Year 1

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.

Old Bear: Jane Hissey, Jane Hissey, Jane Hissey: 9781908759993: Books Terrific Toys in the Past : William Anthony: Books

Our topic for the 2nd half of Spring.

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 write a diary entry for Old Bear, instruction writing and a bear poem.

Other books by Jane Hissey include:


Old Bear Series Jane Hissey Collection 16 Books and Two Cloth Book Bundle Collection Set by Jane Hissey | Goodreads

Our non-fiction book is all about toys.  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…


Toys from the past: Brundle,Joanna: 9781910512890: BooksThe History of Toys: From Spinning Tops to Robots: Deborah Jaffe: 9780750938495: Books

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 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.

Home learning grids – These are fun and creative activities that you can share with your children and follow the theme of our class topic.

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?