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Year 1: Aqua and Sapphire

In Year 1 this half term, our focus book is ‘Nurse Clementine’ by Simon James. It is a wonderful story about a little girl who really wants to practise her first-aid skills, but her brother presents an unexpected challenge, which links to our humanities studies on Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale.


Pupils will be learning about verbs and how to write in the past tense in their English lessons and then applying this in their writing across the curriculum. They will write a short piece of text retelling what Nurse Clementine did during the book.


During Maths lessons, pupils will be learning about volume and capacity. They will take part in lots of physical activities where they will be able to identify and compare the different volumes and capacities of everyday objects.


Pupils will be looking at the human body and they will identify the basic parts of the body as part of the science topic this half term. They will be using their senses and identify and explore the different ways that they can stay healthy. Pupils will create a brochure explaining three key areas of staying healthy to show their understanding.


In humanities, pupils will be learning about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. They will be looking at their achievements and the difficulties they overcame. Pupils will be comparing medicine and treatments from the Crimean War to the medicines and treatments we receive today.


During PSHE, pupils shall also be learning about what healthy means and who can help us stay healthy. They will understand how medicines can help people stay healthy. Pupils, will be discovering and learning about different types of technology that they might come across outside of school as part of the computing topic.


In Religious Education, we will be learning about Christianity and what we can find out about Jesus just from looking in a church. Finally, pupils will be exploring different beats and songs in music each week.


PE will continue to be every Tuesday afternoon, the children must have the appropriate kit, and we advise that all items of uniform should be labelled with your child’s name and class.


We look forward to an outstanding Spring Term in Year 1.


Phonics Screening Assessment

The school will carry out the Phonics Screening Assessment with pupils in the week beginning 12th June 2023. There will be a workshop for parents and carers to inform you about the way that the assessment is carried out and how you can support your child at home in the Spring Term.

Further information about the Phonics Screening Assessment can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/194057/phonics_check_leaflet_2013_.pdf