Year 1

Spring Term overview – Year 1 & 2

A brief overview of the curriculum areas


Year 1 children will be continuing reading traditional tales, in particular Hansel and Gretel. We will be reading stories from other cultures and looking at stories with predictable and patterned language. In non-fiction the children will be reading, following and writing a non-chronological report on dinosaurs. We will be revising the order of the alphabet in order to understand how to use a glossary, contents page and index. We will continue to learn one poem per week, to build our confidence for performance poetry.

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Year 1 children will continue to extend their knowledge of greater numbers up to 100. They will learn how to count in sequences of 2s, 5s and 10s. They will develop their understanding of how to use a number line or a 100 square accurately for addition and subtraction calculations. They will begin to look at fractions, in particular doubling, halving and quartering. They will look at word problems in real life situations and be given problems to solve. They will begin to look at partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and units.  The pupils will learn to recognise all UK coins and to calculate totals from a group of coins.  They will learn to ‘pay’ by making amounts using a selection of coins.

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Topic work


In our History work the children will learn about the life of Florence Nightingale. We will look at her life and order the key events on a time line. We will discuss what she achieved in her life and what made her famous. The children will discuss hospitals in the past and compare them to hospitals today.


The children will be learning about the wider world by studying the continent of Africa. We will be using maps of the world to locate the continent, the various oceans surrounding it as well as the various countries within it. The children will discuss where about in the world Africa is in comparison to the United Kingdom. The children will be looking at the culture of Africa and comparing it to their own lives.



In Science the children will continue to learn about the Seasons, looking closely at Spring. They will look at scientific features including weather, temperature and observable changes in the local area. They will extend their investigation skills through developing a better knowledge of animal groups; including similarities and differences. They also explore the basic parts of the human body, particularly those related to their senses.



The children will be complete a unit of work on Judaism. They will learn about events taking place during Shabbat and Hanukkah. They will learn about Shabbat as the Jewish day of rest and events that take place during the festival of Hanukkah. They will look at traditional artefacts in the home and the synagogue. Year 2 children will extend their knowledge of Judaism by learning about the Jewish Holy Book – The Torah.


Design & Technology

The children will complete a project where they will be asked to design and make a moving safari vehicle. They will look at mechanisms and learn how to attach wheels to an axel to make a moving part. They will select the materials and the resources they need to make their own vehicle.


The children will explore different avenues linked to African culture. They will create some silhouette pieces using oil pastels and water colours. The children will develop their collage technique, and repeated patterns to design and create an African style necklace. Linked to one of our stories from other cultures, ‘Handa’s Surprise’, the children will observe the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo and recreate their own fruit face portrait. The children will have the opportunity to experiment with free hand observational drawing and shading, to draw a range of different types of fruit and vegetables.


The children will be introduced to computer programming using an IPad app called Daisy Dinosaur. The children will understand the need to give clear instructions using algorithms in order to make things happen. The program then allows them to use programming commands to move or change the dinosaur. The children will also use School360 to develop research skills. The children will complete a booklet about animals by using a basic online database.



Children will be learning about dance and movement and different ways that they can use their bodies to interpret different stimulus including music, percussion and the rhythm/ pulse of music.

There will also be taking part in gymnastic lessons where the children will learn basic skills which include- balancing, rolling, travelling on and around apparatus and weight on hands. They will look at how they can use their bodies to create different shapes as well as different styles of movement using apparatus.

All children will do indoor and outdoor P.E. so it is essential that they have their full P.E. kit (P.E. T-shirt, black shorts, black tracksuit bottoms, spare socks), including trainers, in school for the full week. 


The children will continue to develop rhythm and pulse through action songs.  They will practise singing with expression and learn to hold their own part in a round.  The children will use Charanga to explore their singing and rhythmic skills as well as using musical instruments to support their understanding of rhythm and pulse.  Linking with the Year 1 African topic the children will be learning about African music using a topic called ‘Hands, Feet Heart’.


In the Spring term Year 1 will be focussing on different feelings  such as ‘anger’, ‘love’ and ‘sadness’. We will also look at consequences of actions for positive and negative purposes as well as children’s aspirations for the future.

We will also revisit children’s understanding of rules in school as well as in the wider world.




Reading Rollercoaster and Maths mountain


These reward schemes allow children to earn certificates while developing their reading and mental maths skills.  To progress along the Reading Rollercoaster, the pupils must hand in signed reading records twice weekly.  Progression up the Maths Mountain will be based upon a weekly mental maths test


Reading books will be changed once a week and will be given two books for the week.


At Shanklea, we read primarily from the Oxford Reading Tree home reading scheme.  All children in KS1 read books from the Oxford Reading Tree programme but we recommend that children also read a variety and breadth of different text types at home in order to continue their learning.


English and Maths Homework


Children will be receiving weekly English and Maths homework. This will consist of a written activity and an online activity. This will be alternated every week.


As part of this homework, children will be given the opportunity to choose a book from their class’s reading area which they would like to read.


This term we will introduce a homework drop box, could you please encourage your children to deposit their homework in the correct box, in order to develop their independence.




Children will receive weekly spellings including a combination of high frequency words and phonic words. Children are expected to practise these words in preparation for a spelling test during the week.