Year 1 – Overview for the Winter Terms 2019

Year 1 – Overview for the Winter Terms


‘How easy is it to be brave’

Our Topic this term gives us many opportunities to explore different areas of the curriculum. We will be begin by exploring what it means to be brave and thinking about the characteristics of bravery.  We will then research famous historic explorers and the children will use their enquiry skills to establish what happened and why.  We will explore the difference between life in a cold climate and life in Aldbourne as the children find out what life as an Inuit is like.  In Art we will use clay to create our own clay animals and will link this to science when we learn about the habitats that these animals live in. Also in science we will be investigating how arctic animals keep warm as well as predicting how materials will change when they are heated or cooled down. In PE we will begin to develop gymnastic skills as well as creating our own dances. As always, our classroom will be full of lots of resources that allow the children to develop their own interests within our topic.


Children will continue to learn different spellings for sounds that they already know and begin to make more informed choices in their writing.


We will be focussing this term on reading different journey stories.  We will begin to write at greater length as we begin to explore how we can create our own stories with beginnings, middles and ends.  We will also use our research on polar animals to create information booklets.


We will continue our work with addition and subtraction as we move to look at larger numbers as well as continuing to secure the key concepts of place value for numbers up to 50.

Important Dates

Friday 18th January – KS1 Explorer Day

Wednesday 20th March – Trip to Marwell Zoo (there will be a cost for this payable on Parentpay)

Tuesday 2nd April – Polar Exhibition 2-4pm.  Join us and members of the wider community as the children share with you everything they have learnt this term. 

 Other dates will all be listed on our class page on the website

Class Information


The most effective way to learn to read is to do it every day. Please continue to read with your child as much as possible.  Your child can read their “500 book”, their school reader or a book from home; it really doesn’t matter!

Phonics  has games to help your children practise their sounds at home.

Home Learning and Sound tins

As we begin to learn a new set of sounds, please can you provide a small tin so that we can send home sounds for you to look at with your child.  Please also make sure that home learning folders are in book bags every Friday so that these can be changed.

Forest Schools – Thursdays

Each session we like to take 2 parents with us to the forest to support the children in their play.  Please sign up in class if you are able to help.

Water Bottles and PE kit

Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school every day and that it is filled with water (not squash).

Please leave a full PE kit in school including trainers as we are now running every day.