourage a love of reading through talk for writing, reading, acting and sequencing of traditional stories. The children will be using stories to develop their vocabulary and understanding of grammar. The children will be developing their understanding of compound sentences and begin using these more to develop their writing further.  We have begun learning to identify nouns, verbs, adjectives and compound words; the children will continue using these in their writing to make their sentences interesting for the reader. We will also read a range of non-fiction books relating to our growing topic.

Simple sentence: Capital letter, full stop, subject and verb (e.g. The girl ran to the park.)

Compound sentence: Capital letter, conjunction, full stop, subject, verb (e.g. We went to the park and played on the swings. The girl ran to the park because she was meeting her friend.)


We will continue following the ‘Inspire Maths’ scheme of work, this term we will be covering:

Addition and subtraction within 20



Picture graphs

Numbers to 40

Mental Addition and Subtraction




The children will learn about the weather associated with the seasons. They will also be able to understand how the length of the day changes depending on the season.

We will also be exploring plants found locally and comparing them to plants found in Africa.



We will be learning about Nelson Mandela and how he was a ‘freedom and peace warrior’. We will also be learning about what life was like in Ancient Egypt.


We will be learning about the weather and making comparisons with the weather in Africa. We will also be learning about the effects of drought and supporting a charity which helps provide access to clean water in Africa.



The children will be using ICT to create Massaii patterns. They will develop their simple ICT skills by logging onto the computer independently, accessing the correct program and following simple instructions.


Art / Design Technology

The children will begin by designing and making some Maasaii style Jewellery.  We will be designing and making bird feeders.


Children will continue to develop their vocal skills with Ms Vetch, our music specialist.


In the Spring term year 1 will focus on dance and ball games with their class teachers They will also be taught ball skills and gymnastics with Mr Browning and Mrs Koupland, particularly focussing on wide, narrow and curled movements.



Mademoiselle Travani, will continue to deliver weekly French lessons. Class teachers will reinforce this learning throughout the week. The children will learn several weather types, greetings, places in France,

clothes and learning songs in French.



We will be exploring how different religions celebrate the journey through life and  signigficant festivals and celebrations.



The children will be enjoying outdoor learning through forest school sessions with Ms Bunston. As part of our values curriculum, we will be exploring empathy focussing on: moral imagination, self-regulation and practicing kindness.


Special events/ enrichment opportunities

During the spring term, we are planning some special days, including: den building, taking part in a water challenge and an Egyptian day.


How parents can be involved in home learning

Daily reading

Practising key words (reading and writing)

Practising letter and number formation

Helping the children to learn their 2s, 5s and 10 times tables

Practise spelling key words using ‘look, say, cover, write, check’ strategy

Encourage children to get changed independently (helps prepare them for getting changed in PE lessons)


English Key Skills
Speaking and listening

I can speak aloud to friends, in a group and to an adult.

I can talk about things that interest me including stories.

I can listen whilst others are speaking and wait for my turn to talk.

I can listen and follow simple instructions.

I can ask and answer questions appropriately during carpet time / circle time.

I can participate in discussions, presentations, performances and role play.

Reading (word/comprehension)

I can read all Reception key words and the majority of key words for Y1-Y2.

I can read words containing the suffixes –s, -es, -ing, -er and –est.

I can show an awareness of punctuation when reading aloud.

I can use all major strategies for decoding unknown words (initial sounds, blends, chunking, picture cues, reading on, does it make sense?).

I can read words with contractions (e.g. I’ll, we’ll, haven’t…).

I can talk about a favourite story, poem or character.

I can answer questions about a familiar story.

I can make simple predictions about a text.

I can read fiction, non-fiction and poetry (reciting some).

I can retell key points in a familiar story.

I can read in silence for 20 minutes, possibly more.


I can write five sentences, at least, independently, possibly more.

I can show an awareness of full stops, capital letters, question marks, commas in lists and apostrophe’s for contractions.

I can start sentences with openers such as ‘The’, ‘My’, ‘In the…’, ‘At the…

I can use connectives to link ideas in a sentence (e.g. and, but, so, because)

I can write simple texts such as lists, stories, instructions, poems and explanations.

I can prepare for writing by orally composing my sentences first.

I can identify simple mistakes in writing, such as words omitted, key words spelt incorrectly.

I can compose simple and compound sentences, including adjectives.

I can use my writing skills across the curriculum.


I can write simple and compound sentences with full stops and capital letters.

