Year 1 - Mrs Steele

What a Snowy Day it is!

Our topic this half term is ‘What a Snowy Day it is’ We will be using this topic to find out about lots of different aspects of geography and science.


In English we will be finding out about polar bears. First we will be reading and writing facts about them. We will then be using these facts to write stories about polar bears. We will even change ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ to ‘Going on a Polar Bear Hunt’ and turn this into an ebook!

We will also be reading and writing other stories set in the Arctic. They will be about animals, snow and snowmen.

We will be reading every day and answering questions about what we have read. This half term we will focus on how the characters are feeling.


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 be starting to learn how to complete multiplication and division questions using objects and numicon to help. We will also be starting to tell the time to the nearest hour and half hour. 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 looking at lots of different types of maps and finding out about the Arctic. We will find out what it is like there and how life is different for the people who live there.

 In science we will look at the different types of animals that live in the Arctic. We will look at their habitats and how they live and survive in such a cold place. We will also be finding out about freezing and melting.

 In our DT work we will be creating our own igloos. We will be designing and making the igloos to make sure they are strong.

 In our RE lessons we will be learning our Judaism and Chinese New Year. We will read and discuss lots of different stories and create art work linked to it.

Look what we have been doing!

Every Friday we have our Math lesson outside. 

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Important Dates:

  • Thursday 4th January - Back to school
  • Wednesday 10th January - Well Being Day
  • Friday 16th February - Chinese New Year


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. Ms Rickards runs 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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