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Year 1

Year 1

Spring Term 1

Key Vocabulary


This term we will be reading ‘Grace and Family’ by Mary Hoffman

In this sequel to Amazing Grace, Grace is invited by her father to visit him in Africa. In the Gambia she meets his family and explores new relationships and a new culture.


Main writing outcomes will be:

  • Narrative storybook for Grace’s siblings.
  • Information booklet on The Gambia.


For the narrative we will be making up a simple story with a beginning, middle and end.


For the booklet we will be able to explain and identify the difference between fact and fiction, and the purpose of an information text.


Grammar focus:

  • Use of simple past tense.


Punctuation focus:

  • Use of capital letters for proper nouns and personal pronoun.
  • Use question and exclamation marks to demarcate sentences.


Spelling focus:

  • Words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught.
  • Common exception words.
  • Adding the endings –ing, -ed and –er to verbs where no change is needed to the root word.


Handwriting focus:

  • Form all capital letters correctly.


Letter, capital letter, singular, plural, sentence, punctuation, full stop, noun, suffix, question mark, exclamation mark.

Family, parents, siblings, relation, related, relatives.



During this term we will be focusing on ‘Addition and Subtraction.’

The outcomes will be 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.
  • Consolidate previous learning and address any misconceptions.


We will also be looking at ‘Measuring space.’

The outcomes will be to:

  • Measure and begin to record the following: lengths and heights; mass/weight; capacity and volume; time (hours, minutes, seconds).
  • Compare, describe and solve practical problems for: lengths and heights [for example, long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half]; mass/weight [for example, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than]; capacity and volume [for example, full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter]; time [for example, quicker, slower].



Add, subtract

Count on, count back

More, less

Plus, minus, total, sum

Difference between

Equal, equal to


The symbols ‘+’, ‘–‘ and ‘=’





Length, height, distance

Mass, weight


Capacity, volume

Long, short, longer, shorter, tall, taller

Heavy, light, heavier, lighter

Full, empty, half full

Quicker, slower, earlier, later

More than, less than

Double, half, quarter

Hour, minutes, second



Order, Compare

Greater than, less than


This term we will be learning  about ‘Everyday materials’.

We will:

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, water and rock.
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.



Wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, rock, brick, fabric, sand, paper, flour, butter, milk, soil




In computing this term, we will learn about the topic ‘Race in a Maze’.

In this topic we will:

  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.
  • Create and debug simple programs.
  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.

algorithm, program, debug, sprite, code, input, algorithm, route

instructions, robot, predict

efficient, output


In History this term we will explore the historical figure ‘Florence Nightingale.’

Pupils will be taught about:

  • Changes within living memory.
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.


London, hospital, London, Florence, nurse, rich, poor, Scutari hospital, condition, war, Russia, Crimean war, Crimea, sick, wounded, kind, help, care, carriage, sailboat, conditions, analyse, assess, assume, deduce, impose



Art and DT

We will start off the Spring term with ‘Playgrounds’ (wood work)

During lessons we will:

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make a playground model including wood.
  • Go on a local visit or take a look at images of playgrounds. What features can children identify? What equipment is usually in a playground?
  • Design equipment focusing on how to make it sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, and will use annotations and look at designers.
  • Discuss safety aspects and precautions of using wood and tools.
  • Make equipment using wood, and select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.
  • Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.
  • Evaluate product and consider modifying to improve this.


Maintain, specific, create, identify, Playground, equipment, favourite, purpose, swings, metal, frame, rubber, rocking horse, paint, handles, plastic, mould, railings, slide, designing, roundabout, spinning, swing, climb, joining, sturdy, smooth, bouncy, balanced, materials, model, problems, evaluate



This term our focus will be on ‘Celebrating difference’.

During lessons children will:

  • Identify similarities between people in their class.
  • Explain what bullying is.
  • Be able to suggest people they could talk to if they were feeling unhappy or being bullied.
  • Be able to make new friends.
  • Be able to explain how they are different to their friends.

Same, similar, bystander, Upstander



In this term we will be examining ‘How do people belong to Christianity?’

We will:

  • Create a card to be given to a family.
  • Create a card for a Christian with some Christian symbols on it.
  • Create a card and explain what is important.

Church, Christening

dedication, Vicar/Priest/Minister,



Our theme in music this term will be ‘In the Groove.’

We will:

  • Use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.


Composition, improvisation, band, dynamics, ending, introduction, melody/tune, notation, original, performance, pitch, pulse/beat, rhythm, solo, style, tempo, verse, chorus.




This term we will take part in outdoor activities  such as ‘Throwing and Catching’

During lessons we will be:

  • Developing basic movements including running , jumping, throwing and catching.
  • Developing balance agility and coordination and applying these in different situations.



Target, pace, underarm throw, stance, release, Jack Ball, rules, lob, court, over-hand, accuracy, competition, propel, target, object, catch, control, roll, drop, react.