GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Johnson Class (Year 1)

2 1188 eJohnson Class (Year 1)

Class teacher: Miss Kingston 

Learning Assistants: Mr Bulsara and Miss Blackley



Welcome to another term in Year 1! We are all looking forward to a great term partnering with you and your child in their learning and development. As ever this term is a busy one, packed full of exciting learning. Within this curriculum newsletter there is some key information to help you support your child’s learning.




Johnson Class's PE days this term are Tuesday and Thursday. Please can your child bring suitable PE kit to school on Monday. PE kits can stay in class and will come home after the last PE lesson of the week.

Indoor PE: Children will need green shorts and a plain t-shirt in their house colour. Gym and Dance is done in bare feet. Children will need trainers or plimsolls for indoor games.

Outdoor PE: Green jogging bottoms and t-shirt, and a tracksuit or spare jumper for colder days.  Children will also need trainers. The weather is getting increasingly colder it is therefore essential that they have warm layers to put on. Please also remember spare socks for children who are wearing tights.

Jewellery: A reminder that only stud earrings and wristwatches may be worn to school. Earrings must be removed or covered for PE. Children should not wear bracelets, rings or necklaces to school.



Children will have one homework book which will be used for all homework, you can use the homework books for STEAM homework. They will have weekly maths homework. The maths homework will be set using the website Numbots. If you have any queries about the homework please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. Homework will be collected in each Thursday and given out on a Friday.


For their maths homework, children are expected to play on Numbots for 5 minutes at least four times a week. Certificates will be awarded to children in celebration assembly as they progress.

Topic Homework Menus

Children will have a termly topic menu with additional homework options based on our STEAM curriculum. We would love if all children could bring in at least one piece of homework that is based on our STEAM topic each term.


We expect children to have daily opportunities to read to, or with, someone at home, as well as independently. Each Friday, children will be sent home with the following:

  • RWI book: This is a text that the children have been reading regularly in class to build fluency. They should be able to read this to you independently with minimal mistakes.
  • Book Bag Book: This is a text that is based upon the sounds that children have been reading in class. As such, the children should be able to apply their phonics to knowledge to read all the words within the book with minimal support.
  • Library Book: This is a text that the children have selected based upon their interest. These books are not based on prior phonics knowledge and should be shared with, or read by, an adult.

These books should be returned to school the following Thursday to be changed. 

All children have a reading diary, which they should bring to school in their book bag every day. Please record your child’s reading (as well as any additional comments) in the reading diary including the date and, where appropriate, page numbers. To build fluency, children should read a text a minimum of three times. As such, school reading books will only be changed once per week on a Friday. We will check the reading record is completed regularly.





This term our STEAM focus is art. We will be answering the question “Can I create a piece of art based on a period of history?” Within this unit of work, children will become scientists to explore plants and their structure, including labelling the parts of a plant and identifying a variety of common plants including evergreen and deciduous trees. By using their geographical knowledge of physical features from term 2 the children will also compare plants from different environments. We will become historians and explore 2 artists from history: Vincent Van Gogh and Beatrix Potter. Students will learn about the different styles of their artwork to influence their own sketches and paintings.  The children will learn different sketching and painting techniques and practice these skills through live drawing of various plants. Our final product will be creating a map showing the wide variety of plants around the school. The children will build on their existing knowledge of maps from term 2 to assist them with this.


Throughout this term, the children will be developing their understanding concerning addition and subtraction and composition of two-digit numbers.

Children will develop an understanding that numbers 11-19 and made up of numbers 10 and a bit. Students will learn about tens and ones up to 20. Children will be exploring addition and subtraction equations up to 20. In addition, children will be learning about doubling numbers up to 20.


Children will be authors this term and will be investigating stories with similar settings. They will have an opportunity to create their very own short story to be published in our class book called ‘The Adventures of Traction Man’. The children will investigate what a story needs in order to be considered a good story, including characters, setting, a beginning, a middle and an end. They will then use this to write their own story about the adventures of Traction Man and his visit to school. The children will continue to build their writing stamina by writing extended sentences including conjunctions and colourful semantics to write excellent sentences.


This term, the children will be looking at data and information. This includes how to group, compare and identify. The children will complete a range of activities to enhance their understanding about how we can group data. This also links to our STEAM topic, as children will be thinking of ways to group plants that they have found.


Within HRE children will continue to learn about relationships, thinking about how to be kind, how to treat other people and how to stay safe. When discussing staying safe the children will consider what is meant by privacy and respect and explore the idea that some things are not meant to be kept secret. Also, the children will discuss what to do if they feel unsafe.


The children will be learning through a Charanga unit called “round and round.” They will continue to build on their skills of playing a glockenspiel as well as rhythm, pulse and beat. The children will also learn a song, which they will be performing at the end of the unit. Look out on dojo for their performances! 


Indoor -

Under the sea – the children will be building on their dance skills from last term, to create a performance piece to Disney’s under the sea. The children will think about height, balance, rhythm and timing to enhance their performances. The children will also provide feedback on performances seen to help their peers improve.

Outdoor –

Children will be learning about object control. They will be learning various ways to move a ball, such as bouncing, throwing as well as catching. They will then put this into practice by participating in a group game where all skills will be incorporated.


The focus this term is Christianity and Easter. Children will be looking at churches, exploring their key features and why these are important. They will also be retelling the Easter story, understanding why this is important to Christians.


Key Dates 

  • World Book Day (come as your favourite book character - £1 donation to raise funds for the school library) - Thursday 3rd March 
  • Parents’ Meetings – Monday 7th March and Thursday 10th March
  • School photos- Wednesday 6th April
  • End of term (finish at 1pm) – Friday 8th April 


Thank you for your continued support.


Miss Kingston

Year 1 Class Teacher

Useful links:

For reading with children


How to support reading at home