We hope that you had a restful Christmas break.

Here is a brief outline of what your child will be learning about this term.



In Mathematics, we will begin by looking at time.  We will be focusing on “o’clock” and “half past” times and how to read them on an analogue clock.  We will look at how to read the hands and will also put the time onto clocks using the hands. We will continue focusing on reasoning, which requires the children to explain how they know or found an answer using mathematical concepts they have been learning and problem solving, which will show their understanding of a concept in real terms.


In English, we will be looking at Traditional Tales.  We are starting with the story of Cinderella and will be linking this with our Mathematics unit of “Time.”  We will continue looking at different stories within the Traditional Tale genre and focus on the features like good and evil, magic, character descriptions and story language. We are having a focus on extending our sentences using linking words like “and” “but” and “so” and using these appropriately. We will have two daily phonics sessions, where your child will be revising sounds they have previously learnt in Reception and also learning brand new sounds to help with further reading and spelling in Year One.  We will continue to learn different spelling rules within these phonics sessions. Your child will read in a group every day with an adult and our aim is to listen to your child read their home reading book once a week.  Our group sessions involve reading new texts and then practising these over three days and answering different types of questions about the book. 


In Science, we will begin by looking at “Everyday Materials” where the children will be learning about what materials objects are made from, where materials come from and how they can be used.  We will be focusing on classifying different materials and investigating which materials are the best for different purposes.


Our theme is called “What puts the fire into Iceland?” and we will be learning about where Iceland is, what it is like compared to the U.K and about the volcanoes that are on the island.  We will be focusing on Geography for this unit but will also be looking a little into the Science of volcanoes, geysers and the Aurora Borealis.


La Classe Rouge will have PE on Thursday afternoons this term we will be focusing on ball skills in the context of hockey.  It is essential that full PE kit is kept in school at all times as we are also likely to be taking part in the ‘Golden Mile’, where the children (and some teachers) will jog/run for 5 minutes in order to improve our general fitness and concentration. Our school policy is that earrings should be removed for PE lessons for health and safety reasons and tape cannot be put over new piercings.  If your child cannot remove their own earrings then this should be done before school to avoid the office needing to phone home.  Please ensure your child has a named PE kit and suitable plimsoles or trainers to be left in their locker for the term.