Holy Trinity

Church Of England VA School

01706 378061

Partner School

Our Core Values - Trust, Courage, Forgiveness, Truthfulness, Generosity, Respect, Responsibility.



What is going on in Year 1 - this half term, our topic is THE SEASIDE!

Over the course of the school year, we will be adding some useful information to this page. You can find all the information you need, below, regarding our current learning within school this term and it may also include some handy tips and tricks to help your child at home or may be some useful websites for learning, related to our topics in class. 


  • We will be continue to develop our reading skills in both independent reading to adults and our weekly guided reading sessions as well as in our weekly library time - don't forget to read your 2 reading books as many times as you can each week to become a confident and fluent reader! In guided reading we will be focussing on comprehensions.


    In English this term we are going to be exploring some wonderful texts including The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, The Boy who unplugged the sea and The Storm Whale. We will also be exploring poetry with a seaside focus, creating our very own holiday brochures (who isn't dreaming of that dream getaway?) and sending off a message in a bottle! We will be starting to fine tune our writing skills, focusing more on the SPAG aspects of our writing, using cursive handwriting, ensuring we are confident in using capital letters (including for proper nouns and the pronoun I), full stops, finger spaces, the prefix '-un' and also using a range of suffixes in our writing.






At Holy Trinity, we follow the Twinkl Phonics Scheme, which has been approved by the DfE as a validated scheme and is already making us fantastic at Phonics! 

We began the year by recapping Phase 2, 3 and 4 before moving onto Phase 5. We will be reading a mixture of real and nonsense (alien) words in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check which takes place in June 2023. Please see the parent guide that has been uploaded. During this half term, we will continue to learn our Level 5 phonemes and consolidate our phonetic knowledge to help us become super spellers and confident readers and writers by following the Twinkl Rhino Readers home reading books which revise our prior learning.


In Maths this half term, we will cover the following maths topics: 


Place Value

Fractions of shapes



2d/3d shapes


We will explore these learning objectives through a combination of practical whole class, small groups and independent activities, learning through play, pictorial learning as well as seeing if we can then apply our knowledge independently at the end of each week with some trickier tasks. We will be working very hard to learn numbers bonds that make 10 so we can recall them rapidly, continue to reading and recognizing numbers to 50, days of the week and practicing our counting forwards and backwards skills within our 'Flashback Fluency' daily maths activities.  



Our Christian Value this term is CREATIVITY. Within both whole school worship, class RE and PSHCE lessons, activities and discussions we will be thinking about what it means to have respect and reverence and how we can show this in our everyday lives.

This half term our RE topic is  “Who is Jewish and how do they live?”


We will be doing geography this term,. "We're all going on a summer holiday!" - not quite but we will be heading the seaside in our classroom this term! We are going to be finding out where some of our famous UK seaside resorts are, where we might go on a summer holiday and then exploring and naming some of the features (including piers, cliffs etc). We will also be looking at the weather, and how it affects us when looking at particular dangers.

We will also be looking at the history of our wonderful seaside resorts and comparing and contrasting them to present day. We will be looking at entertainment on the beaches, souvenirs we might bring home and also what we might wear on the beach! We will also be playing our very own game of GUESS WHO'S ON HOLIDAY, where we bring in baby pictures and guess who is who! 






In science we follow a scheme called Plymouth science. Our topic is animals including humans. We will be looking at naming body parts and their important jobs, looking at our 5 senses, grouping different animals, looking at food/diet.


This lesson is taught by Mrs Bester. Our topic for this half term is "fake is a mistake!" as part of our heart smart scheme we follow.



Art and Design Technology


This half term, our Art topic is Paper Play – sculpture and 3d skills!

We will be working on making different types of sculptures using paper and card using inspirations from different artists. 




 This subject is taught by Mrs Bester. This half term is all about IT and the children will be creating a media using different software apps such as Paintz.





This lesson is taught by our specialist music teacher. This term we will looking at exploring instruments and symbols.


Year 1 Reading Journey

Want to learn more about the books we have enjoyed so far this year and the books we will read this half term? Take a look at our Year 1 Reading Journey: