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Tel: 0118 9713397

School contact:  Mrs Bev Sharp will answer any queries from parents and other members of the public

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Spring 2020 – Let’s Celebrate!


In Mai class we teach through a play-based curriculum for our Foundation children with the Year 1 curriculum taught alongside. We use a topic-based approach which is based on the children’s interests.

This term we are looking at the many ways that people celebrate special occasions all around the world and how food is usually an integral part of festivals and celebrations.


In Week One, we begin with a visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The children will be able to explore the exhibitions, as well as taking part in a workshop which focusses on the story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll. This story will lead us into how we celebrate birthdays and then onto festivals from around the world, including Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras.

Year 1 learning




This term we will be reading instructional/procedural texts including recipes of cakes and other foods.

We will also be reading stories and folk tales from around the world.


Daily guided reading will continue throughout Year 1 focussing on individual reading targets.



As well as focussing on instructional texts, the children will be learning about stories and story structure

We will continue to practise

  • Correct letter formation of all letters of the alphabet

  • Leaving spaces between words.

  • Building up our spelling bank of common exception words



​A big focus this term will be on spelling common, high frequency words correctly 

Sight words and spellings should be practised at home on a daily basis. ​



Now the children in Year One know all their sounds, this term the focus will be on alternative spellings of vowels.

Phonics will be taught to all children daily. Phonics tasks will be differentiated to ensure children are taught to their own ability.



​This term, we will be focussing on:

  • Place Value – [within 50] Multiples of 2, 5 and 10

  • Addition and Subtraction –[within 20]

  • Measurement: Length and height

  • Measurement: weight and volume



We will find out who wrote Alice in Wonderland and learn a little about his life and where he lived.



Through stories and photos and technology, the children will learn about other countries and how different cultures celebrate special events. We will explore geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of where we live and compare it to that of other countries We will also begin to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.


This term the children will be learning about materials and their properties. The children will be exploring the properties of different materials and creating different artefacts from different cultures including, paper Chinese envelopes and hats for Mardi Gras.



In art and design, we will look at art from other cultures. We will also be using different materials to make collage and montage.


D and T

As food is such an important part of festivals, we will be cooking celebratory food from around the world - cakes, cookies and special treats from China, Brazil and Russia will all be on the menu!



The children will be retelling stories and recording them in different ways using digital technology.


Foundation Stage learning


Communication and Language

Through stories and play, the children will develop and extend their vocabulary.

They will also be encouraged to join in with enquiry-based learning around festivals and celebrations and ask relevant questions about different cultural events.


The children will continue developing their early reading and writing skills through lots of play-based literacy games.

As we gain more confidence and fluency in our reading, we will continue to practise a wide range of reading strategies to develop our reading further.

We will continue to focus on these three questions when reading


  • Does it look right?

  • Does it sound right

  • Does it make sense?


The children are now using their phonic knowledge to write and we will be working on using sounds to letters to write simple sentences.



The children are now learning Phase 3 sounds. These are somewhat trickier than Phase 2, as there are several diagraphs and trigraphs to learn. The children should practice their phonics daily at home.

This term we will also be learning the names of the letters of the alphabet.

Explanations of phonics and games can be found at;



http://www.familylearning.org.uk/ on the side bar there is a link to phonics games.


http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ some free games others subscription based.


http://www.ictgames.com/ literacy and maths games


Number - Counting to 20 forwards and backwards from any given number. Number recognition to 10 then 20.

Addition of two groups to 10 and number bonds to 10 using a part, part whole model


Shape Space and Measure

Naming 2D and 3D shapes

We will explore length, mass and capacity through play in both the sand and water trays and using playdough.


Online maths games can be found at;










Understanding the world and Expressive Arts and Design

Using different techniques and materials the children will be learning about art from different cultures.

General class information



P.E kit should be in school every day to ensure they are available if necessary. P.E lessons will generally be on a Thursday.

Home Learning

Home learning tasks will be given out on a Tuesday and should be handed in on the following Monday.

All children in the class should read at home for 5 to 10 minutes on a daily basis.

All children will be given new high frequency words or spellings to learn each week. These should be practised every day.


​Forest School

We will aim to visit the woods every Wednesday morning during Spring term. Children need to wear old, play clothes on these days and welly boots or trainers are also required.



We welcome your support in the classroom so please let me know if you would like to help out in our class regularly, or as an occasional helper. We would love to have you.

Mai class - Spring term timetable

Mai class - Year 1 Maths Homework schedule

Homework Policy