Year 1

Goldfinch, Flamingo and Hummingbird

Value of the Month

Leadership Abilities

Empathy Habit 9 is Leadership abilities.

This is all about cultivating altruistic leadership abilities in our children to motivate them to want to make a difference to others.

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Summer Term 2019
Topic titles


The children will be learning all about ‘Dinosaurs’. We will be finding out about the different types of dinosaurs, where they lived and what they ate! The children will be reading lots of different stories about dinosaurs

Big Cats!

The children will be learning about the different types of big cats, what they look like, where they live and what they eat . We will be writing non-fiction texts, stories and poems around them.


We will be undertaking some exciting projects in our topic afternoons such as:  going on a dinosaur hunt, meeting a dinosaur, digging for fossils, designing and making dinosaur eggs, constructing dinosaur skeletons, designing and making African shakers and taking part in a CATS music and dance workshop week.


This term we will continue revising the set 1, 2 and 3 phonic sounds for 20 minutes a day. The children will be taught to identify and use some common suffixes (-ed, -ing, -est, -er, -s, es) where the root word does not change and the suffix is simply added to the root word. (e.g. play- playing, play, played). They will be learning which letters are vowels and which are consonants.

We have found that ‘Talk for writing’ has been very effective in developing the children’s writing and has provided them with a wide range of vocabulary. They have developed their sentence structure and improved their use of punctuation. We will continue to develop this to further support children’s writing. We will also be writing poetry about dinosaurs and big cats next term.

We will continue to develop our understanding of compound and complex sentences and begin using these more to develop our writing.  We will continue to identify nouns, verbs and adjectives. The children will be using these in their writing to make their sentences interesting to the reader.

Some of our key texts we will cover in the summer term include: ‘The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar’, ‘Katie And The Dinosaurs’, ‘Dino-Sitting’ & ‘Library Lion’.

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.)

Complex sentence: She was a beautiful, young girl with a big, bright smile.




2,5 and 10 times tables


Sharing equally

Finding the number of groups


Telling the time to the hour

Telling the time to the half hour

Numbers to 100


Place Value

Comparing, order and pattern




Getting to know our money

Exchanging money

Work out the amount of money

Adding and subtracting in pence

Adding and subtracting in pounds

Solving word problems


The children will be learning about Mammals and reptiles. They will identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. They will also name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

In the second term we will be having a science week focussing on chemistry experiments.

History & Geography

This term the children will name and locate the four countries of the UK and learn all of the capital cities. They will also learn the four compass directions. They will also learn what fossils are and what they tell us about the past. Finding answers to simple questions about the past from sources of information, the fossils.  The children will also be learning a little about archaeology, which will encourage the children to distinguish between fact and fiction and recognising the difference between past and present.


The children will develop their simple programming skills by using SCRATCH software. They will begin to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise instructions.


We will be designing and making dinosaur eggs. We will also be producing some pieces in the style of artwork from the 1960s for Exhibition Evening.


Design Technology

The children will also be making dinosaur skeletons when learning about animal structures and designing and making an African shaker.


Children will continue to sing with Ms Vetch, our music specialist. They will be doing some African drumming and singing African songs.


The children will be taught PE once a week with Mr Browning and Mrs Koupland. In the first term they will be learning Tennis specifically focussing on racket skills. In the second term they will be learning dance.

Class teachers will continue teaching PE once a week with gymnastics/dance in the first term and athletics in the second term.


Mademoiselle Roberts, will continue to deliver weekly French lessons. Class teachers will reinforce this learning throughout the week. Our first topic is ‘ça pousse’ (growing things) the children will learn names of some vegetables grown in the garden and how to say which they like and don’t like. They will learn how to describe the life cycle of a plant in French and we will do some work on Jack and the beanstalk. We will also learn how to say what we would like at a market and order in a restaurant. Once we have finished that unit of work we will start the topic mon corps- my body. We will learn different body parts and learn how to visit the doctor in French!


The children will be learning about religious beliefs through whole school assemblies. They will also be reading different creation stories from Africa.


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: collaboration, moral courage and leadership abilities.

Special events/ enrichment opportunities

During the summer term, we are planning some special days. We have organised a life size dinosaur visit and an archaeological dig to find dinosaur bones and fossils.

We will also hope to take part in a ‘big cats’ dance themed project.

How parents can be involved in home learning

Daily reading

Revising set 1, 2 and 3 phonic sounds

Fine motor activities to develop handwriting

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

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

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.

Year One had a brilliant Dinosaur Day!

Year 1 playing table tennis with residents at The Meadow care home

Year 1 reading with residents at The Meadow care home

Year One took part in an African art workshop with Sarah Callis

Year One enjoyed a fabulous African drumming workshop.

Year 1 had a very happy World Book Day!

Year 1 had a fantastic time at the St James Church Christmas Experience.

Here are some photos of flamingo class exchanging their homemade gifts as part of our Ubuntu project

The children in Goldfinch class were lucky enough to learn all about the festival of Hanukkah.  One of our lovely mums came to talk to us.  She showed us a menorah and we learned how to play with a dreidel.  We finished the afternoon with doughnuts and chocolate coins!

Year 1 learned all about African animals when ‘Zoo for You’ visited us.  We loved finding out about these amazing creatures and were brave enough to hold them.

Here are some photos from the recent Coldfall 90th birthday celebrations. We had great fun making party hats and place mats for our afternoon tea!

16th October

Goldfinch Class have been reading the African tale Mama Panya’s Pancakes.  It is a great story to go with our thinking about emotional literacy for this month.  We finished up with a pancake party of our own.

Goldfinch class have had a great start to the year!

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