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Whales (Y1)

Welcome to the Whale Class







Welcome to the Whale class with Mrs Medley and Mrs Jarvis. This page is for our parents and children to use together. It includes information about what Y1 are learning, key dates, homework and helpful websites. This year our main aims are: to develop self-confidence in our learning (even when we make mistakes), to become resilient learners who never give up when faced with a challenge, and to become more independent in the classroom.

Please click here to download the Y1 Topic Long Term Plan

Please click here to download the Y1 Maths Long Term Plan

Please click here to download the Y1 Writing Standards 


Spring Term

Spring 1




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Our topic for Spring 1 is Superheroes!

Key Vocabulary

Superhero, wanted, taste, smell, touch, hear, see, scissors, handle, cut, tear, materials, rough, shiny, smooth, bones, skull, balanced diet, taste buds, blood, brain, stomach, heart, face, lungs, teeth, skin, five senses, muscles, exercise,

Learning what these words mean will help you during this topic.

For the first half of Spring Term, we will be focusing on the topic 'Superheroes' and will be looking at people who help us. Each week we will take a different story off the bookshelf and base our learning around it. The stories will include ‘Supertato’, ‘Supertato, Evil Pea Rules’, ‘Supertato, Veggies assemble’, ‘Supertato, Carnival catastro-pea’ and many more...

In Literacy, we will be writing instructions on how to make a Supertato, a wanted poster to catch the Evil Pea, and a fact file about Florence Nightingale. We will be thinking about the features of each genre of writing.

In Maths, we will be looking at place value up to 20, counting 1 more and 1 less than up to 20, practising using number lines, comparing and ordering numbers to 20, addition and subtraction within 20 and missing number problems.

In Science, we will be learning about the human body. The children will begin to understand what each part of the human body does. They will be naming the five senses and linking a body part to each of the five senses.

In History, we will be looking at who Florence Nightingale was and comparing her to Edith Cavell. The children will be focussing on important events in Florence Nightingale’s life in order to create a timeline of events in chronological order. We will also compare what hospitals looked like before and after the work of Florence Nightingale.

In Art, we will be looking at the artist Wassily Kandinsky. The children will try to recreate Kandinsky’s concentric circles. We will also be learning to mix colours in order to create new colours. The children will then create a piece of art inspired by the work of Wassily Kandinsky linked to our superhero topic.

In RSHE, the children will look at feelings and understanding other people’s feelings. The children will also be recapping ways to keep their bodies healthy, such as; diet, exercise and personal hygiene.

In Computing, the children will be focusing on labelling, matching and putting into groups. They will also be using labels to describe objects. Furthermore, the children will be comparing groups and recording the data.

Throughout the topic we will complete lots of exciting activities, including visiting Eureka! We will be celebrating Chinese New Year and World Religion Day. Parents will also be invited into school to take part in a craft afternoon where you will be able to support your child with their artwork.

Spring 2


Our topic for Spring 2 is ‘Into the Toy Box’


Key Vocabulary

Wood, natural, rock, smooth, bendy, clay, transparent, ceramic, manmade, glass, plastic, metal, reflective, waterproof, past, present, time, picnic, invitation, estimating, comparing, length, mass, capacity, shading, pressure, properties

Learning what these words mean will help you during this topic.


For the second half of Spring Term, we will be focusing on the topic 'Into the Toy Box' and will be looking at toys from the past and present and how they have changed over time. Each week we will take a different story off the bookshelf and base our learning around it. The stories will include ‘That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown’, ‘The Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ and ‘Toy Story’ and many more…

In Literacy, we will be writing a recount of our trip, retelling a story, writing a fact file and creating a ‘Guess Who?’ for our favourite toy and writing an invitation to a teddy bears picnic.

In Maths, we will be thinking about place value and counting to 50, counting in 10s, estimating on a number line, comparing lengths and heights, measuring and comparing mass and capacity. We will also be partitioning 10s and 1s and learning key maths vocabulary.

In Science, we will be investigating and naming materials and objects. We will be finding out the properties of different materials and grouping them accordingly. The children will find out which materials are waterproof.

In Art, we will be practising drawing linked to our toy topic. The children will learn different techniques such as shading, pencil strokes and how to apply pressure when needed with their pencil.

In ICT, the children will be focusing on technology in our classroom and around us. The children will become more familiar with the term technology. They will be able to classify what is and is not technology. They will also develop mouse and keyboard skills. The children will learn how to use a computer responsibly and safely.

In Religious Education, the children will be focusing on Shrove Tuesday and why this is important to Christians. We will also be looking at how we should care for others and the world and why it matters. Furthermore, children will understand what it means to belong to a faith community.

Through the topic we will complete lots of exciting activities, including celebrating Shrove Tuesday, World Book Day, International Whale Day, Comic Relief and Easter. The children will have a visit in school linked to toys from the past. We will be inviting you into school for our showcase.

Important Information

Our P.E days are Tuesday and Thursdays. Please make sure your child has the correct P.E kit in school on these days and ensure that it is labelled with their name and class.

Please ensure your child’s planner is in school every day, so we are able to tell you about your child’s school learning and what they can be working on at home.

Spellings will be tested every Friday. New spellings will be stuck in the planners after each spelling test.

Phonics reading books will be changed on Fridays.


Dates for your diary

Creative Afternoon-25th January

Eureka Trip-Date TBC

World Book Day-Thursday 7th March

Comic Relief/ Red Nose Day-15th March

World Whale Day-Dress up on Monday 19th February in blue / whale-themed clothes.

Parent showcase Whales-21st March

In school visit- Clifton Park Museum or Weston Park Museum-Date TBC.

Home Learning

Each half term we will send out a home learning bingo grid with tasks for you to complete at home. Here are the Spring challenges for you to try. 


       Spring 1 Learning Grid                                                                        Spring 2 Leaning Grid





Other home learning activities for Spring Term are -

  • Read at home each night.
  • Practise the class spellings.
  • Practise reading and writing the tricky words and Year 1 common exception words.
  • Practise phonics - there are some great free games and activities on the Phonics Play website.
  • Practise counting forwards and backwards to 20
  • Recap all number bonds to 10.