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Y1 Spring 2 2019

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter for Spring 2 2019


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

Miss Dean and Miss Wood


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! Later in the term 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 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. 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. We will learn about life in space and Neil Armstrong before presenting what we have learnt. We then move onto a topic inspired by the story ‘Beegu’. 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. ‘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.

The children will be continuing to practise letter formation in their 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.




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 an independent task based on the book and also 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 comprehension 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 (sounds made up of more than one letter) when reading.  We will continue to learn the different alternative spellings for the same sound and begin making the right choice when there is more than one possible grapheme e.g. ie/igh/i_e.



In maths, we will begin with place value to 50. We will focus on counting forwards and backwards to 50 and recognising how many tens and ones are in each number. We will also be working on 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 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 through 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 measuing 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, we will be learning about what can go into bodies and how it can make people feel.  We will be looking at safe substances to consume and use on our skin.



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 '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 use 'Espresso coding' in order to learn the basic skills of coding.


Art and Design and Technology

These will be covered within our learning challenge topic.