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Year 1: Miss Hardaker - Orangutans

Orangutan Class is made up of 30 wonderful Year 1 children and our class teachers are called Miss Hardaker and Mrs Robinson. (Mrs Robinson teaches us every Monday and every other Tuesday, and Miss Hardaker teaches us the rest of the days). We are very lucky across Year 1 to be supported by lots of fabulous teaching assistants at different times during the week, and these are: Mrs Wilkins, Mrs White, Mrs Leese, Miss Hawkins and Miss Brown. 




On our webpage you will find some important information such as our spellings and any important dates for your diary. These will also be communicated on Class Dojo where further regular updates will be shared so please make sure you are connected. Feel free to send me a message any time on Class Dojo, or through my school email:


Please see the PowerPoint below for information about Year 1.




Your child will receive a reading diary and a wallet containing 2 books. The first book is a black and white ‘storybook’ – this will be a copy of the book your child has learned to read in their Read, Write Inc phonics group.  They will know this book and should be able to read it fluently – this is their book where they can show off their great reading skills to you! The second book is a ‘Book Bag Book’ – this book will be matched to your child’s phonics knowledge.  Although they will not have read this book in school, they should be able to read it quite easily. This book enables your child to apply their phonic skills independently and for this reason, this is the book we encourage you to focus on at home. 


Soon the children will be receiving a third book. This will be a book to share together at home. We promote a love of books and reading at school and would like to encourage this at home. We do not expect children to be able to read the sharing book themselves, but we do expect them to enjoy listening to it, learning from it and talking to you about it!


In order for our phonics teaching to work effectively, it is essential that all books are returned to school. After hearing your child read at home, or sharing a book together, please make sure all books go straight back into their reading wallet / bag so they are always readily available at school. Depending on their phonics group, children will be given new reading books every 3 to 5 days.


Please note: 

  • Some black and white storybooks have a space for the child's name. Please leave this blank as these are not personal copies, and will be re-used. 

Finally, a reminder that we ask for you to hear your child read at least 3 times each week. Please sign your child’s reading diary after each read and include any comments you would like to make. If your child has read at least 3 times each week their name will get entered into our Reading Raffle!     




Your child will receive a booklet of each half term's spellings to learn at home. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings so that they are ready for their weekly spelling test. The spelling test will take place every Friday.


At the start of the year, the children will receive log in details for a website/app called Spelling Shed (linked below). Spelling Shed is used across the school and it allows the children to practise their weekly spellings in a fun way. The children love using Spelling Shed.


Please see the link below for other fun ways to practise spellings at home.    


Our PE Days for Spring 2 are as follows: 

Indoor PE - Every Tuesday morning

Outdoor PE - Every Thursday afternoon


The PE kit should include: 

A plain red t-shirt (with or without the school logo) 

A plain black sports jacket/zip-up jacket 

Plain black or navy joggers or shorts (weather dependent)

Trainers or plimsoles.



  • Thursday 7th March - World Book Day (letter on school website about this)
  • w/c 11th March - Celebration Week and Science Week
  • Friday 15th March - Red Nose Day
  • Wednesday 20th March - Expert Group Afternoon
  • Thursday 21st March - PTA Film night
  • Thursday 28th March - Last Day of Term, break up for Easter
  • Friday 29th March - Good Friday - school closed.


  • *Our class assembly: Tuesday 23rd April - 9:10am*



English - This half term the children will be learning how to write letters. We will be exploring the features of a letter, explore why somebody might write a letter and will write our own letters including all of the features and with the correct layout. It would be amazing if children could practise their address (including postcode if possible!) at home as an extra to support this. Keep an eye out for a special letter coming through your postbox!  


Maths - In Maths this half term, children will spend time exploring addition and subtraction within 20. They will extend their learning from the previous addition and subtraction block. The children will also spend time exploring doubles and number bonds to 20. Children will then explore place value to 50 where they will count in 2s, 5s and 10s, partition numbers and extend their learning around the numberline. Towards the end of the term we will look at length and height. Children will compare different lengths and height and begin to measure in cm.


Science - This term the children will get to delve deeper into the Plants knowledge block. In Autumn 1, the children started this knowledge block with trees linking to the seasonal changes that happen in Autumn with trees. This half term, we will revisit that block with a specific focus on plants/flowers. The children will get to explore a range of wild plants/flowers and investigate the most common wild plants in our school environment. Children will be challenged to continue this investigation in their local environment as a homework. They will be able to identify and recognise garden plants/flowers and they will use this knowledge to design their own garden. Children will discuss and label the different parts of a plant and compare this to different parts of a tree. They will group plants/flowers and compare and contrast. They will continue exploring how plants/trees change throughout the year. We will end the knowledge block by planting potatoes - hopefully the children will get to enjoy these in a few months!


RE (Religious Education) - Our key question that we will explore in our RE lessons this term is 'How and why do we celebrate sacred times?'. We already considered this question during the Autumn term 2 when we were looking at Christians. We explored sacred times (such as festivals/celebrations) important to Christians. Now that we have completed learning around Muslims and the religion Islam, we are revisiting this key question and exploring sacred times for a Muslim. The children will explore the sacred time of Ramadan and the importance of this within the Islamic faith. They will be able to explore Eid and traditions that Muslims have in this sacred time. The children will then be able to compare/contrast sacred times within both religions. We will end the half term with an Easter celebration due to the upcoming Easter week and learn about how Christians celebrate this sacred time.


PSCHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education) - This half term we are exploring the knowledge/skills block - Being Responsible. The children will explore and understand that everyone has responsibilites. They will reflect on responsibilities that they have in school and at home. The children will explore the rights that they have as children such as the right to an education and the right to be heard. They will explore what is fair/unfair, kind/unkind and right/wrong before considering the importance of rules. Finally, they will identify what harms/improves their environment.


Geography - The geography theme this term is ‘physical and human’. The children will be learning about the seasons and identifying physical and human geographical features of Long Eaton. The class will also compare buildings in Long Eaton and York and will start to understand that geographical features can change over time.


Computing - This unit introduces children to data and information. Labelling, grouping, and searching are important aspects of data and information. Searching is a common operation in many applications, and requires an understanding that to search data, it must have labels. This unit of work focuses on assigning data (images) with different labels in order to demonstrate how computers are able to group and present data. 


Art - The art theme this term is ‘drawing’ with a focus on still life. The children will use a variety of medium, including sketching pencils, colouring pencils, charcoal and oil pastel. They will develop their drawing techniques, such as observing detail from real life objects and use of shading, line and colour.


Indoor PE - This half term, the indoor PE has a Street Dance focus. Children will learn individual street dance movements and will then use these within a routine. Children will perform their dance infront of their peers and maybe even take part in a 'Dance off'! 


Outdoor PE - Our outdoor PE this term has a focus on 'Striking and Fielding'. The children will take part in a range of games/activities such as egg hunt, sweep the floor, hole in one and 3 ball rounders. This will encourage practise of having the correct grip/stance with a range of equipment, learning how to stay safe when others are using striking equipment, pick up and throw a stationary ball in one movement and strike a ball accurately along the floor.