Welcome to Rowan Class - Year 1


                                             Class Teacher - Mrs Cleary 

                                            Student Teacher- Mr Ali                     

    Teaching Assistant - Miss Bull.  PPA Cover - Mrs Kirk - Friday pm                                             Spring 2 




           Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely holiday.

           We are looking forward to lots of fun filled learning

           this half term.


 This half term our topic is Journeys and Adventure.  

We will be learning about famous pirates and explorers such as Blackbeard, Anne Bonny and Christopher Columbus. We will also be learning about the day to day life of a pirate and where in the world pirates went.We will be using globes and atlases. We will also name and locate the world's seven continents and five oceans.



In English this half term, we will be focussing initially on the book 'The Night Pirates' by Peter Harris. Throughout the term we will be orally learning the story. Writing character descriptions and writing fact files.

We will continue to focus on our writing skills:

  • Letter formation using cursive writing.
  • Capital letters and full stops.
  • Finger spaces between words. 
  • Applying our phonic knowledge.
  • Writing sentences using the 'Think it, say it, write it, check it' method.

The Continuous Provision also provides many opportunities for reading, writing as well as developing speaking and listening skills. Our role play area will be a 'Pirate ship' where children will be looking at writing lists, making designs, writing labels, making maps.

Thank you to parents who are continually supporting their children with reading and spellings, it really does make a huge difference.



In maths we will be focussing on;

Place Value, counting to fifty, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number. Counting in multiples of twos, fives and tens. Count, read and write numbers to 50 in numerals and words. Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations  including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least. Given a number, identify one more or one less.

Addition and Subtraction, represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts (within 50) Add and subtract one digit numbers (to 50), including zero. Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs. Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.

Measurement: length, height, weight and volume.


This half term we will continue learning about Materials. We will look at naming and describing a variety of different everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal,water and rock. We will sort and group materials based on what they are like. We will also continue to look at seasonal changes.




Our PE lessons will be on a Tuesday and Friday. We will be working with a PE coach on Friday and then practising our new skills on Tuesday. Please could you make sure that your child's PE kit is at school and is fully labelled with their name. This half term we will be learning gymnastic skills.



Please use Bug Club if you have access to the internet. It is a fabulous resource and we have been encouraging the children to use it at home. Your child's log in is at the front of their planner.


We will listen to your child read and change their book on the day they do their spelling test (see your child's planner)  and at other points in the week too, so please make sure they have their reading book with them every day. If you need any help with ideas and techniques for how best to support your child with reading at home please don't hesitate to ask. Please record that you have heard your child read in their planner and let us know of anything amazing that your child does or says about their books! 



Homework will be spellings based as it is important to help your child become more fluent in reading and writing. Please check your child's planner for the day they have their spellings checked and given. We also ask that you are supporting your child to practise their learn by heart targets for maths.  


Celebration Assembly

 Each week we select one or two children who we feel deserve recognition for their efforts in class. These children are rewarded with a special mention in our Friday assembly where they are presented with a certificate. We will send a letter home early in the week if your child is receiving a special mention. Please check your child's reading bag regularly for any letters. We will try and inform you in person where possible and I know the children are keen to tell you if they receive one of these letters! They are always extremely proud to receive these and the occasion is made all the more special if parents and family are able to attend.


Any other business!


At the end of the school day, if you will not be collecting your child personally, please inform the class teacher or the school office of the named adult who will be collecting your child. Children will not be allowed to go without prior notification. This is an important safety issue and is in place to keep all our children safe. Thank you for your co-operation.

Please send your child with a named water bottle. Water only please.


All year 1 have free snack.

Tuck shop is open every break time if children want to visit. Please send money in a named envelope.

Toast 15p

Yogurt 30p

Fruit 20p


There are some useful websites which we use to provide children with resources to support their learning.  We also use interactive websites, particularly in maths and phonics to help children practise skills they have learnt.  Here are links to some that are popular: