Welcome to Rowan Class - Year 1


                                             Class Teacher - Mrs Cleary 

                                             Student Teacher - Mrs Brazier

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

    Support Assistants - Miss Shimbles/Mrs Sergeant.


Our Class Assembly will be on Wednesday 13th February. We hope you will be able to come and see our super work.



 Happy New Year! We  hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday and are feeling refreshed and ready for a new half term. Our topic this term is “Let's Explore”. 


We will be learning about famous pirates and explorers. We will also be learning about the day to day life of a pirate and where in the world pirates were/are by using globes /atlases. We will also name and locate the world's seven continents and five oceans.



In English this half term, we will be focusing 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 also look at some poetry and write our own poems.

We will continue to focus on our writing skills:

  • Letter formation.
  • 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.Spellings will be given and checked on different days. Please check your child's planner.

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 focusing addition and subtraction. Children will find a missing part from the whole and other part. Children will use a part whole model  and sentence scaffolds to help them complete subtractions. We will also be looking at 2D and 3D shapes.


Science – This term we will be learning about animals including humans. We will identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.We will investigate which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also continue to observe seasonal changes and observe and describe the weather associated with the seasons.


PE - 

Our PE lessons will be on a Tuesday and Friday. We will be working with a PE coach on developing hockey skills on Friday and then practising our new skills on Tuesday. Please could you make sure that your child's full PE kit is at school and is fully labelled with their name. If the weather is kind to us we will try and have our PE lessons outside . 



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 which can be found in the front of their planner.


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.





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: