Gordon Primary School

Gordon Primary School


Year 1 Learning - Spring 2022

Welcome to Year 1

Mrs HIll, Halo Class ihill@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk 

Ms Kemp, Europa Class ekemp@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk 


Learning at Gordon Primary School is broad with a wide range of engaging experiences to reinforce key concepts in every subject; it is balanced so that children get a full and rich curriculum containing all of the subjects and it is implemented well so that children remember in the long term what they have been taught. We place priority on the children’s personal, social and emotional development because we know that is key to a successful school career and life more generally. Every child receives a full and rich curriculum with all of the subjects. We believe this engages and meets the needs of all children and we value success in non-core subjects as highly as we do the more traditional academic subjects.


This term we will be working on the following topics:


Our focus texts will be Ten Things I can do to Help my World and Another Fine Mess. Through these texts we will draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally and sequence sentences to form short narratives. In our narrative work, we will create settings, characters and plots We will write for different purposes including about fictional personal experiences and fictional narratives. We will also re-read our own writing to check it makes sense.

When reading, we will begin to increase 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 revise graphemes, tricky and high frequency words from Phase 3 and 4. We will also introduce new Phase 5 graphemes and tricky words for reading and spelling.



We will be using the Maths No Problem scheme to support our mathematical learning. We will be sorting, counting and representing objects to 20. We will be counting forwards, backwards, one more and one less within 20. We will be comparing objects, introducing greater than, less than and equal to, comparing numbers to 20, ordering objects and ordering numbers within 20. We will also look at number patterns.

We will be reading, writing and interpreting mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs. We will be adding and subtracting numbers within 20 by counting on, making 10 and subtracting from 10.

We will be measuring and comparing lengths using body parts and rulers.

We will learn to recognise and name common 2-D shapes (rectangles, squares, circles and triangles) and 3-D shapes (cuboids, cubes, pyramids and spheres).



We will be studying two science topics this term. In Everyday Materials we will be identifying naming and describing materials and their properties. Alongside this we will continue to observe and monitor seasonal changes.



We will start by developing our knowledge of the United Kingdom and our local area. We will also study maps and use directional language. We will name the seas and continents and compare hot and cold places around the world.


Art & Design                

In our painting and drawing lessons we will be looking at 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 dynamics creating class compositions, use recycled items as instruments and explore music technology.



Digital Writing - We will be able identify and find keys and use keys to add text to a page. We will explore more of the keyboard and use the backspace key to remove text from the computer. We will also look at the different buttons on a toolbar and use these to change our text.

Data & information – We will describe objects with labels and match objects to groups. We will count and group objects based on their properties and record the number of objects in each group. We will then use the skills that we have learnt to answer questions.


Design Technology (DT)            

We will design, decorate and build a windmill for a mouse to live in, developing an understanding of different types of windmill, how they work and their key features.


Physical Education (PE)              

Tennis – We will develop our hand-eye coordination and ball skills.

Send and Return – We will be able to send an object with increased confidence using a hand or a bat. We will work on moving towards a moving ball to return. We will practice sending and returning a variety of balls.

Dance - We will respond to a range of stimuli and types of music. We will explore space, directions, levels and speeds. We will experiment with creating actions and performing movements with different body parts.


Religious Education (RE)          

We will learn that Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter, and learn how this is celebrated around the world.

When learning about Buddhism, we will learn who the Buddha was and how Buddha taught people to live their lives.


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

Belonging to a Community  – we will be looking at examples of different rules in different situations. We will think about how we care for people, animals and other living things and how we can look after our environment.  

Media Literacy & Digital Resilience – we will learn about how and why people use the internet and how to be safe online.

Money & Work – we will think about how everyone has different strengths in and out of school and how different strengths and interests are needed to do different jobs.



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

  • Open Evening – week beginning 7th February 2022
  • Half Term break - Monday 14th to Friday 18th February 2022



  • Your child should read 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 into school every day. (EYFS + KS1)
  • Your child will have PE on Friday. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag.
  • Your child needs to bring in 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 will be 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.