HoldbrookPrimary School and Nursery

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

I am Mrs Delpeche and am delighted to be teaching Year 1 this year.

In our class we are supported by Ms Connoloy.

This term our topics are Bright Lights Big City and Fire Fire.


We have P.E on a Tuesday .




In order to support your child at home with their learning please encourage them to: 

  • Be responsible readers and read every night.
  • Bring their book bag every day and write (with support) in their reading record.
  • Organise their belongings so that they are ready to learn.
  • Complete all the home learning tasks set.
  • Learn Year 1 statutory spelling lists.
  • Practise their real and alien words ready for the Phonics test.
  • Practise their lovely leads in their handwriting.
  • Talk about what they have been learning each day in school.
  • Practising quick recall of number facts such as doubles and halves, number bonds to 10/20 and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
  • Find out some facts about our topics below.

Spring Term Learning

This term in English we will be using the book ‘ The Queens Hat’ and the poem ' The Sound collector. We will also be writing a recount of our trip to the woods.  We will be using the Writing Rainbow to secure and build on our basic sentence structure (capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, making sense, using our sounds to spell). We will also have extra practise with our handwriting and spelling of Year 1 common exception words. In Reading we will continue to read individually and as a group, developing our Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining and Sequencing skills.


In Maths we will be focussing on counting and working with numbers up to 40 . We will be learning about addition and subtraction within 40. We will be focussing on identifying shapes and how to group them. We will be comparing length and height and looking at addition and subtraction word problems.


In Science we will be learning about animals and looking at a variety of familiar and less familiar animals, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will continue learning about Everyday Materials looking at the properties in particular. 

In Computing we will continue to use Purple Mash and the children will be learning about coding and how to think logical about scenarios. They will learn how to follow instructions and learn  what an algorithm is. 

Our History topic this term is The Great Fire of London. We will be learning all about Samuel Pepys and his diary

Our Geography topic this term will focus on locating London on a map and describing its location. We will begin to use compass points and directional language to navigate around London.


In Art and D.T  we will be exploring colour mixing through paint play . The children will have the opportunity to use a range of tools and work on different surfaces. They will create paintings using inspiration from Clarice Cliff and Jasper Johns.


We will be taking part in the PSHCE Curriculum and completing the topics: ‘ Dreams and Goals' and 'Healthy me.' 


In R.E we will be exploring the ideas of Jesus’ teaching and asking ‘ Was it always easy for Jesus to show friendship.'


In PE we will be focusing on invasion games and dance. We will continue to participate in team games and dances using simple movement patterns. 


In Music we will be learning the units ' In the Grove' and ' Round and Round.! 

The songs have a variety of different styles , Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk and Funk. The children will learn all of the different styles from the song and perform them.



All of the curriculum information can be found on the curriculum page on the website. 

If you would like to speak to me about your child’s learning please contact the office and I will be in contact. 

Please check the website regularly as we will be updating it with all of the wonderful learning that has been taking place. 


Recommended Websites


Recommended Websites:  

BBC Bitesize

Oxford Owl (reading Site)

BBC Phonics help

Phonics Play

Phonics games

Phonics Games

 Oak National Academy