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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 1

Spring Term


We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This  outlines the Year 1 curriculum for the Spring Term 2019.



This term we will be reading the story ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. This is a simple, bittersweet story telling a familiar tale of a child separated from her parents who struggles to cope in an unfamiliar world. It deals with themes of hope, kindness, loneliness and being an outsider. Alexis Deacon’s simple text and illustrations, with stark empty backgrounds allow the luminous Beegu to stand out. There is a childlike perspective to this touching tale. Children will be learning:

  • To explore, interpret and respond to a picture book.

  • To explore narrative setting, plot and characters.

  • To broaden understanding and use of appropriate vocabulary.

  • To write short recounts from fictional personal experiences.

  • To sequence events to write narratives.


During Spring term 2, we will be looking at the story ‘Emily Brown and the Thing’. This is a charming and hugely funny book, which explores the way that children use their imaginative play as a way to deal with their own fears. It tells the story of Emily Brown and her devoted rabbit friend Stanley and their night-time encounter with the Thing, who was weeping on their window. As a sense of duty, Emily Brown and Stanley set out on a mission to bring the Thing whatever he may need to make him happy. However, nothing really helps until finally practical Emily gets to the bottom of the problem. Children will be learning:

  • To listen with enjoyment and respond to the book, through retelling and re-enacting the story.

  • To get to know the story really well and be able to revisit it in a variety of ways.

  • To think and talk confidently about their response to the book, the story and illustrations and meanings.

  • To explore the structure through story mapping and storytelling.

  • To write for the meaning and purpose in narrative and non-narrative forms.

  • To create a book of the story through shared writing and illustration using a variety of materials e.g. a collage or a painting.



In Numeracy we will be focusing on calculating: Exploring Fractions and Mathematical Movement. Children will be learning to:

  • Identify half of an object, shape or set of objects.

  • Identify quarter of an object, shape or a set of objects.
  • Use fraction notation to write half (½).
  • Use fraction notation to write a quarter (¼).
  • Describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns.


During Spring Term 2 we will be focussing on: Calculation: Addition and Subtraction 2. Children will be learning to:

  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs.
  • Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero.
  • Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7 = ☐ – 9.



In Science, we will be looking at Everyday Materials. Children will learn:

  • To distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • To identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, water and rock.
  • To describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
  • To compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their physical properties.


We will also be looking at ‘plants’, children will:

  • Identify and name a variety of common plants, including garden plants, wild plants and trees, and those classified as deciduous and evergreen.
  • Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common plants including roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.



Our topic for Computing will be ‘We are Collectors’. Children will:

  • Learn to find and use pictures on the web.

  • Know what to do if they encounter pictures that cause concern.

  • Group images on the basis of a binary (yes/no) question.

  • Organise images into more than two groups according to clear rules.

  • Sort (order) images according to some criteria.

  • Ask and answer binary (yes/no) questions about their images.



Our main focus this term is on ‘Florence Nightingale’. Children will be taught about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some will be used to compare aspects of life in different periods.



We will be exploring the Journey to the Arctic and looking at the coldest places on Earth. Children will:

  • Use world maps, globes, aerial pictures and more to investigate the Arctic Circle and what it has to offer.

  • Explore the seven main countries that feature in the Arctic Circle: Greenland, Alaska, Canada, Norway, Finland, Russia and Sweden.

  • Have opportunities to see images of what life is like in the Arctic and what the climate and weather conditions are.

  • Investigate the physical and human features found in towns and cities in the Arctic.

  • Explore the interesting animals found in these areas.

  • Compare Arctic towns and cities with those in the UK.



This term children will be working on “Physical Literacy”. This half term, children will use a variety of different bats and ball to improve their striking skills. Next half term children will be focusing on their kicking skills with an emphasis on controlling a ball in modified game situations.



In our topic ‘Dreams and Goals’, children will be:

  • Set simple goals and will identify their successes and achievements.

  • Set a goal and work out how to achieve it.

  • Tackling a new challenge and understanding how this might stretch their learning.

  • Identifying obstacles which make it more difficult to achieve their new challenge and working out how to overcome them.


For the topic ‘Healthy me’ children will:

  • Understand the difference between being healthy and unhealthy, and know some ways to keep healthy.

  • Know how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Know how to keep clean and healthy.

  • Understand how germs cause disease illness.

  • Know that all household products including medicines can be harmful if not used properly.



In this unit ‘What can be special about living with family & friends? All religions and worldwide views’, pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their own sense of identity, particularly as it applies to their relationship with family and friends. They will also think about the idea of forgiveness. In learning about how religious traditions can help to bind people and families, they will also think about customs and traditions in their own families. They will reflect on how stories can help them to think about their own identity and relationships.


For our Spring term 2 our topic will be ‘What does it mean to belong to Christianity?’ In this unit children will draw on their understanding of belonging, and then relate this to what Christians from different traditions understand about belonging. They will look at what Jesus taught about children, and how the church welcomes children into its family. They will think about how people show they belong and what is special about belonging.


Art and DT

During this term children will explore Art within different parts of the curriculum.

  • Painting different settings in Literacy.
  • Using collage, play dough and other materials to create alien characters in Literacy.
  • Using collage and other materials to create a lamp as part of our history topic, ‘Florence Nightingale’.
  • Building models of homes to investigate materials in Science.