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Gorseybrigg Primary School and Nursery


Spring Term

 Happy New Year!

This term we are focusing on our History topic of Victorians, using the concept question 'Is change always good?'

We will be talking about what 'history' is. It would be good to talk with your children about their own family history, maybe you have old photographs or a family tree.

This first half term we will begin by learning about Queen Victoria, then we will look at Victorian homes, children and schools. 

At Chesterfield Museum there is a free Victorian exhibition on until 26th February that could be worth a visit. It is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-4pm.

In English, we will be looking at the Traditional stories of: Dick Whittington, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Gingerbread man. We will be retelling stories and changing parts of the story to make our own versions. All children should be able to write a sentence using a capital letter, spaces and a full stop. Most children will be able to use adjectives and conjunctions to make their sentences more interesting. Some children will begin to use a question mark or exclamation mark in their writing.

In Maths, we will be using numbers to 20 to complete addition and subtraction sentences.  Children should be able to count forwards and backwards from any given number. Children will learn the number bonds to 10 and then use this knowledge to find number bonds to 20. Eg 9 + 1 = 10 so 19 + 1 = 20 and 11 + 9 = 20.

We will use the comparison signs to compare number sentences. EG     12 + 3 = 11 + 4,       

 15 - 3 > 8 + 2


In PE, we will be following the gymnastics and games elements from the REAL PE programme.

In RE,  we will continue to learn about Christianity and what this was like in Victorian England.

In Computing, we will be looking at how computers can collate data as a pictogram and by using spreadsheets.



Reading - Please continue to read as often as possible and at least 4 times per week.

Word Cards - Practise a few at a time - this will help your child increase their reading fluency and move up the reading shelves.

Phonics - Use the weekly homework sheet to see what your child has been learning in their group and practise the sounds and blending the words.

Spelling - Practise spelling the words containing the relevant phonic sounds. This will embed their learning for reading and writing. 

Remember to continue with the high frequency spelling words a few at a time. These will be tested half termly.

Maths - Play counting games - take it in turns to count. Can you get to 100? Count forwards or backwards from any given number. Count in 2's, 5's and 10's. Tell me one more and one less than my number. Who can find the biggest number when you are out and about? 

I appreciate this sounds a lot but please remember you do not need to, and are not expected, to sit your child down for long periods of time. Many of the tasks can be done verbally whilst walking/driving or will only take a 10 minutes every day. A little bit of work more often will make a huge difference to their confidence and progress in school.

Feel free to contact me on if you are isolating and would like to receive specific work or if you have any queries.


Kay Christie, Ellena Barker, Janine Daly             



 Our class

Class teachers - Mrs Christie (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)

                          Mrs Barker (Thursday)

Teaching assistant - Mrs Daly (Monday- Wednesday)

We have a home corner, reading area, construction, outdoor space, small world, writing, DT and Maths areas. The children can access these areas independently and are resourced to enhance and continue their learning. The children are set 5 challenges each week and can put a coloured spot on their ladybird for each challenge completed.


Please remember that the morning snack should be fresh fruit and vegetables and only and water to drink. If you are sending your child in with their own snack, please make sure it is not any other kind of snack or drink. There is fresh fruit available in school every day.

Please make sure that book bags, jumpers, cardigans, wellies etc are all labelled.

Please read with your child as many times as possible each week, the minimum should be 4 times per week. Fill in the reading record when they have read to you as this will go toward their group's 'Reading Racer' points.

All children will have a set of word cards. You can cut this up and learn a few at a time. A few minutes every day will help increase their word recognition. The words they know link to the reading band they are on. You can also ask your child how to spell the words they are learning.

Please continue to practise cursive handwriting:

c    o     a    d    g   q    f    s

These letters all start on the line. Start by doing an entrance, over and stop, back around. The 'a, o, d and g' all start by making the 'c'. 

i    r    n    m     

These all start on the line. Start by doing an entrance, then back down. Finish by putting a little 'flick' on the end

l   h   b   t   k   

Entrance, up tall, back down.

    e      u    y      v    w    x    z

Try writing words using all cursive handwriting. (not joined up though)

Feel free to print off and use the handwriting guides under 'useful links'.


 Useful links

Year 1 reading and spelling words

Handwriting guides

 Oxford Owl reading materials

 Phase 3 sound mat      Phase 4 sound mat