Welcome to Miss Richard’s Y1B Class. On here you can learn all about what is happening in Year 1 and see all of the exciting things we have been learning!

Teacher: Miss E Richards

Email: erichards@victoriousacademies.org

Teaching Assistant: Mrs E Dickinson

Spring Term


The focus of our maths lessons changes weekly to suit the needs of our pupils, we use assessments and previous lessons to identify any gaps and needs.

Throughout the spring term we will be covering the following:

  • Measure, specifically length and height. We will be measuring ourselves and other objects around the classroom and our school.
  • Addition and Subtraction – one of the most popular methods was to put the bigger number in our head before either counting forwards or backwards to find the answer.
  • Coin recognition. Challenging ourselves to add coins to find the total value.
  • 2D and 3D shapes and can we recall the names for each shape?
  • Measure, specifically weight and mass. We will be making lots of cakes. Yum, yum!

Maths lessons are structured to allow your children to fulfil their potential, mastery and greater depth opportunities are present in each lesson.


Throughout the spring term will be covering the following:

  • Writing stories, learning to plan an exciting story before writing it. We will be using Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ to help us with this. Talk for Writing is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables them to imitate the language they need before writing their own version.
  • One of our main authors is Quentin Blake We will be reading some of his books and then writing our own stories based on this.
  • Poetry – We will be exploring a range of poetry before writing our own poems.


Throughout the spring term we will be covering the following:

  • We will continue to plan and conduct various experiments. We will recap how to conduct an experiment, concentrating on a predication, what equipment we need, our results and a conclusion. We will also speak about a fair test and the importance of ensuring we conduct our experiments fairly.
  • We will be learning about the human body and will draw and label different parts of it.
  • We will look at the human life cycle, how do we know that we are alive?
  • The 5 senses; sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. The children will explore each of their senses!


Throughout the spring term we will be covering the following:

  • Castles – we will label different parts of a castle and using the laptops and I pads, find out what each part was used for and why. We will research the roles that different people played. Why did they need a knight in a castle?
  • We will also be discussing people in our own locality. We will be looking at Hugh Mason, a local mill owner in Ashton. We will conduct lots of research to find out what sorts of things used to happen there.


Throughout the spring term we will be covering the following:

  • What does it mean to be a Christian?
  • Their special place of worship
  • Their special book
  • Special events such as weddings and christenings


Throughout the spring term we will be:

  • Looking, planning, creating, storing and sharing illustrations. Our topic this term is Castles and Knights. The children will be given the opportunity to design a castles and knights book cover.
  • We will then be creating an eBook. The children will write a castles and knights story. I’m already very excited to see the finished product!


Phonics will continue much in the same way as reception. The children will continue to learn new phonemes and graphemes daily and will apply their phonics knowledge to their reading and writing. Each year, the children in year one sit a phonics screening check. This is a short test to confirm whether each child is able to decode to an appropriate standard. More information will follow regarding this in due course.

General Class Information

  • Year 1 have PE each week, Miss Richard’s Y1B class on a Monday. We also enjoy Dance class with Harriet and outdoor games.
  • Reading books are changed once a week, once your child has read their book at home. Please ensure that you comment in their reading record once they have read to you.
  • Homework is sent out each Friday and we kindly ask that it is returned the following Wednesday. Children who continually return incomplete homework will miss their break time to complete the activity. We appreciate your continued support with this.
  • Targets are sent home every half term. Please work through these targets with your child.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can make an appointment via the office or alternatively speak to us after school or via our Twitter pages.