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Spring 2

We hope you all had a restful half term.  The children have all been talking about the stormy weather we have been having and it is great to see their enjoyment in learning about seasonal changes which is part of our ongoing science lessons.

This term we have an exciting topic, all about ‘Superheroes’ not just the fictional characters but real-life superheroes.

Maths

We will start the term with place value. We will be moving on to amounts up to 50. Knowing 1 more and 1 less and having a solid understanding of number lines. The children will look at finding missing numbers.  Counting forwards and backwards each day in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. The children will use cubes, beads, counters and drawings to show numbers up to 50 and also recognise them and match them to a numeral. They will know the value of amounts that 32 for example, is 3 tens and 2 ones.  For length and height, the children will be learning how to measure using a ruler in cm. They will then be able to compare lengths followed by solving problems involving lengths such as adding two lengths to find a total.  Finally, we will be measuring weight and mass. Looking at objects that are heavy and light and making comparisons. We will do the same with Measuring amounts of liquid.  

Key Words: base ten, part whole model, more, less, least, most, compare, count on, forwards, count back, backwards, represent, measure, long, short, length, weight, mass, capacity, cm, m, litres,ml.

English

After listening to a variety of ‘Super hero’ themed stories, the children will be inspired to create their own characters. Using new vocabulary they have learned they will be able to include interesting descriptions in their writing. This will all build into their own story writing.  The children are continuing to work on many of the essential aspects for their writing. Ensuring that they use the correct letter formation, start with a capital letter, use finger spaces, sit their writing on the line and finish with a full stop, exclamation mark or question mark. In Year 1, the children are learning to extend their sentences by using: and, so because, but. These are called conjunctions.

For example;

I went to a party. I went to a party and I had fun. We went to the park.    We went to the park and I had a go on the swings.

For non-fiction writing, the children will start with reading lots of sets of instructions and then write their own instructions on how to brush your teeth and be a ‘Tooth hero’. This will link with our work on algorithms in computing and healthy eating in PSHE.  Last term, we looked at writing information texts and fact files. We will continue to look at the differences between different types of writing.  This is something that you may like to continue at home.  For example, instructions, recipes, stories or information books. As before, the children love to write about themselves and what they have been doing. Maybe you could write a diary or keep a scrap book. When you have been somewhere you could write a sentence about the memory. For example: On Sunday we went on a bike ride and it rained.  Each morning, the children will work in small groups on phonics. This is a combination of skills to support reading, writing and spelling. We use the Read Write Inc scheme and the children are becoming more and more familiar with 'Fred the frog talk' and green or red words. This learning is supported through reading at home. It is extremely beneficial to the children if they can read as often at home with you. We always love to hear the children read in school and see their improved progress.

Key words: adjectives, full stop, capital letter, conjunctions, algorithm, fiction, non-fiction, instructions, bullet points, sequence, order, verbs, imperative bossy verbs.   

Science

Plants will be the focus for the term. The children will enjoy lots of observations outside to notice the plants and trees. They will look closely at the parts of a plant and what they need to grow.  We will continue to notice the seasonal changes and go on updates and seasonal walks. The children will learn to name the four seasons and to talk about different clothes, activities that are suited for each season. The children will learn about animals going into hibernation.

Key words: change, seasons, months, temperature, climate, deciduous, evergreen, weeds, wild, roots, petals, stem, dandelion, daisy, ivy, Oak, Birch, Horse Chesnut.  

Computing

It has been great to see how the children can now independently log on to the laptops and click and drag for different games and activities. We have been using the computers in lessons for groups to practice phonics and maths skills. This term the children will be learning about algorithms. Also how to programme devices and how to spot bugs and debug on a simple scale.

Key words: algorithm, instructions, computer, tasks,order, virtual, input, output, devices, artificial intelligence, programming.

Geography

Following on from learning about the UK, we will now be going wider and looking at various countries around the world. The focus will be on ‘Food from around the world’. When we have our snacks, we have satsumas from Spain and pears from Serbia! It will be really interesting for us to look at a wider range of foods.  This is something you could share at home with your child when looking at packaging or labels I the shops.

Key words: Countries, climate, hot, cold, produce, grow, temperature, travel, import, export.

Art and Design

In the style of Picasso, the children will create some fun Superhero portraits. Using this abstract approach, they will use bright colours, explore different techniques and then display their finished project on our display.

Key words: Picasso, portrait, display, features, colours, block, straight edges,

Music

Superheroes is also the theme for our music sessions. We will listen to the theme tunes from Superman, Batman, Wonder woman, Spider man. The focus will be on pitch and tempo noticing the speed and the high and low notes. This class are really loving listening to a range of music genres each morning as they do their handwriting or spellings. They are starting to request songs which is a joy to see and gives us all a lift in the morning.

Key words: pitch, tempo, fast, slow, speed, performance, accelerando.

PE

The children are very excited for us to use the apparatus and have a weekly session of gymnastics. They will be learning to travel safely and in different ways on the equipment. They will learn to jump and land safely. As they do this, we will be naming parts of the body and muscles for the children o become aware of what they are using.

For our outdoor PE, we will practice throwing and catching skills.

Key words: apparatus, travel, balance, jump, land, soft, star jump, pencil jump, muscles, dismount.

RE

Our theme for RE this half term is Easter. The children will find out how Easter is very important in the big story of the Bible. Jesus showed that he was willing to forgive. We will discuss the concept of forgiveness and how this is important in our lives alongside love.  We will obviously also have lots of fun with incorporating this into Easter activities such as making Easter nests and having Easter egg hunts.

Key words: Bible, Easter, Jesus, Christians, rose, crucifiction, crucified, forgive.

PSHE

We will be looking at safety and the changing body.  Each week we will focus on different situations and ways for the children to respond to different scenarios such as meeting adults inside or outside school, getting lost, making an emergency call and understanding how to keep themselves safe.

Key words: trust, staff, adult, job, polite, manners, stranger, worry, hurt,  lost, police, fire, ambulance, physical, contact, like, dislike, kind, unkind.

Seesaw

I will continue to share our learning journey on Seesaw. I hope that you have enjoyed seeing what we do. I appreciate your feedback and comments and especially your support with the children’s learning at home. If there are any other ways that we can help, please let me know what would be useful.

Behaviour

In our class we use lots of verbal praise and find this is the most powerful, recognising when children have made good choices in behaviour and explain why it was good. Effort and 'having a go' is highly praised and an understanding between all of us to act as role models and 'do the right thing' to share and be kind to one another to be a great team together. At the same time recognising that we all can make mistakes sometimes and that we are all learning. After their day at school, you may like to ask: 'What was the best thing about today?' Use Seesaw as a way to start conversations about their learning from that day. Feel free to shower them with praise when they get home, they will have worked really hard.

Useful Websites

https://youtu.be/s6OiU2h3sUI This is a video of all of the sounds and how to pronounce them.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zf44jxs/videos/1

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

www.oxfordowl.co.uk

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

Key Dates

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day

Wednesday 16th March – Superhero Day