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Term 2 - Stickman and the Seasons


Using the wonderful Julia Donaldson story ‘Stickman’ as a starting point the children will be learning all about the seasons, weather, trees and bulbs, and light and dark, all bundled together into a fantastic theme.


English – We’ll start by writing a factual guide to the seasons, then move on to a lovely story book all about night and being afraid of the dark. Drama, character descriptions, story sentences and shadow puppets will all play a part. We’ll then learn about instructions – listening and following them, giving them, reading them and writing them. We will continue our main focus on using our phonic knowledge, and punctuating simple sentences, joining ideas with ‘and’, and re-reading to make sure each sentence has all the words.

Maths – We’ll start learning about the skill of subtraction, then move on to look at the place value of numbers to 20 – reading, writing, representing, ordering and comparing, and using reasoning to solve number problems. We will then learn about the passing of time – time vocabulary, days, months etc, then finish with a block learning about 2D and 3D shapes.


Theme – Science and Geography are the main focuses of our learning. The children will investigate the four seasons and learn about weather – naming and describing different weather types, thinking about weather forecasts and a map of the UK. We will find out about a daffodil and nasturtium’s life cycle, plant some spring bulbs and learn how to identify different trees from their leaves. As the days grow shorter we’ll find out about how the hours of daylight change as we move through the seasons, how reflective materials keep us safe on dark evenings and how shadows are formed. Art will be looking at the beautiful paper cutting work of Matisse, thinking about shapes and colours to create a ‘seasons circle’. In RE we will think about ‘belonging’ and how people show they belong to different groups and religions, especially Christianity and Judaism. Music lessons will be computing based to begin with, then all about learning and performing the songs for our Nativity. PE learning will be based ‘Brilliant Ball skills’ – throwing, catching and aiming.


The values we will be focusing on this term are Kindness followed by Patience.


Our School Priorities for Learning                                                   TERM 2  

 This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Think of a sentence idea, saying the words aloud and then write all the words to show a sentence that makes sense.
  • Read, write, recognise and order different representations of teen numbers, understanding the place value of tens and ones.




Term 1: Moon Zoom!


What an ‘out of this world’ theme we have to start Year One! The children have come in with such enthusiasm and confidence. They are amazing and raring to go with their learning. We are beginning by using Oliver Jeffers’ wonderful book ‘Here We Are’ to think a little about being back together in school, our amazing planet Earth, and its place in space.


English – Our writing will firstly be based on a simple step-by-step recount of Neil Armstrong’s journey to the Moon, followed by a narrative using a lovely story about a lost alien who has crash-landed on Earth. Both types of writing will involve lots of drama, talk and imagining, with a firm focus on simple sentence structures – thinking of the words, rehearsing and saying the words aloud, writing all the words and then re-reading them. We look at sentence punctuation making sure we leave clear finger spaces and will definitely be using our ‘Fred fingers’ to sound out words and our memories for tricky ‘red’ word spellings. We’ll finish with a fun week of poetry based on describing the Moon. We’ll read lots and lots and lots of stories and information books together.


Maths – We’ll spend time investigating and securing early number skills – sorting groups, counting 1:1, investigating amounts, matching, finding two parts of different whole numbers and using reasoning to solve problems and explain our thoughts. There will be lots of language and vocabulary work to ensure children understand different ways to compare amounts – more than, less than, equal to, most and least. We’ll then find out more about simple addition and subtraction using a variety of approaches and will start building up at fluency at learning some number facts by heart.


Theme – History and Science are the main focuses of our learning. The children will find out about Apollo 11 and the first  ‘Moon Landing’, the build up to this historic event, and how people watched and celebrated all around the world, culminating with the children planning and organising their own pretend ‘Moon Landing’ Party, just like people did in 1969.  In Science the children will think about the differences between our human bodies and those of aliens we find in storybooks - our faces, body parts, and most of all, our five senses. And we might make some alien slime! Near the end of the term we will have a whole day DT project building junk model rockets and spaceships. In Music we will be thinking about the Louis Armstrong song ‘What a wonderful world’ and we’ll be playing lots of rhythm and movement games. PE learning will involve collaborative games working on our listening, throwing and catching skills . As part of our Computing learning the children will be becoming more independent logging on as well as gaining confidence with mouse skills, keyboard skills and opening different programs. In RE we will be following the unit ‘Who do Christians say made the world?’, learning about the Creation story from the Bible. The values we will be focusing on this term are Courage followed by Appreciation.


Our School Priorities for Learning                                                                       TERM 1  

 This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Form all our lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place.
  • Know by heart, or quickly work out mentally, all addition facts within ten

e.g.   5 + 5        4 + 3        7 + 1       2 + 6       3 + 5