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School closes for the Easter break on Thursday 28th March at 2pm. We reopen on Monday 8th April at 08:30. Happy Easter everyone

Welcome to the Spring term in Year 1!


St Clare


Welcome our Year 1 page! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas holiday and are looking forward the new year and all of the learning and fun we will have in Year 1. 


On our class page you will be able to find information about this term's learning.



Important Information 


Key Dates:

1N - PE- Monday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor)

Class Assembly- March 6, 2024


Home Learning and Book Bags

Book bags will be sent home with a new reading book each Wednesday and these should be returned by the following Wednesday. The reading books will be changed each week. Home learning projects will be set each term linked to pupils class learning. These should be completed throughout the term in learning logs or on Seesaw. Home learning will be shared in class in the final week of the term, where the children will be able to celebrate their learning with their class. 


Water bottles

Water bottles should be clearly labelled with your child's name and brought into class on Mondays, these will then be returned to go home for a wash and clean on Fridays. The children have access to their water bottles throughout the day and are filled every morning with fresh water. 


Reading, Phonics and Spellings

We will be using the Reading Eggs 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.. 



Children should come into school wearing their PE kits on their specific 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.



This term we will first be learning about special people, meals, and change.  We will learn that we are all special and discuss special people in the church and the roles they have. We will learn that everyone in God's family is special and has an important part in the parish. Following our unit on special people we will be learning about meals. In our meals lessons we will discuss the importance of the last supper, holy communion and sharing a special meal with our family and friends. The final unit of this term is focused on cahnge. The class will learn about the period of 'change' during Lent and the celebration of Easter. The children will learn the vocabulary around Lent/Easter and the stories behind this special time of year. 






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 understanding of numbers within 50, addition and subtraction within 20, as well as measurement (length, height, weight, and volume. Later in the term we will begin learning about multiplication and division. 

Please continue to help your child by practicing number formation and writing numbers up to 50. 






In Science, we will be learning all about plants! We will be identifying different types of plants and how seasonal changes effect how certain plants grow. Children will work to identify the different types of plants as well as how they grow and what they are used for. The children will have the opportunity to plant their own seed and watch their plant grow!





In Geography we will be learning about oceans and seas around the world. The children will apply their knowledge of maps from last terms unit on local area to a larger scale of identifying the UK on different maps and the countries and seas that surround it. Children will expand their observation and reasoning skills through writing descriptive sentences and verbally explaining the different seas and oceans around the world and how we can protect and preserve them for the future! At the end of the unit, the children will have a chance to create their own fact file on an ocean of their choice! 





Throughout the spring term we will be working through our module 'Created to Love Others'. This unit explores how we can be kind to ourselves and to others. Building on the understanding that we have been created to spread kindness to ourself and to others, this module explores how we appreciate ourselves and each others differences. 




Home Learning


Learning logs will be sent home at the beginning of the term. The children will then get the opportunity to share the work they have done with their peers and celebrate their home learning in class at the end of the term. 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 using the scheme Little Wandle. 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.



Here are some video links for how to use Seesaw... 


How to use the Seesaw app for students


How to use Seesaw in browsers for students


Curriculum Overview

Links to Online apps and websites


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



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