Welcome back Year 1! We’re so happy to have you back at school for our final term of the year!

Here is what we’ll be learning about this term:

We will begin our term by reading ‘The Nigh Pirates’ by Paul Harris which is a lovely story about a boy’s adventure with a group of rough, tough little girl pirates. The children will discover a treasure chest within our school grounds and have to take part on a quest to take back our school’s treasure from those sneaky pirates. We will be using ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies to retell the story and create our own pirate stories using a story map. We will then be exploring a number of non-fiction texts to inspire our writing as we will be producing a guide on how to become a pirate. We will be focusing on applying our Phonics within our writing, punctuating sentences and our handwriting this term.

Here are some websites to help you support your child at home:

Practising Spellings at Home

Year 1 Spelling Rules

Please encourage a love of reading at home and use Reading Eggs regularly. (Reading Eggs login details are attached to the Reading Record book. 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 in line with school policy. We will check reading records every Wednesday with homework. We will change their book twice a week, on a Monday and a Wednesday. This is to encourage more depth of comprehension and more fluency practise. Pleases return reading books and records everyday.


This term we will be following our Power Math scheme. We will cover multiplication, division, numbers 1 to 100, position, direction, fractions, time and money.

Here are some websites to help you support your child at home:



Your child has also been given their TT Rockstars login so that they can practise their times tables at home.

They will also be given one piece of Maths homework per week which will be completed via School Jam.


The children will cover two topics this term in Science; types of animals and identifying materials.

Through our types of animals unit the children will learn to name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. They will also develop an understanding of how to identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also be going on a very special trip to Chester Zoo where we will learn even more amazing facts about animal. 

Our final topic is, identify materials where the children will build on their previous knowledge of materials. They will learn to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. They will also learn how to identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.

Here are some websites to help you support your child at home:



We will be learning all about Pirates and treasure this term! We will carry out our very own research using ICT to learn about the very famous pirate, ‘Blackbeard’. Our main focus this term will be developing our Geography skills through our pirate topic, using map work and learning about the continents around the world. We will be completing lots of artwork and DT through the topic; designing and creating our very own pirate hats, a pastel picture of a beach landscape and many more. We will conclude our topic at the end of the year with our very own pirate party!

As part of their homework the children will complete a topic activity each week (from the pirate homework menu).

During this term we will be exploring the following question; What does it mean to belong to a faith community? We will learn about different communities and their faiths.

For the first half term the children will be practising their programming skills through the Scratch Junior app, this app is free to download at home if you wish to. After the holidays we will move onto our final computing unit where the children will learn how to create their own digital media on the laptops.

The children will be doing athletics for the first half term and net and ball skills when they return after the holidays.

PE will take place on Mondays but it is important to keep the children’s PE kits in school each day as they may need them.

They can be taken home on Friday to be washed over the weekend.

We will continue to follow our school’s Jigsaw scheme and cover our two final units; Relationships and Changing me.

We will be exploring two units in Music this term; ‘Your Imagination’ and ‘Reflect, Rewind and Replay’.  Through these two units the children will learn to listen and appraise music, practise playing the glockenspiel, sing, compose and finally, perform.

In Year 1 homework is given on a Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive a maths (SchoolJam) and a spelling (spellingshed) task, based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Pirate 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 year1@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

Click on the link here for a copy of the  homework menu:


This is also stuck in the children’s Homework book.

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

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED


Another busy term of work ahead of us.


Below is the plan for the term.

A reminder that Rockstars and EPIC are still available for your children to access.

Please read at least twice a week and visit the library as often as possible.

Summer Term 1

  19/04/21 26/04/21 03/05/21




Reading Read the book Inference/biography Inf/non-chronological report Assessment Week Inf/setting description
Writing Drama Biography (Hannah) non-chron (Brazil) setting description Setting description
Maths Fractions Fractions/Decimals Decimals
Science Egg shell experiment Grouping Living Things
Geography South America Brazil Climate Comparison of Denton and a place in Brazil Indigenous people of the Amazon
Art/DT Clay Monkeys
Music Blackbird Unit
Computing Word Processing Unit
PE Gymnastics
French Number 0-20, 0-20, 20-50, 20-50 Fruits/Market
PSHE Relationships
RE What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right or wrong?


Summer Term 2

  07/06/21 14/06/21

Health week

21/06/21 28/06/21


05/07/21 12/07/21 19/07/21
Reading inference Inf/recipes Inf/blogs Inf/plays Inf/poetry Inf/poetry Inf/poetry
Writing Reading and drama recipes Blogs to the community Playscript Performance Poetry
Maths Time Time/Geometry Geometry consolidation consolidation
Science Grouping Living Things Sound
Geography Map skills            
History   History of Music History of Music History of Music History of Music History of Music History of Music
Art/DT   Make a dreamcatcher
Music Glockenspiel Unit
Computing Word processing unit Scratch Unit
PE Athletics
French Fruits/market Fruits/market In The Classroom consolidate
PSHE Relationships Changing Me
RE What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right or wrong?

