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Year 1: Aqua and Sapphire

Year 1


In Year 1 this term, our focus book will be ‘One Day on Our Blue Planet ... in the Savannah’ by Ella Bailey. It is a wonderful story which focuses on young animal friends and begins with a day as a curious lion cub. Minding his mother and playing with his father, this little lion can't help chasing trouble and fun as he explores the little corner of that big blue planet he shares with us. The book shares fantastic links to our Geography studies on Africa and our Science studies of animals.


In English, we will be learning about nouns and how some nouns needs a capital letter, for example names of specific people and places. Pupils will practise this skill before applying it to their longer writing activities in English, followed by further wider writing opportunities across the curriculum.


In Maths, Year 1 will learn about multiplication and division. Pupils will continue to use pictorial representations and a range of resources to support with their learning. Pupils will begin to solve one-step problems involving multiplication, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays and explore the real life practicalities of the skills they are learning about by seeing its wider significance to other areas of the curriculum.


In Science, Year 1 will identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Pupils will describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets.


In Geography, pupils will learn about the continent of Africa and its major seas and countries. They will identify the human and physical geography of Zimbabwe and compare it to our local area in Feltham.


PE will be every Monday afternoon and pupils must have the appropriate kit. We advise all aspects of uniform to be labelled with your child’s name and class.


We look forward to a fantastic Spring 2 in Year 1.


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In Science, we will be looking at the human body and identifying, naming and labelling the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.


As part of our Design and Technology topic, pupils will learn about healthy and unhealthy foods. Pupils will learn about the importance of a balanced diet and what is required in a balanced diet. Pupils will also learn how to cut food safely when preparing a healthy snack.


In PSHE pupils will learn how things people put into their bodies can affect how they feel. This will be linked to their Design and Technology topic of healthy and unhealthy foods. Pupils will also learn how medicines can help people to stay healthy.


All foundation subjects will be available for pupils to access online and in school.

We strongly encourage all parents to ensure pupils follow the timetable outlined to enable them to maintain their progress while working from home. Pupils who attend school will complete the same work set online as we progress through our long-term plan, which is outlined on our curriculum page.

Online and in school, teachers will continue to review pupils’ work daily and opportunities for feedback will be provided and each week, all pupils have the opportunity to win the Year 1 Star of the Week!

As usual, the school website will continue to provide regular updates, including the wonderful work pupils complete online and in school. As always, if there are any questions or if school can support with home learning on J2e in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.

We hope that we can return to school soon and we look forward to seeing everyone again! For now, we look forward to seeing all of the wonderful work pupils complete as we move forward in the Spring term.


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