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Welcome to the Spring term in Year 1!


St Ambrose Class - Miss Claffey, Miss Dowdall & Mrs Jamieson


Welcome back to our class page! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas holiday and are looking forward to lots of learning and fun in the Spring term.


 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Some pictures of our classroom

Below is the link to watch our virtual tour for coming into Year 1 from the playground!

Important Information 


Home Learning and Book Bags

Book bags will be sent home with a new reading book each Thursday and these should be returned on a Tuesday. Home learning will be shared in class on a Thursday afternoon where the children will be able to celebrate their learning with their class. We will also look on our class Seesaw page during this time too! The reading books will be changed each week. 


Water bottles

Water bottles should be brought into class on a Monday and these will be sent home on a Friday. 


Reading, Phonics and Spellings

We will be using the Reading Eggs and Fast Phonics website to support the children's learning in Phonics and Reading and this should be accessed at home to help them consolidate their spelling of sounds/words, as well as their fluency and understanding of books read.. 


PE Days

Our PE days are Tuesday (indoor PE) and Thursday (outdoor PE). Children should come into school wearing their PE kits on these days. Please ensure your child's name is in all items of clothing including their basic school uniform. If your child's name is not on their items of clothing this makes it very difficult to locate lost items. If you are unsure of what your child needs for their PE kit please see our School uniform policy.




Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2021-22

Curriculum Focus




This term we will be learning about Special People and Meals. We will learn that we all play an important role in our school and parish community. We will learn about the special jobs that must be done in the Church and during Mass and the importance of sharing meals with our families. Following this, we will then explore the Changes that take place in the run up to Easter. During this time we will think about our Lenten promises and how we can change and grow during this time. 





In Literacy, we will be focusing on letter formation, handwriting and sentence structure.  We will be practising using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops with independence. The children will practise these skills through a range of genres including retells, instructions and group work. We will be using texts to support our developing writing.  These will include traditional tales and stories with predictable phrases. 




This term, we will continue to practice our counting to 100 and beyond! We will challenge ourselves with multiplication and division and learn about fractions of both shapes and amounts. We will also be exploring position and direction in our geometry unit of learning. We will then move on to place value of numbers to 100, money and time. 


Please continue to help your child by practicing counting beyond 50 and writing numbers as a way of practicing number formation.





In Science, we will be learning all about Animals including humans! We will be identifying the basic parts of the human body and learning about which part of the body is associated with each body sense. Throughout our lessons we will be asking lots of questions, observing and performing simple tests, identifying and classifying and gathering and recording data. We will also be learning about how physical exercise and a healthy diet are both very important in keeping our bodies healthy. We will also be learning about the five groups of animals (mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds), what different animals eat and comparing different animals by looking at their body parts. 





In Geography, we will be exploring seasonal and daily weather patterns by creating a weather chart. We will also be doing lots of map work, using globes and atlases to identify the UK and its countries. In Art we will continue to practice our drawing skills. In Music we will be learning about a musical composer and listening and responding to their music and style. We will be applying our positional and directional language from our Maths lessons during Computing where we will be directing our friends to get to the 'treasure'!







Throughout the autumn term we will be working through our module 'Created to Love Others'. This unit explores the individual’s relationship with others. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this module explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing healthy relationships and keeping safe.



Home Learning


Learning logs will be sent home on a Thursday each week and can be returned to school the following Tuesday. The children will then get the opportunity to share the work they have done with their peers and celebrate their home learning in class. Home learning can be shared through Seesaw rather than the learning log and this will also be shared in class. 




Reading is an integral part of our school day. As well as a daily designated class reading time the children will access a wide range of texts throughout the day. They will have opportunities to read texts during shared teaching, as part of a small group and individually. Your child will read with an adult in school at least once a week during a guided reading session.  


It is important that your child brings their reading book into school every day so that we can maximise additional opportunities for them to read. Please encourage your child to read every day at home and make it a special time together. 


Please can you sign the reading record when you have read and discussed the book with your child. Children also need to complete the reading activities in the log book. The reading books will be changed at least once a week. Remember little and often is the best way to develop a love for reading!





We will be teaching phonics daily. The children will be learning new sounds and practising their blending and segmenting skills, which will support in their reading and writing. Each week, the children will be given different spellings related to what the focus is in their group that week. The spellings will be sent home as part of their weekly home learning and there will be a spelling quiz of these words the following week. 


For supporting any home learning relating to Phonics, you should use Fast Phonics, which can be accessed through the Reading Eggs website. Your Reading Eggs login will be sent home at the beginning of the half-term. It has lots of interactive phonics games, videos and books to read.

Fast Phonics is an online systematic, synthetic phonics programme built to support children in practicing learning from phonics lessons in school. Through games, pupils will practice blending sounds together to make words and segmenting words into phonemes for spellings. They will then read fully decodable books to reinforce the new skills learned. This is a excellent resources to support children in building their phonics awareness and fluency.


More information and a link to the website can be found below:


Phonics Play is another fantastic website with lots of free games/resources.



Links to Online apps and websites


Spelling Shed


Logins for Spelling Shed have been sent via ParentMail but there will be a slip of paper with your child's details for this website in their book bags. 




Logins for Mathseeds will be sent home in the first few weeks of Autumn 1. Learning will be set each half term and will be monitored by class teachers. 

Reading Eggs



Logins for Reading Eggs have been sent via ParentMail but there will be a slip of paper with your child's details for this website in their book bags too. 

Here are some video links for how to use Seesaw... We are excited to see the learning you share on our Seesaw Remote Learning page!


How to use the Seesaw app for students


How to use Seesaw in browsers for students

Learning Log Autumn 1

Learning Log Autumn 2

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