BerkswichCE Primary School

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Spring Two



“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


This half term, we will begin by looking at nonsense rhymes.  We will explore the fun and freedom of them, by focussing on The Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan.


In addition to this, Year One will be receiving some exciting post from Sonny the meerkat of Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett.


We will be predicting, describing and writing correspondence, which will help us to consolidate our skills in writing simple sentences using the correct punctuation (capital letters, finger spaces and full stops), using conjunctions in our sentences and using exciting and accurate adjectives to describe characters and settings.



This half term we will be focussing on Place Value within 50 and continuing to develop the children's mathematical fluency with numbers within 50. This will entail consolidating understanding of number bonds, using the part-whole model to partition tens and ones, recognising one more and one less for numbers up to 50 and comparing both objects and numbers within 50.  The children will also begin investigating measurement: length and height; weight and volume. 


Reading and Phonics

Phonics continues to be taught every day in 25 minute sessions, using Little Wandle resources. Phonics activities are engaging, practical and most of all fun! We will continue with Phase 5, as well as continually revisiting our knowledge of graphemes from earlier phases.


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 ‘Salvation’.  We will explore some of the key events, traditions and significance to Christians of Easter.



Our topic for Geography is ‘Oceans and Continents’ – Year One will be journeying around the seven continents and across the five oceans to learn more about our glorious world.  We will also learn the difference between human and physical features, and be able to recognise some of the most famous of these from each continent. 



Our focus in DT is levers.  We will be thinking about where we use simple levers in everyday life, before designing our own litter grabber.  During the process, we will make prototypes and assess the strengths and weaknesses of our ideas – in order to make our final piece!



Our PE focus this half term is going to be cricket.  We will be focusing on development of key skills including underarm throwing, catching, changing direction at pace and aim.