Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

01707 652714

Cranborne Primary School

Learning Together

Welcome to Year  1!

Happy New Year!

We hope you've had a lovely Christmas break and are feeling refreshed and ready for the Spring Term. We want to say a huge thank you for your generous cards, gifts and kind words. We hugely appreciate them all. We look forward to seeing you all on Friday 6th January!



Parent information evening slides

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



Every week, we will set spelling, English and Maths homework on this web page. Please complete this in your green homework books and return to school the following Tuesday. Thank you. 

1R - We have sent home some lines on  black paper in reading records for the children to learn for our class assembly on Friday 3rd February. We would really apprecaite it if you could help your child to learn their lines! Thank you :) 






Please remember to recap the spellings on your highlighted spelling sheets.



 This week, we have introduced joins to our handwriting when writing digraphs and trigraphs. Please practise this using the handwriting sheet in your homework books. 


This week, we have been focussing on addition. Please complete the activities set on Mathletics.

Please practise logging on to your Purple Mash accounts! At this point in the year, all children should be able to log on independently. 


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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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 -

Spring Key Dates:


Thursday 5th January 2023 - INSET

Friday 6th January 2023 - children return to school

Friday 3rd February - 1R Class Assembly, 9am

Monday 16th - Friday 20th January - FoC Penny War Week

Friday 10th February - FoC Friendship Disco

Monday 13th - Friday 17th February - HALF TERM BREAK

Monday 20th February - INSET & Parent Consultations

Thursday 2nd March - World Book Day


Thursday 30th March - FoC Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 31st March - Last Day of Term (1:15pm finish)

Monday 3rd April - Friday 13th April - EASTER BREAK


Monday 17th April - INSET

Tuesday 18th April - children return to school



 Hertfordshire Library Service are offering a free online loaning option. Please have a look if you are interested in exploring a variety of different reading materials with your child...

Oxford owl:

For extra spelling resources and ebooks please follow this link: 

Username: cranborne

Password: school 1 


You can also find reading books at

Please use read write inc videos to practise your sounds

Here is some more information on read write inc phonics

Phonics play -


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.



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 


Our learning for Spring Term...


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

  • Adding using ‘Think 10’
  •  Subtraction using ‘Think 10’ 
  •  Equality and Balance
  • Part or Whole Unknown       
  • Language and Problem Solving (part or whole unknown)
  • Comparison (difference, more, less, fewer) including Statistics
  • Measures 
  • Coins and Combinations to 20p
  • Ordering and Comparing

Mental fluency:

  • Recalling number bonds to 20 such as 18 + 2 and 4 + 16
  • 1 more and 1 less than a given number up to 50
  • Counting to 100 and back 
  • Double and halves to 20
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s


In Geography this term, we have been looking at the area surrounding our school. We have looked at a map of the school grounds and will identify natural and man-made features. We will be creating our own symbols and making our own maps. 


In History this term, we will be learning about the history of toys. We will be thinking about how toys have changed over time and will be examining how toys are different now to how they were in the past, using artefacts to help us. We have an exciting 'Toys off the Page' day planned for the children to practically explore toys from the past. We will also have a visitor coming to talk to the children about toys from other cultures. 


In art this half term, we will be studying the work of Yayoi Kusama. We will be taking inspiration from her style of artwork to create our own interpretations of her work using colourful dots. Through this sequence of lessons, the children will develop their cutting, drawing, painting and designing skills. 

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.  


  • Set on a Thursday, and due on a Tuesday.
  • This will be skills based. Maths, grammar, spelling and reading.


We are so impressed with the progress made across the year group during the Autumn term. The children have been focusing on the basics of sentence structure and building simple sentences independently using capital letters and full stops. As we move forward into the Spring term, the children will be encouraged to continue to write independently and will be writing multiple sentences to create longer pieces of writing. Our focus books for this term are Lost in the Toy Museum (which links with our History topic), Jack and the Beanstalk, The Disgusting Sandwich and And Tango Makes Three. 

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. The children will distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. They will identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock. They will learn to describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials and will compare and group them on the basis of their simple physical properties.


Our Spring term units are called Maze Explorers and Animated Stories. During our first topic of Maze Explorers, the children will learn to create and correct a set of instructions and will learn vocabulary associated with this, (eg. algorithm and debugging). In the second unit, the children will be introduced to e-books on Purple Mash. They will add animations and sound to their own stories and will learn to change backgrounds and copy and paste images to create their own e-books.


In PSHE this term, we will be covering two units called 'Dreams and Goals' and 'Healthy Me'. In the dreams and goals topic, we will be discussing our aspirations and learning the best strategies to achieve our goals. We will also be considering how to overcome set backs and to keep a positive attitude if things don't always go the way we want them to. 

In the 'Healthy Me' topic, we will be learning about how to keep ourselves healthy. We will be focussing on living a healthy lifestyle like eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, getting lots of sleep and exercising. 

Physical Education

This term, our indoor PE unit will be Dance, where the children will be learning to travel in different ways across the space and will be learning to move their bodies to the beat of the music. Our outdoor unit will be fundamental movement skills, where the children will be learning to hop, skip, catch, throw and travel safely at different speeds.