Maples (Year 1)

Welcome to Maples Class

Class Teacher: Miss Fletcher


Teaching Assistants: Miss Maria, Miss Taruna and Miss Madhok

Yr 1 Meet the teacher presentation .pdf


This term we will write:

During these units we will be working hard on our handwriting and presentation and remembering all the things we need to include in our writing.

Maths this year!








For the first part of the term, pupils will develop their understanding of a range of tools used for digital painting. They will use these tools to create their own digital paintings, while gaining inspiration from a range of artists’ work. 

For the second part of the term, pupils will learn early programming concepts. They will explore using individual commands, both with other pupils and as part of a computer program. They will identify what each floor robot command does and use that knowledge to start predicting the outcome of programs. Pupils will also be introduced to the early stages of program design through the introduction of algorithms.


Knowledge Creating Media:

Knowledge Programming:


For the first part of the term, pupils will be exploring the question ‘What is God’s job?’ They will be identifying beliefs about special relationships with God from Jewish stories and through Jewish scripture. They will also think about what some Christians, Muslims, and Hindus believe about God. Finally the children will explore some Zoroastrian beliefs about God through their creation story. In the second part of the term, the pupils will be thinking about the question ‘Why should we care for the world?’ 



In DT the children will be learning about Structures this Spring term, learning that structures are things made and put together. The children will be creating windmills that they will work to make suitable for windy conditions. 



During art lessons in the first half term the children will develop their painting and printing skills as we produce work on the theme Japanese art. We will study work by both Hokusai and Yayoi Kusama  before using their work to influence our painting and printing work. 

In the second half term, children will develop their drawing skills using graphite, charcoal and pastel. We will be comparing art work by Elaine Allison and Eric Carle. We will then move on to develop cutting skills as we produce collages. 



In the first unit of this term - Animals - we will be listening and discussing The Flight of the Bumble Bee and Carnival of The Animals, and developing original music of our own using rhythms and textures inspired by images of animals. We will develop a class performance entitled Noah and the Animals!

After half term we will be studying Peter and the Wolf, Sergei Prokofiev’s  Symphonic Fairy Tale for children. We will be exploring the instruments of the orchestra and identifying how composers use these sounds and how they can be combined to great effect. 

Knowledge  (‘Animals’):

Knowledge (‘Peter and the Wolf’) :


PE Kits: PE lessons will continue to take place on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kits. We will have a mixture of indoor and outdoor PE lessons so please ensure your child's PE kit is appropriate for all weathers. 

Water bottles, and reading books should be in school everyday. 

Please ensure that all items (including lunch boxes, spare clothes and water bottles) are named as this will help us to know who they belong to and return them to their owners. In Year 1, children might have occasional toileting accidents, this is why we encourage you to put some spare clothes in your child’s bag. 

Home Learning

Every Friday,  I will upload home learning activities to Google classroom for your child to complete during the week. Handwriting sheets which can not be completed on Google classroom will be given to the children at the end of the school day on Friday. Please can we ensure that children are regularly reading at home. If you cannot print the home learning from Google classroom please speak to me and I will arrange for your child's work to be printed off for them to complete. 


Home learning will include:

Reading at home

We recognise the value of a partnership between home and school to support children in the development of their reading skills. Children who read regularly for 10-15 minutes at home will gain a great deal. Please encourage your child to read at least 5 times a week. 

Tips for reading with your child:

Maths at home

These are the KIRF for year 1 for the academic year. 



Suggested reading list:

Here is a list of books that you may want to read with your child.