Year 1


This Term...

The book we will be covering is: The Dragon Machine By Helen Ward

This touching story about a lonely boy with a passion for dragons, shows the power of the imagination to free the spirit, and highlights the importance of friendship.

This half-term we will be learning/finding out about…

Literacy – writing non-chronological reports & writing stories about dragons. Reading about flight and inventors, history of flight. Pupils in role as members of the ‘Dragon Believers Guild’.

Science – materials (naming/comparing/describing) – which material will be best to build a dragon machine?

Design and technology – design a moving vehicle ‘dragon machine’ with a specific design criteria using axles and wheels.

Geography – developing vocabulary, looking at maps and atlases, making a map with a key to get to our dragon world and naming countries and continents, that we fly over on our way!

History – timeline of flight, finding out about the Wright Brothers.

Music –making music for our own dragon machine and adding sound to drama/role-play.

PSHE – friendship, making friends and getting along.

PE – Monday and Wednesday this half-term – please make sure your child has their PE kit in school.

Please complete phonics games at home (see phonics pack) to help prepare for the phonics screening check in June!


There are many ways that you can help and support your child out of school. Homework is a vital part of your child’s learning as it enables them to practice skills and reinforces the things they have learnt during the school day. There are many ways you can support your child in Year 1.

Reading at home:  Enjoying books and reading stories is crucial in the development of children. It helps with their ability to understand words, use their imagination and develop their speech, as well as being something they can enjoy. It is vitally important you listen to your child read as often as possible to help them continue to develop their reading skills, decoding and understanding what they have read. Please keep a log in your child’s reading record when you have read with them. You don’t have to read the whole book, a couple of pages regularly would be beneficial, or take it in turns to read a page each.

Maths practice: Make maths fun and play games or complete some of the maths puzzles off the school website.  Your child can earn points on their homework grid for completing and bringing in these tasks. Maths can be part of everyday tasks such as counting the stairs as you climb them, sharing things out, measuring and weighing in baking/cooking.

Homework Grid: Your child will be bring home their new homework grid at the start of each half term and the activities will be linked to what we are learning in school. The work should be of a good quality and should be brought to school on a Friday to be checked, in their blue homework folder. Each child will be given a points target to achieve by the end of the half-term. You can pick which tasks you attempt, the important ones are at the top marked ‘everyday’. You can do an activity more than once if you think your child needs to work on it again.


 Year 1 Spring Term Homework Grid Dragon Machine.docxDownload
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We ask for your support in helping your child to continue their learning outside of school by enabling them to complete some of these activities and work towards achieving their point target. If you would prefer to do a different activity at home such as practising something you know your child needs help with, just make a note in the planner and they will get points for this too! Homework isn’t meant to be stressful for children or parents! If you have any questions about homework, please ask.

Thank you for your support.

Additional Home Learning

Websites and Apps

Phonics Play

 KS1 Addition Word Problem Challenge Cards.pdfDownload
 KS1 Puzzles and Problems.pdfDownload
 KS1 spellings.docxDownload
 Year 1 activities to try at home.docxDownload
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