Year 1

Welcome back to the new year! We hope you had a restful Christmas break and your children are ready for a busy year ahead. We are looking forward to continuing to work with you and your children, and we know that we will have a brilliant year together. At Trent, we recognise that your child’s success is often attributed to the tremendous commitment of the whole family team – thank you in advance for your continuous support.  

This letter is for your information, outlining the learning taking place in Year One this term.

Throughout the Spring term, we will be covering the following topics:

Spring 1: Dinosaurs

Spring 2: Moon Zoom


Learning taking place at school 

Additional ideas to support your child at home

Project – history, geography, art, DT and computing

Could Dinosaurs Exist in 2019?


In History, we will be learning about Mary Anning and her discoveries.

We will begin to describe similarities and differences in historical artefacts.

We will describe the changes that have occurred since dinosaurs existed.

We will use historical language to describe time of dinosaurs.

In Art we will look at the contributions of several famous artists such as Van Gogh.

In Geography, we will be working towards naming and locating all of the continents of the world.

In computing we will be using Chatterpix to animate a fact that they have learnt about dinosaurs.


How could you send an alien back to the Moon?


In this topic we will be exploring space history through significant individuals like Neil Armstrong.

Furthermore, we will explain how some people have helped us to have better lives and learn about historical events such as the moon landing.



Visit Museums/ explore educational sites online.

Discuss the concepts of old/new when looking at historical photos. It is really valuable to reinforce the children’s understanding of chronology as this will support their learning across all stages of school.




Perhaps consider reading about female scientists/ astronauts to develop your child’s awareness of the diversity present in the field of science (we will of course endeavor to explore this in class also).

English – writing and SPaG

Our key text this term will be Harry and the Dinosaur at the Museum


Our fiction/non-fiction areas for the term:

  • Recount
  • Poetry/riddles
  • Non-chronological report 
  • Narrative
  • Fact file


We will be learning and exploring:

How to use our phonics to write in different contexts.

To write in full sentences.

To use full stops and capital letters at the beginning and end of a sentences consistently.

To use capital letters for proper nouns.

Using the connective ‘and’.

Using and saying adjectives to describe. 

Forming letters the correct way in a neat and consistent form.


Our grammar topics:

Using ing –er –ed -est to words.

To use the spelling rule for adding s or es as the plural marker for nouns and the third person singular marker for verbs where no change is needed in the spelling of root words [for example, helping, helped, helper, eating, quicker, quickest].


Key text for Term 2: Aliens Don’t Wear Underpants

Our fiction/non-fiction outcomes for Term 2:


  • Instruction texts
  • Biography
  • Non-fiction texts
  • Poetry


Spelling focus:


*Spilt diagraphs

*Compound words

*Poly syllabic words


As tempting as it is please do not all rush out and buy these books! These units of work are best served when they are a surprise to the children. We can then work on elements such as predicting. Please do however ensure your child is reading every day. 

Visits to the library-you could explore other titles by the authors we are studying and begin to compare them to the stories we are reading in class.

Read lots of non-fiction texts and discuss the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts. 

Lots of independent writing opportunities. 

Ensure your child has the correct pencil grip and that they are forming their letters the correct way round. If you want to do some extra practice at home you could buy a handwriting book for your child to work through. 



(See below)



In Maths we will cover:


  • Addition and Subtraction (20)
  • Place Value (numbers to 50)
  • Length and height
  • Weight and volume


As with last term we will introduce the children to these new concepts through a variety of methods; practical exploration using physical resources, written recording of work and reasoning/problem solving.

As the children are introduced to the idea of measuring within school, it would be helpful if you could emphasise the associated language at home (eg. heavy/light



Make maths fun! Play games.


Quick fire questions to extend the children’s mental maths. 

Constant reinforcement of the number bonds to 10!

Making up word problems for your child to solve e.g. I have 16 socks in the washing machine but I forgot to put in 1, how many should be in the machine?


In Science we will begin the topic: Plants (and animals)

  • Plants and their structure
  • Trees
  • Common flowers Classifying and sorting animals
  • Identifying different types of animals


Our second topic will be: Materials

We will:

Identify and name everyday materials

  • Distinguish between objects and the materials they are made from
  • Describe the properties of everyday materials
  • Group objects based on common features
  • Explore the changing shapes of materials
  • Light – observe the variety of sources of light



The children used the book The Tiny Seed as stimulus for this topic in Reception class- perhaps you could revisit this prior learning as a spring board for our work in science this half term.


Nothing is better than actually connecting with nature in person! Observe the seasonal changes and encourage your child to compare the differences in the plants that are present.


In RE we will be learning about Judasism, as our key question for the term is:

What is it like to live as a Jew?

Continue to read and share Bible stories. 




In PSCHE we will be starting the module: Beginning to Understand Me and Others

As part of this, we will explore:

-What makes someone a friend

-Recognising the differences between ourselves and others

- Identifying what is fair/unfair/kind/unkind/right or wrong



With guidance from our wonderful French teacher Madame Keneely, the children will discover and develop an appreciation for the French language through a range of engaging activities.




With the guidance of our new music teacher the children will be continuing to:

- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes 

- play tuned and untuned instruments musically 

- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music 

- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. 




Working with both our Non-Stop Action coaches and Coach Pete, the children will be taught to: 

- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities 

- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending 

- perform dances using simple movement patterns. 



Links for prior learning/ discussion points at home:

The children have already explored the topic of Space with Mrs Breheney last year so this will be a valuable starting place for our learning next half term. Perhaps you could revisit the learning that they conducted in Reception class over the half term to stimulate some of their curiosity for all things space related!



Homework will be set on Fridays and will include Literacy and Maths. On occasion, a project related task might be set too. As with last term, homework is due in on a Wednesday. Please encourage your child to get into the routine of returning homework on time as this will help develop their independence skills. Whilst some children may want to complete their homework on their own, we welcome parental support if your child needs some additional support. 



Regular reading is essential to help your child consolidate their phonic learning. Please make sure your child reads every night for at least 15-20 minutes. Your child has a reading record journal, which they must continue to have signed daily by an adult. Books are changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays- if your child forgets to bring their books in on one of these days we will not give out any new books as we try to apply a book-in-book-out policy  to help us keep track of school books. Understandably, books may go missing at home and therefore your child is unable to bring them back in order to receive new books- if this situation arises, please let us know and we will be able to find a solution that enables your child to take home some new books as we want them to be reading as much as possible!


Wet Play 

If your child would like to bring in an activity book to keep in their tray for use during wet play there are more than welcome to do so. 


Behaviour Policy 

The Behaviour Policy has been clearly explained to all the children across the school. They understand the standard of behaviour expected of them and are responding positively. In Year 1, we will be encouraging and recognising positive behaviour by rewarding children who try incredibly hard in a variety of ways.

Dates for your diary: 

Parent consultations: 11th (3.30pm-6pm) / 12th (5-7pm) February 

Class assembly: March 27th 9am

 We look forward to working with you this term; thank you in advance for your support and dedication.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Best Wishes, 

Miss Cook, Miss Kirkham and Mr Taylor

Here you will fid the Year 1 Topics Overview 

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