This half term in Literacy the children will be reading The Magic Paintbrush. They will be writing, using pictures from the book, to create their own sentences and stories. The children will use adjectives in their writing to make it more interesting as well as using capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks.

Topic Work

Our topic will link closely to the work we are doing in writing, where we will be looking at twisted tales.
The children will explore mechanisms in moving books and will learn how to make a slider, lever and moving wheel for their own books.


This half term the children will be talking about positional and directional language that includes left, right, full turn, half turn, quarter turn and three-quarter turn. They will be writing numerals 1-20 as words, along with completing activities linked to addition and subtraction.
Please continue to learn quick recall of number bonds to 10 and 20 and start practising to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Science - Animals including Humans

The children will start off the half term exploring everyday materials such as glass, plastic, wood etc. They will be experimenting, sorting, and discussing the uses of these materials.


The children will be learning how to use the paint program on the computer. Using language such as fill, paint, brush, lines, drag etc.


The children will be learning about a range of different artists and sculptors. They will recreate art and sculptures in particular styles, whilst having the opportunity to be creative themselves. They will be learning about the artists Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian and will find out about Wassily Kandinsky and recreate his concentric circles. They will look at the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy and the art he creates with natural materials.


PE is on a Tuesday. Please ensure that your child comes to school with the correct kit outdoor kit – black or navy joggers/tracksuit bottoms, black or navy shorts, a white or pale blue plain round neck t-shirt, a navy or black tracksuit top (without a hood), school jumper or fleece and trainers.

Homework and Reading Books

Homework is sent out on a Thursday and should be returned on the following Monday.
Homework this term will be linked to the phonics scheme, it is important the children know these sounds and are able to read the words without sounding out. Please sign and date when you have completed it at the bottom of the page.


We hope you are enjoying the Little Wandle books. Please continue to work with your child to ask them questions about the story based on what they have read (Look at the back page of the book for more advice, under review: after reading).
Any questions please ask us.


Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 1 Team