Term 5 Overview

Our topic this term is How does your garden grow?

  • In maths: Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Position and Direction.
  • Science: Plants
  • PSHE: Relationships
  • DT: Food Technology

And lots of other interesting subjects such as Outdoor Learning, PE, Computing and Art.


 This term, we will be looking at a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. We will be using a traditional tale as our main text along with other stories about growing.

We will also be looking at a range of non-fiction texts through our science, art and food technology topics.

We will continue to work on our individual literacy targets such as using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.


In Science we will be looking closely at plants. We will be identifying and naming a variety of common wild and garden plants including deciduous and evergreen trees.

Also we will be identifying and describing the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants including trees.


Spellings will continue to be a focus for us in term 5. 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.


The Year One phonics screening is fast approaching so we will be re-capping all of the sounds taught this year.

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 two 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