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Y1 Spring 2 2017

Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.


Best wishes

Mrs Simmonds, Miss McSorley, Miss Dean and Miss Berry


Learning Challenge: Do aliens live on the moon?

We are all very excited about this topic where children will be learning all about space! On the first day back, we will launch the topic by showing them some CCTV footage of their actual classrooms which will have had some strange intergalactic intruders over the holidays! Not only that, they will be asked to become detectives and look for more evidence in the classroom to prove that someone or something has visited – think alien slime and moon rock! In the afternoon, the children will be going into space! They will get to explore the Cosmos in a huge Planetarium which will be in the school hall for the day. Inside the dark dome, specialist projectors are used to create 360 degree hemispherical images and movies of the night sky! The children will then begin to work on their ‘Space Showcase’ where they will be working in teams to put together a showcase of work to share with their parents at the end of the half-term. Each week, the teams will be given a choice of space themes to learn about, i.e. the moon, life in space, the sun, rockets, aliens, etc. They will then choose what formats they would like to use to present their findings, i.e. fact sheets, drawings, paintings, games, stories, etc. The key aim of the project is to teach children the vital skills of team work. They will need to listen to each other, ask questions, help one another, make compromises, take on key roles, contribute and so much more. We will keep you informed of the date for our Year One Space Showcase and look forward to seeing you there!




This half term the children will be writing a fact file all about life in space which they will share with Year 5 who are also studying this topic. They will also create their own alien from a mystery planet and write a description of the new world. Finally they will be writing their own fantasy story based on ‘Puff the magic dragon’ which we are hoping to display in the school library. Our focus will be on sentence structure, the use of capital letters and full stops, listening for phonic sounds and applying tricky word spellings. We will also be introducing some simple conjunctions like ‘and’ and ‘because’ to extend sentences as well as introducing the use of question marks. The children will be practising letter formation in some brand new handwriting books. Your child will be able to tell you all about the letters that start in the sky, those that start in the grass and those that dig into the soil. ‘Talk for Writing’ has been hugely successful in helping the children to construct sentences that make sense. We will continue to feed in lots of opportunities for the children to orally rehearse their sentences before they write them.



Three guided reading sessions take place each week.  The children are now spending two weeks on their group book and are given a range of learning opportunities in each guided reading session.  They read the book with a teacher, read the book with a buddy in the reading corner, carry out independent task with the book, such as writing their own speech bubbles for the characters, and they carry out a reading comprehension task.  These activities really help the children to read the book with more fluency and to become more confident with the story content.  The children have really enjoyed answering comprehensions questions and are practising important skills such as scanning to the text to find an answer.



In Phonics, the children will continue to recap all the new phonemes they learnt throughout Phase 5.  There will be a big focus on recognising digraphs and trigraphs (sound made up of more than on letter) when reading.  We will continue to learn the different alternative spellings for the same sound and being making the right choice when there is more than one possible grapheme e.g. ie/ igh/ i_e.



In maths, children will be starting with the topic of length and height. They will begin to use language such as taller, tallest, shorter and shortest when discussing length and height before beginning to learn how to measure objects and record this. We will then move onto multiplication and division. We will start by using practical resources such as cubes and counters to show how objects can be grouped and shared before moving onto representing this with pictures. We will also continue to learn to fluently recall number bonds to 20.  We will continue to work on counting in 2's, 5's and 10's- ensuring we can do this quickly both forwards and backwards.



In Science, as well as learning all about Space though our learning challenge topic, Year 1 will be observing the changing of the seasons, including the weather and day length.  We will be working scientifically by measuring the weather such as rainfall across the half term and getting outside to observe the changes in nature as spring arrives.



In R.E, the children will learn about what it means to belong to a church or mosque. They will learn what they might see in a mosque or church building, and what the people do when they go there. They will learn that churches and mosques are special places for the people who go there.



In PSHE, the children will be learning about keeping ourselves safe in the home and when we are out and about. We also be learning about healthy eating and keeping ourselves fit and healthy.



In PE this half-term, the children will develop their basic game-playing skills, in particular throwing and catching.  They will play simple games based on net games like tennis and games based on striking and fielding like rounders.  They will have an opportunity to play one against one, one against two and one against three. They will learn vital skills. strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition.


This half term the children will be listening to and appraising music from lots of different genres including rock, pop, reggae and hip hop. To fit with our space theme they will be listening to some of 'The Planets' by Gustav Holst. They will even have a go at composing some of their own space themed music! They will continue to build on their knowledge of the key elements of music (pitch, dynamics, pulse and rhythm) through lots of fun games, songs and activities.



The children will revisit the idea of ‘coding’ and learn how computers work by responding to a special language called algorithms. They will have a go at writing their own algorithms to make a computer program respond in a specific way.


Art and Design and Technology

These will be covered within our learning challenge topic.