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Whingate Primary School

Whingate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 3DS
Headteacher: Stephen Archer

01132 638 910

Welcome to Year 1!

In Year 1 we learn and play together with Mrs Kellman, Mrs Knights and Miss Smith.

Our super teaching assistants are:

  • Miss Bate
  • Miss Magda
  • Miss Webster

We are always happy to help and you will find us on the door before or after school every day!

Spring Term


This term our topic is ‘Mr Men’!

We will be learning all about some of the different Mr Men and Little Miss characters. Feel free to send in any books your child would like to share.


In Literacy our focus will be on stories about the Mr Men and Little Miss characters. We will be learning how to write a good set of instructions for some of the characters. Our first writing task of the term was to write some instructions to teach Mr Happy how to brush his teeth.



In Maths we will be looking at addition and subtraction numbers to 20, and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. 

We will also be looking at length and learning how to measure and compare lengths, as well as looking at fractions of shapes and numbers (½ and ¼)


Our main focus in Topic will be based on our DT project. This involves us designing, making and evaluating our very own Mr Man/Little Miss character! Watch this space for photos of our work.


Key information


  • Please check that your child has the correct uniform, including pumps, in line with our uniform policy. 
  • Please also ensure that all items of clothing, including pumps, PE kits and uniform are clearly labelled with your child's name. 


Please ensure that your child has their book bag at school every day. This will enable us to access their reading books and records at all times and will help them to bring home  letters and other items safely. 


The children will do indoor PE on a Wednesday morning and outdoor PE on a Thursday afternoon but this will change at times due to other commitments in school. Please ensure that your child has an indoor and an outdoor PE kit in school at all times. 

Your child will also need to have a kit in school if they are planning to take part in any after school sports clubs.



In Year 1 your child will be expected to complete reading, maths and spelling homework every week:


Reading - Reading books will be changed every Monday. Your child should receive 2 reading books each week. Please ensure that your child reads as often as possible at home and that you comment in their reading record. If you are working towards the 100 reading book challenge, you can also make comments on other books that your child has read that week.


Maths - This will be linked to what your child has been learning in class that week and should be at an appropriate level for your child to work with some independence, though they may need some support at times. We will send the homework books out on a Friday and homework is due back in on a Wednesday morning. 


Spelling - This is a key area of the curriculum that many children find tricky and it is vital that they are practiced frequently and repetitively to ensure secure knowledge of their first 100 high frequency words by the end of Year 1. We will send the homework books out on a Friday and homework is due back in on a Wednesday morning. 

Below you will find our long term topic plan for the year. This shows you what our topics are and what subjects we will be studying within each topic. 

Below you will find any important newsletters for Year 1: