Year 1 - Miss Morton

Welcome to JMY1. The class teacher is Miss Morton. Mrs Hall and Miss Mitchell will also be supporting our learning in class this half term.


Spellings and Homework

Spellings and homework will be given out on Fridays. These have to be returned by Thursday of the next week, when we also have our spelling test.



Your child’s reading book will be changed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Please make sure that you write a comment in their reading record to show how they are getting on with the book they have been given. This way, we can make sure that your child is reading the book they can understand and enjoy. Please make sure that reading books are in school every day, as your child will read it to an adult at some time throughout the week.


Spring 2 Topic – ‘Amazing Australia’

This term we will be learning all about Australia and we will be comparing the similarities and differences between Australia and the United Kingdom. In Geography we will identify where Australia is, comparing its location to the UK using maps. We be studying some simple human and physical similarities and differences between parts of Australia and the place where we live, as well as comparing weather patterns. In Science the children will learn about animals and the different ways that we can group them – mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians. We will learn about what animals eat, how they grow and where their habitat may be.

In Art we will be studying Aboriginal art made by the indigenous people of Australia. We will use line and colour to create pictures inspired by an Aboriginal story and use a range of colours to create paintings using the Aboriginal dot style. As part of our R.E. work, we will learn more about special symbols and objects that are important to Christians and Muslims. In PSHE we will begin a unit of work called ‘Healthy Me’, allowing us to find out more about ways we can keep our bodies and minds working well.


In English the children will be reading a range of non-fiction books about animals. We will use the facts we have discovered in order to write non-chronological reports about the different animals living in Australia. We will use a rhyming, counting story called ‘Over in Australia’ by Marianne Berkes to give us inspiration when writing our own animal rhymes. Through our literacy work we will continue to practise using punctuation such as finger spaces, capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks. We will learn more about conjunctions and how they are used to join our ideas together and make sentences longer. We will also find out about different types of adjectives that we can use for different purposes and genres of writing.

In Reading we continue to working in groups, with an adult, to share different types of book. We discuss the things we have read and give our thoughts and feelings about each book. We also try hard to answer questions about stories, thinking about how characters are feeling and why things have happened. The children will continue practising their phonics every day in year 1/2 and we learn the high frequency words by heart.



In Maths we will be revisiting numbers to 50, and some pupils will begin using numbers up to 100. We will learn about measuring weight, length and capacity using lots of practical equipment. We will investigate further into how to solve a range of mathematical problems and carry out lots of reasoning tasks.


Please come to see us if you’d like to ask any questions about our learning!