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Spring 1 News

Spring 1 is short but sweet. There is lots going on!


Our topic this half term is Aliens and Space.


In English, have been learning the story of ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and we are using full sentences and connectives to retell the story and make up our own version. We have also started learning the difference between a noun and a verb and what the singular and plural versions of words look like.


In Maths, we are working very hard on number bonds to 10 and 20. When we know them off by heart we can apply the learning to adding and subtracting within 20, and to problem solving.


Have a look at our half termly topic letter to take a closer look into what we are doing in other areas of the curriculum.


Handwriting stars

In Year 1 we are really focusing on handwriting and presentation. Therefore we have a handwriting star of the day for each class - someone who has tried really hard to improve. This is not always the best handwriting, but the children who put in the most effort to improve.

Cursive Handwriting

Year 1 Spellings


Chilli challenge homework


A huge thank you to all the children and their adults for all their hard work with the chilli challenges this half term. We have had a great variety – lots of models, pictures, sentences and even some pictures from your time at home!


Next half term’s chilli challenge grid is available below. 


The deadline for Spring 1 chilli challenges is Friday 23rd February.


General Information



1HA Monday and Thursday

1HT Tuesday and Thursday


Spellings - given out on Friday and tested the following Friday.


Maths - we have a new online system called MyMaths which all of the children’s maths homework will be set on. Each child has a unique username and password to allow them to log on and access it. The homework set is specific to what we have done in class. We hope you like it as much as we do!


Reading - please send reading records and books to school everyday. Once your child has read to you, sign the reading record and comment if you wish. Children can change their reading books when we can see that the book has been read at least once at home. Please don't be afraid to read a book a second or third time with your child - every little bit of reading is practise!


Talk to us - if you would like to discuss your child we are usually available after 3.25pm (after we have safely seen the children out) or you can make an appointment via the school office.





We have been learning all about numbers to 20. To  help us understand what each number is, we have been making it using lots of different equipment. We’ve been using cubes, numicon and base 10.

Maths - building numbers to 20.mp4

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