I can use simple connectives to join two sentences.

I know what nouns, verbs and adjectives are and use them in my writing.

I can start my sentences with a variety of openers.

I know the alphabet is made up of vowels and consonants.

I am starting to use statements, questions and commands in speech and writing.

I can show accurately in speech and writing an awareness of singular and plural (e.g. fox/foxes)

I understand alphabetical order based on initial sound.

I know that proper nouns and the personal pronoun ‘I’ begins with a capital letters and use this in my writing.

I can recognise and am beginning to use similes in my own poetry and some creative writing.


I can hold a pencil correctly, sit up correctly and steady my work.

I can use and form all letters and numbers (0-9) accurately.

I can keep my handwriting on the line.

I can show consistency in size of letters.


I can read and spell all key words for Reception and year 1 (red words).

I can recognise all phonic sounds and blends (set 1, 2 and 3).

I can use spelling rules and patterns: ‘ck’, ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘th’.

I can spell words containing the suffixes –ment, -ness, -ful, -less, -ly

I can write from memory simple sentences dictated to me by my teacher containing spellings learnt.

I can ‘have a go’ at spelling words using my phonic knowledge.


Consolidate: finger spaces, letter, word, sentence, full stops, capital letter, and simile –‘like’.

Introduce: punctuation, question mark, exclamation mark, speech bubble, bullet points, singular/plural, adjective, verb, connectives, alliteration, simile – ‘as’

Maths Key Skills
Number and Counting

  • I can count, order and compare numbers to 10, 20, 40 and 100.
  • I can recognise a simple pattern of numbers or objects.
  • I can compare a set of objects by counting with 1:1 correspondence and say whether the group of objects is smaller, larger or the same.
  • I know and can use ordinal numbers to describe position e.g. first, second, third
  • I know that 1 ten equals 10 ones.
  • I can arrange numbers from 10, 20, 40 and 100 in ascending and descending order.
  • I can represent numbers to 20, 40 and 100 in a place value chart.

Addition and Subtraction

  • I can understand the part-whole and adding on concepts in addition.
  • I can understand the part-whole and taking away concepts in subtraction.
  • I can make a family of number sentences from a set of 3 related numbers e.g. 2 +3 = 5 ,3+ 2 = 5, 5 -3 = 2 and 5- 2 = 3.
  • I can add 2 1 digit numbers by using the ‘make 10 ‘ strategy e.g. 5 + 7 = (5 + 5) + 2 = 12
  • I can apply the re-grouping concept in addition.
  • I can add three numbers by  using the ‘adding on’,  ‘making ten’ and regrouping concepts.
  • I can solve addition and subtraction word problems using the above strategies.
  • Mentally, I can conceptualise addition as adding or putting parts together.
  • Mentally, I can conceptualise subtraction as taking away from a whole.


  • I can understand the concept of multiplication as repeated addition and apply this concept to solve word problems.
  • I know my 2, 5 and 10 x tables


  • I can understand division as repeated subtraction and use this concept to solve word problems.


  • I can measure and compare lengths using non–standard units.
  • I can use the language or tall/taller, long/longer, short/shorter, high/highest to compare lengths.
  • I can compare mass and use non-standard units to compare it.
  • I can tell the time to the hour and half past it.


  • I can recognise all coins and notes.
  • I can make amounts using by combining coins of different denominations e.g. 50p = 20p + 20p + 10p and that this is the same as 50p = 10p + 10p + 10p +10p + 10p



  • I can recognise the names and properties of a circle, square, triangle, rectangle and compare them.


  • I can collect and organise data into horizontal or vertical picture graphs or pictograms.

Homework to do at home while the school is closed

Hi Flamingos, Hummingbirds and Goldfinches – a big hello from all of your teachers.

We hope that everyone is well, we miss you and hope to see you again very soon!

 Below are some ideas for activities that you could do. There is no pressure to complete them all, we understand  that some of you might like to take a break from learning over Easter, to spend some quality time with your family. Try to keep up with your daily reading. You can also listen to  ‘Bedtime Stories’, read by school staff, on the school website. Jackanory on the cbbc website and YouTube is also great for listening to stories.

English/Topic activities:

  • What is a carnivore, an omnivore and a herbivore? write down an explanation.
  • Who was Mary Anning? What is she famous for? Why is she important? Write a report about her.

