Year 1 - Mrs Steele

What a Scary Pirate That is!

Our topic this half term is ‘What a Scary Pirate that is!’ We will be using this topic to find out about lots of different aspects of geography and history all based round pirates.


In English we will be reading and writing pirate stories. The main story we will be looking at is Pirate Pete. We will be looking at the original and then changing it to create a new story. There will be lots of “Arrrrrs!” and “Aye ayes” in our stories.

We will also be writing some letters to send in bottles. I hope we will get some replies.

In phonics we will be getting ready for the phonics screening test in June. The children will be reading real and nonsense words. A separate letter will be coming out about this and a workshop for parents on Thursday 19th April at 2.30pm.


This half term we will be counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will continue to work on addition and subtraction using number lines to help us. We will use this to solve missing word problems. We will  continue to learn how to complete multiplication and division questions using objects and numicon. We will also be finding half and quarter of shapes and numbers. Every Friday, if the weather is fine, we will have our maths lesson outside. We will write with chalks and solve problems by finding clues in the playground.

In geography we will be making treasure maps. Then we will try to give each other directions and try to follow the maps. Will we find treasure?

 In science we will look at plants and animals. We will be looking at the different parts of a plant and going on walks around school to spot different trees and plants. We are going to have caterpillars in the classroom and watch them turn into butterflies.

 In our history we will find out about real pirates such as Blackbeard and Anne Bonny. We will look at life on a pirate ship and what real pirate flags look like. We are very lucky because a real pirate will be visiting in the first week! We will get to ask him questions and find out what it is really like to be a pirate.


PE will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. All children will need a t-shirt shorts and pump for these sessions.

Children are not allowed to wear earrings in school. If they are worn they must be covered at all times.

 This half term we will have Mr Tyson working in Year 1. He is a PGCE student in his final teaching placement. He will be teaching some lessons alongside myself.


Star of the Year award Ceremony! 

Congratulations to all of Year 1 and 2 this year! 

You have made us all very proud! 

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to celebrate with us! 

Look what we have been doing!

Every Friday we have our Math lesson outside. 

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Important Dates:

  • Wednesday 18th April- Pirate visit
  • Thursday 19th April - Phonic and SAT workshop
  • Monday 30th April- Jungle Book performance
  • Monday 7th May - Bank Holiday
  • Friday 25th May - INSET day


Key Stage One’s fantastic football tournament! 

Well done to everyone for taking part! 


Our homework is set weekly on Friday and is to be returned to school on Monday mornings. You can expect to receive 2 pieces of homework weekly and a set of spellings. Spellings will be given out and tested on Fridays. There is a homework club on a Thursday, for children who have not completed their homework, or those who need a little help.

Our reading books should be read as often as possible and brought into school every morning. As little as 5 minutes a night can help your child so much! You can change reading books with your child in class using the book on top of trays. 

Other Information

PE is on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please remember, your PE kit should be in school all week.

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Meet the Year 1 Team