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Year 1

Spring Term 2020

Our two topics this term are Toys and Space.  A flavour of some of what the children will be learning and experiencing during these topics is given below.


During this topic we will be exploring stories with a familiar setting. We will first focus on the story ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes and then move onto ‘Kipper’s Toybox’ by Mick Inkpen.  We will describe the characters and settings in the stories. We will also continue to extend our sentences when retelling the stories, using descriptive language and conjunctions, such as ‘and’, ‘because’ and ‘but’. We will also be looking closely at some poetry about toys, discussing patterns and rhyme.

This term we will be exploring toys from around the world and comparing them with toys the children have.  We will also be looking at toys from the past and comparing them with toys today. 

Also we will use a variety of media when carrying out close observational drawings of toys.  This will include pencils, charcoal, chalk and pastels.  The children will learn all about tones, shadows and light and dark.

We are learning about different materials and their properties, linking to our topic thinking about why certain materials are suitable for toys.


After half term we will be looking at dictionaries, focusing on how we use them and how they are organised, linking to our topic of space. We will then move onto exploring stories with a fantasy setting, ‘Space’, by looking at ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. The children will create an alternative ending to this story and progress onto writing their own story with a fantasy setting.

In topic we will research information about the different planets in the solar system.  These facts will include the names and order of the planets, as well as their size. 

In science we will continue to learn about plants. We will see first-hand how plants how plants grow and record each stage in a diary.

Our numeracy focus for this term will be addition and subtraction and will include a clear focus on real life problem solving and mathematics in everyday life.  We will learn about money and measuring length and weight through various practical activities, written activities, mental and oral maths tasks and will also use ICT in our learning.  We will continue to learn our number bonds, doubles and “unknown” values in number sentences.

During the whole term we will follow the Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme.  These units of work will promote the children’s social and emotional wellbeing by encouraging the children to build and maintain social skills, develop their own self confidence and self-esteem.  The children will start off the term thinking about what they would like to get better at academically and personally by setting themselves realistic and achievable goals.

We will also look at how some festivals are celebrated during R.E, such as Shrove Tuesday and Easter.