Year 1

Miss Branch

Dear parents/carers,

I hope you all had a great break over Christmas. It was great to see how happy the children were to come back to school. I enjoyed seeing them all again and catching up on their Christmas news!

Our topic this half term will focus on changes in the UK from Queen Victoria’s reign to Queen Elizabeth’s reign. We will begin by looking at what a queen does now and what she used to do in the past. This will enable children to see how the queen used to come up with her own laws, and the children will be able to write their own rules if they were King/Queen. We will also look at how times have changed throughout the Victorian and Tudor period and how things are different now, including school. The children will be introduced to this topic in a couple of weeks after our English unit on ‘The Rainbow fish’ as this will be our main topic for the first week or so.

In Maths we will continue with addition and subtraction, looking at different ways we add and subtract using manipulatives, counting on and back etc. We will continue to carry out reasoning and problem solving tasks throughout the topic. In science we will complete our unit on animals including humans and also look at materials.

In PE we will be continuing with ball skills, and also doing dance as there is a KS1 dance festival after half term which we need to prepare for! PE will continue to be taught on a Wednesday morning and a Friday afternoon.

PPA will continue to be on a Thursday. Mrs Holman will be teaching science, ‘materials’ and also DT which will link into our history work. We will look at different modes of transport, and the children will design and make a carriage using wheels and axles.

Next half term our topic will be a Geography based topic looking at seasonality, which we have started in science. We will be looking at seasonality in the UK and comparing it to another country with a different climate.


Reading books are changed daily, and the expectation is to read each night with your child. Please sign or comment in the reading record. They will be heard read regularly in school and we will then make the decision about moving up the reading bands based on this. Along with this, your child will have word and sound walls to practise at home.  These are tailored to your child after assessment in school.

Spellings will be given out on Fridays, and the children will have a short spelling test the following Thursday.  Please practise their words little and often.  The words will be taken from the Year 1 list of common exception words, along with specific patterns for them to investigate.  Please ensure spelling folders are back in school every Thursday, as we can then prepare the new lists to come home on a Friday again for you.

Please remember we are a healthy school and the children are only allowed to bring in a healthy snack for their morning break time.  Check out for ideas on swapping to healthier snacks.

We also have several children and adults with severe nut allergies in school so please remember Henham is nut-free.  If your child does bring in a food item that may contain nuts, please be advised that we will place this back in their school bag to be returned home.  Thank you for your continued support.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to pop in and ask.

Miss Katrina Branch