Term 4 Overview

Our topic this term is Time Travellers

  • In maths: Place Value, Measuring weight and volume
  • Science: The Weather and Seasonal Changes
  • PSHE: Healthy Me
  • And lots of other things in History, Art and PE…


This term, we will be using lots more 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 Time Travellers topic, we will be learning about Victorians and toys from the past.

We will be looking at a wide range of non-fiction texts too.


In History, we will be looking at toys in the past and comparing them to toys today. We would like to invite some parents or grandparents to come and talk to the children about the toys they had when they were younger. So if you feel you would like to help us with this please let your child’s teacher know!
This term there will also be a year group visit to Michelham Priory next month.


Spellings will continue to be a focus for us in term 4. 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!

Well done to those children who have received a book from school so far. Keep up the good work!

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 alternate Wednesday afternoons.
Please check the window by your child’s classroom door for reminders of when it is their turn for outdoor learning.
Over the next three terms we will be having some more 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 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