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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 1 – The Grasshoppers

WELCOME TO YEAR 1 (Updated Spring 2018)

The Year 1 Team

Mrs Green is the class teacher Tuesday to Friday and Mrs Bush is our full time teaching assistant. Miss Crane and Mrs Daniels will teach Monday mornings and Monday afternoons respectively. If you are interested in volunteer work, hearing children read or helping to prepare resources or displays, we would welcome you to join our team!

Class information


Reading records and school reading books will normally be collected in on Mondays and new books sent home on Tuesdays (based on written comments in yellow books). Your child should bring their book bag to school every day (no rucksacks please) so that they can be heard regularly in school too. 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 mental oral sessions, we focus on: learning addition and subtraction facts to twenty; counting in steps of twos, fives and tens; and doubles and halves within twenty. The children practise recall of these number facts daily in class and are awarded bronze, silver and gold awards for their achievements. You are welcome to help us practise our number bonds every Monday morning from 8:55 to 9:10.


This term, PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays but, PE kits should be left in school in a named drawstring bag as timetables sometimes need to be altered. We will send them home at the end of term, unless they get dirty before then.

Forest School

We will be doing outdoor learning  throughout the year. This is an all weathers activity so please send appropriate clothing. Wellingtons can be stored in school. A reminder will be sent out nearer the time, together with a request for parent helpers!


Homework consists of daily reading, spellings, word pot/high frequency words and number bonds practice. 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 their enjoyment of reading. Please record this in your child’s yellow reading record book in the usual way.

Each term, we will also send home details of a longer homework project linked to our learning in class. Please let myself, or one of the Year 1 team, know if you would like any support or advice regarding homework.

Curriculum Overview (Spring Term)


We are learning to: recall number bond pairs to 20 and addition facts to at least 10; work out corresponding subtraction facts; recall ‘doubles’ and ‘halves’ within twenty; count in steps of twos, fives and tens. Our learning will cover:

  • Shape
  • Place value
  • Calculation
  • Measure - including time
  • Data handling
  • Known facts


  • 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


‘Animals, including humans’

  • identify and name common animals
  • identify and name common UK mammals
  • identify and compare common UK birds and reptiles
  • identify and compare common UK fish and amphibians
  • identify and sort herbivores, carnivores and omnivores
  • know how to take care of animals



  • Keeping safe online



  • use a recording device to capture sounds
  • use a drawing program
  • use a writing program
  • use a camera and/ digital video recorder

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



  • Sketching, drawing and painting
  • Primary and secondary colours
  • Famous artists - e.g. William Hogarth and Pieter Bruegel

Design Technology

Our DT projects will include:

  • making pop-up pirates (using 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 - ‘Rhythm In The Way We Walk’ (Reggae) and ‘Banana Rap’ (Hip Hop)

  • Learning about the interrelated dimensions of music and a focus on pitch


Building our vocabulary:

  • Greetings
  • Numbers to 10
  • Days of the week
  • Colours


(Through assemblies and Forest school)

‘Going for goals’

Aims to develop/promote:

  • self-awareness
  • goal-motivated behaviour

‘Good to be me’

Aims to develop/promote:

  • self-awareness
  • managing feelings
  • empathy


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


  • Gym – travelling, balancing, sequences
  • Multi-skills - balls, quoits, hoops, ropes, bats and balls
  • Dance - Pirate dance
  • Forest School

Forest School

  • Communication and team building games
  • Signs of Spring
  • Nature art
  • Sculpture

If you have any questions about the curriculum, or just want to come in and see what we've been doing, do let us know. We are available most days after all of the children have been collected. Overviews of curriculum to be covered each term can also be found in the attachments below. Our class gallery is updated most weeks too, so please take a look.

I look forward to meeting with you soon.

Mrs Green

and the Year 1 Team