Year 1 – Information for the forthcoming term

Welcome back - I hope everyone has enjoyed the Easter Holidays.

English:      Our topic is African Adventure and will involve:

  • reading comprehension skills through class stories and group guided reading
  • using books with an African setting as a stimulus for writing a story and information text 
  • daily phonics sessions
  • regular handwriting practice


Maths:            We are following the Derbyshire planning guide and will focus on:

  • count to and across 100, forwards and backwards
  • count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals
  • count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s
  • read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in words
  • add and subtract 1-digit and 2-digit numbers to 20 including 0
  • recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts on an object, shape or quantity
  • measure and begin to record lengths and heights; mass/weight; capacity and volume; time – hours, minutes, seconds
  • solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division


Science:        Which plants would Handa find in our school grounds? (after finishing our Materials topic from last term)
Why does it get dark earlier in winter? (ongoing)  

Geography:    How is Hayfield similar and different to Kajwenge village in Uganda?

RE:                 Who is a Christian and what do they believe?
                        Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

DT:          Playgrounds (Mrs Keeling teaching) 

PSHE:       Proud to be me

Music:                        Playing djembe drums and singing songs

Computing:    Digital imagery, online safety, word processing

PE:                          Dance and Athletics activities

Reading: Each child will read in a guided reading group twice a week and change their books as appropriate at least once a week.  There may be opportunities for individual reading on any day in the week, so please ensure reading books are in school every day.

Homework: This will be sent home in the postbags on Friday as usual.  A new set of Homework Challenges will also be sent home this week.

Water bottles: Please make sure your child has a fresh bottle of water in school each day – we do not have cups in the classroom.  Bottles need to be clearly named and have a sports top to avoid spillages.