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Welcome to the Spring term in Year 1!


St Clare Class - Miss Bannister 


Miss Bannister would like to welcome you back to our class page!


I'm looking forward to welcoming you all back to school on Monday 8th March.


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

Pictures of our classroom

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 Monday. Home learning will be shared in class on a Tuesday afternoon where the children will be able to celebrate their learning with their class. 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 Spelling Shed website to support the children's learning in Phonics and this should be accessed at home to help them consolidate their spelling of sounds/words. 


PE Days

Our PE days will be on a Monday and a Friday. 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.


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 continue to focus on letter formation, handwriting and sentence structure.  We will have lots of opportunities to practice 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. 


We will be looking at a non-fiction text called Castles, writing instructions for how to make pancakes and exploring the story Lost in the Toy Museum.




This term, we will continue to practice our counting to 100 and beyond! We will challenge ourselves with addition and subtraction within 20 and place value within 50. We will then move on to exploring length and height and weight and volume. 


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 Everyday Materials. We will start by identifying and naming lots of different materials and ensuring we understand the difference between the object and the material it is made from. We will have the opportunity to describe the properties of a range of materials. We will also carry out an experiment to see which material is best suited to make an umbrella...  




In Geography, we will be exploring the United Kingdom. We will be learning and exploring the geography of our country the British Isles. We will use globes and maps to find England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We will explore each of these countries and learn lots of new interesting facts for our Fact Files! Our History topic this term is Toys, Past and Present. We will be learning about toys from the past and thinking about what has changed between then and now. We will think about the toys that we play with and what is different about those compared with the ones we will see from the past. In Art we will continue to practice our drawing skills. 


Home Learning


Learning logs will be sent home on a Thursday each week and must be returned to school the following Monday. 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. Towards the end of the first half term, 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 homework and there will be a spelling test of these words the following week. 


For supporting any home learning relating to Phonics, Phonics Play is a fantastic website with lots of free games/resources.


Additionally, weekly activities will be set on MyMaths, a link to the website can be found below.


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. 


My Maths


Logins for My Maths have been sent home. 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


Leaning Log Autumn 1

Learning Log Autumn 2

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