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Year 1

The document below contains all of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for each subject.  There are supporting appendices that should be read and used alongside this.


The statutory requirements within this document inform the long, medium and short term planning to ensure full coverage and progression.

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During the spring term in Year 1, we will be learning about a variety of fantastic books. We will be learning texts and text maps, inventing new stories and taking part in lots of drama activities to support this. We start the term by looking at some poetry. It would be fantastic if you could look at some poetry at home with your child so they can begin to understand more about the features of this – particularly poems with repeated phrases. After this, we will be learning the texts Augustus and his Smile (losing tale), The Magic Paintbrush (wishing tale) and The Mouse and The Lion (character flaw tale/fable). You can borrow similar types of stories from the library to share with your child at home and this would be very beneficial to their understanding of these types of stories. The children are allowed to borrow two books at a time from the Active Learning Library and we are also fairly close to both Britwell and Slough libraries. 


Maths this term will ensure that your child is secure in their knowledge of number, including counting and adding and subtracting of numbers up to 40.  We will teach your child mental methods for addition and subtraction as well as appropriate written methods of calculation. As always, we will be focusing on quick recall of number bonds. Other areas of learning during the spring term will include measurements (length, height, volume, capacity), time and money.


The focus of history this term will be ‘Extraordinary Lives’ and we will be learning about Neil Armstrong and Katherine Johnson. Please spend some time researching these and other important people in history and what they did that changed the world. Both libraries and the internet will have lots of information about this. Geography will see your child learning about hot and cold climates and which countries in the world have which climate.


In science, we are learning all about animals and living things. Please spend some time talking about animals and humans, their body parts, habitats and what they eat. A visit to a wildlife park would be a great opportunity for your child to explore this topic further.


We love reading and will encourage your children to read daily.  Please listen to your child read, discuss the book and fill in his/her reading record. The Phonics Screening Check will be in June 2020, so please do practise phonics with your child daily as well.  Please ask your child’s class teacher if you have any questions about this or any other learning.


Many thanks for all the support you give your child.  It is very important that we continue to work in partnership with you to ensure they make the most of their learning opportunities.

Miss Brotherston, Miss Morgan and Mrs Edwards

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