Year 1 Classes

Welcome to Year 1.

This term our line of enquiry is….

Is it busy in the city?

This half term our learning will be based around the book ‘Claude in the City’ by Alex T Smith.


In Geography we will be learning about the United Kingdom. By the end of our learning we will be able to locate the United Kingdom on a world map and name the countries within the UK. We will also begin to name the capital cities that are associated with each country. Towards the end of our geography learning, we will be learning about the features of maps and designing our own maps of the local area.

In DT we will be learning about free standing structures and designing a new playground! We will take a tour of the school and look at different pieces of equipment and the materials that they are made from and how they are joined together. We will then investigate how to create free standing paper models with joins, before moving on to designing and building our very own models of playground equipment.

In PSHE we will be learning about communication. We will be learning about the different types of communication and how effective they are, features of good verbal communication, good listening skills and good body language.



This term the children will be engaging in a range of fiction and non-fiction  texts, where possible linking into our Power of Reading book. We are practising our VIPERS reading skills, focusing this term on the retrieval and inference domains.

Please continue to support your child’s reading at home.

Word of the Day!

Each week we learn five brand new words to expand our vocabulary!

This week our words are:

Noun – glacier

Adjective – sparkling

Compound – iceberg

Suffix – freezing

Multi-syllabic – Antarctica


Buster’s Book Club!

Every Wednesday is Buster’s day!

Buster challenges us to read 10 minutes every Wednesday with someone at home that can record it on our Buster’s Book Club Bookmarks. On a Thursday morning, all of the children that meet the 10 minute target, plus extra, are counted up in the competition against the rest of the school.

After all of the results are in, we find out who wins Buster’s trophy for the week (the winner gets an extra playtime)!

Please practice your spellings at home!

This week’s spelling rule is: the ‘ai’ or ‘ay’ spelling.

Some examples of the words that we look at might be:

aim      may

gain      today

jail       spray

paid       play

rain       Monday



At Northfield St. Nicholas we teach our English curriculum through high quality texts. The texts we use link directly to our lines of enquiry and support our learning in other areas of the curriculum. Roughly, each half term we introduce a new text.

The children explore the text page by page over the half term and engage with it in a variety of ways. We use lots of drama to support us and take lots of photos – keep checking back to see what we have been up to!

We will be improving our knowledge of grammar and parts of speech, as we learn to write different types of sentences. Approximately once a weeks, we will be putting what we have learned into practise with a ‘Big Write’.

Please continue to support your child at home with spelling and handwriting practise.



At Northfield, we adopt a Mastery approach during our lessons. Daily children will engage in three maths sessions, timetables, maths mastery and maths workshop. The children’s lessons will be based upon their gaps and will use the mastery ‘Inspire Maths’ program.

Inspire Maths Home Activities 1

Times tables!

Don’t forget to practice your times tables at home! We are currently focusing on the two times table.

Click the links below to sing along with the Super movers!

KS1 Times Tables Mash-up!

The 2 Times Table with Bridget the Lioness!

Posh Pooch 5 Times Table!

The 10 Times Table with Webster the Spider!

Don’t forget to use the PiXL times tables app!

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Remember to collect coins on ‘Times table Rock stars!’ Will you beat the other class? Maybe you could even challenge your teacher!

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Key Dates


Links to help at home: