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Our first Spring Term topic is called

Way Back When...

Hook Question

Would our grandparents swap their toys for an ipad?


Toys like these...?



For this ?


This half term we will be learning all about toys and homes in the past to create our very own

Museum of Memories.


We will compare old toys with new toys and then look at how houses and household tasks have changed over time.


Here are some of the texts we will be using.



We will be taking a close look at mystery objects from the past.

Do you know what these objects were used for?




Have a look at the curriculum planner below to find out more information about our learning this half term.

Curriculum Planner Spring Term 1



In school we do phonics every day based on the Bug Club Phonics scheme. We get our planning from the Bug Club phonics website and we enjoy playing the games on there. 

Keep an eye out on your Bug Club home account as we often share the games and books we look at in class with you to view again at home.




Bug Club is based on a document called Letters and Sounds: Click below for "A Parent's Guide to Letters and Sounds."



In school we follow the Penpals for Handwriting scheme. We believe handwriting is the foundation for learning as it allows us to express ourselves on paper, gives us confidence and allows us to have pride in our work.

The letters are split into 4 different families. We have the curly caterpillars, the long ladders (sometimes called long legged giraffes), the one arm robots and the zig zag monsters. At first, it is important that we learn to form the letters in each family correctly and learn how to position them on the line. We spend a lot of time working on this in Year 1. Once this is secure we will then move on to learning some basic joins.


Useful English links (Phonics and Early Reading)

Big Maths

We usually do Big Maths every week. It's a really great way to help us learn our basic number facts and recall them at speed. It is a challenge but we are not scared by challenges in Year 1 and we enjoy trying to beat our scores every week. You may choose to practise your big maths learn it facts at home. See below for some practise sheets and timers.

Big Maths Song

Big Maths 20 second timer

Big Maths 30 second timer

Big Maths 60 second timer

Useful Maths and Science links
Mindfulness and Keeping Active