We are thrilled to welcome the children back into school. 

We are so proud of how resilient they have been over the last couple of months and how they have returned to school eager to learn. 


As part of our topic, the children are going to listen to the Story ‘Toby and the Great Fire of London.’ The children will retell the main events from the story, make predictions based on what they have read so far and use different question openers to hot seat key historical figures such as Samuel Pepys and King Charles II. They will then apply what they have learnt to innovate their own story.  

By this point in Year 1, the children should be able to develop their own ideas for writing, start most sentences with a capital letter, use their phonic knowledge to make good attempts at spelling and end some sentences with a full stop. The children should also be able to use the conjunction ‘and’ to extend their ideas and to proofread their writing to check for sense. 


The children have already tried hard to find a ½ and a ¼ of shapes, objects and values. They are now encouraged to find real life examples of halves and quarters at home (half of an orange, a quarter of an apple etc..).  

We have started to assess the children’s understanding of key areas of Maths we have already covered (place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). The children are then going to recap their understanding of place value by ordering numbers from the smallest to the greatest, partitioning numbers into tens and ones and to identify missing numbers on a number line or 100 square.

If you would like help in supporting your child in Maths, please look at our handy ‘Calculating in KS1’ guide. 


The children have already taken on a very special role as London tourist guides to provide key information about the human and physical features people can visit within our capital city. They have also labelled the countries and capital cities within the United Kingdom and learnt that the North Sea, Irish Sea and the English Chanel surround England.   


The children are going to learn that the Great Fire of London started during the Tudor period, in September 1666. They will know that Samuel Pepys wrote a diary about the Great Fire of London which helped us to know what happened in the past. They will learn that the fire spread quickly because of the weather and how close the houses were together. They will also learn that King Charles II was King when the Great Fire of London happened. 


The children have already started to name objects which are made from wood, plastic, glass, brick, stone, metal and fabric and have used key vocabulary to describe their simple physical properties (hard, smooth, soft etc). They will continue to group objects based on the materials they are made from or their physical features i.e. magnetic/non-magnetic, smooth/ rough, strong/weak etc.

Design and Technology 

The children will use a range of sources, including the internet, to research Tudor houses. They will then draw and label a Tudor house design before using a range of materials to make it. They will select appropriate materials and tools to make their houses and learn how to join different materials together. Finally, they will suggest ways their Tudor house can be improved and/or changed. 


The children are going to learn that people can get money in different ways (earn, presents/gifts, pocket money, borrow etc). They will recognise that people make choices about what to buy and cannot always have the things they want. They will identify the different reasons why people might want to save their money and know places where money can be kept safe. They will also learn that there are lots of jobs that people can do and understand that having a job means you can earn money. 


The children have learnt that belonging means to feel part of something. They have identified the groups to which they belong (school, family, clubs, religion) and have shared what they may do at their special place.  

They will be shown Muslim and Christian symbols and learn what they mean. They will also identify similarities and differences between what happens at a church and mosque and learn that all churches and mosques don’t look the same.   


The children have already started to use technology purposefully to create an e-book. They have used a range of electronic tools to draw pictures and to illustrate their stories. The have also learnt how to save and retrieve their work.  

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