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Mr Randles' class. During the Spring term, we will be learning.....

Theme: How will Hull move forward?

After a memorable year for Hull as the UK City of Culture, Culture Company are now making efforts to secure a lasting cultural legacy for the city. Our theme entitled 'How will Hull move forward?' will ensure that culture remains central to the children of year one. This is a chance for the children to explore Hull's heritage and how historical events have shaped the city they live in today. However, we also want to challenge the children to think about this city’s legacy and their legacy. How will Hull look in the future? What role will they play in shaping the future Hull?

We will be looking at transport through the ages and discussing how it has developed to become more efficient. The children will explore a range of materials to learn about their properties and how they could be used for futuristic modes of transport.



In relation to this term’s key question surrounding the future of Hull, children will be learning the story of Violet the Pilot, a young girl who has a passion for inventing elaborate flying machines. The initial literacy focus will be on writing a simple biography about Violet that will deepen their knowledge of using conjunctions to extend sentences. This will suitably lend itself to the children writing an autobiography about their lives so far as well as their hopes and aspirations for the future.

As the term progresses, we will be making the most of the children's creative flair by creating pieces of writing about their very own inventions.

Violet the Pilot Cover(3)


The children are taught maths daily through investigations and ‘CLIC’ sessions (Counting, Learn-Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation). Using both these approaches, the children develop a stronger understanding of numbers and number facts, as well as learning to apply their knowledge to solving a variety of problems in different contexts.

This term we will begin by focusing on the concept 'groups of' and repeated addition and their relationship to multiplication. The children will be using both concrete apparatus and pictorial methods to solve number sentences. By the end of this term, we also intend for the children to be able to use their knowledge of couning in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s to quickly  solve problems involving multiplication.

Weekly 'Beat That' tests will continue to be sent home each week to ensure that the children continue to practise the number facts already learnt from the previous term.

Number Sentences


We kick this half term off by investigating how vehicles move and what affects how far cars travel. The children will be identifying materials and comparing their properties. They will then have a chance to design, make and evaluate a futuristic vehicle based on their newly acquired knowledge of  materials.


Every Friday your child should recieve a list of spellings to learn for the following week. We encourage you to practise these words with them regularly.

Once a week, children will be receiving Big Maths homework. This will have the same facts from week to week, but in a different order. They are to help your children recall number facts quickly.

We urge you to also practise reading with your children at least 4 times per week. Your children will all have a reading book to take home. It will be their responsibility to change this in school.

The work you do with your children at home is just as important as the learning they do in school. We thank you for all the wonderful support you provide for your children.

Other Notices

Thank you to all parents for helping your children begin year 1 so maturely and independently. Here are a few reminders for any questions you might have about our routines.

Children are expected to look after their own book bags and they are responsible for giving homework and letters directly to the teachers.

Children are also responsible for their own fruit money. Fruit can be bought at play time from a trolley for 20p each day. There are always enough coins to allow for change so do not worry if you cannot give your children the exact change.

We do not need a PE kit unless we are learning gynmastic skills, and we will inform you when this comes around. It would be useful to have a pair of outdoor shoes or wellies in case we are learning outside.