In the spring term, as part of our history learning, we will be answering the question ‘Would you rather play with toys from the past or toys from now?’. To begin with, we will compare the toys the children played with when they were babies and toddlers with the toys they play with now before going on to explore how toys have changed throughout history (as the children say ‘from a very long time ago!’). As part of our RE learning, we will continue to study Christianity; we will be answering the question ‘What are the best symbols of Jesus’ death and resurrection at Easter?’. In DT, we will be constructing a vehicle looking closely at wheels, axles and axle holders. As part of art, the children will be looking at mixing colours to make different shades and making a giant spider model! Our computing will ensure the children know how to use the internet safely and how to be information protectors. They will also begin coding using Discovery Education. In science, we will take time to consolidate our learning from last term about ‘animals including humans’ by continuing to look at animal diets using the terms carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. We will also continue to look at how animals are classified as reptiles, mammals, fish, amphibians, birds and minibeasts. We then move onto looking at plants, their structure and understanding key words such as deciduous and evergreen.
In Maths this term, we are building on our knowledge from last term, working with numbers up to 20. We will learn methods to help us with addition and subtraction up to 20, which will then help us when we move up to numbers to 50 towards the end of the term. We also look at length and height, comparing and measuring using centimetres. At the end of the term, we will learn about mass and capacity, using words such as heavier and lighter, empty and full.
Number skills will focus on strategies that the children can use to help them understand smaller numbers within 10, such as doubles and near doubles, odd and even numbers and understanding the number zero.
As part of phonics, we will be continuing to learn and consolidate our Phase 5 digraphs whilst also learning alternative pronunciations before continuing to ‘grow the code’. As we did in the autumn term, in reading, the children will continue to develop their decoding, fluency and understanding of the phonetically decodable books we read in class whilst also sharing lovely stories, poems, nonfiction books and the books the children bring in from home - this has been so lovely! We will continue to talk about books and authors and encourage a love of reading.
During English, we will use a range of texts including The Elves and the Shoemaker, Hansel and Gretel and George and the Dragon. The children will continue to consolidate their use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in their independent writing. We will have a really big push on handwriting this term so the children develop fluent and consistent handwriting. It’s so important that those basic skills are embedded in Year 1, ready for Year 2 and beyond!