Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 1
What have year 1 been doing?


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Welcome to Year 1

The Seaside       

Outline of areas to cover

Our topic will offer opportunities to develop skills across the curriculum. We begin with a focus on the seaside inspired by the popular story ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ and other texts.  As a history focus, we will be looking at the seaside in the Edwardian/Victorian times. Geography will focus on map work including locating land, water and the coast.                                                     


We will continue to develop their phonic, reading and writing skills in Read Write Inc. and English sessions. Children will be exploring non- fiction texts relating to our theme and honing their information retrieval skills. They will be following and writing instructions. Children will be developing their questioning skills both oral and written as well as enjoying story books and poetry relating to our theme.


 We will be learning about multiplication and using tens and ones to order and compare numbers up to and beyond 100. We will continue learning addition and subtraction with numbers up to 100 using practical counting apparatus, ten frames, number lines, hundred squares, tens and ones and part part wholes. We will be learning to add and subtract two digit numbers as well as using money to find totals and give change. We will be continuing with problem solving activities involving real life situations with numbers, time, volume and capacity, fractions, money, shapes and patterns.


This term we will be learning about the main parts of a plant, (roots, stems, leaves and flowers) and we will be planting seeds. We will also be identifying plants and trees, observing them closely and drawing them. Later in the term we will be classifying and identifying animals and making our own sea creature fact sheets.


We will be exploring the idea of Prayer and why prayer is an important part of faith. We will then move on to learning about and learning from the stories of Jesus in the New Testament of the Bible. Children will be encouraged to reflect on what these stories mean to them and how Jesus’ teachings are important to Christians around the world.


The children will be doing striking and fielding and multiskills athletics this term. N1 have PE on Monday and Friday. D1 have PE on Thursday and Friday. B1 have PE on Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has their kit clearly labelled. Kit this term will include: Shorts, T-shirt, track suits, trainers and plimsolls. Thank you.

Home Learning

Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. These will include research tasks, maths investigations, writing tasks, art and design tasks and other learning tasks. Please support your child to complete these tasks and ensure that they are brought back to school when they are asked for. Most of these tasks should be carried out independently.

Any other special events/notes

In the final term a trip to Brighton Sea life Centre and the seaside. A date to be confirmed.