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Year 1

Year 1

Spring Term 2

Key Vocabulary


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.

Main writing outcomes:

  • Letter writing (including learning about the format of letters)
  • Diary entry (including learning about the purpose of diaries, and the way language is used.

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

Text-specific: earth, alien, creature, lonely, friends, relieved.



In Mathematics 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.


Part, Equal, Whole, Half, halves, Quarter, Fraction, Numerator, Denominator, Notation


Position, Direction, Top, middle, bottom, On top of, In front of, Above, Between, Around, Near, Close, Far, Up, Down, Inside, Outside, Forwards, Backwards, Left, Right, Half turn, Quarter turn, Three-quarters turn, Straight, Line, Clockwise


In Science, we will be looking at Animals and Humans throughout the term.


Children will learn:

  • To identify and name a variety of common animals that are birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
  • To identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
  • To describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals including pets).
  • To identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which parts of the body is associated with each sense.

Birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates


Feathers, scales, gills, fins, hair, land, water, back-bone, skeleton


Carnivores, herbivores, omnivores

Meat, plants


Tier 2 words:

categorise, understand, check, notice


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.

Save, copyright, e-safety, mammal, permission, personal, private, jpeg, web browser, Google Docs, Google Slides, copy, paste











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.

Wind, rain, cloud, frost, ice, storm, thunder, lightning, food, weather, sea-

son, spring, summer, autumn, winter, temperature, thermometer, map,

globe, plan, country, continent, ocean, area, place, position, north, south,

east, west, near/far, left/right, up/down, Digital map, Key


Art and DT

In Art this term, the children will be learning about the artist Mary Heilmann.


By the end of the topic the children will be able to:

  • To create an abstract painting using geometric shapes.
  • To represent objects with simple shapes


The steps that the children will take to achieve the end points are:

  • Suggest what objects the colours might represent in discussion when looking at Heilmann’s work.
  • Think about their journey to school and what colour might represent this and then create a wash.
  • Identify 4-6 things they pass on the way—trees, post box, lamp post etc.
  • Represent each of those objects using the same, simple geometric shape and different colour (rectangle/circle/triangle).

Primary, secondary, wash, shapes, colours, objects, background, light, dark



In our topic ‘Relationships’, children will be learning:

  • To identify the members of my family and understand that there are lots of different types of families.
  • To identify what being a good friend means to me.
  • To know appropriate ways of physical contact to greet my friends and know which ways I prefer.
  • To manage uncomfortable feelings – such as pride and jealousy.
  • To know who can help me in my school community.
  • To recognise my qualities as a person and a friend.
  • To tell you why I appreciate someone who is special to me.

Confidence, Praise, Qualities, Skills, Self belief, Incredible, Proud, Greeting, Touch, Feel, Texture, Like, Dislike, Consent, Agree, Disagree, Friendship, Qualities, Family, Caring, Sharing, Kind, Help, Helpful, Community, Feelings, Celebrate, Relationships, Special, Appreciate


This term the children will be learning about ‘What does it mean to belong.’

Children will be learning:

  • To talk about why I am a special part of my family.
  • To show special things people do in their families.
  • To show and compare special things that happen in different families.









Children will be exploring the topic of ‘Round and Round.’


Children will use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Children will be learning:

  • To play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • To 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 the children will be learning to dance using simple movement patterns to music.


They will learn:

  • To perform dances using simple movement patterns.
  • To master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination.
  • To begin to apply these in a range of activities.

Pattern, describe, travel, balance, jump, beginning, middle, end, towards, away from, across, through, under.