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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 1

 Spring Term!

I hope that everyone has had a fantastic time over the Christmas holidays and you are ready for the new term ahead!

Last term the children enjoyed lots of exciting learning experiences such as a trip to Greenacres Farm, a performance of ‘Snow White’, as well as visiting the local church for our Harvest and Christmas celebrations.

This half term our topic will be ‘Once Upon A Time…’ which will help to influence our activities based around fairy tales and traditional tales. The children will be given opportunities to explore a range of fairy tales and traditional tales, including ‘Goldilocks’, ‘Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Clock Tower’.  We will also be using these texts to influence our instructional writing. This will involve looking at the key features of instructions and writing our own. Daily phonic lessons will continue to target children’s reading and writing skills. If you are unsure about how you can help your child with their phonics at home, please feel free to come in and see me.

In Maths, we will continue to develop children’s understanding of numbers up to 50 and beyond. They will be ordering numbers and finding the missing numbers within a sequence counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10s. They will be learning to recognise numbers more or less than a given amount, as well as adding and subtracting 1 and 2 digit numbers. Using their knowledge of number, the children will learn how to recognize the value of different coins and notes. We will also be learning about measurement, including length, height, weight and volume.

If you are unsure about how to support your child please pop in to see me, details are below.

In Science, the children will be exploring seasons and how the seasons affect weather patterns throughout the year. After half term we will be discovering different types of plants, basic features of a plant and what they need in order to grow.

During this half term, the children learn about location, direction and map skills. We will be learning to recognize directions such as forwards, backwards, left and right. We will be looking at maps to identify their key features, discussing why they are used and where we might find them. The children will have lots of fun following maps around the school grounds and will also have the chance to draw their own!

Homework will continue to be sent out every Friday and is to be returned the following Tuesday. On the homework letter I will also continue to provide a brief description of your child’s learning each week.

PE will continue every Friday morning and Forest School every other Thursday morning. It is important that your child has a fully labeled PE kit in school and wears appropriate water-proof clothing for Forest School.

Drop-in sessions will continue every Monday, between 3.15pm and 3.45pm for you to discuss with me any concerns you may have. If this time is not convenient, you can also arrange a time to speak to myself on the phone or I may be able to offer a meeting at a later time, by prior arrangement.


Miss Barnett



Please come back soon!


spring 2018 newsletter.pdf (PDF 245.8KB)
Guidelines for spelling, year 1, including word lists.pdf (PDF 67.3KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 1.pdf (PDF 63.5KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 1.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)