  • Write a story about a dinosaur expert, what bones will they discover? Will they track down a real dinosaur?
  • Make up your own dinosaur, what is it called? What does it look like? Is it a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore? How does it move? Draw a picture and write a description of it.
  • Continue to practise your phonics sounds and digraphs .
  • Make an Easter bonnet or hat, using things that you find around the house
  • Junk modelling is great to develop creativity and always good fun!

Spellings & Handwriting:

Children can continue to practise spelling the key words and numbers provided. They can also practise the days of the week and months of the year. Write sentences that include the key words is a good way to practise spelling and handwriting. Develop your fine motor skills by completing the colour by numbers Easter eggs, be careful to stay within the lines.


  • MONEY what different coins and notes do we have? practise counting money and giving change. Playing shops/cafes is a great fun way to do this. If I have four coins and they are all different- what’s the most money that I could have? The least money that I could have? how do you know this, explain? You could repeat this with different numbers of coins.
  • Log into the Mathletics website and complete the newly assigned activities.
  • Continue to practise your addition and subtraction skills with numbers to 50.
  • Play board games e.g. snakes and ladders, to practise your adding and subtracting.
  • Practise telling the time (O’clock and half past) a worksheet is attached for when you feel confident.
  • count in 2s, 5s and 10s

Resources and Information for parents:

Excitingly, our very own Mr Morrissey  has set up a YouTube maths channel to support children at home with their learning. You’ll find lots of fun maths games and activities that can be done at home and which are suitable for all primary-age children.

Nrich has lots of problem solving activities that your child can do, try these:




Practise your number bonds

The National Geographic Kids is free to sign up to online, and has lots of information and activities. We recently studied Ancient Egypt and learnt about Tutankhamun and there is lots of information and activities here, which your children would enjoy.

Twinkl is currently offering free access for a month. You can download lots of activities for your child from here. and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS has lots of games and activities that will enhance children’s learning across the curriculum. The children always enjoy watching


 Thank you for your continued support

 Mrs Hohl, Mr Morrissey, Ms Kemal, Ms Warman, Ms McKay, Ms Regis and Ms Afsana

How to Join Letter-Join:

Add and take away new

Easter egg colouring by numbers

Maths money problem sheet

Snakes and ladders game

Strike it Out number lines

Susie’s sweets

Telling time worksheet

Thank you for your continued support

 The year 1 team


Homework to do at home while the school is closed

Year One: Working from home plan: weeks 1-2

Daily Reading:

You have selected 4 books to take home (2 from the class library and 2 from the book corner). You should read every day.

English/Topic (Dinosaurs) activities:

  • Find out about different dinosaurs and create a fact file about them, where they live, what they eat etc.
  • Write a story about a lonely dinosaur that wants to find some friends.
  • Practise your phonics sounds and digraphs and have a go at making alien words using them. We have attached an example of the phonics screening, which includes both alien and real words.

 Spellings & Handwriting:

 See the key words and numbers spellings sheet provided. Write 3 sentences every day using some of these key words. For example ‘The children said that they wanted some cake because they were hungry.’ Make sure to use continuous cursive handwriting! Complete the fine motor colouring sheets.


  • Log into the Mathletics website every day and complete the newly assigned activities.
  • Practise your addition and subtraction skills with numbers to 50.
  • Try using our newly learned method of column addition to add two digit numbers eg.

2 4  +

1 3   

  • Practise telling the time (O’clock and half past)


Resources and Information for parents:

Twinkl is currently offering free access for a month. You can download lots of activities for your child from here. and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS has lots of games and activities that will enhance children’s learning across the curriculum has games that will help your child with their phonics


Thank you for your continued support

 The year 1 team

100 first words

Easter egg mindfulness colouring

Number words to 100

Phonics real words and alien words

Phonics sounds

How to Join Letter-Join:

Year 1 sharing their Billy Goats Gruff stories!

Year 1 art project. Look at the marvellous things they did!

​Y1 visit to the meadow care home for our inter generational project

Flamingo class enjoying, learning and handling African animals!
Here are some photos from Goldfinch class having an amazing experience.

Learning and handling African animals was exciting!

Here are some photos from Hummingbird’s animal experience.

We had so much fun handling and learning about the amazing African animals!

We had so much fun making fruit kebabs in Hummingbird class!

Mrs Hohl

Year Team Leader

Miss Kemal

Class Teacher

Mr Morrissey

Class Teacher

Miss McKay

Trainee Teacher

Ms Warman

Trainee Teacher

Miss Regis

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Miss Afsana

Teaching Assistant