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Year 1: Aqua and Sapphire

Year 1




In Year 1 this term, our book is an atlas style book called ‘The Big Book of The UK’ by Imogen Russell Williams. It is a great book that has many folktales, facts and interesting information that links beautifully into our Geography topic.


Pupils will be learning about some more punctuation including question marks and exclamation marks. They will be practising this skill in Geography when they create a brochure all about the UK, and to try to persuade people to come and visit Feltham. 


During our maths lessons, pupils’ learning continues with a focus on measurements and they will be developing their understanding of different lengths and heights. Pupils will compare different lengths and heights of objects, landmarks and buildings.


As part of Design Technology, pupils will learn how to build and create their own human feature – a house! They will be using some recycled products to plan and build the building they live in, considering which materials are best and how to join them effectively.


Pupils will also be learning about different types of special clothing that people might wear as part of their religious faith. They will link this to the different events they might wear them to. Pupils will have the opportunity to design their own special clothing for a special event of their choosing.


During PSHE, we will be continuing learning about money, how we can obtain it, how we might use it and that sometimes we can save money. Pupils will discuss the importance of decisions about money and why we might save it.


During our Computing lessons, pupils will be learning about algorithms and how they are implemented as programs on digital devices. Pupils will be creating and debugging simple programs and learn to use their logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.


Pupils will also be learning to play tuned and untuned instruments in Music! They will experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music by listening with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.  


PE will continue to be on a Thursday afternoon, the children must have the appropriate school PE kit and we advise that all aspects of the uniform must be labelled with your child’s name and class.


We look forward to having an amazing rest of the spring half term in Year 1.

Year 1 Recommended Reading List


  1. Julia Donaldson – Stick Man
  2. Kes Gray and Jim Field – Oi Frog!
  3. Alexis Deacon – Beegu
  4. Dr Seuss – Cat in the Hat
  5. Allan Ahlberg – Jolly Postman
  6. Shirley Hughes – Dogger
  7. Martin Jenkins – The Emperor’s Egg
  8. Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola – Look Up
  9. Jill Tomlinson & Paul Howard - The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
  10. Joseph Coelho & Daniel Gray-Barnett – Smile Out Loud
  11. Kate Pankhurst - Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet
  12. Claire Saxby & Jess Racklyeft – Iceberg
  13. Benjamin Zephaniah & Nila Aye – People need people
  14. Ibtihaj Muhammad, S. K. Ali & Hatem Aly - The Kindest Red: A Story of Hijab and Friendship
  15. Alex Milway - Hotel Flamingo