Year 1

Welcome to Summer Term!


Welcome back to all of the parents  and children of Year 1!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter break. We have an exciting term planned with lots of learning and fun to be had and we can’t wait to get started!

I am Who I am

This year ‘BRW Sprit Strong’ continues to be our exciting over arching theme with  ‘I am Who I am’ as our scripture focus. Throughout the year we will encourage the children to be their authentic selves and respect each other as individuals.

Choose Courage Over Fear: How Will Your Spirit Grow This Term?

This term we will be thinking about how we can be strong and overcome challenges. The children will be encouraged to dream big and believe in themselves.

As always RE is at the heart of our learning. This term our RE topics are the following:

  • Holidays and Holy Days
    We will be focusing on key dates of importance in the liturgical calendar, understanding why these are important for Catholics
    and how we celebrate these days.
    • Saying Sorry
    We will be learning about the cycle of being truly sorry, asking for forgiveness and atoning.
    • Neighbours
    We will be learning about our wider parish communities around the world and our roles and responsibilities within the wider
    church community. We will focus on global issues affecting our wider community of faith.

Year 1 will begin their Geography learning by thinking about Clifton and exploring our local area. We will be learning about our local area and how our school and church were developed.

Our History learning will take us back to 1912 as we learn about life on the titanic. We will become historians and focus on different sources to see what we can discover! We will learn about why the Titanic was so important and what life on board was like in different classes. We will then turn our attention to how the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic sank and why more people didn’t survive the tragedy.

Our science lessons will focus on Growing Plants. We will carry out investigations on how plants grow and the ideal conditions for germination. We will also continue our work on seasons as we carry out some investigations surrounding the changing weather.

In our D&T sessions, we will be using the vegetables we have grown to become chefs and do some cooking. We will be tasting raw and cooked vegetables and giving our opinions before turning them into soup.

In PE we will be going swimming and also developing our gymnastics skills before we prepare ourselves for sports day!


In art, we will be focusing on the work of Stephen Wiltshire. Drawing our own landscapes and experimenting with painting in watercolour. We will visit Clifton Flower Park and take inspiration to create our own landscape pictures.

Our English lessons will begin by focusing on the book ‘The Day the
Crayons Quit’. Where we will work on writing our own persuasive text. We will then turn our attention to the Classic story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ We will retell the story and then create our own story inspired by this one. Our non-fiction writing will link to our Geography learning as we write an information text about Clifton.

During weekly computing sessions, we will continue to learn how to stay safe online and continue to develop our typing and word-processing skills. During our maths learning this term we will be focusing on: Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Position and Direction, Place Value to 100, Money and Time. We will also continue our weekly Arithmetic Challenge and daily fluency quizzes to boost our fluency
surrounding Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Our Becket music teachers will continue to join us as we deepen our learning about beat, rhythm and tempo.

There is so much exciting learning coming up this term! We cannot wait to get started!

How To Help At Home

Please ensure that your child always has their reading book and diary in school. Listen to your child read each day and leave a comment in your reading diary. We will also record when your child has taken part in a guided reading session in class.

Always have the correct PE kit in school. This term all children will need an indoor kit (white t shirt and black shorts) and an outdoor kit (warm joggers/leggings, sweatshirt or hoodie, trainers).

Complete weekly homework challenges. This will normally include a maths task, reading and spellings or tricky word reading. Spelling tests will be done every Thursday.

Uniform – Please ensure that every item of clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name. This makes returning belongings so much easier.

Useful Websites:

Phonics and reading activities in a fun and interactive way. 

A fun website to develop mathematical recall and fluency in addition and subtraction. regular homework will be set using this website.

Mathletics United Kingdom | Empowering Maths Learning Online

A fun website to help consolidate the learning done in school. Weekly homework will be set on this website.

Thank you for your continued help and support.