Spring 1

Dear Parents/Carers
Please find below an overview of the topics that we will cover this 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 consolidating their learning on shape and then will move on to 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.
Music – Pitch 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 Children should come to school in their PE kit and do not need to bring their normal uniform to change back into. Please do make sure that they have warm enough clothes for the whole day e.g. some jogging bottoms if they wear shorts for PE.
Dance Children will be taught dance by our specialist dance teacher Rhian Robbins. The children will have an opportunity to create, explore and perform 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 creativity, composition, performance and peer learning.
Outdoor PE lessons Children will begin to learn about personal space and how to travel safely following instructions. They will work on fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, skipping, hopping and changing direction and speed. Children will develop various skills including catching, throwing and kicking, whilst also working on their communication and teamwork with a range of fun cooperative activities and games.

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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.
English ( and maths ( homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday. Words to learn each week will be sent home in your child’s guided reading record. Your child needs to bring their guided reading record to school every day.
Healthy eating at playtime
Children can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich (no crisps, biscuits, sweets, yogurts, cakes etc please) – teachers will monitor these snacks to make sure they are suitable. There should be no foods containing nuts brought into school.
All children need to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day and take it home each night to be washed. They can re-fill this bottle from the water stations in school during the day.
Communication between home and school
At the end of the school day, your child must always say goodbye to their teacher at the end of the day before leaving the school premises.
It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please can you check that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and up to date.
We will work in close partnership with families to ensure your child’s time at school is successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher on the playground or through the office and we will be glad to discuss any queries with you.
We hope you had a lovely Christmas break, and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow,
Yours faithfully,
The Year 1 team
Rose Spring (1S, Year Leader)
Edward Frain (1F)
Emily Grove (1G)
Gus Brooks (1B)
Lottie Wallace (1W)

Download the Year 1 PSCHE letter

View the Phonics Parent Workshop