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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 1 – The Grasshoppers

WELCOME TO YEAR 1 (Updated Summer 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. We are also lucky to have a PGCE Student, Miss Shorney, who will be assisting and teaching in class until the end of June.

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 Friday 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, spelling/phonics practice, 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 (Summer Term)


We are learning to: read, write and order numbers to 100; add/subtract a two digit number and a single digit number; recall number bond pairs and corresponding subtraction facts to twenty; 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


  • Fiction (tale of fear/warning tale) - ‘Willy the Wizard’ by Anthony Browne
  • Nonfiction (recount/report)– 'Willy's Match Report'
  • Classic poetry – 'The Cupboard' by Walter De La Mare
  • Fiction (tale of defeating a monster) - ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr
  • Nonfiction (instructions) – 'How To Prepare Tea For A Tiger'
  • Poetry – 'My Friend' by Emily Hearn


‘My Days, My Weather, My Year’

  • observe changes across the four seasons
  • observe and describe weather associated with the seasons
  • explore 'day and night'
  • observe and describe how day length varies throughout the seasons


  • E-safety - Keeping safe online
  • Handling Data

    - Creating pictograms

    - Branching databases


Creative Topic Work

(Includes Art/DT/Geography)


This terms topic takes us around the world with Barnaby Bear. We will learn about contrasting places: where they are in the world; interesting facts and features; and compare their climates. Our learning journey will take us through five different continents (with the opportunity to research North or South America through this term's creative project homework).


We will continue to use a variety of materials and techniques to produce artwork linked to our topic:

  • Famous artist - Leonardo Da Vinci (Mona Lisa)
  • African map collage
  • Hot and cold colours
  • Aboriginal paintings

Design Technology

Our DT projects will include:

  • using 'levers and sliders' in moving pictures
  • making fruit kebabs
  • making snow shoes for Barnaby Bear


Charanga Music – ‘Round and Round’

  • Learning about the interrelated dimensions of music through: games, singing, playing instruments, improvising
  • Latin bossa nova, film music, big band jazz, and latin fusion
  • Famous composers
  • Simple note reading


Building our vocabulary:

  • Greetings
  • Numbers
  • Days of the week
  • Colours
  • My family
  • My school


 (Through assemblies and Forest school)


Aims to develop children’s:

  • self-awareness
  • managing feelings
  • empathy


Focus on developing children's knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning:

  • motivation
  • social skills
  • managing feelings


We will continue to learn about Jesus and his teaching through the themes:


  • To know that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter and reflect on what that means for us
  • Learn about the events following Jesus’s resurrection and how Jesus helped the disciples to understand He had risen


  • Explore the concept of a miracle
  • Explore stories of how Jesus used his great power to help people
  • Reflect upon how we can show our trust in Jesus


  • Games – Football; striking and fielding games (rules and teams)
  • Athletics - Track and field (Sports Day preparation)

Forest School

  • Communication and team building games
  • Signs of Summer
  • 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