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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 1 – Saint Joseph

Happy New Year!

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Spring Term

Welcome to the Year One web page. We hope you had a lovely family time over Christmas and New Year! We have enjoyed a little rest but are now focused on the term ahead and looking forward to the next phase of learning we have planned for your children.

Children - During this special time, we will continue to be together in our Year One bubble. We will learn, play and eat together but we won't be able to visit other parts of the school or see siblings and friends from other classes. We will keep safe by washing our hands lots throughout the day and remembering to cough or sneeze into our elbows. We will try to keep a social distance from each other whenever we can and the adults may wear face masks if they are giving first aid or working very closely with you. Lessons will be just as fun as usual and similar to what they were before but we may use our resources differently. We are doing this to keep each other, our families and our friends safe.

Parents - Please find below useful updated information to help your child's learning.

The Year One Team

Ms Green continues as the Class Teacher Tuesday to Friday and Mrs Walker continues to teach the class every Monday. Mrs Cappa, Mrs Nyarko and Ms Doinik assist in class every day. Mrs Szabo also works in Year One (on Friday afternoons) as part of the Year One Bubble.

Class Information

Class information is shared and updated regularly via our Class Dojo page. Please feel free to send a message via Class Dojo or speak to a member of the team if you have anything you would like to ask or discuss.

These are a few things we would like you to know about Year One:


P.E. is timetabled on Tuesdays and Fridays. Mr Harris is a professional Sports Coach from Signature Sports. He teaches P.E. every Friday afternoon. On Tuesdays and Fridays, your child will need to wear their P.E. kits into school (white shorts, red polo top and black plimsolls). It is really important that all pieces of uniform, not just P.E. kits but school jumpers etc. too, are labelled clearly with your child's name. For your child's safety it is also highly important that long hair is tied back and that no earrings are worn on P.E. days.  If for any reason earrings cannot be removed, you will need to provide your child with tape or plasters that can cover them instead. 

Children should bring a water bottle to school every day. Juice/squash is NOT allowed in class.


Homework consists of:

  • daily reading
  • weekly spellings
  • word pot/high frequency words practice
  • number bonds practice

Each term, we will also send home details of a longer homework project linked to our learning in class. For homework this term, we would love it if you could work with your child to find out about an aspect of pirate life - see file attached below. 

Please let Ms Green or one of the Year One team know if you would like any support or advice regarding homework.


Your child's yellow reading record and school reading books will be collected in, checked and changed once a week (based on written comments in yellow books). We are currently collecting in books on a Friday and issuing new books on a Monday, allowing 72 hours between contacts. However, your child should bring their book bag to school every day (no rucksacks please as storage space is limited) so that they can be heard read regularly in school too.

Children are encouraged to reread their books to build fluency and to talk about their reading to improve comprehension skills. Children may then go on to read their own books to help foster an enjoyment of reading. Please record this in your child’s yellow reading record book in the usual way. A formal 'book check' is made at the end of each short term but your child may also move book levels as part of our ongoing assessments.


In maths, we have a focus on learning number bonds to twenty and counting in steps of twos, fives and tens. The children practise recall of these number facts daily in class and are awarded bronze, silver and gold awards for their achievements. You can support your child at home to practise their number bond addition and subtraction facts to five, and then ten (see file attachment below).

Outdoor Learning

We will be doing Forest School and outdoor learning in some areas of the curriculum. A message will be sent via Class Dojo giving notice when additional outdoor clothing is required but suitable warm and/or waterproof coats should be worn every day throughout the Autumn Term. Wellingtons can be stored on the pegs provided outside the classroom.



We are learning to: recall number bond pairs to 20 and addition facts to at least 10; work out corresponding subtraction facts; count in steps of twos, fives and tens.

Our learning will cover:

  • Place Value - read, write and order numbers to 50
  • Calculation - Addition and subtraction (within 20)
  • Multiplication and division
  • Measures
  • Known facts (number bonds to 20 and counting in twos, tens and fives)


  • Patterned Poetry - Winter Walk by Wendy Larmont
  • Traditional Tale - ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’
  • Persuasive writing - ‘Letter To The Mayor’
  • Book Week Activities
  • Losing Tale - ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes
  • Explanation text – ‘Why Dogger Got Lost’
  • Performance poetry – ‘Mrs Sprockett’s Strange Machine’ by Michaela Morgan


Identifying & Growing Plants

  • Identify and describe a range of common plants and trees
  • Identify and describe the parts of a plant
  • Make observations of growing plants
  • Understand that different seeds and bulbs grow into different plants
  • Explain how seeds are dispersed
  • Investigate conditions that affect germination


  • E-Safety recap
  • Lego builders - creating simple instructions on the computer
  • Maze Explorers - using, creating and debugging algorithms on the computer
  • Animated Story Books - making multimedia stories using 2Create

Creative Topic Work

 ‘Pirates and Pioneers’

The children will learn about two famous historical figures with links to Bristol - Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Blackbeard the pirate! They will find out about aspects of their lives and key developments during their lifetimes, including:

  • ‘The Golden Age of Piracy’
  • What it was like to live aboard a pirate ship
  • Victorian transport and engineering
  • The building of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol


‘Exploring Texture’

  • Collage
  • Rubbings
  • Prints & patterns

Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh (Seascapes)

Design Technology

Our DT projects will include:

  • making pop-up pirates (levers)
  • making pirate biscuits (food technology)
  • building bridges (joining and strengthening materials)


Charanga - ‘In The Groove’

  • Different styles of music (eg. Blues, Baroque, Latin)

Charanga - ‘Round And Round’

 (A Bossa Nova Latin Style)

  • The interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm and pitch)


Building our vocabulary:

  • Participate in a short exchange of greetings
  • Understand and sequence the numbers 0 to 10
  • Follow simple classroom commands


 Dreams & Goals

  • My Treasure Chest of Success
  • Steps to Goals
  • Achieving Together
  • Stretchy Learning
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Celebrating My Success

Healthy Me

  • Being Healthy
  • Healthy Choices
  • Clean and Healthy
  • Medicine Safety
  • Road Safety
  • Happy Healthy Me


Families and celebrations:

  • Reflecting on belonging to a family
  • Our church family
  • God is Our Father in heaven
  • Baptism


Following Jesus:

  • Reflect on how we choose friends
  • How Jesus chose his friends
  • Jesus the storyteller


Preparing for Easter

PE (Term 3)

Games - Send & Return

  • Send an object with increased confidence using hand or bat
  • Move towards a moving ball to return
  • Send and return a variety of balls

Games - Run Jump Throw

  • Begin to link running and jumping
  • Learn and refine a range of running which includes varying pathways and speeds
  • Develop throwing techniques to send objects over long distances

PE (Term 4)

Games - Attack Defend Shoot

  • Recognise rules and apply them in cooperative and competitive games
  • Use and apply simple strategies for invasion games


  • Build simple movement patterns from given actions
  • Compose and link patterns to make simple movement phrases
  • Respond appropriately to supporting concepts such as canon and levels

Forest School

  • Communication and team building games
  • Signs of Spring
  • Identifying trees and birds
  • Nature art including Sculpture


If you have any questions about the curriculum do let us know. We can be contacted directly via ‘messages’ on Class Dojo. Class Dojo is the main communication platform for all things relating to Year One so please check our Class Story regularly for updates, photos and weekly highlights. Overviews of the curriculum to be covered each term can also be found in the attachments below.

We look forward to seeing you soon and, in the future, once again welcoming you into school to join in some of the activities we have planned for your children. Until then, take care and stay safe.

Warm regards,

Ms Green, Mrs Walker

and the Year One Team