Birchwood Grove CP School


Year One

Spring Term 2022

 Our concepts this term are belonging and diversity. We have been focusing on the big question 'What does it mean to belong?'.  Here is a link to our topic overview for this term: 


Year 1 were very excited to have evidence of a special visitor from outer space! They discovered a spaceship and learnt all about the alien who it belonged to  through our key text 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon. They created their own descriptions of Beegu and put up lost posters around the school for the other children and adults to see and to try and encourage Beegu to return. We also created a map of our classroom and outside area to help Beegu find her way back. They were so pleased when she finally did! The children decided that Beegu belonged back with her family and sent her back off home in a spaceship they had built.


This has encouraged many class discussions about our concept of belonging and diversity, with the children sharing their ideas about where they belong and who makes up their own family. 

We have moved onto the new and exciting science topic of animals! We will be busy classifying animals and looking at their diverse habitats, inspired by our new key texts 'Dear Earth' by Clara Anganuzzi  and 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers.


Autumn Term 2021 

We have had a fantastic start to the term in Year 1!

We have spent the first few weeks settling into our new classrooms and outdoor environment and the children have shown superb collaboration and creativity.

This term our concepts are change, cause and consequence and we are focusing on the key question:

Is change always good?

We have used 'Errol's garden' and 'The Growing Story' as inspiration to think about some of the changes that the children have experienced and are experiencing. We have been learning all about Autumn and the structure of trees and how they change in Science. We have even made an exciting trip to the conservation area to 'shake a tree' and spot any Autumnal changes, collecting our findings and using these to inspire our Autumn leaf artwork. We are also focusing on gymnastics this half term; balancing and travelling on pieces of equipment.



For the rest of this term we will have a focus on History. The children have already discussed the key events in their own lives and plotted these on their own personal timeline. They have looked at old and new objects and photos and sorting which are which and discussing how they can tell the difference.

Learning at home

After half term we will be sending home:

-Weekly key spellings which you can practise with your child 

- Spelling shed activities linked to these spellings

- Numbots logins 

Please keep reading and enjoying stories with your child at home. Regular reading practise is the best way to accelerate reading progress.


Help at home

Year 1 is the first year of Key Stage 1 and is full of exciting opportunities and accomplishments for the children. We know as parents that you will want to help your child's learning and development to flourish, but it can sometimes be tricky to know where to start! We hope that the following links may be of use to you:

Maths Fluency Sheets 




Oxford Owl:

Here you will find a great overview of the general expectations in Year 1. There are also some very useful links at the bottom of the page to Oxford Owl activities and resources.

You can access online books to read at home too- great for purposeful screen time as they are tablet friendly!


Phonics Play:

Offers advice about phonics and interactive resources and games which children love to use. These games can also be used on a tablet.


Top Marks:

A range of interactive games involving the different elements of maths covered throughout the year in Year 1.



Follow the link for two fantastic Cbeebies shows which really help with children's understanding of number and phonics.


Oak Academy lessons for Key Stage One


Have fun everybody! 











Here is a video all about having a growth mindset that you may like to watch to find out more information: