Denholme Primary School

Happy Learners High Achievers

Minorca Mount, Denholme, Bradford. West Yorkshire BD13 4AY

01274 832123

Welcome to Sycamore Class - Year 1 


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Class Teacher - Mrs Pierce & Mrs Fox (Monday/Thursday pm)

Teaching Assistant   - Mrs Bidgway         

Support Staff - Miss Hadwen (am) Mrs Phelps (pm)

Hello and welcome to Sycamore class. Below an overview of what the children will be learning and experiencing during this half term.  We will be adding photographs and other important dates and information as we go so please keep checking in! 


Important information/dates:

Learning Together Day: Wednesday 22nd February @ 1.45pm

Home Learning

  • Spellings - given out on Friday and tested on the following Thursday
  • Homework - given out on Fridays to be handed in/completed by the following Wednesday
  • Reading books, planners and phonics folders - collected on Thursday, given out on Friday 
  • Library/sharing book - changed on Mondays

Please encourage your child to read every day - this doesn't have to be the whole book, just a few pages each day.  You will have your reading book for a week - please read it more than once for confidence and fluency.  Please make a note of when your child reads in their reading journal.  




We teach phonics and early reading using the 'Little Wandle' phonics scheme.  A phonics parents information evening was held in November 2022 but if you need any further information please look at the slides below or visit the Little Wandle parents webpage at:

To read the letter about the new phonics scheme and supporting your child at home, please click the link below:

Parent Letter - Little Wandle

This half terms learning in phonics:

Spring 2 Phonics


This half term we will continue to concentrate on letter formation, word and simple sentence writing.  Dependent on your child's starting point we will also be working on:

  1.  Using full stops and capital letters consistently in our writing  
  2. The presentation of our work - letter formation and size, finger spaces, staying on the line.
  3. Joining sentences with 'and'
  4. Vocabulary choice
  5. The use of adjectives
  6. Reading back and editing our work


Our focus texts this half term:

Page 1      The Messy Magpie: Twinkl Educational Publishing:  9781999783549: Books

The children will  also get lots of opportunities to write for different purposes in our classroom provision.


Each week the children read three times in their reading group, focussing on reading, fluency, expression and understanding.

The children listen to a story or part of the class novel every day.




This half term we will complete our topic on addition and subtraction to 20.  We will also begin a new unit on numbers to 50.


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 This half term we will be continuing our science topic on 'everyday materials'.  This half term we will be focusing on the properties of everyday materials.  The children will have lots of opportunities to develop their enquiry skills and scientific vocabulary.


What material is it? – St Michael's CE Primary School Blog 



Our history topic this term is called 'Explorers and Adventurers'.  This half term the children will be learning all about Neil Armstrong and why he is a significant person from history.   We will continue to use different sources to find out about the past and to develop our understanding of chronology.

Space Frontiers/Getty Images


Our PE day is Friday and the children will need to come to school in their PE kit.  This half term we will be developing our defensive and attacking skills in games.