Year 1


Spring 2, 2024

Welcome back! We have lots of exciting learning planned for the next half term and we can't wait to get started.

Start time – 8:40am                        Pick-up time- 3:15pm

A fruit snack is provided every day for our Year 1 children. Alternatively, children may bring their own fruit (no bananas). Please ensure that your child brings a named water bottle to school each day and that sun cream is applied before coming to school. Also, please ensure all items of uniform are clearly labelled.

If you have any questions, concerns or worries, please contact me at and I will do my best to respond as soon as I can.

Please click on the link below to access our recent Year 1 Meet the teacher meeting.

Year 1 Meet the teacher

Parent information and meeting

Please click on the links below to find out about how we teach Reading, Writing and Maths at Canon Popham C of E Primary Academy.

KS1 Maths Information For Parents 2022/2023

KS1 Reading Information For Parents 2022/2023

KS1 Writing Information For Parents 2022/2023


This term we are continuing to deliver a program to all year groups at school called myHappymind. myHappymind is all based around helping children to understand how their brain works and to support them in developing positive skills and habits to be their very best selves!

Please click on the link below to access an overview of what the program entails.

myHappymind Parent information

Please click on the link below to access resources regarding our recent Year 1 2024 Phonics Screen Check Parent Meeting

RWI Sound Mat

RWI Phonic Screening Check

2024 Year 1 Phonic Screening Check Parent Meeting

Here is what we will be learning this half term: 

Curriculum focus: Geography - Where is it hot or cold?


Our theme this half term will focus on developing our geographical knowledge of people and places. Through our study, we will find out where hot and cold countries are located in the world and begin to name climate zones around the world using key words (temperate, cold, warm, tropical). We will also understand how the location of hot and cold countries affects the different animals that live there.

English – Reading 


 As a school we follow the Read, Write, Inc programme to deliver our phonics teaching.

Please access the links below to learn how and why we teach phonics in our school.

What is Read, Write Inc Phonics?

Pronouncing the sounds

Understanding phonics

RWI Sound Mat

We also have lots of information on our schools phonics page which you can access here.

English – Writing

 Our writing this half term will be based on the book The curious case of the missing mammoth by Ellie Hattie and Karl James Mountford.


Look out! There’s a mammoth on the loose! Follow Oscar through a magical museum of curious creatures to find the mammoth before the clock strikes one! Is he munching sandwiches with Diplodocus Dave in the Dinosaur room? Or joining an aerobics class with the Extinct and Endangered Species? The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth is a riotous adventure, packed with fascinating facts and lift-the-flap fun. With stunning illustrations from Karl James Mountford, this brilliantly interactive book brings museums to life.

In response to the text, we will write our own story based on the structure of ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth’ with a change of character. 


We use our Read Write Inc phonics knowledge to help us to spell when we are writing. There are some words that do not follow our spelling rules and we just have to learn them. The link below shows the words which appear frequently in our reading and writing. Year 1 are working towards being able to read and write these words by the end of the year.



 Our handwriting links to our Read, Write Inc learning. Each letter has a phrase which helps us to remember how to form the letters. You can find a copy of this here: sounds with handwriting phrase

We use a print style handwriting in year 1. Please try to encourage your child to use this when they are completing any written home learning tasks, ensuring letters are the correct size with clear ascenders (e.g. b, d, h) and descenders (e.g. g, j p).

Please click here to see the ascenders and descenders: 

How to write letters

An ascender is the upwards part of a letter that exceeds the mean line of font and goes up to the top red line on our handwriting lines. They are used in handwriting and help to recognise letters. Examples of ascenders are uppercase letters and some lower case letters. The lower case letters that are ascenders are: ‘b, d, f, h, i, j, k, l, t’.

The opposite of an ascender is a descender, letters that have a portion of the letter going below the baseline, which is the lowest blue line on our handwriting lines. Descenders go down to the lower red line on our handwriting lines. The letters that are descenders are: ‘g, j, p, q, y’.

All the other letters ‘a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, z’ sit between the two blue lines on our handwriting lines.

If you would like to use the handwriting lines which we use in school, these can be downloaded and printed here:

Portrait handwriting lines

Landscape handwriting lines


This half term we will be developing our knowledge of addition and subtraction within 20, fractions as well as exploring measures, focusing on length and mass.

We will continue to focus on knowing and remembering our Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs). More information about our school KIRFs can be found here Our Maths Page.

Please click on the link below for Year 1 KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts), we are currently working on Spring 2. By the end of this half term, children should know instantly the number bonds for each number up to 10.

Year 1 Spring KIRFs

If you have any questions about these areas of Maths please do not hesitate to come and speak to us.

KS1 Number Games  

A booklet with number games to help practice and apply mathematical skills.

R.E. – Understanding Christianity - Why does Easter matter to Christians?

In RE, we will study Christianity and explore the question 'Why does Easter matter to Christians?' We will understand that Easter is very important in the ‘big story’ of the Bible and how Jesus showed us that he was willing to forgive all people, even for putting him on the cross. We will learn why Christians believe Jesus builds a bridge between God and humans and that Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead, giving people hope of a new life.

Science – Properties and uses of materials


In our learning we will learn to:
● distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
● describe the physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
● compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.



Design and Technology – Textiles - Templates and joining techniques


In our lessons, we will discuss and explore different fabrics and joining techniques as we create designs according to specific criteria. We will join two pieces of fabric together to create bunting with a running stitch using appropriate materials and joining techniques. Finally, we will evaluate our product saying what we like about it and identify what we would do differently next time.

Computing – Programming - Bee-Bot


In our computing lessons this half term, we will discuss and demonstrate how the Bee-Bot works, program a Bee-Bot to reach a destination ensuring that several clear instructions are sequenced as well as identifying and correcting mistakes in our programming.

In PE our focus is Hockey. In this unit, we will focus on developing our control of the hockey ball​ as well as our ability to dribble with a hockey stick.

Our PE day is Wednesday. Please ensure that your child brings their correct (named) P.E. kit to school on that day to change into after lunch. For health and safety reasons, please can children remove jewellery on PE day or provide plasters to cover earrings if this is not possible and ensure long hair is tied back away from the face.

P.S.H.E. - Living in the Wider World - Online Safety

In P.S.H.E. our focus is Living in the Wider World, especially Online Safety. We will understand that people need to get the correct balance of time spent online and offline, why we should keep our personal information private and safe when we are online, and that people online are strangers if we don't know them in real life. We will further develop our understanding that anybody can put things online and how we can recognise the difference between truth and fiction. 

Music - Learning to listen

Our music theme is Learning to listen. Listening is very important. You can listen with your eyes and ears and you can also feel sound in your body. Singing and listening are at the heart of each lesson. 

NUMBOTs – Every day 10 minutes

 NumBots is an on-line programme to boost addition and subtraction skills. It is available on a range of devices, you can play online at Numbots Game or download the Numbots app. Playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths so we are excited by the impact Numbots will have. In order to get the best out of NumBots children should regularly play for short bursts of time over the week. Children will receive a golden ticket for accessing their Numbots for 15minutes or more each week.

If you have misplaced your log in details or are having trouble accessing the website, please email me to let me know.


READING – Every day 10 minutes

Please continue to enjoy your reading each day. Reading is fun and a great way to spend time together with your family, as well as developing our imaginations. Encourage your child to talk about what they have read and ask them a question or two about the book. This will help consolidate their comprehension work in school. Adults, please remember to record what your child reads at home in their reading record. We will count all entries in the reading diaries and award golden tickets to those who have read 20 times or more in a month.

Please send your child's reading book and reading record to school each day. We love to hear the children read in school and this will support us to promote reading throughout the day.

Our book change day is Friday.


OXFORD OWL – One book a week

Oxford Owl is an e-book library to boost reading skills. Once your book has been read there is a short fun quiz to complete afterwards. Children will receive a golden ticket for every book they complete. Click on the link below to access Oxford Owl;

Oxford Owl for School and Home.

If you have misplaced your log in details or are having trouble accessing the website, please email me to let me know.


As always, thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning.

Mrs Slack, Mrs Holmes, Miss Smith and Mrs Jones