Mr Westwood’s Year 1 Class

Mr Westwoods’ Year 1 Class

On this web page you can find out about all the exciting things taking place in Year 1!

Teacher: Mr Westwood


Twitter: @Year1Discovery

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Wood

Please follow the link here to our meet the teacher presentation.

Our Learning – Spring Term 1

English: This half-term in Year 1, we will be reading ‘Paddington bear’ as our fictional text. This book is a timeless classic and beautifully written by Michael Bond. The children will have the opportunity to try Marmalade sandwich and investigate what trouble Paddington may cause when in a sticky situation. We will be writing our own version of Paddington with a similar theme to the original. In our non-fictional writing, we will be writing a non-chronological report.

Addition and Subtraction- the children will be expanding their knowledge of addition and subtraction by numbers up to 20.

Place Value- the children will be exploring place value in more detail and will be encouraged to apply their knowledge from previous learning to support themselves.

Science: What are the skills we need to check our vitals?

In our science topic, we will be exploring the human body and what body parts we use for our senses. We will be investigating the most important parts of our body and how  we can look after them to stay healthy!

History: What are the main developments of toys throughout living memory?

In our History unit, we will be exploring the changes toys have undergone throughout the past 100 years. The children will have the opportunity to interact will old artefacts and compare them with modern toys. They will also investigate how the production of toys has changed over time.

Art: Exploring Watercolour Painting

The children will become familiar with what watercolour can do. They will use both primary colours and secondary colours in their exploration, experimenting with accidental and purposeful colour mixing. The children will be introduced to the following techniques:  wash, wet on dry, wet on wet, and mark making.

RE: Who is a Sikh and what do they believe?

In RE this half-term we will learn about Sikhism and explore the beliefs and traditions which are important Sikhs.

Computing: Creating media Digital writing – Captions

The children will learn how to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate, and retrieve digital content. They will be taught how to navigate technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private.

Music: Glockenspiel 1

The children will begin to apply their previous knowledge of musical language and apply it to this unit. The children will also explore how music can connect and relate to our feelings. They will also learn the differences in pitch when playing a musical instrument.

PSHE: Wider World Britain

The children will learn throughout this unit what it means to be a good neighbour. The children will be encouraged to think of ways they can help, look after and care for their local community. They will explore what it means to live in Britain and investigate some of the British values.

General Class Information

Reading: Each week, the children read a range of texts through their learning. They also take part in whole class or small group Reading sessions where their decoding and comprehension skills are developed with a different reading skill being focused on each day.

Home reading is to practice and consolidate their fluency, expression and comprehension. Children still being taught phonics will take two books home – 1 decodable book and 1 reading for pleasure book. The decodable book is for the children to practice their fluency and expression as well as to show their understanding through questioning. The reading for pleasure book is for the children to share with an adult and to promote a love of reading. If they are past being taught phonics they will be sent home 1 colour banded book to practise decoding and comprehension as well as 1 reading for pleasure book from the library. Please let us know how your child has got on with their reading books using the reading record. We would like you to write a comment each time you hear your child read. If your child is in KS2 they can write in their reading record after they read 2 out of the 3 times they read it that week.

The children will also be listened to at least once every two weeks on a 1-1 basis with their teacher or teaching assistant. The class teacher or teaching assistant will change your child’s book on the day they are listened to read. We will not change a home reading book unless there is a comment in the reading record. If a book is not returned for two weeks Mrs Collins, our English curriculum leader, will contact you.

One child per half term will be nominated for being the Reading Hero for their class based on their commitment to home reading. The child will be chosen based on the evidence seen in their reading record and in class. If your child is chosen to be the class Reading Hero they will be given a prize and a certificate and acknowledged in Friday’s good work celebration assembly.


  • Read at home at least 3 times
  • Go on Number bots twice for 10 mins
  • Go on Lexia twice for 10 min Lexia.
  • Maths or English sheet switched alternatively every week.


PE is twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday.

Your child will participate in a dance lesson and sports/gymnastics lesson every week. It is normally expected for children to have a full PE kit kept in school at all times.

Children should not be wearing any jewellery including earrings for PE. If your child does wear earrings, please could you ensure they are taken out before school on Wednesday and Fridays please.

Snack: Snack is to be a piece of fruit or a cereal bar. No chocolate, crisps or sweets are allowed.