St. John's Community Primary School & Nursery

Year 1

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Cassie for being really positive in her new school and class setting. She has embraced all challenges set. Well done.

Welcome to the Spring term. Our topic is ‘Castle Capers’. PPlanning overviews and curriculum coverage can be found in the Curriculum and Resources folder (Spring Term).

Some of our activities will include:

  • investigating different types of castles
  • making castle walls and battlements for our role-play area (equipped with princess and knight costumes)
  • using junk modelling to create a castle and taking aerial photos of the models to compare with aerial photos of real castles
  • finding out about life/jobs in a medieval castle
  • finding out about methods of attacking and defending a castle
  • designing and making a battering ram with rotating/fixed axles
  • examining and recreating Paul Klee’s Castle and Sun using oil pastels and a watercolour wash
  • drawing and painting a life-sized shield, considering a design of personal significance

Our topic will end in a similar way to the Wild Rumpus, with a medieval dance, battle (jousting session) and banquet. The children will need a costume (princess/knight) and props; should be a lot of fun!

Please remember to read with your child at least x3 per week and record it in their reading diary. The Phonics Screening Check for Year 1 is fast approaching and we want to give the children every possible chance of doing well. If you require any support/materials please come and see me.

PE continues to be on a Monday and Thursday afternoon. Indoor kit required for both. The children will need outdoor trainers for the Golden Mile (every Wednesday).

Our trip to Norwich Castle will be on Tuesday 27th February. If you are able to help and have a DBS check, please come and speak to me.

Best wishes,
Mrs Hands

  • Please label all clothing
  • Ensure your child has a coat, water bottle, their reading book and diary every day
  • PE is on Mondays and Thursdays (indoor kit needed for both days)

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Road Safety
Friday 19th and Friday 26th January

Castle Museum Trip
Tuesday 27th February

Golden Mile
(every Wednesday)

Curriculum & Resources


Year 1 2014-15

Year 1 2015-16

Year 1 2016-17


English Expectation

English – Reading, Spoken Language

English – Writing

Maths Expectation


Science Expectation


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