Teacher – Mrs Leigh

Teaching Assistant – Miss Thompson

Spring 2:

Eventhough we have only been back to school a short time, Year 1 have been incredibly busy! 

In English we have been writing powerful sentences. We used the write stuff approach to write about bats in the style of the story Were going on a bear hunt. We also looked at the impact of exclamation marks.

In maths, we have been learning our place value to 40. We have been using a number line to help us find numbers – more and less to a number. We have also been looking at how many tens and ones make up numbers and number patterns.

In Science, we have learnt about  our senses and our body for science week. We liked the experiment about smell and how some smells are stronger than others.
In PE, we have been practising our control when throwing and catching.
In RE, we have been learning about the Easter Story. We have enjoyed acting out the story and sequencing it as well as looking for signs of the new life in spring. Here is year 1 retelling the 4 main points of the Easter story.
1. Jesus on the cross
2. Jesus in the tomb 
3.Jesus is missing
4. Jesus rises again

We have also learnt about a census and gathering information for different reasons and have learnt about the importance of forgiving people in heart smart.
In music we have been looking  at beats and how they follow a pattern. We followed 2,3 and 4 beat patterns.



Phonic Screening Check 

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England usually in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.

The check consists of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or alien words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn’t think the word is a mistake because it doesn’t make sense!).

There is more information for parents on the Oxford Owl Website.



Helpful Links

  TOPIC NAME Science History Geography Art and DT PSHE RE Computing Music PE MFL Literacy Numeracy
Year 1


Where We Live Plants Y1


Seasonal Change (Spring- outdoor learning))




Industrial Openshaw

Lime Square and the local area


Link to outdoor mapping


Lowry artwork

Lowry photographs

Lowry 3D representation


Study of a Winter/Spring Tree

Heartsmart – Too much selfie isn’t healthy


Heartsmart – Don’t rub it in, rub it out!

Jesus is special

Easter – celebrating new life and new beginnings. Linked with plants and Growth

Net IT- Online safety/using the internet


Sort IT –Handling Data (pictograms)






Our School





Gymnastics – Position and Direction

n/a Report on Lime square

Non-fiction sentences about Lowry

Recount of a trip

Directional language

Pictograms in computing

Timelines for history

Portraits and shape



Homework Leaflet-Homework leaflet

Class newsletter: Y1 Newsletter Spring 2021

Here is a document to show what Year 1 will look at in Autmn Term- Y1 spring topic web 2021