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This half term, our English work is linked to our pre-historic topic where the children will find out about early life on our planet.


We begin with a fantastic book called Dinosaurs Don't Draw by Elli Woollard. We will find out more about the characters and settings and will begin to make inferences about how characters feel. Our word and sentence level work will build towards the children re-telling the story in their own words.


Our second terrific text is How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson, a humorous story about a little girl who has to take care of a mammoth. We will learn about the features of instructions and the children will use role play to develop their own instructions on how to wash a mammoth!


We finish the half term reading a beautifully illustrated story called Boy by James Mayhew. Through this unit, the children will travel back in time to visit a Stone Age cave where a family lives and will write a recount about their experience. This is one of our favourites!


We have daily phonics sessions which develop the children's reading, spelling and handwriting skills and build upon the work done in Reception. Please support your child by reading regularly. 















In maths this half term, we will begin by developing the children's knowledge of place value so that they are confident reading, writing and working with numbers to 20. It is really important that the children recognise and can write numerals to 20 so any support you can give them at home with this would be fantastic. Counting on and back confidently within 20 is also key as it underpins much of the work we do in arithmetic.


The children will develop a range of strategies for addition, moving from using concrete objects to being able to add within 20 mentally. This work will include children recalling number bonds within 10 and knowing the corresponding subtraction facts.


We will then move onto comparing and describing lengths and heights and begin to measure and record lengths and heights, using non-standard and then manageable standard units (cm and m).


Finally we will work on recognising and naming common 2D and 3D shapes and being able to identify properties of each shape.


We also have a daily Ambitious Arithmetic lesson where the children practise their mental maths skills. 
















Oh dear! Andy from Andy's Dinosaur Adventures needs our help. His time travelling clock has broken down and so he can't use it to find out about different periods of time. He needs the help of Year 1.


The children will have to work as a team to help Andy to learn about the past. They will become paleontologists and archaeologists to search for clues about the past. They will need to study artefacts, artwork and even dinosaur poo (yuck!) to answer the question How Can We Find Out About the Past?


Our key research questions are:

  • What can artefacts tell us?
  • What do we know about dinosaurs?
  • How do we know what dinosaurs ate?
  • What was it like during the Ice Age? 
  • How did stone age people live?
  • What does Stonehenge tell us about the past?
  • How can we find out about the lives of bronze age people?
  • How can we keep our village safe?









Over the year the children will learn about changes over the 4 seasons. We will observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and investigate how day length varies. 


This half term we will also be finding out about humans and the body. We will identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. 


Through all of our scientific work, we will develop the skill of working like a scientist. This involves asking simple questions about the world around us, performing simple tests, observing closely and using simple equipment. We will also begin to use our observations and ideas to answer questions.