Spring Term

In the Spring term we will consider ‘What Makes the Earth Beautiful?’. We will investigate how plants and animals contribute to making the world a beautiful place to live.

As readers, we will continue to develop our phonic knowledge through daily Read Write Inc. sessions whilst also undertaking daily group guided reading. Through guided reading, we will enjoy sharing and discussing a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Children will develop improved fluency and the ability to summarise what they have read. They will learn to make sensible predictions, read beyond the text and answer a range of questions appropriate to the book they are reading.

We will also be sharing the following texts during our English lessons:

  • Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
  • How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne
  • The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy
  • Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Patricia Hegarty

As writers, we continue to develop our confidence to write independently using the phonics sounds we have learnt so far. We will focus specifically on what a simple sentence needs to include: a capital letter at the beginning, clear finger gaps and a full stop at the end.

We will use the stories and texts we have shared to stimulate ideas for our writing. Through this we will develop our spelling, punctuation and grammar focusing on: nouns, adjectives, verbs, suffixes and prefixes, exclamation marks and question marks. We will also be writing instructions and retelling simple stories.

Throughout this term, we will continue to look at, and develop, our spelling of the Year 1 Common Exception Words.

As mathematicians, we will continue to practise and increase our fluency in the areas we have previously learnt whilst developing new skills relating to measures such as height, length, mass and capacity.

As geographers, we will be locating where our own country is in the world. We will also be naming and locating the four countries of the U.K using an atlas. We will look at Broughton and where it is located in the U.K. We will identify the key features of our local area by going on a walk down Broughton High Street. After, we will recreate a map of Broughton High Street and label what we have seen. During Commonwealth week, we will be looking at the country of South Africa. We will compare this country to Broughton, looking at the similarities and differences between them.

As historians, we will be looking at the significance of Nelson Mandela to the history of South Africa.

As designers, we will collaboratively design and create Noah’s Ark, taking a section of the boat each to create our replica. We will design a functional and purposeful room for our ark, considering which materials will be best suited to building our structure. Afterwards we will evaluate our product against the design criteria - identifying its strengths and weaknesses.

As computer users, we will use technology safely; understanding how to keep personal information private and identifying where to go for help and support if we have concerns.

As scientists, we will be identifying and naming a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and animals. We will also recognise which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will be identifying and naming a range of wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We will look at the basic structure of flowering plants, again including trees.

As theologians, we will learn the story of Noah’s Ark; using this as a basis to discuss why the world is a special place and how everyone can play their part in caring for the world. We will also study the Easter Story; allowing children to respond to stories from holy books. We will talk about what Christians believe; reflecting on important days in the year and how these are celebrated.

As citizens, in PSHE we will learn about our identity, relationships, risk and safety, diversity and equality, power and making sure we are promoting a healthy balanced lifestyle.

As musicians, we will sing songs and listen to music about animals and think about how animals can be described in music. We will explore music from South Africa and think about choosing instruments to use when we play together.

As sports people, we will explore the basic skills of rolling, throwing and catching a ball and use these skills in some general invasion games. We will also explore the basic skills of kicking, controlling and dribbling a ball and use these skills in some general invasion games.

Visits

We have plans to visit Woodside Wildlife Park. This will enable us to apply our scientific learning within a real life context.