Year 1

Year 1

Spring term 2017 curriculum


The school is continuing with RWI which began again in January. In class, we will be continuing with guided reading and this will take three times a week, your child’s book will only be changed once a week. We encourage you to continue sharing stories at home from your own books and those from the town library to develop decoding skills and to help build a bank of sight vocabulary (words that can be read immediately on sight). In guided writing, we will be focusing on punctuation (capital letters, full stops and finger spaces), holding a sentence in our heads, hearing and recording sounds in words in the correct order and beginning to use the word ‘and’ to extend sentences. There will also be weekly handwriting sessions in order to practice correct letter formation. We will also practice our handwriting between 8:30 and 8:45.


We continue to build on the work we did in the Autumn term. We are working on the following areas; basic arithmetic, geometry, reasoning and data and measure. Children will be recording their understanding in books as well as demonstrating it in a hands-on way. You will get maths homework weekly. If you can please practice counting forwards and backwards from 0-100 and try to write your numbers in words from zero to twenty.


The topic for this term is “Materials”. Science sessions will be a mixture of hands-on activities and sessions to develop vocabulary and knowledge. We will be learning the names of a variety of materials and finding out what their properties are for example if they are water proof, hard, soft etc. We will also be learning about the seasons and about the weather. If possible, try to chat to your child about the weather on a day to day basis and see if they can tell you which weathers we may see when Spring arrives. Hopefully not too much rain!


We have recently brought in a new PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. We are very lucky to have a new member of the class. ‘Jigsaw Jack’. He helps the children think about important things like how to become successful and how to behave if we are not good at something straight away. We will be doing this every Friday afternoon through circle time and activities.


Learning is very cross curricular in order for many areas of the curriculum to be covered in one session. We will be doing mini topics based on ‘Traditional Tales’. We will be focusing on Cinderella, Goldilocks, Jack and the Bean Stalk, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man and many more. The children will learn a lot about each story and we will be learning through writing, role play, art and drama.


We will be using the computer suite for 30 minutes each week once every child has their log on. If you have a form to give back please pass it to your teacher as soon as possible. We will be trying to become more familiar with the keyboard and how to access programs. We will be sending home your child’s log on details shortly so that you can practice with them at home.


We will be working on our sewing skills this term practising a variety of techniques and the aim will be for each child to make their own puppet.

PE, Games and Dance

We are lucky to have Mr Ashton taking our PE sessions; he will be developing different skills and teaching us how to move confidently and with control. The children will be working both independently and as part of a team. PE is on a Tuesday and a Thursday.


There will be a weekly maths, science or topic based piece of homework which we anticipate should take no longer than approximately 15 minutes. It will be reinforcement of work that your child has been doing at school and must be returned to school by the date on the homework and put in the homework tray just inside the classroom door. RWI homework comes directly from your child’s RWI teacher; this includes spellings. This homework should be returned to the RWI teacher. You will get weekly reading and spellings also.

Other information

  • Can we also make a plea for ALL items of your child’s clothing, equipment and personal property to be CLEARLY NAMED. All clothing must be Janvrin School uniform and items such as hair bands should be in the school colours.
  • Long hair needs to be tied back and if earrings are worn, they should be studs. Tattoos and nail polish are not permitted.
  • Please remember that children are responsible for their own belongings and equipment. We will be encouraging them to be independent and so we request that your child  puts their belongings away by themselves.
  • Toys are not necessary for playtime and are not permitted in Year 1.
  • Remember to check the small notice boards outside each room regularly as this is the best way to find out current information.
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