Year 1 S

Y1S Spring term News letter 2019


Important information this term:

  1. School trip to the Storybarn Tuesday 14th Maychildren should have received a letter about this.
  2. Volunteers- If anyone is free to volunteer to hear readers in class. Even an hour a week would be greatly appreciated. 


Teacher- Mrs Smith

Teaching Assistant Mrs McCombs

 Welcome back everyone! I am excited for the term ahead, I hope you are too smiley


I am always available on the door in the morning and after school if you need a chat or have any queries.


We have lots of exciting work planned, I will try to post as much information and photos as often as I can.

Literacy: At the moment we have really been enjoying reading different versions of The Three Little Pigs and have all performed and written our own versions of the story. The next book we will look at this term is My Brother, my Mum, My Dad by Anthony Browne, Other books studied will be, This is the Bear by Helen Craig and Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. Once we know the story well, we act it out, retell it, create a storymap, rewrite the story and create our own versions by changing the characters or setting. We have been working very hard on remembering finger spaces, full stops, captial letters, checking our sentences make sense and letter size. .

Maths- We are presently working on addition and subtraction facts to 20. We have started place value and are  looking at numbers to 50. We have been looking closely at what we already know and thinking about how we can explain this to our partner by trying to use our mathematical language we have learned to explain things in more detail. We try to speak in full sentences e.g.: Place Value 21- there are 2 tens and 1 one, altogther there is 21.

We are still looking closely at our number bonds to 10 and how we can use this knowledge to help us with our number bonds to 20.

The children love this game try it out!


Special People: The children will learn that there are special people in our lives who are there to help us. They will explore that on Sunday, in church, we meet people who do special jobs as we gather to celebrate the Good News of Jesus.

Meals: The children will talk about their experience and feelings about meals which are special to them. They will say what they wonder about why people share special meals and be encouraged to ask and respond to questions about meals which are special to them.

Change: The children will learn that we change and grow. They will also explore that Lent is a time to change in preparation for the celebration of Easter.


We will be learning Scottish dancing as part of learning about Burns Night and dragon and ribbon dancing linked to Chinese New Year. We will be making a Chinese drum, Chinese dragons, blossom trees and Chinese lanterns over the next few weeks.

The children will be encouraged to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

As part of our People who help us topic, our role play area has turned into a Mini Hospital! Thank you to Mr Wolstencroft who recently came in to talk to the children about his role as a nurse. The children enjoyed it and asked some interesting questions.



This term we are looking at things that are waterproof and things that are absorbent. You can help by continuing to encourage your child to ask questions about why things happen and how things work.

The children will also be observing and learning to care for the birds in our local area. We plan to make some bird feeders using pipe cleaners and Cherrios! We are also continuing or topic of seasons. We are currently exploring the season of winter.

Understanding the World: The children will be learning about the link between food and tradition, when we ask why do we have Pancake Tuesday? The children will also be beginning to understand about food from other cultures and will be sampling some Chinese foods for Chinese New Year.  We will be designing and making healthy pizza faces, tasting haggis and learning about Burns Night.


Homework- Homework  is given out every Friday. 

Reading Books- Reading books are changed once a week on a Friday. We have been working on reading with fluency and understanding. The children are encouraged to re-read the story again so that they can fully familiarise and understand what the text is about. Repetition of reading the same book several times, benefits the children, helping them to apply their reading skills. If you are unsure of what to do when they have finished their reading book please ask me and I am more than happy to assist you with this.

PE-  P.E. will take place on a Friday mornings with Coach Rose. Please ensure that P.E. bags to be in school at all times. Thank you.


Contact the School

St Edmunds & St Thomas' Primary School

Oxford Road
L22 8QF

Main Contact: Mrs Sandra Toner Mrs Annie Hoban

Tel: 0151 928 5586
[email protected]

SEN Contact: Mrs Louise Cooke

SEN Email: [email protected]

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