Welcome to Rowan Class - Year 1


                                             Class Teacher - Mrs Cleary 

                                             Teaching Assistant   - Miss Bull.  


    Support Assistants - Miss Shimbles/Mrs Sergeant. PPA Cover - Mrs Kirk - Friday pm


                                       Spring 2

 Welcome back! 

 We will be continuing with our topic of “Let's Explore” and developing and extending  our Geography skills. Sunny the Meerkat (don't worry,not a real meerkat!) will be visiting different children's homes and sending the class a postcard about his his adventures.We also hope to show Sunny around Denholme village.

Important dates:

Parents evenings: Tuesday 5th March and Wednesday 6th March.  Please book your appointment online.

World Book Day: Thursday 7th March - dress as your favourite book character.

Comic Relief: Friday 15th March - non-uniform (suggested donation of £1) plus nut free cake/bun sale. 



In English this half term, we will be focusing initially on the book 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravitt Throughout the term we will be orally learning the story. Writing character descriptions and writing fact files about Meerkats.

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 Post Office where children will be looking at writing lists, making designs, writing labels, sending letters and postcards. 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 on addition and subtraction and Place Value within 50. Children will represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20. Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs. Add and subtract one-digit and two digit numbers to 20, including zero. Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7= ꙱ –9.

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 and explore 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 team building 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: