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Year 1 (Elstar) 2022 - 2023

Miss Nasir

Year 1 Class Teacher

Dear Parents, Guardians and Children,

Welcome back after the New Year! 2023 is filled with lots of fun learning!


In English this term we will be reading ‘The storm whale in winter’ by Benji davies where we will look at writing information texts. We will also enjoy writing stories with repeating patterns and enjoy reading ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen.


In maths this term we will be looking at numbers from 0-20, adding and subtracting within 20. We then move on to looking at numbers up to 50. Measurement is our next topic for the spring term where the focus is on length and height, mass and volume.


Phonics is the most effective way of teaching children to learn to read.  By providing them with the skills to tackle new words they can become fluent readers. We will be doing daily phonics for 40 minutes every day. Children are assessed and grouped every half term.


Children should be reading at home every day for at least 10 minutes and ensure they get their reading record signed. Children should bring their reading records into school every day so an adult is able to listen to them read. Books will be changed every Friday.

Geography- Bright lights, big city

Your child will learn about the countries that make up the United Kingdom, including their location, capital cities and some of their physical and human features. They will have the opportunity to do map work, using compasses and positional and directional language. They will look into the Great Fire of London and look at some famous London landmarks. They will learn about other capital cities around the world, including Kuala Lumpur, and compare how they are similar and different to London.

Science- Seasonal changes

In the Seasonal Changes project, your child will learn about the four seasons. They will learn the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. They will learn about how the seasons affect animals and make comparisons between them. They will find out what the weather is, what types of weather there are and what causes the weather. They will learn about what the weather is like in each season and discover why the lengths of daytime and night time change in different seasons. They will learn about the Sun and how to protect their skin from the Sun’s rays. They will observe and measure the wind, recording their data on a bar chart. They will learn how to read the temperature from a thermometer and record temperatures over a series of days. They will measure rainfall and carry out an investigation into the rain. They will learn about weather forecasts and symbols.

Art- Rain and sunrays

This project teaches children about collagraph printing, including how to develop a motif to make single and repeated prints.


Children will be having 2 PE sessions each week on Monday and Thursday.

 On PE days the children are expected to come to school in the following NOT UNIFORM:

  • Bottle green shorts
  • Red Pippins t-shirt
  • Trainers
  • Socks (if children wear tights regularly) 
  • Black/Grey/Navy jogging bottoms
  • Sweat band (if needed to cover a religious bracelet)

Please make sure that children are not wearing any jewellery on PE days apart from for religious reasons.


The children will be receiving their homework on a Friday and will be expected back in the following Wednesday.

As always, if you have any problems or questions, please send me an email at  


Miss Nasir


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