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Welcome to the Spring Term in Year

Our topic this term is ‘Super South West’




In English, we will begin our term by exploring character descriptions. We will be using the story of the ‘Snail and the Whale’ to help us with this. We are focusing on using adjectives and the conjunction ‘and’ as well as improving our punctuation. We will also be exploring setting descriptions.



Each week we will be completing five phonic sessions in order to develop the children’s ability to read a range of tricky words and decode a range of words. We will be completing three whole class reading sessions focusing on a range of skills, including; vocabulary, prediction, inference, retrieval, explanation, summarise and sequence. We will be exploring a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry in order to apply these skills.



In maths we will be developing our understanding of addition and subtraction. They will be doing so within 20 and developing their use of the addition, subtraction and equal symbols. The children will be using a range of strategies, including; concrete objects, pictorial images and abstract representations. Following this unit of study, we will be looking at place value to 50.



During the first half term we will be learning about plants and exploring them within the school grounds. We will be thinking about wild and garden plants, the key parts of a plant and what they need to grow. We will be thinking about different types of trees and discussing the similarities between evergreen and deciduous.


Other Subjects

In geography we will be learning about the geography and location of where we live. During our computing sessions, we will become illustrators and create our own digital images linked to a key high quality text we have been exploring. In PE we will be focusing on our fundamental movements (agility, balance and coordination) and how we can use them across a range of activities. In our music lessons, we will be learning about the sounds associated with the weather and seasons. We will develop our understanding of pitch, duration and tempo. During RE, we will be thinking about celebrations and why we celebrate special occasions. Within art we will be focussing on a local artist and using the skills they use within our own work. Our overall topic for SMSC is ‘good to be me’. The children will be thinking about what they are good at and what they would like to improve upon.  


PE Days

Shorts, T-shirt and plimsolls will be needed for P.E. on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Key Dates and General Reminders

David Hill athlete visit– Thursday 7th February

Homework books will be handed out on a Friday.

It is to be completed by the next Thursday.

Spellings will be given out each Friday, to be learnt by the following Friday.


Please put names into your child’s clothes/belongings.