Class 1 Spring Term

Dear Class 1 Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a splendid 2020!

Our topic for Terms 3 and 4 is ‘Let It Snow; Let It Grow’. In Term 3, we will be focusing our learning on Winter and the Polar Regions. We will be learning about what makes Winter wintery; the similarities and differences between seasons with a particular focus on weather; where, how and why some areas of the world are very hot and others extremely cold; comparing ‘who’ and ‘what’ can survive in these cold regions; as well as taking part in experiments involving melting and freezing ice.


Children will continue to have opportunities to develop their vocabulary through new and exciting themed role-plays, as well as a variety of speaking and listening activities. We will focus on a number of different fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts to base our literacy work on, including:

  • Lost and Found
  • Emperor’s Egg
  • Polar Animals
  • Non-fiction Polar Bears
  • Non-Fiction Penguins
  • Snow Queen
  • Rainbow Bear
  • Jack And Beanstalk
  • A Seed in Need
  • Spring Poems well as many others!

Our writing focus for Reception is to gain confidence to use their phonics to write simple words and sentences independently. In phonics, Reception will be revisiting Phase 2 sounds and will be introduced to Phase 3. Year 1’s writing focus will be on developing their understanding and use of adjectives to improve description.


Through the use of practical maths sessions, in which we will promote the use of a wide range of concrete apparatus, the children will be covering the following objectives:

Reception Objectives


  • Estimates how many objects they can see and checks by counting them.
  • In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.
  • Records, using marks that they can interpret and explain.
  • Begins to identify own mathematical problems based on own interests and fascinations.

Shape, Space and Measures

  • Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and mathematical terms to describe shapes.
  • Selects a particular named shape.
  • Orders two or three items by length or height.
  • Orders two items by weight or capacity.
  • Uses everyday language related to time.

Year 1 Objectives

Number - Place Value:

  • Describe the place value of numbers to 20.
  • Compare and order numbers.

Number - Addition and Subtraction:

  • Add by counting on.
  • Find and make number bonds.
  • Add by making 10.
  • Subtract (not crossing 10).
  • Subtract (crossing 10).
  • Explore addition and subtraction fact families.
  • Compare number sentences.

Shape, Space and Measure - Time

  • Order the days of the week.
  • Order the months of the year.

Your child has a log-in for this online Maths website. Please encourage them to use this as regularly as possible at home to help develop their maths skills. This was very popular last year and the children loved receiving certificates for points earned!

Year 1 Spellings

We will continue to send a list of the spellings for the children to practise at home. Your child will also practise their spellings in school and they will be expected to write the words in a dictated sentence and spell them correctly in their independent writing.




We have two PE sessions a week. These take place on a Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit (fully named) in school for each session.

Forest School

Forest school will continue run on a Monday afternoon. The children will attend fortnightly, please see the new rota for details of the dates for your child to attend.

Additional parents will also be required in order for these sessions to run. If you are interested in helping please speak to a member of the Class 1 team or write your name on the sign-up sheet (outside area).

For Forest School your child will need the following items.

  • Wellington boots
  • Long sleeved top
  • Trousers (not jeans)
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof trousers (if possible)

Please be aware that the children will go out whatever the weather and are likely to get wet and muddy so do not send them with their best clothes.

Parent Voice

Parent voice is extremely important to us and we love to hear what your child is getting up to at home. Please continue to complete ‘Wow’ slips or jot down any achievements that we should know about. The children love sharing their ‘wow’ certificates with one another.


At Blackboys we pride ourselves on making sure that our children take pride in their appearance as well as in their behaviour and learning. Thank you for ensuring that your child is looking clean and smart for school each day. We do ask that you double check that your child’s uniform, including coat/lunch box, is clearly labelled with their name.

9:05-9:30 Monday morning - share a book!!

In order to promote a love of reading our YR children stay in the classroom during assembly time on a Monday for our class ‘share a book’ session. This is a special time for parents to come into the class and read a story to a pair or small group of children. Hearing different people reading is extremely valuable to the children because as adults we all read with different expression, tone and intonation.

Parent Helpers

If you (or a Grandparent) can spare any time each week to come and help in Class 1 we would be extremely appreciative as it is most beneficial to the children’s learning. Please let me know if this is something you would be able to do - we can be flexible with days and times.


With our change in topic and the nature of learning environment evolving as your children grow and develop there are a number of resources that we would find very useful. If you have any of these which you are able to lend or give to us we would be most appreciative. If you would like it returned please label with your child’s name. Many thanks in advance!

  • Artic and Antarctic animals
  • Zigzag clothes airer
  • Clothes pegs
  • Baskets
  • Cardboards tubes
  • Bottle lids
  • Junk model materials
  • Tapes – Sellotape, masking tape, brown tape etc

Finally, if you ever have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to email us at:

Very Best Wishes,

Mrs Booth, Mrs Nobes, Miss Butler and the Class 1 team


As was stressed in September, in Class 1 we are passionate about reading! Firstly, we would like to thank you for the support you have shown with regard your child’s reading. We do appreciate how busy life can be and know that it can sometimes be a struggle to fit everything in. In school, we will be continuing to read daily with the children. One some days this will be 1:1 but every day your child will be involved in hearing several shared stories.

Please continue to support us by also reading for a minimum of 10-15 minutes every day at home.  Your child will have a reading book with words you will need to encourage them to sound out simple decodable words and help them with tricky words. Re-reading the text over a number of days will help them to remember those tricky words and support building their sight vocabulary. For Y1 please support your child to read their book but also remember to discuss it. You could share the meaning of unfamiliar words; ask questions about the characters; get your child to pick out their favourite words; or re-tell the story together. The most important thing to do is to make this reading time fun and enjoyable! Thank you for your support with this area of your child’s learning.

In the reading record please write one comment for each day that you read. When 6 pages of the Reading Diary have been completed then a reading certificate will be given to your child during our weekly Thursday assembly. We will also be checking reading records for these certificates on Thursdays so in order to avoid disappointment with delayed certificates please be sure that your child’s reading record is in school.