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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y1 Curriculum

Spring 1 2023. The medium term plan for this half term can be found below.


Curriculum information – Spring 1 2023

Here is an overview of what your child we will be learning this half term. 


We will continue working on sentences throughout the Spring 1 Term, ensuring the children are consistently using capital letters, full stops and clear gaps between their words. We will be encouraging the children to draw on their knowledge of phonics and ‘harder to read’ words to help them to spell words phonetically and to write at greater length. We will begin to develop our skills of writing a four-part story based on well-known stories and begin to write our own. We will also be working on handwriting with a focus on regulating the size of the letters.



We will continue with our daily phonics scheme from Essential Letters and Sounds.  We will be recapping for the first week and then revisiting sounds learnt last year as well as learning a few more trickier sounds such as ‘ch’ as in chef and ‘dge’n as in edge.



We will have a big focus on ‘number’ in Spring 1. We will be learning to count (forwards and backwards), read and write numbers to 50 and will be using this knowledge to add and subtract larger numbers than we worked with in the Autumn Term. We will also be revising counting in 2s and will learn to count in 10s.



In science, we will be learning about ‘Everyday Materials’. We will learn the names of maty materials, such as plastic, rock, paper, glass, clay and the difference between objects and the materials they are made from. Children will also learn the properties of materials including flexible, rigid, transparent, opaque, translucent, waterproof and absorbent.



Our topic for this half term is ‘The Magic Toymaker’. The children will be drawing on many of the historical skills they began to develop last half term including recognising that things change over time and beginning to form questions and ideas about photographs and artefacts. Our focus will be for children to explore toys of the past and present, drawing similarities and differences and thinking about why toys may have changed. The children will be asking their parents/grandparents about their experiences of toys when they were young to learn about the past too.



We will be looking at 3D art this half term, with a focus on sculpture.  We will be looking at a number of different sculptures, thinking about what they are made of and what they are trying to express. We will also have a go at using clay to make our own simple sculptures!



In DT, we will be looking at free standing structures.  The aim is for each child to make a display stand for their sculpture. The children will be learning to cut, stick and fold and find ways to make their structure strong.



Our topics in PE this half term will be dance and striking skills. The children will learn to compose short dance sequences based on the weather and then develop their skills with bats and balls.


Wellbeing (PSHE)

This half term we will be covering the ‘Living in the Wider World’ element of the Wellbeing curriculum. We will be learning about recycling and jobs.  We will take some time to understand what materials can be recycled and why this is so important.  We will also be learning about the different jobs that people do and how jobs are a way of earning a living.



This half term we will be learning a number of songs from the Charanga music scheme and some songs from Sierra Leone to support our djembe drum lessons.  Children will continue to create and play repeated rhythmic patterns and will work towards a little performance.



In RE we will be looking at ‘What is right and wrong’? We will talk about why we have rules and routines and how they help us in our everyday lives. Children will go on to learn about rules and routines from the viewpoint of different religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism. The children will also be introduced to humanism and the beliefs of humanists.



In computing we will be learning about creating multimedia presentations.  This will begin with children using all the text and image options on Seesaw.  The children will be encouraged to enhance what they upload to Seesaw with additional text and audio.  We will then move on to looking at Keynote presentations.