Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 1
What have year 1 been doing?

This week's notices Monday 11th December 2017

We look forward to sharing our Christmas Performances with you this week. The children look wonderful in the costumes you have provided.

As you are aware your child brings home a school reading book once a week. As of January, we would like to ask you to record the book's name and the date it was read in addition to the comment you already write, in the yellow Reading Record.

Thank you, Year 1.




This term we will continue to apply the Phonics we are learning in Read Write Inc to help develop our reading and writing further. Our key text this term is ‘Story Tree’, which will inspire our cross-curricular journey. We will develop our knowledge of adjectives and nouns to engage the children in writing creatively. The children will learn to develop their writing by consistently using finger spaces, capital letter and full stops. In addition to this, we will learn how to extend our sentences to include more detail. This term there will be a big focus on reading comprehension such as prediction and recalling key events within a story.


In Maths this term, we will be focusing on addition and subtraction and how they are related when solving problems. We will continue to focus on recognition, formation and the application of numbers to 50. We will carry out a range of problem solving activities and consolidate the use of multiple methods to record our thinking, such as part-part wholes, equations and number lines. We will continue our daily review of counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s as well as a rapid recall of number bonds to 20.


We continue to wear our ‘Science lab coats’ as we develop our investigation skills and make predictions and conclusions. We will be learning about the changing weather and seasons by carrying out investigations to answer questions. For example, how can we measure the wind?


In Geography our focus will be on a range of traditional tales which we read within the “Story tree” and we will be identifying and discussing where they originated from (Germany, England, Africa, and Norway).
We will use our text, ‘Story Tree’, to inspire our History journey and discover the background of traditional tales. In addition to this we will be learning about a famous person from History named Louis Braille.


 ‘Why does Christmas matter to Christians?’ will be our focus question in RE this term. We will be investigating Bible stories, searching for their hidden meanings and working out how they impact on the lives of Christians.


In P.E this term we will be learning the skills involved in invasion games, focusing mainly on hockey. We will also continue with our multi-skills sessions throughout the term. Each Year 1 class will continue to partake in a rotational block of three outdoor learning Forest School sessions on a Friday afternoon.


Throughout the term we will continue to explore sounds and rhythm, using musical instruments and our voices. The children will be listening to music and playing a variety of percussion instruments, as well as learning new songs and raps, related to traditional tales.

ART & D.T.

In art this term we will be focusing on the story setting of our key text. We will introduce a variety of sketching materials as well as using collage and mixed media to create a range of effects.


The children will continue to explore the use of algorithms, debugging and instructions using Think Pads. They will programme and follow instructions using Beebots.

Home Learning

Home learning will be set each Thursday and must be returned by the following Wednesday. 

Buster's Book Club- Buster Book Club bookmarks will be sent home on a Wednesday. This is an ideal time to sit and enjoy a book from home with your child as their reading book will be in school.

Mathletics- Each Thursday your child will be set challenges on Mathletics ( by their class teacher to complete online before the following Wednesday. Chiildren's login details are stuck inside the back cover of their reading records. 

Daily Reading- Your child’s reading book will be collected in on a Wednesday and sent home each Thursday with their reading record. This should be returned the following Wednesday with a weekly comment.
Reading books will only be changed if the reading record has been signed.  

Spellings- Weekly spellings will begin in Term 4.

Any other special events/notes