BerkswichCE Primary School

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Autumn Two


Can you guess which story we will be learning this half term...?


"Run, run, as fast as you can!"


The children will continue to learn the structure of a fairy tale, how to write simple sentences using the correct punctuation (capital letters, finger spaces and full stops), using conjunctions in their sentences and how to use adjectives to describe the characters.


Closer to Christmas, we will use ‘The Polar Express’ story to write some magical setting descriptions, packed full of amazing adjectives to bring them to life.



This half term we will be focussing on Subtraction and Addition within 10 and continuing to develop the children's mathematical fluency with numbers within 10. This will entail recognising and accurately using the symbols for addition and subtraction, consolidating understanding of number bonds to 10, using the part-whole model for subtraction and addition, fact families along with introducing the children to a range of mathematical vocabulary associated with addition and subtraction.  We will continue to use a variety of representations including, pictures, symbols, concrete manipulatives and objects. The children will be given the opportunity to delve deeper by applying their knowledge in a range of problem solving and investigative scenarios.


Reading and Phonics

Phonics is taught every day in 25 minute sessions. Phonics activities are engaging, practical and most of all fun! As part of the catch up programme we will be revisiting phase 4 this half term to ensure all children are confident at recognising and applying these graphemes in both their reading and writing.


For this half term, reading will continue to be conducted on a 1:1 basis and in small groups. Developing word reading is paramount as well as ensuring the children have a good understanding of what they have read.  We will also begin to look at whole class books, to evoke discussion, prediction and inference.





Religious Education

Religious Education this half term will focus on religious festivals; their meaning and their importance to believers.  We will look in depth at three festivals from some of the major faiths – Diwali, Purim and Advent.



The children will begin to look at maps of the world and gain an understanding of the location of the United Kingdom.  We will learn about simple compass directions (North, East, South, West) and start to use locational vocabulary when looking at our surroundings.


Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)


To see the children's learning in PSHE please click on the image below. We are proud to announce the PSHE is leading by example and has gone paperless!




Art and Design


I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vale and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.


Through studying landscapes, the children will learn how to use tint, shade and how to blend colours.


Design and Technology


Physical Education


This half term, Year One will be learning about the skills needed in Striking and Fielding games.