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Year 1

Year 1


We are now into the Spring term of Year 1! The children will be busier than ever with a day full of many learning opportunities which we hope they enjoy. We still have a few requests to support the children in becoming increasingly independent now we are nearing the middle of Year 1:


Please make sure that all uniform is named - children are asked to put their jumpers/cardigans on their pegs but they can easily fall off and get mixed up: names make it easy for us to reunite children with their missing items.


- PE kits can be left in named bags on the children's pegs. The PE kit list can be found by clicking this link. Currently, Year 1 have PE on a Tuesday so will need their kit each week. Again, please ensure this is all named

 School Uniform | Great Malvern Primary School 


- Bookbags are needed in school every day to enable children to take home their reading book and any letters. They will be bringing home a Reading Record for you to record their reading in: we expect children to aim to read daily where possible, with 3 times a week the minimum: this will greatly support not only their enjoyment and confidence with books, but also their phonics knowledge and writing ability. Children will have a book based on their phonics group and the new sound(s) they are learning as well as a book for enjoyment throughout the week and a Bedtime book to share over the weekend.


Our topic for this term is “Kings and Queens”. We will have a predominantly History based focus where children will learn about significant British monarchs including Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II and our current monarch, King Charles III. Children had an amazing Hook Day where they prepared a coronation afternoon tea and became a monarch themselves!


In Science the children will be learning about "Materials" where they will learn about the properties of different materials and investigate their uses.


For regular updates about what happens on our classes, don’t forget to visit our Year 1 page on the school website and our Twitter pages: 














“Kings and Queens”




In Maths we will be using learning about Place Value within 20 and continuing to develop our counting skills. All children now have a Times Table Rock Stars login so if you haven't already, please support your child by downloading the app or supervising them playing the game online. The link can be found here and you will just need to put the name of the school and the child's username and password which can be found on the inside cover of their reading diary or please ask your class teacher. Times Tables Rock Stars: Play ( 


In our English lessons we will be reading a variety of texts this term including: The Three Little Pigs, Wolves, The Three Horrid Pigs and Lost and Found. We are still continuing with daily phonics practise which is greatly supported by regular reading at home.



This term we will be learning about Materials and their properties. Please take the opportunity to name what objects are made out of and ideas why this material was chosen. Eg, why are windows made from glass? 



In Art, children will be exploring colour mixing and looking at the work of Jasper Johns and Clarice Cliffs.


Each half term we have a new value we learn about and focus on upholding. We are now using the Kapow! scheme for weekly PSHE lessons. 



RE focuses on the following key question later in the term: Who is Jewish and how do they live? 





We will be having weekly indoor PE sessions this half term focused on gymnastics



 Additional Information

PE kit




P.E lessons are on a Tuesday. Please make sure your child has a full P.E kit in school which should include: White T- shirt, bottle green shorts, suitable trainers/pumps, green or black joggers / leggings.  


A water bottle, your child’s book bag and appropriate clothing depending on the great British weather!







Reading books will be checked in school every day. . It is important that you read daily with your child and record their reading in their reading journal. Books will be changed on a Tuesday and a Friday to allow for increased reading of the same text to develop phonics knowledge, confidence and fluency. In addition to their reading book each child will be able to choose a bedtime story book to share at home. This is something to be enjoyed by the whole family. Please return to school on a Friday.





Children now have weekly spellings to learn - please see your child's class teacher if you are unsure or need further clarification. 



Mrs Gosling, Mrs Carter, Mrs Davies, Mrs Jones and Miss Evans. 

Welcome to Year 1 Letter - September 2022

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