Year 1 2023 - 2024

Miss Whitwam

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Welcome to Year 1


Welcome back to the Spring term.

The children will be working hard to achieve their goals in all areas of the National Curriculum. 

Have a look below at some of the things they will be learning!

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In Maths, the children will be learning about the place value of numbers to 20. They will use their number bonds to support them with adding and subtracting 1- and 2-digit numbers to 20 including solving one-step and missing number problems. They will also be developing their understanding of how to count in multiples of twos, fives and tens. Towards the end of the term the children will focus on measuring and comparing the height and length of objects using non-standard and standard units of measure.  


In English this term we will be reading a story about a shy, little mouse who goes on a journey of self-discovery and finds out that even the smallest of creatures can have the heart of a lion.  The children will explore the role of the characters, the structure of the text and the use of language as well and engage in lots of roleplay and discussions. Finally, they will plan and write a journey story of their own which combines all of their learning.English- Lion inside picture.png


We put a high emphasis on reading in school with daily reading activities.  It’s our expectation that all children read at least 3 times per week at home.  We ask that parents read with their children and sign the home school diaries at least 3 times a week (ideally every night). “The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!” (Dr Seuss)

Learning Adventure

Geography and Science

In Science this term the children will examine a variety of materials and learn about their different properties. They will investigate simple physical processes and learn how to predict, test and collect results.

In Geography, the children will study the local area, draw detailed maps from a ‘bird’s eye view’ of the school grounds and identify human and physical features that they have found. They will also learn how to use compasses to navigate direction (North, South, East and West). Finally, they will learn about the U.K, identify the capital city, the surrounding countries and understand where it is located within the world.

Art and Design.

In Art this term we will be creating artwork inspired by James Rizzi, exploring how to mix colours, study the various shapes and patterns he uses in his art, and experimenting with different styles of lines. In DT we will be using a variety of moving mechanisms such as sliders, levers and pivots to make moving pictures.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. The children should have their PE kit in school every day and please check that all PE kits are clearly labelled.

Water Bottles:

Please make sure your child brings a water bottle into school with them every day. 


Will be set/ given out on a Friday and to be completed be the following Wednesday.       

Maths – Games on EdShed every other week.

Grammar/ English - Games on Edshed every other week.

Spellings- Given out on a Friday with reading lists

Numbots- 10 minutes a week.

Reading - If your child reads with you throughout the week, please write in their journal to let me know.       

Home Journals: Please ensure your child’s home journal is in school every day. If you wish to deliver a message to your child’s teacher, please send your child into the class with their journal in their hand if there is a message in it. 

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We hope the children are looking forward to the new topics and don't forget if you have any questions please ask, I am always happy to help!

Thank you for your support,

Miss Whitwam, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Webb



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Manor Park School & Nursery
Manor Park North,
Knutsford, WA16 8DB
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