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Spring 2 - How do our choices affect how people live?


This half term we will be continuing our enquiry question from Spring 1. 


In English, the children will be revisiting the story of Beegu, they are now really familiar with the story and can verbally retell it almost word for word!! I'm sure you have heard all about it at home! We will be using this too our advantage and really focusing on our story writing skills. Throughout the course of the half term, the children will explore sentence structure and types and important elements of a story with the aim of them writing their own at the end! 


We will be continuing to explore our key concepts this half term as listed below through our story and in PSHE and RE. This half term we will be focussing on Myself.


In Maths, we will be beginning to explore length, height, weight and volume. Initially the children will be comparing measurements using terms such as longer, shorter, heavier, lighter, fuller, fullest etc. They will then move on to begin to learn how to measure length using a ruler. Alongside this, we will be continuing to practice our 2's, 5's and 10's times tables. 


We have Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) week coming up this half term and we are really excited to be welcoming a builder into our classrooms to talk to us all about building homes. 


Another busy half term ahead!!!

Spring 1 - How do our choices affect how other people live? 


This term we are in the 'Explore' term which has a geography focus. 

We will be looking into all the different types of houses and homes people live in and also thinking about those who are less fortunate than us and are homeless. 

We launched our topic this week by experiencing 'sleeping rough' We had a cardboard bed and a sleeping bag set up outside on our play ground! It was windy and drizzly and we all felt empathy for the people who aren't as lucky as us. 


In English this half term we will be reading the story Beegu. This story is all about a little alien called Beegu who is lost far away from home. We will follow her on her journey as she comes across lots of different people. We will discuss, how are they treating her? how are they making her feel? how could they help her? This book will help us to further explore our key terms: 

  • Community
  • Responsibility
  • Compassion
  • Rights
  • Choice 


We will continue to explore these terms further through RE and PSHE with the themes of 'TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) and 'Myself'.


In maths, we will be working on addition and subtraction to 20 using our learning from the Autumn term. We will also be looking at multiplication in 2's, 5's and 10's and measurement. 


In Art and DT we will also be thinking about designing and making our own houses. 


It's looking like an exciting term ahead!

Autumn 2 - How do past events influence our future? 


This half term we will be continuing to explore our enquiry question. We started the year looking at the children as babies. We learnt all about how to look after a baby and how we have changed since we were babies. As we move through the topic we have now started to look at other important events in life such as birthday's and weddings. The children really enjoyed throwing a birthday party for Hubert the bear and this half term will hopefully enjoy a pretend wedding! 


Throughout the half term we will continue to explore our key concepts:

  • love
  • belonging
  • tradition
  • identity
  • value 
  • change


An opportunity to dive deeper in to these concepts will be created with Interfaith week. In this week we will be learning about Christianity and Judaism, including their similarities and differences. We will be discovering answers to key questions such as, How do Christians and Jews worship? What artefacts can be seen in each religion? How do places of worship differ? What traditions do these religions have? 


In English we are focusing on a new story called 'Grace and Family' the sequel to 'Amazing Grace'. In the story the children will learn about a young girl living with two families, one in England and one in Africa. The story explores ideologies of families seen in story books and how these can often differ from real families. Grace goes on a journey of self-exploration as she comes to happy terms with the fact 'family is what you make it'. 


In maths, we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes and beginning to work on place value from 11-20.


This half term the school will also have an assessment week. Although Year 1's do not take our assessment tests until the summer term, we feel it is important for them to get a feel for a test paper. 

This will take place W.C 18.11.19