Year 1 2021 - 2022

Mrs Chilton-Jones

Welcome to Year 1!

Mrs Chilton Jones, Mrs Metters and Mrs Ledgar

Mrs Chilton-Jones and Mrs Metters will be teaching the class supported by Mrs Ledgar our class teaching assistant.

Mrs Chilton-Jones will be teaching Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and Mrs Metters on a Wednesday.  

Our favourite signs of spring | Natural History Museum

Welcome to the Spring term in Year 1!

Welcome back to school and a new year! We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for your support with all our autumn term activities and welcome to the spring term!

Spring Term Topics

Our new topic ‘Around the world and back again’ provides exciting opportunities across the curriculum. We will learn about animals living in hot and cold environments in countries around the world. Our science topics will focus on ‘Animals Including Humans’ and ‘Seasonal changes’ in our own environment. The children will hear about famous travellers and explorers frm the past and present, such as the Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton and the astronaut, Tim Peake.


Our R.E topic ‘Families and Celebrations’ teaches about Baptism and the Bible stories of ‘Simeon and Anna’ and ‘Jesus at the Temple.’ Our second topic ‘Following Jesus’ teaches about ‘The Good Samaritan’, ‘The Catch of Fish’ and the events leading to Easter.


In English, we will be reading and writing traditional tales in our fiction unit and our poetry unit will be based on pattern and rhyme. We will be focusing on including adjectives and descriptive vocabulary in our writing. We will also be reading texts linked with our topic. Our non-fiction unit will explore information texts about penguins and elephants which will link well with our topic work about animals in contrasting environments. We continue with our daily phonics lessons, grammar lessons and guided reading sessions.


In mathematics we utilise ‘Primary Stars’ and ‘White Rose’ maths (available online) to guide our planning.  We will be learning about:  

addition: finding a part; finding and making number bonds; solving number problems, bridging through 10 to add and subtract

adding 1 and 2 digit numbers to 20

subtraction: counting back; finding the difference.

Place value within 50

Counting in multiples of 2’s,5’s and 10’

Comparing and measuring lengths and heights.

Comparing and measuring weight and volume.

Your help with our weekly maths and spelling homework is very valuable, as is your support with reading.  We will continue to send a weekly overview of the weekly phonics and maths focus via Class Dojo.   

We hope this summary provides a useful overview of the Year 1 Spring term.



As in Reception the following items should be sent into school each day:

  • Named water bottle (with plain water only)
  • Reading books and diary protected inside the blue bag.
  • A shower proof coat
  • Children in Key Stage 1 and Reception do not need to bring a snack as fruit will be provided.




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St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Well Lane, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 2PG