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Year 1 Penguins

Welcome to Penguins 

Class Teacher - Miss Hine

LSP - Miss Cook


Our learning

Spring Term


This term our learning focus is for the children to learn about numbers within 20.   The children will have a regular opportunity to verbally count and recognise numbers to 20.  They will work practically and use a range of equipment and strategies. The children will learn patterns of the sequence of numbers and continue to count forwards and back in 2's, 5's, and 10s.  They will continue to extend what they have previously learnt in the autumn term, 1 more and 1 less than a given number and show this with manipulatives. Children will have the opportunity to understand numbers using a number line and track. They will learn the addition and subtraction symbols and will use representations to solve and  answer questions.

In addition to this, the children will continue to develop mathematical vocabulary and answer reasoning and problem-solving questions every day. After dinner, the children will have additional 15-minute lessons to master number each day.

We will encourage the use of the CPA (concrete, pictorial and abstract) approach in our maths lessons. This is where we use a mixture of resources that will enhance your child's mathematical understanding. We will continue to consolidate our knowledge from our previous learning while developing previously taught skills in arithmetic quizzes.


In Literacy, we will continue to use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme to promote and further develop reading and writing. This scheme teaches children the sounds in English, the letters that represent them and how to form them correctly. Children are assessed at the end of each half term and placed in the correct phonics group for their level. Children will continue to be provided with an appropriate book to read at home to improve their fluency and speed at reading. This book will match their phonics level. The children will be encouraged to use the skills developed from phonics in all other curricular lessons.

In writing, children will have the opportunity to explore texts; fiction and non-fiction, to develop their creativity and understanding through descriptions, poetry and recounts.  Writing opportunities will allow children to communicate and express their ideas, developed through phonics sessions, to write simple and dictated sentences.  Throughout the term, we will continue to develop the children's spelling, punctuation and grammar skills.

This half-term we are reading stories by Sue Hendra and Cressida Crowell. We encourage you to take your child to the library and read a range of stories written by her or similar novelists.

The children will have the opportunity to read, share and explore non-fiction texts, papers and magazines that also promote further a love for reading. This selection of texts develops a fun, rich and enjoyable reading culture, which is crucial to developing language, vocabulary and a love of reading. Once read by an adult, the children will have the opportunity to share these books either individually,  in groups and as a whole class. 



Working scientifically, in Science this term we will be studying animals, including humans. The children will learn about five of the groups that scientists use to classify animals: mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. They will learn to identify the group an animal belongs to by its features and will classify animals according to their group. They will also learn about the different diets animals eat. They will be immersed in a rich vocabulary and begin to ask and answer questions. 

Throughout the topic, the children will have the opportunity to recall information taught through retrieval questions, maintaining understanding.

Using knowledge from previous learning in Reception, we will recall information and record what they have found out - working scientifically. As young scientists, children will explore the real world, and they will have the opportunity to develop scientific skills that provide an opportunity for continued understanding and progression.

Throughout science in year 1, children will be exposed to many scientific methods, processes and skills to improve their learning. There will be plenty of opportunities for children to ask questions, take part in observations, perform simple tests, and gather different types of data. 

As the seasons change throughout the school year, we will also continue to observe all different types of changes in the weather and environments across all four seasons.



This term, we will be focusing on history, learning about castles and royalty within the United Kingdom.

During these lessons, the children will learn about castles from the past; Motte and Bailey castles. They will also learn about Dudley castle, local to Burnt Tree Primary School, making comparisons between them. The children will learn about parts of a castle and have the opportunity to write about them, applying English and phonics skills.

They will use and develop their art skills, sketching and drawing castles, using previously taught skills and pencils.  They will gain an understanding about the past through timelines, learn key retrieval questions about the topic whilst being immersed in rich vocabulary through fun activities, videos and listening to stories. They will have the opportunity to share books during reading and library time.

Through (DT) Design Technology, IT and our much enjoyed Inspire morning, children will have the opportunity to learn about and design a royal carriage following a design process. The children will research, plan, create and evaluate their work. After this review, they will then test and develop their product, improving their design.

The children will also complete activities through a mini-topic book, learning about influential people, British Values, Black History and understanding online safety - IT. They will be making their castle from clay, using the correct sculpting tools and methods taught.



Our weekly, high quality, PE educational lessons will take place on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. We want all of our children to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities and field games. The theme this half-term is dance. They will be listening to rhymes and moving their bodies to the beat and pace. The children will showcase their learning to the other groups.

 The children will continue to know the importance of staying fit for our future health and wellbeing. They will learn about flexibility, stretching and curling and work in pairs to develop safe gymnastics skills.  The children will also take part in activities to enable them to catch, throw and retrieve a ball in a fun and supportive environment. The children will learn to work together in teams, and if they encounter a problem, learn to carry on moving forward to solve it. 



In computing this term, children will have the opportunity to use technology safely, understand how to stay safe online and navigate a website. They will learn to use the iPad to research topics and develop their IT skills to make an image move. 



In Religious Education (RE) this half-term, the children will learn about the Sikh faith. We will celebrate by having a Sikh day, learning about the religion. The children will be able to understand the importance of Sikism as a faith, including the key place of worship, The Gurdwara.  We will share images and artefacts, along with videos of stories told.  We will share stories that were taught by the Guru. They will learn about Sikhs in the local area, including the school community.

We will explore how Sikhs celebrate special times, what they wear and what they eat. We will explore this by food tasting in the afternoon.

At Burnt Tree Primary, the children are taught to be highly respectful of different faiths, listening to each other, showing love, kindness and respect at all times. 

Look what we have been doing...

We visited Winter Wonderland in December! We had a great time visiting Santa and seeing his elves.

We also had an inspire workshop. Have a look at the pictures!