Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

01707 652714

Cranborne Primary School

Learning Together

Our History of Toys day

Welcome to Year  1!


Red word lists

Please see the red words that match your childs reading level and work on reading these at home. 

Key information:

  • Please remember that all children need a named water bottle in school every day.
  • Let your child's teacher know if someone other than you is collecting your child or call the office. 
  • Please name all items of clothing 


Phonics is  a very important part of the Year 1 curriculum. This is why we dedicate three sessions a week to teach stand alone phonics lessons following the Read Write Inc. scheme. We teach the children initial sounds, and set 2 and 3 digraphs and trigraphs. A digraph is two letters together that make one sound such as 'sh' 'ee' and 'th'. A trigraph is three letters together that make one sound, such as ''igh' and 'air'. We learn a new sound in each of our phonics sessions. We start by identifying the sound in a word, we then write it down (with focus on letter formation), and then have a go at reading a short story with this sound used frequently in it.

Below is the order we will be teaching the sounds.


Educational Games
Topmarks paint the squares can be used to play one more one less, find missing numbers, count to 100 and back, count in 2s, 5s and 10s and look at odd and even numbers-
Topmarks hit the button. Can be used to practise number bonds to 10 and 20, practise halves to 20 and doubles to 10
Spell words to help the Alien to escape!
 A range of games to play to practise our phonics skills
Number bonds to ten with farmer Pete -

Useful websites

Oxford Owl have some great online e-books that you can read with your children. They link closely to the book bands too!

Phonics Play



BBC Bitesize Daily 


Purple Mash 


 Please note, our PE days for the Spring term are Tuesdays and Thursdays



Indoor PE lesson - Tuesday

Outdoor PE lesson - Thursday

On these days, children are to come into school dressed in their PE kit. Please ensure they are in weather appropriate clothing as they will be outside at lunch and break times in these clothes.

Please also ensure that all parts of your child(ren)'s kit is clearly labelled. Long hair must always be tied back and it would be safer if earrings were not worn. 

Reading Books 
Please ensure that your child reads a little everyday at home, in addition to the daily reading they do at school. We can not stress how important this is in helping your child to become a confident and fluent reader. 

We kindly ask that you read with your child every day and then sign their reading record so we know you have done this. We also, would like you to practice key maths skills with your child (counting to 20 forwards and back, number bonds to 10, 1 more and 1 less). 


 Spring Term key dates 

Thursday 4th January - Inset day 

Friday 5th January - First day back for the children

Thursday 1st February - History of Toys visit (in school) 

Thursday 15th February - Storytelling Visit (in school)

Friday 16th February - Friendship Disco

19th - 23rd February - Half term. School is closed. 

Monday 26th February - Children return to school.

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day. 

Wednesday 13th March - Parents Evening (5pm-8pm)

Thursday 14th March - Parents Evening (3:30pm-6:30pm)

Tuesday 19th March - Ark Farm visit (in school)

Thursday 28th March - School closes at 1:15pm for the Easter Holiday.

Friday 26th April - 1C Class assembly

Friday 3rd May - 1R Class assembly


Our learning for Spring Term...


In the Spring Term, we will be covering the following:

  • Doubling and halving
  • Odd and even numbers
  • 2D and 3D shape
  • Measures comparison
  • Sequencing days of the week & months of the year
  • Numbers to 20 - think 10 (addition and subtraction)
  • Numbers to 20 equality and balance

Mental fluency:

  • Recalling number bonds to 10
  • 1 more and 1 less than a given number up to 50
  • Counting to 20 and back 
  • Double and halves to 20
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s


In the Spring term, we will be focusing on word and sentence writing. Encouraging the children to say their sentence before attempting to write it. 

Letter formation, handwriting and presentation

Letter families
Curly caterpillar letters: c, a, o, q, g, d, e, s, f. All of these letters start in the middle of the line and start with a c shape and then you carry on with the rest of the letter.
One armed robot letters: r, m, n, h, b, k, p. For these letters you need to start at the top of the letter and travel down and back up again and then over.
Ladder letters: l, I, j, t, u, y. All of these letters you need to start at the top of the letter and travel down.
Zig zag letters: v, w, x, z. These letters are all very straight and have no curves!

When writing on a line all letters should be on the line. Some letters have descenders where part of the letters go under the line, such as: y,g,q, p.
Some letters have ascenders where part of the letter is taller than the rest, such as: d, h, t, b.

Capital letters should always be bigger than the other letters.


In the Spring term, we will be learning about materials. We will be sorting them according to their properties and where materials may come from.  

Foundation Subjects

In Geography, we will be learning all about the United Kingdom. 

In History, we will be learning about History of Toys. 

In Art this term, we will be studying the work of Joan Miro.  

In PSHE this term, we are learning all about 'Dreams and Goals'. 


Home learning

In the case of bad weather and school closure,  please see the list of activities below.

The work below will support your child in the key areas of arithmetic, reasoning, and phonics. 

As well as these activities, you can make use of Mathletics ( for Maths ) and Purple Mash (for reading and other curriculum games). Please also see the Phonics screening papers and our educational games and songs. 

You can use ' PE with Joe Wicks' you keep you moving. His YouTube Channel is: 


 a-e Phoneme Spotter Postcard.pdfDownload
 Arithmetic challenge 1.pdfDownload
 Arithmetic challenge 2.pdfDownload
 Arithmetic challenge 3.pdfDownload
 Arithmetic challenge 4.pdfDownload
 Arithmetic challenge 5.pdfDownload
 e-e Phoneme Spotter Postcard.pdfDownload
 i-e Phoneme Spotter Postcard.pdfDownload
 o-e Phoneme Spotter Postcard.pdfDownload
 Phase 5 Split Digraph Phoneme Spotter Postcard.pdfDownload
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