Your Best

                                         YOUR BEST

If you always try your best

then you’ll never have to wonder

about what you could have done

if you’d summoned all your thunder


And if your best

was not as good

as you hoped it would be

you still could say

” I gave today

all I had in me ”



Willies diary entry by Harry 6T

The train journey was long and tiring. I sat there weeping, wondering where I’m going to end up. I’ve just arrived at a place which looks so different from the dangerous, busy, loud and hazardous city I lived in. I’ve come here to be safe from the cruelty of the war, in which I stood waiting anxiously to be placed in a new home. I felt so vulnerable and alone before I was introduced to Mr Oakley. A towering beast who looked grumpy and whose voice was like thunder. The cottage was dull with not a lot of light. I sat there reluctant and apprehensive, I was struggling to take it all in, until I saw him pick up the poker. I was terrified he may be giving me a beating, just like my ma did to me all the time, but all he was doing was stoking the fire. Mr Tom showed me where I will be sleeping, but suddenly I spotted a bed and I remember my mother saying beds are for dead people. It is all very strange. I rubbed my eyes cautiously knowing I would have this room to myself, I was feeling so sick and panicky.


I was perched on the end of the wooden stool anxiously watching Mr Tom and his movements. He placed a plate down in front of me with food on, I had never seen this kind of food before. This food was different to the food my ma fed me back at home. It smelt delicious and it looked mouth-wateringly nice but then the worst happened and it got stuck in my throat. I felt myself begin to panic, I felt embarrassed and I was scared what Mr Tom was going to do. I heard my ma’s voice in my head, repeatedly telling me “you must be good”. There was a moment of silence, followed by Mr Tom making a joke and that made me realise Mr Tom is kind and caring. As time ticked on, I began to feel more relieved, relaxed and safe about my placing with Mr Tom. Maybe now this may start to feel like my new home?

By Harry 6T

Willie’s Dairy Entry by Daisy

Dear Dairy,

Today has been a day with lots of mixed feelings. I got evacuated. I had a few tears welling up in my eyes. That was only because I didn’t want to say goodbye to London. I hated my mother. She only liked me when I was good. She was so cruel. I have been evacuated to a town called Little Weirwold. I was evacuated on this metal thingy which the person next to me told me it was a train. Then when I arrived at the home where I would be staying the lady rang the doorbell. Then this tall gruff man was staring right down at me. I was a bit frightened really then the lady spoke to the man I think she said this is Willie he’s going to stay with you for a while or something like that.When I came in he took my coat and hung it on the coat stand thingy I don’t know its name.He is not the nicest person I’ve ever met but he’s ok. It’s a bit of a relief that I moved in with Mr Thomas Oakley. I thought I wouldn’t have someone to live with. I thought I wouldn’t have anybody and then end up in a children’s Home so I am very lucky really.


Mr Tom is a very kind man, nicer than my mother, I think she was very mean and did it her way all the time which isn’t fair. In Mr Tom’s house I got my own room which is nice, he had a dog called Sammy. I think he likes me. Mr Tom hasn’t hurt me once, which is good. His house is quite small but that doesn’t bother me. Anyway, I am just in bed. It isn’t that comfy but I’m ok with that as long as I have a bed I don’t mind. I bet some children don’t even have a bed to sleep on which is unfortunate. Now I am safe and sound in my new home but the question is will this be my home forever…



Willie’s Diary Entry

Dear Diary,  

                                                                                                                      November 16 1939                                                 


I woke up at 6:07 in the morning. I was in a terrible shock this morning,

I never shivered that bad before. Twenty minutes after I got up WW2 had started.  I accidentally wet myself cause of the sirens, I went pale and threw up on the brown wooden floor . So Mr Tom grabbed me and ran up stairs to the toilet then I  threw  up even more. Then when I calmed down, we both went sprinting down the stairs,  and put black paper on the windows, so no one will bomb our house.

Later there were planes flying over us and it was the Germans, they were loaded with bombs. A couple of hours later we were listening to next door screaming crying then a massive bang came from next door and it wasn’t just one bang it was 3 bangs and 3 is plenty 

 BANG! BANG! BANG! It went. You can be very very lucky to be alive and this is definitely the worst day of my life. Even known that my Mum did hit me I still hope she is ok. My Dad passed away last year. Now there is WW 2 so my Mum could die now and I do not want that I would be gutted.