Term 3 Overview

Topics This Term

  • From Tartan to Tropical
  • Number – Addition and subtraction to 20
  • The Weather and Seasonal Changes
  • Celebrating Differences (PSHE)
  • And lots of other things in R.E, DT and PE...


This term, we will be using Talk for Writing to help us make our writing even better! Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading it. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are then helped to write in the same style.

As part of our Tartan to Tropical topic, we will be learning about islands near and far away.

Design and Technology and Art

In D.T., we will design and make our very own islands.

This term there will also be an International Arts Week and we have chosen Scotland as our focus.


Spellings will be a focus for us in term 3. By the end of Year 1, it is expected that children are able to spell the days of the week, the numbers one to twenty as well as words which are known as common exception words. Common exception words are words which don't follow a typical spelling pattern. Here are a list of the common exception words for Year 1:

the, a, do, to, today, of, said, says, are, were, was, is, his, has, I, you, your, they, be, he, me, she, we, no, go, so, by, my, here, there, where, love, come, some, one, once, ask, friend, school, put, push, pull, full, house, our and others.

Reading at home

Please read with your child at home. Ask your child questions about what they have just read. It is incredibly helpful and can help them to understand texts better.

Please record when you read at home on their reading card with the date, title of the book and a comment (which can be as long or as short as you like!)

It is now the children’s responsibility to come in and change their own book if they have read it. Please remind them to do this as they come in in the morning.

Reading cards are collected in every week and stickers awarded if they have read at least 3 times. When they have 10 stickers, they are awarded a book of their choosing!

Hair, Jewellery and Nail Varnish

Shoulder length hair must be tied up for P.E. Please ensure that your child does not wear jewellery other than stud earrings.

Please check that your child removes all nail varnish and temporary tattoos before coming to school.

P.E. Kits

Please remember that PE and outdoor learning are on Wednesday afternoons.

Over the next two terms we will be having some of our P.E. lessons outside. Please ensure that your child has long jogging bottoms and a sports sweatshirt to keep them warm. Also, please make sure all the kit is clearly named.


Studies show that children need 9 hours sleep   every night. Thank you to those of you who make sure that your child is sleeping for long enough. It really makes a difference to their ability to concentrate in lessons.

Home Time

Please remember that, if you are unable to collect your child for any reason at the end of the day, you need to let the office or class teacher know who will be coming in your place. We are unable to send children home with other adults without your consent.

Thank you!
Year 1 Teaching Team