Dear parents and carers,

We hope that you had a great festive period and a happy new year.

Spring Term Topic: Our Toy Story


In Literacy we will be reading stories about different toys that are missing and coming to life. We will be looking at reading and writing instructions. We will be describing different toys and making a lost toy poster. We will create our own feely book based on materials.

Please keep up the great work practising your reading and spellings!


In Maths the children will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We will move on to looking at fractions including looking at ½ a ¼ of shapes, objects and quantities. We will learn to tell the time to half hour and the hour. Later on we will return to look at place value to 100 and start solving number problems in real life context.


Science: Materials – The children will learn about the properties of different materials and why they are used to make different objects.

History: Toys!!! The children will compare old and new toys, looking at how they have changed over time. There will be a major focus on the designing/making of puppets and puppet shows during this unit.

R.E/PSHE: Stories from different religions - Find out about how people celebrate events, like a new baby, religious festivals and birthdays.

They will learn how to respect others and their differences and recognise our rights and responsibilities as part of a school and class community.

P.E: P.E classes will be taken by Chris this term. He will be focussing on the children’s fitness, basic sporting skills and coordination. Sami will continue with dance and drama classes every Monday.

Art: Art classes will be taken by Peter. He will teach the children a variety of artistic skills using different materials.

P.E Kit. Please can all children wear a white t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers (if outside). Please make sure that these are all named. These need to be brought every week as P.E. is part of the curriculum and children should be changing for P.E for hygienic reasons.

 Emerald will have P.E on WEDNESDAY.

Sapphire will have P.E on FRIDAY.

Swimming will be on Thursday taught by a qualified swimming teacher. All children are expected to swim as it is part of the curriculum. If they are not well enough to swim they are not well enough to be in school. Make sure that they bring a towel, swimming cap and swimming costume each week. There are spare swimming kits for those who do not bring their own to school.

Clothing: Make sure all clothing is labelled. This includes jumpers, trousers, skirts, dresses, t-shirts, hats and gloves. Permanent marker on the collar or inside the bottom of the jumper is easiest to recognise.

Home-School Book: This needs to be brought to school everyday. Parents should be signing the book once you have read with the child. The book also has a list of frequently used words, phonics, number bonds and other useful pages. Use this book as a way to communicate with the class teacher.

Library: Year 1 will visit the local library every two weeks. If you already have a Wandsworth library card in your child’s name could you please send it to school so that the library can create a temporary school card before returning the card to you. If you don’t have a library card a form will be sent home following the class’ visit to the library.

Homework. Homework will be given out on a Friday; please can all children bring their homework books back on a Wednesday.

Homework will include a maths, literacy and topic based task and a set of spellings.

There will be a spelling test every Thursday or Friday.

Pact Folders/Home Reading: Please bring your pact folder every day.

Reading books will be changed once the book has been read and signed in the diary. You should be reading with your child each night. If the book is too hard please write a note in the diary. The books are given at the reading level your child is reading at school. Help your child sound out the words they are struggling with and ensure that you are asking lots of questions about the book they are reading to check if they understand it.

Lateness to School/Absences: Please make sure that you bring your child to school on time each day so they are not marked as absent in the register. If they are late please take them to the office first to sign in. The bell rings at 8.55am each morning. It is important that your child is at school on time to get the most out of their learning. Phonics is usually taught first thing in the morning and is a vital element of Year 1 learning.

If your child is going to be absent you need to let the office know so that their teacher is aware. Any term time absences besides sickness need to be signed off by Amy Roberts (Head teacher) otherwise it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

Behaviour In Year One we believe in lots of positive praise and encouragement. Children are required to follow the class rules that they agreed on. Both classes have their own behaviour management system to support their children in achieving their best.

Parent /Teacher Relationship: If you have any issues/concerns/praise that needs to be spoken about please write it in the Home School Diary or request an appointment through the Home School Diary to see the teacher. We are usually available after school each day to speak to you.

We both look forward to working with you and your children and together we will have a fantastic year.

Thank you, 

James & Sami


If you would like to find out more about the curriculum followed at Riversdale, you can look at the medium and long term plans for each year group.

Medium term plans

Yearly plans

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