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At Linaker, we use the scheme Maths No Problem. Each lesson begins with an 'In Focus Task' which the children try to answer independently, followed by 'Let's Learn' which is teacher led. 'Guided Practice' follows, which shows the children methods and strategies to answer questions. The children try to answer some of these questions independently. Finally, the children complete questions from the book independently where they can but are also supported by the Teacher.


Summer 1


This half term we will be covering a range of areas in Maths. We will continue with numbers to 40 and will be introducing word problems. We will also be starting multiplication by using arrays and then learning about division. It would really help if you child could practice the 2, 5 and 10 x multiplication tables. there are some great counting songs on You tube, they love Jack Hartman and there is also Percy Parker to help them. We will then be looking at fractions, halves and quarters. This will then lead onto time using o'clock and half past, until they are confident at using quarter past and quarter to. We will also be doing lots of practical activities on a Friday to introduce volume and capacity. Phew!" That's quite a lot isn't it?



Today the children were learning about volume and capacity. They looked at 3 bottles which were the same size but the volume of water was different in each bottle. The children were encouraged to compare the differences between the volume of water. They used the vocabulary, full, empty half full, more and less.


Today we continued with Volume and Capacity. The children understand that capacity means the amount that a container will hold. The children looked at various bottles and beakers and were asked which held the greatest capacity? At first some children thought that the small bottle held the most because it was full. How could the children find out which held the most capacity? We discussed non standard measures and how 1 cup could be 1 unit. The children found out that the half bottle held 2 units, so therefore the full bottle would hold 4 units. Here are some photo's of the lesson today.


This week we have been learning about halves and quarters. We looked at halves and quarters in shapes and then used cubes and counters to find halves and quarters of numbers. The children are beginning to understand that finding half of a number means sharing into two equal amounts and to find a quarter means sharing into four equal amounts. Here are some photos of our learning.



Today the children were learning about movements using the vocabulary, inside, outside, forward, backward, up and down. We went outside to learn the different movements using the equipment.



Spring 2

This half term the children will be learning about 3D shapes. We will be looking at sides, faces and vertices of different shapes. We will also be learning how to measure using non standard measures such as hand spans and using standard measures using centimetres.


The children will then be learning numbers up to 40. We are still reviewing the children to count forwards and backwards from any number crossing the 10's, for example, 28, 29, 30, 31

and 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 29.

We will be counting to 40 in different ways and writing numbers to 40. As the sequence progresses, pupils are comparing numbers and looking at number patterns. 

Spring 1


This half term we will be focusing on positions and directions. We will also be looking at numbers to 20 using addition and subtraction.


You can support your child by asking them to count forwards and backwards from any number crossing the tens, for example;

25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19 etc.


You could ask your child to tell you what one more and 1 less than a number is and 10 more, 10 less. We will also be teaching them in our starter session to count in 2's, 5's and 10's. 


There are some fantastic songs on you tube to help with this or alternatively you can find some Oak Academy lessons on our Home Learning page.

Numbers Day

We had a lovely day today for numbers day. The children all looked fantastic and we had lots of fun. We learned how to play snakes and ladders and domino's. In Maths we are leading how to count on using bigger numbers by grouping into 10 first and counting one the rest, for example,



Take a look at our photos below.





Autumn 2

This half term we will focus on addition and subtraction using part/part/whole models taught last term. The children will be using their knowledge of number bonds to help them calculate addition and subtraction number sentences.

Autumn 1


This half term focusses on Place Value. We will be looking at numbers to 10, number bonds to 10, addition within 10 and subtraction within 10.

We have also been talking about the digit zero. Today the children role-played 5 monkeys using the digit and number with a tiger taking one away each time until there were none, zero, nothing left. Here are our photographs.

We have been using the vocabulary more than, less than, greater and fewer. We looked at sets of objects to see which had more or less, greater or fewer. We place counters on a number line for each set of objects so the children could see where those numbers appear in a number line.

The children have been learning about number bonds. They know about whole and part models. They have been looking at how to make number bonds to 10. How fabulous is this independent work using a tens frame and then writing an addition to show the number bonds! 😊

There are lots of websites you can access with games to help your child with their learning, which can be found below.



At Linaker, our English lessons are based around the 'Talk for Writing' program, which is a unique process that uses spoken activities to develop writing skills and has the potential to dramatically improve students writing.


There are 3 parts to this;

Imitation- where the pupils learn and internalise texts.

Innovation- where the pupils use these ideas to create new versions of the story.

Invention- where the pupils create new versions with support from the teacher.

These tasks aim to improve the children's writing ability by giving them a structure and understanding of written language.


Summer 1


This half term we will continue to use Steps to Read as our Guided Reading session. The book this term is  called Deep in the Woods. The children will be given time as a class and in partners to discuss the text and answer simple comprehension questions. Please do continue to read daily with your child.


We will also be introducing Read to Write. This is a whole school scheme to improve the quality of writing. We will be starting by using the 'sentence accuracy' part of the daily lesson. This involves the teacher saying a sentence and the children repeating it until they are confident to hold the sentence, very much like we do in RWInc. The teacher, with help from the children will model the sentence emphasising phonetic knowledge and punctuation. The children then write their sentence and check for accuracy.

Spring 2

We will be using a variety of texts which relate to our Topic Flight. These include Beegu and the Blue Balloon. Although our main writing activities will be incorporated in our RWI sessions we will be using these stories to continue developing the children's understanding of texts, retelling the story using story maps and discovering new vocabulary. 


This half term we will be introducing our new Guided Reading program, Steps to Read. This is a schematic program which consists of 4 main steps.

1. Read 

2. Model 

3. Practice 

4. Apply 

Our first story we will be reading is called The Leopard's Drum.

You can listen to the story by clicking here.





Spring 1

This half term our English will be based on the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

Knock knock!! There's someone at the classroom door. Look who's come to visit Year 1!

But what do we know about penguins? The children will be using a range of resources to find out all about penguins. We will learn what they look like, what they eat and where they live. They will then use this information to write a non fiction information text about penguins. The children will develop their ability to write factual information, including features such as a heading, sub heading, paragraph, picture and caption.

Autumn 2

This half term we will be using the Story Kipper's Toybox. We will be using Talk 4 Writing to enhance the children's progression in writing by retelling the story, creating story maps, understanding what nouns and verbs are and eventually they will write their own story with parts that have been changed.

The children have been re telling the story using our class story map. They have used actions to help them remember the story and the sequence. 

Autumn 1


This half term we will be using the text The Colour Monster. Click here to see some of our work.

Aspiration, Inspiration, Motivation, Aim High