Welcome to Year 1 Dolphin Class

This term starts with the whole school topic…



Our whole school topic this term is Water. Year 1 are going to start by looking at rivers all around the world. Tracking the journey of a river and writing a poem using the nouns, verbs and adjectives we collect.

Were also going to be using our fantastic local environment with a trip to Heddons mouth and Woolacombe beach. Following the river to the end of its journey at the sea.

In the second half of term the class will complete the phonics screening, and there will be a parent meeting with more information about what this entails on the _________ .

Towards the end of the Summer term we’ll be focusing on healthy me. Looking at how we can stay fit and healthy, look after the environment around us and use our ‘10 a day list’ to support mental health and happiness.

Now we’re in the summer term the class are going to continue regular visits to our forest area and veg garden. Growing our own produce and learning all about how different plants grow. Please can you ensure that children have appropriate footwear in school on Wednesdays particularly if it is poor weather.

Year 1 Topic Web




Our main Literacy focus this term is developing excited and engaged writers. We will be collecting interesting adjectives to use in our poems about waterfalls to go with the waterfall role play we are creating in class. Now we’re into summer term were looking more at the mechanics of writing, practicing joined up writing, spelling of tricky words and always using full stops.

We’re extremely lucky to be getting some eggs in class that were going to watch hatch into chicks. After writing our poems we’ll be looking into the life cycle of chicks and then applying our knowledge to look at how types of animals grow. Using the book ‘Think of an Eel’ we’re going to see how they grow and change on their course through rivers and to the sea.


This term we are focusing our Maths lessons around number facts and developing reasoning skills. We are starting the term learning about capacity and weight, the children are going to compare different amounts and begin to solve context based word problems.

The class are then going to build on their knowledge of counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s in order to solve multiplication problems.

In our maths lessons we put a huge focus on reasoning and how the children can explain their understanding. The class are encouraged to prove what they know in a different using concrete resources or through drawing pictures and symbols.


This year we will be looking at a number of scientific topics and within each of these look at scientific inquiry and thinking like a scientist.

Our science lessons are going to follow the life cycles of animals as well as how we can categories different animal groups. The class are going to learn about erosion and how rivers are made through doing different tests in class and going on a trip to Heddons Mouth.


The children will be taking part in a range of PE activities this term, starting with Volleyball and Rounders on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school, including: well-fitting trainers, black shorts, black or navy tracksuit trousers, a spare white T-shirt and a clean pair of socks. A plastic bag kept inside the PE bag is always useful too, for muddy trainers to be stored in! Extra carrier bags and rucksacks are not allowed in class due to a lack of space in the cloakroom.

   Home Learning

This year we’re going to focus on children’s maths facts such as: counting forwards and backwards from a number, breaking small numbers in to two parts, and identifying number bonds. To support this the children will get a Maths pack at the start of the term with ideas for activities and some great resources.

As you know, children are expected to read at least 5 times a week, and to have this recorded daily in home school contact diaries. I will check diaries throughout the week to ensure that reading books are regularly changed and will also do a ‘book raffle’ every week. Your child’s name will be entered into the raffle to win a book provided they have 5 or more reads recorded by Friday morning.

Staff in Year 1

We are very lucky to have Michelle Gammon and Sally Anne Lee  as the class’s teaching assistants this year, they will both be running Talk Boost, Phonics and  FFT reading interventions to supports the children’s communication and language skills. Clare Russel will also be taking the class for Art and Music on a Tuesday afternoon.


General Information

Please ensure that your child is in school ready to start learning, between 8.40 and 8.50, and that full school uniform is being worn (particularly black shoes).

 If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our work this term, please do come and see us or contact us through the home school diary.

Sam Abell