The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

The Year One Team

The Year One Team 1 Mrs J. Williman
The Year One Team 2 Mrs E. Lane
The Year One Team 3 Mrs Moore
The Year One Team 4 Miss White
The Year One Team 5 Mrs Kurdynowska
The Year One Team 6 Miss Page
The Year One Team 7 Ms Pizzochero

School councillors

Isaac & Xi Xi are excited to be the school councilors for Year 1 this year!

The School Council meets weekly and discusses many important issues including how to care for  our school, our community and our world.

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Welcome to Year One!

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 discussed how we can all work together to promote this. We have had lots of discussion about what makes a 'good listener' and how we can look after ourselves, our classroom and each other.


We have co-created a 'Class Agreement' about how we will look after ourselves, our school and our learning.


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 "Around the World!". 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.

Below you will find our Curriculum Map for this term as well as this half term's Home Learning Grid. These will provide an insight into what you child will be learning about this term as well as providing ideas and opportunities for them to consolidate this learning at home. We are also attaching this week's timetable for your information.

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.


Maths No Problem

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



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

If you wish to practise your handwriting at home, you can log in to the Letter-join website on your ipad, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Home access instructions and a Home Guide can be found below.



We teach phonics using the "Storytime Phonics" scheme. This scheme teaches each sound using a high quality text and a 'caption action'. Please see below for a list of phase 3 and phase 5 sounds that we teach throughout the year.



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 you should be sent get a list of words to learn for spelling, please check your ParentMail. The children will have a spelling test each Friday where the words they have learnt will be put into a sentence.


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 us.


The children will also be given a Half Term Home Learning Grid. This is linked to our half termly theme. It gives families the opportunity to spend quality time together participating in a variety of activities linked to the theme. Please pick three different activities from the table to complete together at home. These can be recorded in the children's homework books or the children may decide to bring in their models or anything they may have cooked or baked to show the class.


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!


Classroom activities


Our topic this term is "Around the World!".

We will be following Barnaby Bear on his travels around the world and discussing how we travel to different places. We will be sharing experiences and memories of visiting different places both fa and wide! We will then be learning about Egypt a long time ago - thousands of years ago in fact! We will be visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum in November to compliment our learning in class.


We have some exciting Science topics to investigate this term from the Hamilton Trust curriculum that will focus on our Scientific and technological understanding of the world around us. Our first unit is called "Ourselves" and the second will be "Our Pets".


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!

Suggested Reading List for Year One Pupils

Please take a look at the link below. It will take you to the School Reading List website where you will see a list of books aimed at Year One children.