Year 1

Our topic for the 2nd half of Spring is Classic.




Here are the Fiction and Non-fiction books for this half term that Year 1 will be using to help inspire our curriculum and learning.

The book we will be using to enhance our curriculum is called ‘Old Bear’ by Jane Hissey. It is a classic story about some toy bears. We will mainly focus on writing a diary entry from Old Bear. We will also explore suffixes -ed, inferencing, prediction and sequencing. We will follow a T4W layout to help us.

Other books by Jane Hissey include:




Our non-fiction book is all about toys of the past.  We will be using this book to explore a variety of different toys and writing a booklet about toys over time.

Here are some other books to explore based upon toys…



In our art sessions we will be looking at collaging. We will identify different materials we can use and how these materials can enhance the image. We will then find, cut and collect our own materials to collage a teddy bear. We will also discuss how we can use a material in different ways to change the texture and appearance of the image.

In Science we will be exploring two different areas of learning: senses and the human body. We will observe changes across the four seasons and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies. We will then identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.

For our history this half term we will be looking at social changes – how toys have changed over time. We will explore toy history, how they have changed and favourite toys that belong to us and our families.

During our R.E. sessions we will be learning about Judaism. We will investigate different aspects of their beliefs, how they live and what is important to their culture.

P.E. days continues to be on Monday’s and Friday’s, although this can sometimes change, so please ensure you are signed up to class dojo as any changes will be announced on here.

In Music we are learning to recognise pulse and rhythm with different musical songs from charanga.







Please try to complete activities from the learning grid. This will help to continue to develop the children’s thinking. There are lots of fun and creative activities that you can share with your children and follow the theme of our class topic.

Please read with your child every day, even if it is the same book.

Spellings – please practice the year 1 common exception word spellings whenever possible, a few at a time. These need to be learnt by the end of year 1.

Mental maths – use times in the car and any spare 5 minutes to practice mental maths with your child. This could be adding, subtraction, more than or less than etc. White rose 1 minute maths in a fantastic app to download!

We love reading at Lanner!  Reading to, and with, your child is one of the greatest gifts you can give as this early acquisition of a love for reading will ensure your children becomes a reader for life.  Research shows that reading and talking to your child about stories, information books and poems from an early age benefits them for life.

Sometimes, knowing which book to choose can be a little confusing with such a wide range available, so why not have a look at the recommended reads below for Year 1 children.  Many of these books are also available at the local library so, if you’re not already a member, why not take a look at the link below to join up?