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Year 1

Spring 1 – Megastructures!

We are starting this new term with a focus on buildings and architecture in the local area and famous buildings in London and around the world. This leads us into our science topic ‘materials and their properties’ where the children will learn about the range of materials (both man-made and natural), new language to describe their properties, how to sort them and how to investigate aspects of their characteristics.

In English this half term we will be writing fantastic descriptions of the wonderful models that were made over the holiday. The children will focus on using descriptive language to describe the features of their models. We will then move on to writing information texts on exciting facts about famous landmarks around the world. We will also be reading traditional tales, re-telling the story of The Three Little Pigs and re-writing the story focusing on story language.

In maths the children will be learning to recognise, identify and name a half of an object, shape and quantity. Children will develop their understanding of position and movements using the electronic toys ‘BeeBots’ to programme ½, ¼ and ¾ turns. Children will continue to practise the skills of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and will be learning number bonds to 10 and up to 20.

In Art, we will be learning to blend colours to create winter artwork. We will also be exploring different ways of using charcoal to draw sketches of famous buildings from around the world. We will continue to use our sketchbooks to experiment with all these techniques. In Geography we will look at the different countries of the UK and learn about the capital cities. The children will have the opportunity to use maps and atlases as well as looking at Google Earth.


Spring 2

In this half term we will continue to focus on ‘Seasonal change’ in science and changes within our local environment. The children will have the opportunity to identify animals and plants that are in the local area. We will continue to learn about ‘materials and their properties’. For Geography and History, we will be going on some walks around the local area and the City of London to explore landmark architecture and the work of Sir Christopher Wren at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. The children will also be looking at timelines and creating a timeline of St Paul’s and learning about how it has changed over time. In English we will be writing our own acrostic poems and the children will become nature detectives so that they can collect ideas to help them create their own springtime poem. We will be learning more about time connectives (first, next, then, after that and finally) to enable them to write a recount of their trip to St Pauls. Handwriting and presentation are still a very big focus in Year 1 with children being encouraged to form letters correctly and sit letters neatly along the line. In maths we will continue to practise counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s (forwards and backwards). We will also be returning to place value and using our knowledge of tens and ones and we will relate this to money with children using their knowledge to help them make amounts using different coins (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p and £1). We will be looking at time. This includes thinking about sequencing events into today, tomorrow and yesterday as well as reading a clock to the hour and half past the hour. In art we will continue to use our sketch books to experiment with a range of techniques. This half term we will focus on observational drawings, pencil strokes and shading to create sketches of St Paul’s Cathedral.


Here are some interesting websites that you may wish to look at with your children.

‘Out of this World’

Autumn 1

Our Science topic is ‘Seasonal Change’. The children will learn the months of the year (later on learning to read and spell them) and will begin to identify which months fit into which season. We will use our senses to make observations about what we can see in our local area and try to determine which season it is. We will use these observations throughout the year and compare and contrast what we see. Children will use descriptive language to make detailed observations. They will also learn that the weather changes significantly and begin to think about why this happens. We will keep a year long record of the temperature so that we can begin to notice patterns.

In English we will be learning about labels, lists and captions and our focus will be on composing a sentence orally before writing it. We will also be looking at various texts focusing on descriptive language. We will focus on handwriting and letter formation and writing targets will include remembering finger spaces, capital letters, full stops and forming our letters correctly.

In Maths there will be a strong focus on recognising, counting and ordering numbers. Our focus is to count forwards and backwards to 20 and children will also be expected to read and write (spell) numerals and words to ten/10 (later on to twenty/20). We will be thinking about doubles of numbers and will continue to use different resources to represent numerals. Children will begin to add 1 and 2 digit numbers to 20 using a variety of methods and they will begin to use the language of more and less than.

In PE we will continue with our ‘REAL PE’ scheme of work which focuses this half term on following instructions, footwork coordination and static balance on one leg.

In RE our topic will be ‘The natural world’ which also ties in with our science topic.

In Art we will be experimenting with using a range of materials including pencils, paint, oil pastels and charcoal. We will explore mixing colours and printing.

Autumn 2

We will begin our second half term with an ‘Autumn Art Attack’ wow day. In Science we will continue to look at ‘Seasonal changes’ and will discover more about changes in weather and lessening daylight hours. We will continue to collect data about temperature to discover whether or not patterns are emerging. We will study our local environment also to see how plants including trees have changed. We will also be visiting Hollow Ponds to collect items for our arty extravaganza!

In History we will be learning about changes in living memory focusing on toys from the past. The children will have the opportunity to talk about differences between their life and the lives of their parents and grandparents and ask and answer questions about the past.

In English, we will be continue to focus on using our phonics to write a range of texts including poems, stories, recounts and information texts; using our ‘Magpie Walls’ to generate interesting word choices. In our writing we will be focusing on orally rehearsing our sentences, using capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, forming letters correctly and sitting our writing along the line.

In Maths we will be extending our counting forwards and backwards to 50. Children will also be learning more about strategies for subtraction and addition and will begin to think about place value. Children will also have the opportunity to learn more about money including recognising and making amounts. The children will also be naming and describing the properties of 2D shapes and naming 3D shapes. Children will also be counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

In PE we will continue with our ‘REAL PE’ scheme of work which focuses this half term on social skills, jumping and landing and seated static balance.

In Art we will experiment with colour blending to create winter art.

Our RE for this half term is Christianity and the festival of Christmas. Parents and carers will also have the opportunity to watch the children perform twice this half term: once during a class assembly and once during the Christmas show!

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