BerkswichCE Primary School

Achieve, Believe and Care

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Spring One


A little clue to the story we will be learning this half term...


"Who's been sitting in MY chair?"


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.



This half term we will be focussing on Subtraction and Addition within 20 and continuing to develop the children's mathematical fluency with numbers within 20. This will entail recognising and accurately using the symbols for addition and subtraction, consolidating understanding of number bonds to 20, 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.  The children will also continue to embed their understanding of place value (up to 50), as well as investigating measurement: length and height; weight and volume. 


Reading and Phonics

Phonics is taught every day in 25 minute sessions, using Little Wandle resources. Phonics activities are engaging, practical and most of all fun! We will continue to consolidate the children’s knowledge of phase 4 this half term to ensure all children are confident at recognising and applying these graphemes in both their reading and writing.  Following this, we will move onto Phase 5.


Reading will be delivered in line with the Little Wandle scheme that the school has adopted.  This involves small groups of children (six or fewer) reading three times per week with an adult in class.  Each of the three sessions focusses on different skills; decoding, prosody and comprehension.  The books will then be sent home for two nights for the children to read to parents. 


Alongside this, each week a ‘sharing book’ will be sent home with each child.  This is to be read with/to your child, to encourage their love of reading and ensure that they are accessing a variety of genres.


Religious Education

The title of our unit in Religious Education this half term is ‘What Do Muslims Believe?’  We will explore some of the key beliefs, characters and festivals of the Islamic faith.



Our topic for History is ‘Significant Individuals’ – Year One will be investigating some very important people from history, as well as finding out their impact and legacy on our world today.  We will be learning about Queen Victoria, Martin Luther King Jr., Queen Elizabeth II and Tim Berners-Lee.



‘In The Jungle’ is where our art will take us this half term!  After exploring Henri Rousseau’s famous piece ‘Surprised!’ we will use the skills of collage to create our own multi-layered jungle masterpieces.



In PE, Year One will be learning some key skills needed in Net and Wall games.  These include aim, position and team work.


Part of our PSHE this half term is learning all about the best foods to fuel our bodies and keep us healthy.  We have been busy sorting out healthy and less healthy foods, to help us to understand what a balanced diet is.