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Spring 1

This half-term our topic is ‘People who help us’. 

In Understanding the world our children will talk about features of the environment they are in and learn about the different environments.  We look at our community around the school and where we find people who help us.  We go on our travels around our school finding all the people who help us in school and then draw maps of where to find them.


In personal, social and emotional development, we look at aspirations for what we want to be when we are older and how to look after ourselves.  We apply this knowledge on our hospital day.  We have 90 children in the hall, and they have scenarios to draw down their knowledge and from this scenario they design and set up the room they need to build in the hospital.  Have a look at some of our creations:



We read lots of stories to drive our writing: 

  A Superhero  

 The Jolly Postman 

 and a range of non-fiction texts 

This half term we learn to write captions using our initial, medial and final sounds.  We are introduced to saying our caption aloud verbally and then applying this to writing.  We think about how many words are in our caption and then apply it to our writing. 

We continue to practise our letter formation using the little wandle script.  Follow this link for support for phonics and letter formation:

In physical development, we move into our Write Dance sessions, continuing to develop our gross motor control and coordination.   

In maths, we move back into Number sense to represent 4 and 5 and 6, 7, and 8.  We look at how we represent the number through subitising, comparing and the composition of the number using our knowledge of the numbers from 0-3.

Here is a good link that explains What is subitising and WHY is it so important in young children's maths.  (start 50 seconds in)

We love number blocks to support our maths learning:


In Expressive Art and Design we focus on using a painting station.  We apply this then to mixing primary colours to make secondary colours.  The children can name the three primary colours  and can tell you two primary colours that make a secondary colour.  We use the books:

 the dot 

 mix it up 

Pupil Premium Provision: 

Children are shown video clips of different people who help us and act out the roles.  We have key visitors to school where possible to bring the context into a real life scenario for the pupils.  Our pupil premium group visit the experience first and then revisit the class so they are the mini-experts.   Vocabulary word banks will be sent home to consolidate learning in class.