Dear Parents/Carers
Please find below an overview of the topics that we will cover next half term. We hope you will find this useful.
Children will begin the term by reading ‘Here we are’ by Oliver Jeffers. This is a beautifully illustrated picture book, which allows children to explore many different aspects of planet Earth. Following this, children will read ‘Dear Greenpeace’ by Simon James and use this as a stimulus for researching endangered animals and writing persuasive letters. Children will then continue to write persuasively, researching and sharing their ideas about recycling and food waste. Continuing with the theme of looking after our planet, children will then read ‘Dinosaurs and all that rubbish’ by Michael Foreman and ‘Clean up’ by Nathan Byron. All of these texts and theme link in with our exciting science project about looking after our environment.
Children will begin the half term by learning about measurement for length and height. They will then build on their knowledge of number and learn about numbers to 40, including how to split numbers into tens and ones and represent them in different ways.
History – How has our local area changed?
Children will be learning about Clapham and Battersea, discussing how this area has changed over time. Children will think about how fashion, transport and housing has changed throughout the ages, as well as developing their skills as excellent Historians, using a range of sources, in order to decide which types of evidence are most reliable.
Science – How long does rubbish last?
Children will be learning about looking after the environment and the things they can do to make a difference. They will start by learning about how long food takes to decompose and why it is important to reduce food waste, before learning about the 3 R’s (reducing, reusing, recycling). They will also learn about two key scientists who have campaigned to make a difference in reducing food waste and helping the environment.
Children will be exploring pitch this term using xylophones and glockenspiels and will be learning how to play familiar songs by ear. They will also be learning how to recognise, play and compose using a range of pitch patterns such as steps (2nd intervals), leaps, (3rd Intervals) jumps (4/5 Intervals) and slides (glissando's), as well as learning about the different instruments and families in the orchestra.
ICT and Computing – Control technology and programming

Children will be learning about control technology and will learn how to program floor robots called Beebots. They will be creating simple algorithms to program the Beebot to move in different directions.

Art – Exploring colour mixing

Children will be exploring colour mixing, painting a carpet of colours. They will then experiment with painting textile designs to make a collaged artwork on the theme of friendship inspired by Lubaina Himid. RE – What is Christianity? Children will be learning about Christianity and Christian beliefs. They will learn about the church and read a range of Christian stories, discussing the messages within these. PE
Indoor PE lessons
The class will be split into two groups of up to 15 children for their Indoor PE lessons with lessons being 30 minutes each due to hall space and distancing requirements. They will continue to have an opportunity to explore and promote their physical fitness and wellbeing through movement-based games, dance and yoga. In addition, over the term children will have an opportunity to create, devise and compose movement in response to classroom curriculum based topics and given stimuli such as music, visuals and text. Children will be encouraged and taught to share and develop the language to feedback and comment with an emphasis on team building, problem solving, communication, decision-making and actively encouraging peer learning.
Outdoor PE lessons
Children will continue to learn about personal space and how to travel safely following instructions. This will be achieved through a variety of fun and age related activities with story and action themes such as ‘their bodies’, the jungle, animals, colours and much more. Children will experience athletic training, obstacle courses, yoga, movement to music, mindfulness & wellbeing. Through interval training, athletics and circuits, we will also introduce the idea of setting personal goals and improving personal bests.

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Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)

Children will learn about how to keep themselves healthy and safe. They will also continue to have a weekly circle time with their class puppet, Sage, to discuss ways to keep themselves healthy and safe, as well as discussing different emotions.
Mathletics homework will continue to be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday. Reading books and matching comprehension activities are provided on Bug Club (
Reading books
The children receive a guided reading book from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher.
Reading records
Children should continue to record their reading in their reading record. Please read the class teacher’s comments and write a comment each week after reading with them at home. Children
will continue to receive one homework task per week linked to the Guided Reading book they have been reading in class. They will also receive some ‘words to learn’ which they should learn to read and spell at home and record on the grid provided.
Please ensure that your child’s Guided Reading book and record is in their book bag everyday as their reading day may occasionally change.
Healthy snacks
As Belleville is a healthy school and a nut free school, we remind you that children are provided with a piece of fruit at playtime and do not need to bring in their own snack from home.
Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 1 team

Rose Spring (1S)                       Emily Grove (1G)                     Lottie Wallace (1W)                      Gus Brooks (1B)                                                                                  

Hannah Coles (Assistant Headteacher – KS1 and Year 1 Leader)                

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