Year 1 Classes

Welcome to Year 1.

This term our line of enquiry is….

In the dark – what is it like?

This half term our learning will be based around the book ‘Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram.

In Science we will be learning all about everyday materials. By the end of our learning we will be able to name materials, distinguish between an object and the material that it is made from and we will be able to describe basic properties of materials. Towards the end of the half term, we will be applying this knowledge to investigate which material would be best suited for Bob, the Man on the Moon, to use for a new space suit.

In DT we will be learning about designing products for Bob’s souvenir stand. We will start by learning about different styles of souvenirs, and use these to plan our own designs. We will then use tools and salt dough to create our designs, and decorate them using paint. At the end of the half term we will evaluate our products based on Bob’s success criteria.

In PSHE we will be learning all about our health. We will be learning about how to keep healthy, how exercise and sleep impact our bodies and how to keep our bodies clean.



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 – ocean

Adjective – vast

Compound – spotlight

Suffix – pouring

Multi-syllabic – submarine


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 ‘k’ sound spelt as ‘k’ or ‘ck’

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

neck      week

rock      book

luck       leak

pack       kiss

stick       skip



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: