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Spring 1

Spring 1

Please do keep posting to Seesaw anything your child does at home – we love to see the links they have made within their learning.

This term, we will use the Opening Worlds curriculum to explore the topics of The Indus Valley and Settlements.

History – The Indus Valley:

We will learn all about how people farmed the land round the river Indus and began to build an entire civilisation. We will compare this civilisation with Ancient Egypt and Sumer, using our previously learnt knowledge.


Indus valley, Mohenjo-Daro, merchants, Harappa, monuments, sources, evidence, trench, potsherds, threshed, barley, Beckon, kiln, sewage, lothal, oxen, carnelian, barter, prow, figurines, fertility.

Geography – Settlements:

We will learn what a settlement is and learn about villages, towns and hamlets.


Settlement, rural inhabitants, facilities, urban settlement, adapt, costal town, market town, city, university, sprawling, urban sprawl, boroughs, conurbation, Cardiff, capital city, businesses, taff, connect.


This term we will continue to learn the 3, 4 and 8 times tables whilst still recapping our multiplication knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. This half term we will be focusing on multiplication and division, measurement, money and statistics. Please do keep working on TT Rockstars at home, this is really supporting the children’s multiplication and division knowledge.

We will also continue to work on the addition and subtraction skills learned last term through Number and Lightning.


ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, count on, count back, share, group, equal, divide, division, multiply, multiple, multiplication, total,

English – The Ice Palace:

This short novel is a quest story set in another time and place. Ivan, the main character goes in search of his brother taken by the mysterious ‘Starjik’. It is a moving and well written story with strong themes such as family love and bravery and much to explore in terms of character and dilemma. By reading this story, we will explore plot, settings, characters and how we can use this information to infer and understand. We will build on the vocabulary we learned whilst reading Into the Forest.

During our reading, we will write a narrative ending as well as non-fiction texts based on elements of the story.


Narrative, fiction, novel, dilemma, emotion, plot, setting, character, inference

Science – Animals including Humans:

We will identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food. We will learn how and where they get nutrition from within their food and diet. We will also identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. 


Nutrients, Diet, Carbohydrates, Vitamins, Protein, Dairy, Skeleton, Function, Support, Protection, Movement, Food chains, Energy

Other curriculum areas:


We will be naming the countries in French and learning the countries flags too. We will be learning how to say I like and I don’t like, using our opinions for our decisions. We will learn about a monster named Nicolas and learn about different adventures he goes on.

We will also begin to learn the French name for different parts of our body where we will learn a French song to support this.


Les pays, J'aime, le monster, tête, épaules, genoux et pieds, Les parties du corps


Outdoor adventure activities – orienteering based. Pupils can look at home to use coordinates and maps correctly, simple maps and grid before using the whole space.  

Health and fitness (Indoor)-  focus on coordination, balance, strength and flexibility.

We will link our Science and PSHE learning to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how to achieve this, as well as understanding how our bodies react to a warm up and the importance of this. We will learn the different food groups and why we need each one.


Heart rate, Health, Food group, Nutrition, Pulse, Coordinates, Control point, North, east, south and west  


Who is a Muslim and how do they live?

Within this topic we will:

  • Make sense of belief
  • Recognise the words of the Shahadah and that it is very important for Muslims
  • Identify some of the key Muslim beliefs about God found in the Shahadah and the 99 names of Allah, and give a simple description of what some of them mean
  • Give examples of how stories about the Prophet show what Muslims believe about Muhammad.
  • Give examples of how Muslims use stories about the Prophet to guide their beliefs and actions (e.g. care for creation, fast in Ramadan)
  • Talk about what we think is good for Muslims about prayer, respect, celebration and self-control, giving a good reason for our ideas
  • Vocabulary:

Shahadah, Ramadam, Allah, Qur’an, Prophet 

PSHE – Safety and changing body:

In PSHE this term we will be linking our learning to Science and computing:

  • learning about being kind and staying safe online
  • learning how to identify and deal with cyberbullying
  • understanding the difference between secrets and surprises
  • learning how to treat bites and stings
  • considering who influences our choices
  • learning about road safety and how to call the emergency services


Positive, Email, Kind, Identity Password, Intended, Cyberbullying, Share aware, Sharing, Internet, Social media, Private, Public, Surprise, Secret, Uncomfortable, Worried, Anaphylaxis, Allergic, Airways, Breathing, Reddening, Puncture, Swelling, Infection, Venom, Reaction, Auto injector, Decision, Rather, Choice, Calmly, Reassure, Casualty, Emergency operator, 999/111, Incident, Location, Injuries, Landmarks, Identification, Information, Hazards, Awareness, Accident prevention, Assistance Distraction, Rules, Safety

Music – Chinese New Year:

The children will learn to play the pentatonic scale, which appears in a lot of Chinese music. They will do a dragon dance, listen to Chinese music, and compose their one ‘Enter the Dragon’ piece of music to tell the story of Nian.


Tempo, Crescendo, Dynamics, Timbre, Duration


In computing this term we will be linking our learning to PSHE about being safe:

  • Learning how to send emails with attachments and how to be a responsible digital citizen by thinking about the contents of what is sent
  • Learning about cyber bullying – both what this is, and what to do about it if it happens to us


Email, Log in, Log out, Information, Responsible citizen, WiFi, Image, Video, Sign in, Username, Domain, Computer, Email address, Password

Links to Learning sites

Bedrock -

TT Rockstars -

Computing (Scratch) -

Important diary dates:

Start of term – 05/01/2022

End of Term –  11/02/2022

Key events:

08/02/2022 – Internet Safety Day