Good Afternoon Class 1 and a Happy New Year to you all!

It feels somewhat strange wishing you all a Happy New Year considering that it is already Friday and I have wished you all a Happy New Year in person at school; however this is the first blog of 2023 and I may not have seen all of your parents/guardians yet. I hope that you have all have an amazing Christmas break and that Father Christmas made a special visit to you. I must send my thanks for the wonderful gifts that you sent the year 1 team; I must send my apologies that I haven’t sent thank you cards yet; I had a world wind of a Christmas break; getting married, Christmas festivities and then a honeymoon crammed into 2 weeks has left me a little behind on thank you cards; but I aim to get them out to you all ASAP!

For the spring term, we have a very exciting theme of; Up, Up and Away! Over the spring term our learning will be driven by the History of Flight. Here is a brief overview of our intended learning journey up to Easter.

History: In History we will be learning all about the history of flight from the Wright Brothers to Amy Johnson to Neil Armstrong and everything in between

Geography: A focus on the UK; primarily the four countries and capital cities.

Science: Everyday Materials.

Art: Christopher Corr and his use of colour within painting.

DT: Vehicles – Modes of Transport for flight.

Music: We will commence the term by completing the In the Groove Unit;

which explores a range of different musical styles including: Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk and Funk. Each week will will learn about a different musical style.

Computing: In our computing lessons we will be learning about coding and algorithms.

RE: In RE the children will be learning about how they can Care for the World.

PE: Our two focus areas for this half-term are Games and Balance, Agility and Coordination.

General Information

  1. PE will take place on a Monday (outdoor) and Tuesday (indoor); please send your child to school wearing their PE kit as per the uniform policy.
  2. Homework will be issued on a Friday and will then need to be handed in the following Thursday.
  3. Details of homework will be posted on the blog; where you will be sign posted to the correct platform e.g. PurpleMash or Seesaw for example.
  4. RWI books will be changed on Wednesday; both electronic (encompassing a book and online quiz) and hard copies . Please note the hard copy and electronic copy are different books.

Spelling: I have set a compound spelling activity on Purple Mash for the children to have a go at to support our learning in class this week.

Maths: Please choose one of these interactive games to have a go at: Choose your level of challenge. Number bonds to 20.


Spend some time researching Amy Johnson, The Wright Brothers or Neil Armstrong (you could use the internet, the library or books from home or school) and then create a poster to show me what you have found out.

Have a great weekend!

Happy New Year!

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