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Approaching Spelling in Year 1

In Year 1 staff work very closely on an individual basis with children ensuring that they are progressively developing their phonic knowledge and ability to spell essential tricky words. This term simple weekly Year 1 word lists have been developed to begin to encourage and enable children to work with parents and carers to learn some key spellings in preparation for a more formal approach to spelling in Year 2.


Children in  Year 1 do not as yet have formal spelling tests.

Reading and Phonics

In KS1 children have phonic sessions twice a day. In the first session children learn new sounds and in the second session they have the opportunity to apply their skills. In these sessions we use Letters and Sounds, LCP phonics and the sound cards from Read Write Inc.


We follow the oxford reading tree homereading scheme. In guided reading sessions children read Bug Club and Big Cat stories.

Year 1 Spring Spelling Lists

Basic skills of reading, writing and maths are rightly given high priority.

As children move into Year 1 teaching becomes gradually more formalised, whilst ensuring that children still have high quality planned opportunities to learn through play.


Topics and Themes

It’s the Summer Term and our topic is aptly named ‘Time to Travel’.  Our learning and development of skills will help us to complete our Key Task of making a Puppet Theatre.


Our main focus will be holidays.  As historians we will think about the similarities between holidays of the past and present as well as looking at how they have changed over time.  We will learn about the places our parents and grandparents visited on holiday and consider the answers to questions such as: How did they get there?  What did they do?  What did they wear?  We will also travel back further in time and compare Victorian seaside holidays with the present day.


Our learning will also help us to develop our Geographical knowledge too.  We will use maps to locate and compare different holiday destinations (e.g. cities, Safari, countryside, seaside etc.) and famous places to visit (e.g. Buckingham Palace). We will think carefully about the clothing, activities and travel arrangements needed when visiting different locations.  Hopefully, we will visit a local seaside location to look for coastal features that are both natural and human.  This will help us to use Geographical words such as beach, bay, sand and shingle correctly.


As scientists, we will learn the names and types of invertebrates and other animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.   We will be able to sort animals from around the world into different groups including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals as well as compare the structure of a fish with humans and other animals.  Through investigations we will develop enquiry skills of asking simple questions, observing closely, performing simple tests and recording data.


 As Artists, we will be using collage and marbling to create sea patterns and pictures.  Whilst visiting the seaside, we will also make sand sculptures.  As designers we will design and make our very own puppets using textiles and developing the techniques of measuring, marking, cutting and joining.  We will use our puppets to create our very own puppet theatre.


In music, we will continue to follow our Charanga units, which include listening to and learning songs from Latin America.  We will appreciate music from around the world, such as Calypso, whilst also learning about the instruments from different countries around world.


In computing we will learn how to take still images using different equipment and turn them into postcards.  We will also be creating our own passports using images.


In PSHCE, we will learn to stay safe and healthy.  We will learn about the foods our bodies need to have a balanced diet and how exercise will help us to keep fit.



Spring Term

This Spring term our topic is ‘Explorers’.  We are going to have Polar Adventures and visit a Treasure Island.  Our key task to design and build a shelter.


As Artists and Designers we will make masks, investigate patterns and camouflage, make 3D models and sculpt through ice art.  We will also be developing the skills of weaving, collage and making our own dyes for plants.


As historians we will find out more about famous polar explorers and significant individuals who carried out great journeys in the past, such as Christopher Columbus.


In geography our knowledge of Polar Regions will develop alongside our ability to use maps, globes and atlases to locate places. We will use terms such as continent, North, South and Pole.


As musicians we will use our voices to sing a range of songs linked to our topic such as sea shantees and seaside songs.  We will enjoy listening to and appreciating six different styles of music from around the world: blues, baroque, latin, bhangra, folk and funk.


In ICT and computing we will look at how technology is used in our everyday lives and how to keep safe.  We will use computing to communicate with Columbus’s ‘treasure island’!


In PE, we will continue to work with the sports coach to develop ball skills, catching, throwing and to understand simple tactics and rules in a team game.  In swimming we will continue to become confident in the water and work towards 5m+ achievements.


In PSHCE we will be learning about the similarities and differences between each other and the wide range of communities around the world.  We will learn about belonging to a community and how to get along.


Within RE, we will be thinking about the key question ‘What does it mean to belong in Christianity?’ We will learn about the ceremonies of commitment and belonging and how beliefs can affect the values and actions of individuals.  This unit will provide opportunities for children to ask questions and give views about rituals and values.