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Y1 Spring 2 2020

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter for Spring 2 2020


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 Wood & Miss Groves


Learning Challenge: What African Wonders Await?

We have a very exciting topic coming up which encompasses Geography, Science, Art and Design & Technology.  First and foremost, our topic launch includes a morning of African  Dance and Drumming led by some professional artists. The children will be learning lots of new skills and an impressive African dance routine to perform to some of the other classes in school. Next, the children will be learning all about life in rural Africa. As part of our science unit, the children will also be discovering some of the incredible animals living in the African savannah. They will learn about their different characteristics, sort them into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Later in the half term, the children will be working on a Design and Technology project to design and make a moving picture of an African animal. They will experiment with different materials and mechanisms, carefully plan their designs following their criteria then produce their final pieces. This piece of work will be all about planning, evaluating, critiquing and learning through trial and error. We hope they will really enjoy getting their teeth into this topic.




This half term, we will be utilising skills from the Talk for Writing approach to further enable the children to orally rehearse the key language they for writing. We will be beginning with the story of Handa's Surprise. The children will learn the story orally with  actions alongside lots of fun talking and drama activities to help them access the language they will need. We will then make some changes to the original text, such as characters or settings to make it our own and help the children write in the same style. Finally, the children will be given the opportunity to write a journey story of their own allowing them to demonstrate the progress they have made. We believe that this approach will not only be very enjoyable for the children, but also increase their confidence in generating ideas for stories and improve their sentence structure and spellings. Then, in keeping with our work on Africa we will be writing non-chronological reports about African animals. We will be reading and researching about lots of different African animals before creating posters and leaflets on an animal of their choice to be displayed in school. The children will learn how to use simple conjunctions to link their ideas and present their ideas using the features of information texts.



The children will take part in whole class guided reading each week where they will be exposed to a variety of texts. This term, we will focus on traditional tales and how they link to other stories. We will be working on the skills of making predictions, making links and answering simple inference based questions. The children will get the opportunity to read in a small group with an adult to further practise their fluency and decoding skills as well as reading their school reading books once a week.



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.  We will also continue to expose the children to different pronunciations for the sounds they have already learnt.  There will be a big focus on spelling and reading tricky words.  If you have time at home, please help your child to complete their weekly phonics task that we send out each Friday.



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. Our mental maths skills will continue to develop through halving and doubling numbers to 10 before we move onto recognising near number bonds and near doubles.



In Science, as well as learning all about animals through our Africa topic, Year 1 will be observing the changing of the seasons, including the weather and day length. We will be working scientifically by 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.  We will also look at feelings associated with life changes in our Mindmate sessions.



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.  They will also take part in dance sessions exploring body movement through dance using the African story of Handa’s Surprise. They will respond to the music focusing on speed and body shape to ensure it matches with the feel of the story and the music.



This half term the children will be starting the term with African drumming and dancing workshops and we will continue to learn some African call and response style songs in addition to our music lessons based around singing and responding to rhythm and rhyme.



The children will learn basic computing skills such as typing, using a mouse and opening and closing documents on a desktop computer.


Art and Design and Technology

These will be covered within our learning challenge topic.