Welcome to Year 1’s Spring Term

Take a look at what we’ll be exploring this term……


We will begin our term by reading and exploring features of Non-fiction using the information books:

Dinosaurs: First Facts by Charlie Gardner and First Dinosaur Encyclopaedia: A First Reference Book for Children (DK First Reference). We will look at the role of titles, diagrams, labels and captions in non-fiction. We will use a range of non-fiction books about dinosaurs to research real dinosaurs and then imagine we are palaeontologists and dinosaur experts and produce our own non-chronological report about an amazing dinosaur we have discovered.

Later in the term we explore the story Dinosaurs and all that rubbish by Michael Foreman. This cautionary tale will be used to stimulate discussion about the extinction of the dinosaurs and what we can learn about looking after our world to avoid our own extinction! We will focus on describing settings as we write our own retelling of the story. Finally, we will read and write dinosaur inspired poems to perform using the books Dinosaur Roar by Paul & Henrietta Stickland and Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Shields to explore language play such as rhyme and alliteration and give us inspiration for our own work.


Our Phonic work this term will continue to Revise Phase 4 (using the Phase 3 sounds to read and spell more complex words). We will be learning new Phase 5 sounds which will introduce the children to the idea of alternative graphemes (the same sound being made in different words by different letters e.g. /igh/ as in night and /ie/ as in pie).

Practising Spellings at Home

Year 1 Spelling Rules



This term we will be following the school’s maths scheme, Power Maths to focus on the following objectives: –

Numbers to 20: Count using tens and ones Count one more and one less Compare numbers of objects Compare and order numbers.

Addition within 20: Add by counting on. Practise adding ones to help with adding numbers to 20. Use number bonds to 10 to help us with numbers bonds to 20 Solve word problems.

Subtraction within 20: Subtract tens and ones Learn how to cross a 10 when subtracting Compare additions and subtractions Solve word and picture problems.

Numbers to 50 :Count up to 50 Compare numbers to 50 Order numbers Count in 2s and 5s Solve word and picture problems.

Compare lengths and heights of objects Use non-standard units to measure objects Measure with a ruler Solve word problems about length.




In Science this term we will be going animal mad! The Science topics following the school’s Science Bug scheme are ‘Parts of Animals’   and ‘Types of Animals’.

In the ‘Parts of Animals’   unit we will name and locate parts of our bodies, including our sense organs. We will learn the functions of the sense organs, identifying familiar scents, textures, tastes and sounds. We will name parts of the bodies of other animals including those of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and other mammals, and will learn to use species specific vocabulary, e.g. fin, wing, paw. We will describe, compare and contrast two different animals.

In the ‘Types of Animals’ unit we will recognise that different animals live in the local environment and name some of them. We will learn to recognise similarities and differences within and between animals, classifying familiar animals according to their characteristics. We will gather information on animals and present the data in tables, Carroll diagrams and bar charts, making simple interpretations of these using them to answer and generate questions.

Each pupil will get their own discovery education username and password. This has a range of fun resources that covers the whole of the curriculum.


Watch out… the dinosaurs are coming! In our Kagan topic this term we explore the giants of the Jurrassic. We will be placing the Age of the Dinosaurs on a historic world timeline. We investigate the science of Palaeontology… fossil hunting! We will learn about Britain’s own Fossil hunting superstar Mary Anning who was discovering evidence of prehistoric creatures at the same age as Year 1 children! We will look at how the geography of the Earth has changed and where in the world the most exciting dinosaur finds have been made. In DT we will be making our own dinosaur puppets and investigating simple lever mechanisms and joins. In art we will look at junk model sculpture to create our own imaginary Jurrasic creatures. In Art we will use clay printing to produce fossil designs as well as exploring drawing and collaborative collage, painting and printing on the theme of Dinosaurs and Fossils.




During this term we will be learning all about ‘What Makes Some Places Special? We will be exploring places of worship like Churches, Synagogues and Mosques, discovering who goes there and why. At Chinese New Year we will investigate some of the traditions the Chinese community uses to celebrate their New Year and draw comparisons with the way New Year is celebrated at home. We will also be learning about Easter, why it is special for Christians and how it is celebrated. We will be joining the team at St. Mary’s for a special Easter service.


The children will be following the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work and learning about computing systems and networks. During this term, the children will be investigating programming by Moving a Robot, Giving commands, direction command sequences, Planning a simple program. Later in the term children will be using computer Data Handling programs to grouping data, label, count, describe and grouping objects and use data to compare.


 Our Jigsaw topics for the Spring Term are ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’. In ‘Dreams and Goals’ we will explore how to set simple goals, say what we do well and how we learn best. We will learn how to challenge ourselves, break down our goals into smaller steps, keep going and celebrate our and others achievements. Throughout we will reflect on and name the feelings that this journey provokes in us.

In ‘Healthy Me’ we will learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy. We will explore healthy choices and how to make them. We will look at how we can begin to help ourselves if we feel poorly and how we can help prevent being poorly. We will look at being safe around roads and keeping our amazing bodies safe. We will learn there are adults that can help us to be safe and healthy and we can help them to do that.


 We will be exploring units called ‘In The Groove’ and ‘Round and Round’ using the school’s music scheme, Charanga.

For the unit’ In The Groove’ we will learn a very easy song and then explore how it can be performed in six different styles; Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk and Funk. We will listen and learn a different style of In The Groove each week. We will also listen to and appraise a well-known song in that week’s style.

For the unit ‘Round and Round’ our learning is focused around one song: Round And Round, a Bossa Nova in a Latin style. Through it we will consolidate and develop our learning about musical elements like pulse and pitch. We will practice performing vocals, body percussion accompaniment and glockenspiels. Each week we will to other songs in other styles: Livin’ La Vida Loca (Latin/Pop) by Ricky Martin, March Of The Empire (Film music) by John Williams, It Had Better Be Tonight (Latin/Big Band Jazz) by Michael Bublé, Why Don’t You (Big Band/Dance) by Gramophonedzie , Oye Como Va (Latin/Jazz) by Santana



The children will be following the Primary PE Passport Curriculum which our Kick-start team will help us deliver. We will begin the terms with a Gymnastic unit which explores different ways of balancing and spinning or turning on points. It includes floor works using mats and box and bench and climbing frame apparatus. Children will learn how to perform and link element into a simple sequence and practice performing for other and appraising their own and others work. Later in the term we will begin a dance unit based on a Dinosaur theme.

At Corrie we monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.

PE will take place on Monday and Wednesday this term.

Please make sure that PE kits are in school all week, every week as we may change sessions and because we monitor having a kit to wear as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.


 Please encourage a love of reading at home and use Reading Eggs regularly. As children progress through Reading Eggs, they are awarded with reading certificates which we check weekly, print off in school and celebrate in class. This has proven to be a great motivator for children as they become proud and confident readers. (Reading Eggs login details are attached to the Homework books along with Google Classroom logins. Please ask a member of staff if you have any problems.)

We ask that you read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record a minimum of twice weekly for each book in line with school policy.

We will send home two ‘reading’ books each week:

The first is a ‘phonically decodable’ book. This just means that with practice children should be able to read the words by ‘sounding out’ (saying each letters sound and then blending them together to read the word). This book will be closely matched with the phonics your child is learning at school. We will send this book home with your child until they can recall the letter sound matches and use blending to read the words to you.

The second book is a ‘read to me’ book. This will be changed every week. This book will contain words your child may not be able to decode using their phonics.

You should read this book to them encouraging them to point to the words as you say them, joining in where they can. This will build your child’s sight vocabulary.

We will check reading records and change reading books as appropriate once per week every Wednesday. However, please make sure your child has their reading books and diary in school every day as we sometimes have opportunity to do extra reading or to change books more frequently.





In Year 1 homework is given on a Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive a maths and a reading task based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Dinosaur homework menu.

Children are encouraged to be as creative as they wish and can choose how to present their homework so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

F.A.O. Mrs. Ethel, Miss. Richards or Mrs. Hodkinson   year1@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.


On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

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