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Spring Term


Welcome back to Year 1. I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas, and like me, you are looking forward to getting going with our exciting Spring term. We have a multitude of exciting lessons and experiences to enjoy this term.

Here is a brief guide of the many exciting things that we will be learning about this term in Year 1.


Please remember to label all of your drinks bottles, clothes and sports kit to avoid them being placed in lost property. PE will take place on a Thursday and Friday for the first half-term.

Feel free to approach me for a quick chat on the playground, or make an appointment to come and see me anytime.



Our topic this term is weird weather. We will link this across the curriculum, investigating seasons, how day lengths vary, the effects of climate on food, and the seasons to name but a few.


In maths this term we will start by looking at number and place value within 20. We will then focus on addition and subtraction within 20. Next, we will continue with number and place value within 50, and looking at multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We will then turn to measurement and study length and height to solve practical problems, followed by weight and volume.


During the first half term we will be studying the book, Percy’s Park in Winter. This links in with our weird weather topic, and seasonal changes in science. We will use the book to make predictions about the text, write a letter, a variety of narrative work and some poetry. We will then look at information texts about how the weather changes with the seasons, and write some instructions for an Easter egg hunt.


We will be looking at seasonal changes, and observing changes in the weather, landscape and the length of the day.

Art and Design

In art we will explore mixing colours and painting with hot and cold colours linked to the seasons. We will paint the seasons based upon what we have learnt in science.


My favourite part of DT – food! Looking at seasonal food, specifically fruit and vegetables, and where food comes from linking to climate. We will have some practical lessons too, where parents will get a rare opportunity to taste some food the children have prepared for them for once! We will also link DT with art and look at levers; cutting and sticking skills.


Linking geography and DT, we will identify which countries produce certain types of food and why. We will also link up with science and discover more about the seasons and weather.


Looking at bar charts and tally charts linked to maths. We aim to study the weather and count the amount of different days we have – hopefully, plenty of sunny ones!


Our main focus in PE this term is ball skills, including throwing, catching, and bouncing, and gymnastics.

PE takes place twice a week and children must have their own PE kit which they will keep in school, including a house team t-shirt. As with previous years, children must have long hair tied back and jewellery should be removed.


We will play tuned and untuned instruments, and use these to match different types of weather.


Madame Leydon will be teaching the children how to use words associated with the weather, seasons, calendar, and Easter.


Miss Pickup will discuss with the children about staying safe both inside and outside of school, staying healthy and keeping clean, and families and caring for each other. In RE, the children will learn about Christianity.



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