Christ Church C of E Primary School

Christ Church C of E Primary




Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter – Spring term 1


                                                                 January 19


Dear Parents,


A happy new year to you all.  We hope you enjoyed the Christmas break and would like to say thank you for all the gifts and cards you gave us before Christmas.  It was extremely generous of you and they were very much appreciated. 



This half term, we will continue to work on writing stories as part of the ‘Talk for Writing’ writing scheme. We will be focusing on describing settings.  In addition, we will be working on punctuation, spellings and handwriting.



We will be working on addition and subtraction and aim to know number bonds to 10/20 securely.   We are learning to read the following signs:   +   -   =  and  We will also be learning the two times tables.



In Science, our topic is Materials.  The children will be learning how to classify different materials, how to recognise the different properties of materials and magnetism.



The children will learn about life in the past.  They will learn about daily life in Victorian times and how life in Britain has changed since then.



In computing we will be learning about  E safety and how to use a simple paint programme.



In PE we will doing gymnastics.  Please could you help your child to practice tying ties and buttoning shirts.  It is also important that your child is able to turn their clothes the right way after they have taken them off.  All clothes must be labelled with your child’s name to avoid mix-ups.  Thank you.



We will be learning about Judaism this half term.




1. Spellings

These will continue to be given out every Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.


  1. Times tables

Please practice the times tables with you child at home until they know them perfectly in and out of order. 


3. Homework sheets

There will also be homework set on Fridays that should be returned to school by Tuesday of each week.  Please provide pencil for your child to use, and not felt tips, or pens.


4 Reading

Your child will bring home books from one of our reading schemes on a regular basis.  Please try to read with your child as often as possible.  Where reading is hesitant, books should be reread until reading is fluent.  Please sign your child’s reading record when you read with him or her as it lets us to monitor the amount of reading your child is doing.



Please encourage your child to hold a pencil correctly when writing (tripod grip).  This will help improve their handwriting in the long term.








                          Right handed                                           Left handed



Forest School

This will continue to take place on Friday afternoons.  Please ensure that your child has a warm coat, scarf, hat and gloves to take to Forest School every session.



Finally, if you put anything into your child’s book bag that needs to be handed in, can you please remind them that it is there and that they need to give it to their teachers.  Unfortunately, we don’t have time to go through each child’s book bag, and may miss important letters.


Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.


Mrs Walsh, Mrs Pringle and Mr Tooher.