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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Miss Kemp - Krakow Class:

Ms Vander - Vienna Class:

Learning at Gordon Primary School is broad with a wide range of engaging experiences that reinforce key concepts in every subject. It is balanced so that children receive a full and rich curriculum containing all subjects, and implemented well so that children remember in the long term the information and skills they have been taught. We place priority on the children’s personal, social and emotional development because we know this is key to a successful school career and life in general. Our curriculum is designed to engage and meet the needs of all children and enables them to achieve success in all subjects. 

Spring Term Learning


Our focus texts will be Nothing, Everywhere Bear and Snail and the Whale. Through these texts we will draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally. We will sequence sentences to form short narratives and develop our independence.  In our narrative work, we will create settings, characters and plot. We will write for different purposes, including about fictional personal experiences and fictional narratives. We will also re-read our writing to check if it makes sense.

When reading, we will begin to increase our familiarity with a range of books, explain and discuss understanding and discuss the sequence of events in them. We will answer and ask questions about what has been read.

In phonics sessions we will start by revisiting previously taught graphemes, tricky and high frequency words and then will continue with Phase 5. We will also introduce new Phase 5 graphemes and tricky words for reading and spelling.



We will continue to use the Maths No problem scheme to support our mathematical learning. We will start by recapping numbers up to 20, focusing in particular on numbers between 10 and 20. We will compare and order numbers, and look for patterns within 20.

We will then look at different ways of adding and subtracting numbers within 20, including adding by counting on, by making 10 and by adding ones. We will subtract by counting back, by subtracting ones and by subtracting from 10.

We will discover different types of 2-D shapes and some basic 3-D shapes. We will cover the properties of basic 2-D shapes and some solid shapes. We will learn to group shapes according to different criteria. This will also lead to recognising, describing and continuing a pattern, as well as generalising patterns.

We will then explore length and height. We will look at the basics of length. We will compare lengths and describe items using words such as taller, longer, shorter and higher. We will learn how to fairly measure two items for comparison using items and body parts, before moving on to measuring using a ruler.



Our Science topic this term will be Everyday Materials. We will identify and name common materials and clarify the difference between an object and the material it is made from. We will look at the properties of liquids and compare the different types. We will then describe the properties of solids and compare the differences between solids and liquids. We will also group materials by their physical properties, using a Venn diagram. We will conduct an experiment to test materials and their properties.



How have toys changed?  We will think about what our favourite toys are and about the toys that our parents and grandparents played with. We will investigate what toys were like up to 100 years ago and compare them to modern toys. We will then discover how toys and teddy bears have changed over time.


Art & Design                 

Exploring three of the formal elements of art: shape, line and colour, we will mix and paint with secondary colours; use circles to create abstract compositions and work collaboratively to create a class piece of art inspired by water.



In Music this term, Year 1 will be looking at the Recycled orchestras of Paraguay and Sound Maps. We will focus on structure and texture, creating class compositions, using recycled items as instruments and percussion instruments as well as music technology.



'Data and information – grouping data’ We will look at labelling and grouping objects by their properties. We will then explore how to group data.  

'Digital writing' We will explore the keyboard and learn how to add and remove text. We will also explore the toolbar and look at how to make changes to the text.


Design Technology (DT)                 

We will be designing and constructing a windmill that would appeal to a mouse. We will make stable structures that will support a functioning turbine and axel, and evaluate our windmill, saying what is good about it and what could be better.


Physical Education (PE)                   

Sending and receiving We will develop our sending and receiving skills, including throwing and catching, rolling, kicking, tracking and stopping a ball. We will apply our skills individually, in pairs and in small groups, and begin to organise and self-manage our own activities.

Ball skills We will explore our fundamental ball skills such as throwing and catching, rolling, hitting a target, dribbling with both hands and feet and kicking a ball. We will work independently, in pairs and small groups.


Religious Education (RE)       

We will be learning about ‘How Did the World Begin?’. We will be learning to describe what people might think about God, to understand what is meant by ‘creation’, to decide if a statement is true, and be developing our abilities to explain why we believe something to be true. We will be learning to retell the key parts of the Christian and Jewish creation story and to understand that Christian and Jewish people generally believe this story to be true. We will also be making links between the Hindu, Jewish and Christian creation stories studied.


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) / Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)  

Belonging to a community: We will explore examples of rules in different situations. We will look at how we care for people, animals and other living things and how we can look after the environment.

Media literacy and digital resilience: We will discover how and why people use the internet and the benefits of using the internet and digital devices. We will explore how people find things out and communicate safely with others online.

Money and work: We will learn that everyone has different strengths, in and out of school. We will explore how different strengths and interests are needed to do various jobs; about people whose job it is to help us in the community; and the work people do.

General Information 

  • Your child should read (or be read to) for 10 minutes every day. It is also important that an adult reads to your child every day. Please talk to your child about the book and check their understanding by asking questions about events and the characters’ actions. Please also explain new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Their bookbag should come to school every day. 
  • Your child will have PE on Friday. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag as changes to timetables do occur.
  • Your child needs to bring a water bottle every day.
  • Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly named.
  • The weather is often cold at this time of year and the children will go out to play if there is light rain. It is important that your child has a waterproof coat, gloves, hat and a scarf.
  • We are a Healthy School. Please do not put sweets or chocolate bars in your child’s packed lunch. Please do not send in sweets or other treats when it is your child’s birthday. If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, you could buy the class a book, send in a healthy snack such as boxes of raisins or buy stationery such as a pencil, but due to the impact on the environment, we ask you not to send in plastic toys.
  • If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. If your child has had an upset stomach, they should remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside of the school day and note that family holidays will not be authorised.
  • Weekly information is posted on Google Classrooms on a Friday, but please check regularly for updates.
  • If you have any questions or wish to raise a concern, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Please use the email addresses above. 

Diary Dates

Please note the following events and add them to your diary:

  • Wednesday 10th January - Maths workshop - 9:15am 
  • Friday 2nd February - NSPCC Number Day
  • Monday 5th to Sunday 11th February - Children's Mental Health Week
  • Tuesday 6th February - Safer Internet Day
  • Monday 12th to Friday 16th February - Half -term break
  • Tuesday 5th March - Science workshops 
  • Wednesday 6th March - Year 1 trip to The National Maritime Museum & Queen’s House
  • Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
  • Friday 8th March - International Women's Day
  • Monday 25th March - Open evening 1
  • Wednesday 27th March - Open Evening 2
  • Thursday 28th March - last day of term - school closes at the usual time