Welcome to Rowan Class - Year 1


                                             Class Teacher - Mrs Cleary 

                                             Teaching Assistant   - Mrs Phelps.  

                            PPA Cover - Mrs Kirk - Friday pm

                                                  Happy New Year! Welcome back.

                               Spring Term


Welcome back! We hope you all enjoyed the holiday and are ready for an exciting term of learning.


This term our topic is called 'Let's Explore'. We are very excited about using this topic to explore and investigate geographical and historical learning. We will be finding out about significant people from the past, such as Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. 




In English this half term, we will be focusing on Pirate stories, poems and songs. We will be learning to re tell  stories with actions before moving on to writing our own version. We will be acting out stories and hot seating  pirates.

The writing skills we will be working on this half term are:

  • Correct letter formation 
  • Capital letters and full stops
  • Finger spaces between words
  • Writing sentences using the 'Think it, say it, write it, check it' method. 

The Continuous Provision also provides many opportunities for reading and writing as well as group guided writing. Children will also be looking at labeling and writing lists as part of English to practise writing and reading key words as well as putting their phonics into practise.


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.

How can you help at home?

Listening to your child read every day

Read stories or information books with your child

Join and use the library

Help your child form letters correctly (are they starting and finishing the letter in the correct place?)


Use the following websites to develop phonics skills:





Mr Thorne Does Phonics – Ways of how to pronounce sounds



In Maths we will be learning  to do addition and subtraction, read and write numbers to 20 in numerals and words and also identify one more or one less from a given number. Children will learn how to 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. We will also be working on our fluency of the number bonds to 20. Careful counting is important in Year One and there will be lots of opportunities to practise. We will be making sure we can explain and reason about what we know and  will be taking lots of time to discuss and demonstrate our skills, as well as using those skills to develop new ones! We will be investigating and identifying 2D and 3D shapes.

How can you help?

Practise counting objects up to and past 20.

Practise making number bonds to 10

Practise counting in 2's, 5's and 10's

Practise writing numbers and checking they are the right way round!

 Bake using weighing scales

Some websites that have fun maths games are:





Science – 

This term we will be learning about humans and animals. As Scientists we will be conducting simple experiments.  We will also continue to look at seasonal changes.

How can you help?

Identify different animals

Talk about how different  kinds of animals. 

Go on a nature walk.

Talk about the seasons and weather.

Read non fiction books about different seasons.



PE - 

Our PE lessons will be on a Monday and Friday. We will be working with a PE coach on Friday and then practising our new skills on Monday. Ball skills will be our focus this half term. Please make sure that ALL items of uniform are labelled clearly, it’s very difficult to return missing clothes to a child when they are not named and clothes do occasionally get muddled after PE lessons.

If the weather is kind to us we will try and have our PE lessons outside. Please could you ensure your child has an appropriate outdoor P.E kit for the colder weather. (Please see your child's planner for the recommended outdoor P.E kit).



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! It is important that your child reads to you every day, for 5-10 minutes.



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.

Water bottles- The children need a named water bottle at school. They are able to refill their water bottle throughout the day. (Water only please.)


All Year 1 children are entitled to a free school meal! 

All year 1 can have free snack at break and a toasted bagel when they arrive at school in the morning.


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: