The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Picture 1 Mrs Moore Teaching Assistant

School councillors

A warm welcome to our Year 1 page! If your child is in Year 1 please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed here: 

Classroom code of conduct


We feel it is very important that the children feel happy and safe in the classroom and have therefore co-created our own class rules. We have had lots of discussion about what makes a 'good listener' in class. The children thought about what our whole body should look like when we are listening. The five areas are:

  • Eyes looking
  • Ears listening
  • Lips closed
  • Hands still
  • Brain ready


Sharing responsibility and working as a team is also a big focus in Year 1, both in class and across the school. We also work together to become more independent and responsible for our own learning and development as individuals.




Our theme for this term is "The Seaside". This theme will be taught across a number of different curriculum areas, particularly in History and Geography. For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please click Curriculum map for more details.

We will continue to think about, discuss and share our experiences of 'Random Acts of Kindness' throughout the term. The children will become familiar with many different types of kindness and will develop their understanding of how being kind can have a positive impact not only on others, but on themselves too.

The children will take part in regular Brain Breaks which are designed to encourage mindfulness.



We teach cursive handwriting in school, forming letters in the style that can be found here. Every lower case letter starts on the line, shown by a red dot.


Maths No Problem

We teach maths using Maths No Problem. There are videos created for parents by the Maths No Problem team to help explain their teaching techniques.



Each week the children are given around 3-4 reading books to read at home. We aim to change the books every Thursday, although this may be flexible. It is important that you rehearse reading skills with your child regularly. Please try to hear your children read daily, recording it in their reading record book. Also practise the main phonics sounds from the book with your child at home as we are always learning more complex and alternative phonemes. Some children are beginning to read longer books and can develop their skill by discussing the book afterwards. Things to discuss can include the characters, setting and main events. Please ensure your child brings their book bag into school every day.


Each Friday the children will take home at least one piece of homework. This may include spellings or SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) work. The activity will either relate to the learning that has been taking place that week or will prepare them for the following week's activities. Please ensure you check your child’s book bag regularly to ensure you don’t miss any important letters or pieces of homework!


Homework is due back by Thursday, although please feel free to return your homework book earlier if you can! If you have any questions regarding homework, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Activities outside the classroom


We are very passionate about giving children plenty of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. We will be visiting the Wild Wood at regular intervals throughout the year and will also be going on educational visits in order to broaden our experiences and understanding of the topic we are covering.


We have PE every Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor) afternoon. Please remember to bring your PE kit each week and ensure everything is named!


Our Garden

The children will visit the allotment regularly and take turns to tend the beds. In the next few weeks we will be deciding together what to plant.


Classroom activities


Our topic this term is "The Seaside".

We have three exciting Science topics to investigate this term from the Developing Experts curriculum that will focus on our Scientific and technological understanding of the world around us.


Physics – everyday materials in which we will be investigating a variety of widely used materials; understand why some materials are chosen for specific tasks; distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. We will investigate objects that have been found on the seashore to research marine biodiversity and the impact man-made materials have on the environment. 

Chemistry – We will continue to observe how the seasons change throughout the year and the different types of weather associated with the summer. 

Biology – We will discover some amazing creatures that live in the ocean by handling real specimens.


In Art and Design Technology we will use the seaside theme of shells, rocks, pebbles, waves and marine wildlife to inspire our own ideas. Using elements of lines, shapes, textures to create artwork and sculptures. We will experiment with wax resist and collage to create underwater scenes using a variety of junk materials. We create a will lighthouse using paper Mache using the scientific terms we are learning in Science.

We are collecting small clean junk items throughout the term.


In Literacy the children will be developing their understanding of the difference between fiction and non-fiction books by reading and creating their own recounts, instructions and information texts based on research about the seaside and marine biodiversity. We will also be reading exciting fiction stories that link to our Empathy Lab theme of sharing and learning to be ‘empathy spotters’ by recognising how characters display empathy and emotions.

We also have a class Museum to display items found on the seashore which aims to inspire awe and wonder in the world around us.


Open classroom


Every Friday afternoon we have an 'Open Classroom' where you are most welcome to come into the classroom and look at our displays and look at your child's workbooks. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about any aspect of school life. If you ever have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact of the Year One TEAM!