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Year 1

Welcome Back!

I hope you had a fantastic half term break and managed to have some time relaxing with your family. Thank you all for working so hard in spring 1. It has been a very challenging time and we appreciate how much effort parents and children have put into managing the remote learning in the first half of the term.
Children’s wellbeing and their smooth transition back into school life will be a significant focus this term as we welcome children back to school after the extended lockdown period.

English and Reading

This half term, our core book is The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. We will be looking at the themes of friendship, uniqueness and diversity and how they are shown throughout the story. We will also have the chance to reflect on our emotions when starting something new and how everyone has different emotions and experiences. We will be creating a poem which highlights our individuality and what makes us special.


This half term Year 1 will be focusing place value to 50. We will be identifying missing numbers in sequences and building on our prior learning of tens and ones. We will look at different patterns within numbers to 50, and use Dienes to create the numbers in tens and ones. We will also be comparing the numbers using greater than, less than, and equal to. We will also be looking at money, and identifying different coins and notes. We will create different amounts and problem solve.

Year 1 Spring 2 Global Curriculum Learning:
Our Global Themes are: Social Justice, Equity and Human Rights

At Forest Academy, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This
ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils
through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers.
Through the high expectations of everyone at Forest, we aspire to achieve the highest quality
outcomes.  During the Spring 2, the learning in year 1 will be based around the global theme of Social Justice, Equity and Human Rights. The focus of the term is to understand the need to respect the rights of others and show awareness of and concern for peoples’ feelings. Over the course of the term, the children will be learning about what fairness means and how basic human rights have been denied for some people. The project outcome for the learning journey is to create a wellbeing box to ensure we keep ourselves physically and mentally safe during these changing times.


In history the children will develop their key knowledge linked to Human Rights in the past and present. They will look at the rights that were taken away from Mary Seacole and others in the Victorian Era as well as learning about the impact that Mary Seacole has had on modern society.

Art/Design Technology

Throughout this half term, we will be focusing on the art work by Rafael Lopez in the book, the day you begin. We will be using vibrant colours for inspiration to create flowers using watercolours, or watered down paint!

We will continue to have two PE sessions each week, consisting of an indoor and an outdoor session each week. Indoor PE is to take place on Monday mornings with a specialist PE Coach for Gymnastics.  Weather permitting, outdoor PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons. We will continue to focus on effectively following rules and working collaboratively through team games.

Useful Information

PE Kit
Children will have PE every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name. PE Kits should consist of a white T-shirt and Black shorts/jogging bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls. 

Reading Records and Passports

Please ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book. We are very pleased to announce that every child now also has access to an exciting range of online texts via Bug Club, a separate letter explaining how to sign in and access the platform has been sent to parents.
Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary, books and reading passport. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in EVERY DAY the same as the reading passport. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box.

Water Bottles/Clothing
Please continue to bring in named water bottle for your child, as our fountains are still out of use.
Please also ensure that all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled.

Homework is to be taken home each Friday, and returned the following Monday.