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Spring 1

Have a look below to see what we will be learning about this term and keep an eye on Seesaw for extra information and to keep up to date with what we are all up to in school.


Explorers: Age of Encounter

We will be learning all about how different explorers travelled around parts of the world. In History we will learn about explorers such as Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus, Don Hernandes Cortes, Captain Scott and Sacagawea. We will learn about the different parts of the world in Geography to help us understand where the explorers were.

See Geography and History for key vocabulary. 


We will continue our focus on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction as well as learning about number facts, 2, 5 and 10 times tables and multiplication and division facts. The children will explore tens and ones, and adding or subtracting using two digit numbers. Due to the recent events, we anticipate that the children may still have some gaps in their learning so this will be a big focus. We will continue weekly practise of Number and Lightning to develop children's arithmetic skills.  

Key vocabulary

Numbers, place value, biggest, smallest, more, less, addition, subtraction, tens, ones, digit, multiply, lots of, divide, shared, number facts, fact family, times table



The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Rhonda and David Armitage

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch : Armitage, Ronda, Armitage, David: Books

What would you do if some greedy seagulls kept stealing your lunch? Mr Grinling the lighthouse keeper tends his light come rain or shine. Every day, Mrs Grinling makes him a delicious lunch and sends it to the lighthouse by a special cable system. But Mr Grinling isn’t the only one who enjoys the tasty food: Mrs Grinling must think of a way to make sure the lighthouse keeper gets his lunch.

We will be focusing on the book ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ and write an alternative ending to the book. We will only read part of the book – so please don’t read this at home as we want the children to create their own ending. We will also write an explanation text to explain life cycles in Science.

Key vocabulary

Story, ending, alternative ending, explain, explanation text, facts

From the book: lighthouse, perched, cliffs, polish, concoct, appetising, arrive, scavenging, devour, gusto, varmint, notice, decide, baffle, racked their brains, brazen, accomplished, exclaimed, ingenious, secured, console, expectant, leisurely


Science – Life cycles

We will learn about how animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults and learn about different life cycles. Then we will learn about how humans and animals have basic needs of water, food and air. Finally we will learn about the importance of exercise for humans, eating the rights amounts of different food types and hygiene.

Key vocabulary

Exercise, healthy, grow, food, nutrition, carbohydrates, protein, dairy, fruit and vegetables, vitamins, minerals, life cycle, offspring, adult, grow, needs, live, alive, survive 


Geography – World knowledge

We will locate the world’s seven oceans and continents, identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. To do this we will use world maps, atlases and globes & use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West).

Key vocabulary

Ocean, continent, seasons, weather, United Kingdom, hot and cold, Equator, North and South Poles, map, atlas, globe, compass, North, South, East, West.


Computing – Programming – Algorithms and Debugging

We will learn what algorithms are, how to program them and how we can use loops to make our algorithm more efficient. We will do this using a combination of unplugged and plugged-in activities.

Key vocabulary

Abstraction, algorithm, artificial intellingence, bug, correct, data, debug, decompose, error, key features, loop, predict, unnecessary


History – What do these individuals have in common?

We will learn and compare famous explorers such as Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus, Don Hernandes Cortes, Captain Scott, Sacagawea.

Key vocabulary

Explorers, individual, common, famous, Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus, Don Hernandes Cortes, Captain Scott, Sacagawea


Music – Orchestral instruments

Children will learn about the instruments in an orchestra and practise identifying these when listening to music. We will learn how different characters are represented by ‘timbre’, how emotions can be represented by ‘pitch’ and how changes in ‘tempo’ can convey action.

Key Vocabulary:

Orchestra, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, dynamics, sound effects, tempo, timbre, vocals


PSHE – Health and Wellbeing

We will learn about the benefits of exercise and relaxation on physical health and wellbeing, learn strategies for managing emotions, set goals, develop a growth mindset and understand dental hygiene.

Key vocabulary:

Diet, emotions, exercise, growth mindset, healthy, physical activity, relaxation, skill, strengths


PE – Health and Fitness & Dance

Health & Fitness – we will learn about why we should be active and lead a healthy lifestyle. We will work on ways to be active and come up with activities involving jumping, running, catching and throwing.

Dance – we will move our bodies in ways to match the genre, beat and rhythm of the music.

Key Vocabulary

Health/ healthy, heart, fitness, balanced plate, canon, genre, circuit, stations, recording, genre, beat, rhythm


RE – What makes some places sacred to believers?

We will discuss different religions – Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and more, we will begin to understand their beliefs and why each religion has a place of worship. We will talk about the names of different places of worship. We will consider how lots of people have special places – not all of these are religious places.

Key vocabulary

Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, place of worship, holy, sacred, worship, holy place, religious place, special place, beliefs.


Helpful websites: Explorers Science life cycles


Useful Dates:

5th January – First day of Spring 1 Term

8th February – Internet Safety Day

11th February – Last day of Spring 1 Term