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Spring 1

This terms topic is

Real Life Superheroes

In this topic we explore what it means to be a ‘real life superhero’. We look at both famous and ordinary people who have done an extraordinary or kind thing to help others or better our way of life. We look at both people today as well as people from history who are called ‘real life superheroes’.

We will be looking at Emergency services, those who work in hospitals, vets, and other healthcare provisions. We will also be looking at Historical people such as Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, George Alcock and Grace Darling; all of whom did a variety of things to make a difference and become a ‘real life superhero’. We will also look at many modern day superheroes, from people we know to those around the world.

Key Vocabulary: real, superhero, history, present, non-fiction, Mary Seacole, Grace Darling, George Alcock, Florence Nightingale, astronomy, unselfish, courageous, brace, kindness, medicine, emergency, hospital, cure, lighthouse, rescue, storm, planets, comets, galaxy, telescope.


In English we will be looking at retelling a story from our real life superheroes. We will still be focusing on all sentences having capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, but starting to expand on this and explore other aspects of punctuation and grammar to include in their writing, such as question marks, exclamation marks, adjectives and the conjunction ‘and’ to extend a sentence. We will also be exploring and writing poems about real life superheroes. We will be looking at how a poem is both similar and different to our story retell.

Key Vocabulary: Capital letter, full stop, finger space, question mark, exclamation mark, adjective, verb, conjunction, poem, rhyme, verse.

In maths we will continue to look at place value, addition and subtraction, days of the week, months of the year and counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will also be looking at time. We will focus on naming the parts of an analogue clock, knowing past and to and reading the time on the hour and half past. We will be looking at length and height and how to measure these. We will compare the two, looking at actual objects and using non-standard (paper-clips, cubes, sticks) and standard (rulers in cm’s) units of measurement.

Key Vocabulary: Place value, hundred, tens, ones, addition, add, plus, subtraction, subtract, take away, days of the week, months of the year, time, analogue, digital, hand, hour, minute, second, past, to, half past, o’clock, length, height, measure, standard, non-standard, cm, mm.

This term we will be looking at the topic of animals including humans; identifying and naming a large variety of animals, knowing if they are a mammal, amphibian, reptile, bird or fish, if they are a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore and where they like to live. We will also continue to look at seasonal change, looking at how autumn changes to winter and then to spring as well as the key characteristics of winter.

Key Vocabulary: Season, Winter, Spring, herbivore, omnivore, carnivore, mammal, amphibian, reptile, bird, fish, human, animal, nose, eyes, ears, elbows, head, arms, legs (etc)

Other Curriculum Areas
Computing - type, saving and retrieving a recipe in word.
RE - Who is Jewish and how do they live?
Art and Design - Van Gogh’s sunflowers; various painting techniques.
Design and Technology – Design, make and evaluate pop up puppets; a real life superhero
Humanities - Locating the 4 countries of the UK and their capitals, locating Peterborough and Norwood on a map.
PE  - Dance – Animal moves and link to Saint-Saens Healthy lifestyles/eating 
PSHE - A mind to be kind

Key dates

27/1/2020 - Year 1 parent carer engagement

12/2/2020 - Year 1 Phonics Session for parents / carers
13/2/2020 - Valentines Day Special Menu and Disco
3+5/2/2020 - Parent consultation evening
14/2/2020 - End of term