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For the second half of the Spring Term,

our Memory Box topic changes focus, to learn about...

The Great Fire of London

Hook Question

How did a loaf of bread start The Great Fire of London?


You could use this book in our classroom to find out how!

Our Spring Term topic is...

Memory Box

For the first half of the Spring Term our focus will be on

Home Sweet Home.

Within this topic we hope to create a Museum of Memories by examining how life has changed within living memory. We will explore changes over time in houses and homes and we will begin our topic by comparing the toys we had for christmas with toys of the past.



















Hook Question

Would your grandparents swap their toys for an Ipad?


Memory Box learning Information

Could you interview your parents and grandparents? Ask them what their favourite toys were.



In school we do phonics every day based on the Letters and Sounds scheme. We get our planning from the Phonics Play website and we enjoy playing the games on there. 

We use the videos on Espresso to help us with new learning. Espresso at home logins have been sent home on a letter. Please ask us if you need it again.












Phonics: A Parent's Guide for Letters and Sounds



In school we follow the Penpals for Handwriting scheme. We believe handwriting is the foundation for learning as it allows us to express ourselves on paper, gives us confidence and allows us to have pride in our work.

The letters are split into 4 different families. We have the curly caterpillars, the long ladders (sometimes called long legged giraffes), the one arm robots and the zig zag monsters. At first, it is important that we learn to form the letters in each family correctly and learn how to position them on the line. We spend a lot of time working on this in Year 1. Once this is secure we will then move on to learning some basic joins.


Useful English links (Phonics and Early Reading)

Big Maths

We usually do Big Maths every week. It's a really great way to help us learn our basic number facts and recall them at speed. It is a challenge but we are not scared by challenges in Year 1 and we enjoy trying to beat our scores every week. You may choose to practise your big maths learn it facts at home. See below for some practise sheets and timers.

Big Maths Song

Big Maths 20 second timer

Big Maths 30 second timer

Big Maths 60 second timer

Useful Maths and Science links
Mindfulness and Keeping Active