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Spring Term 1

Spring Term 1

Our Planet

Welcome back to all of our children and families and a very Happy New Year to everyone.

Our amazing topic for this half term is called ‘Our Planet’ and we cannot wait to start our learning. 

In Science we will be learning about animal classifications. We will learn the key features of the different animal groups e.g. birds and mammals and which animals are in which category. We will also be identifying seasonal changes across the four seasons. In Geography, we are building on our learning about the UK from last term and we will be learning all about our planet Earth: the oceans, the continents and naming different countries. We will also look at hot and cold climates and where on our Earth these are located. In Music the children will be learning to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of music, finding the pulse, learning a new song and exploring a range of percussion instruments and making music together. In PSHE we are learning all about rules and why we need them. This includes caring for others and looking after our planet. It links really well to our Christian Value of compassion that we are also focusing on this term. 


We also have many carefully selected high quality texts for story time that link to Our Planet, we cannot wait to start reading them. 


In English our Talk for Writing focus story is ‘Beegu’. We will learn how to retell the story, describe Beegu and write different reports. We will learn all about suffixes and use these in our writing. We also have an alien who has joined our class! Can he stay or should he go home? 


In Maths we follow a Maths scheme called White Rose Maths. This term we will continue to cover place value before moving on to extending our knowledge of addition and subtraction. Following this we will move on to length and height and developing our knowledge of measurement. 


Termly common exception words

In Year One, spellings are done weekly. In your child’s reading record a sticker will appear with around 6 spellings to practise 3 times a week. Spelling certain tricky words and common exception words is so important in Year One so please support your child at home with this.


Phonics info and Reading

The children participate in a phonics session daily first thing in the morning and they will take part in a group reading practice each week three times in class. Please ensure that your child has their reading book and reading record book with them each day. Included in your child’s reading record book will be your child’s spellings on a sticker. Please support your child at home with their spellings.

Reading books are changed on a Monday for the week and these are the books which are required for the reading practice sessions. Your child will also bring home a book from our school library which is their reading for pleasure book these will be changed when your child’s class has their library time.



Extra helpful info

Children will be doing PE on various different days, therefore please ensure your child has their PE kit in school ALL TERM.




Please choose one of the following;

  • You could research and find out all about a continent or country that you have never visited. This could be done using Atlases or the internet and can be presented as a report or poster. 
  • Design clothes for a hot and a cold country, what would be the best things to wear?
  • Create a poster to explain key facts about an animal classification e.g. birds or mammals or reptiles. Remember to include examples of different animals that are in this classification.
  • Find out more abut the animals that live in a hot climate or a cold climate and how they have adjusted to this.
  • Create a story board to retell the Creation story

Spring Term 1 Parent Newsletter

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