Calverley Parkside Primary School

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Spring 1

This is what we will be learning in the Spring 1 term in year 1.  More information about the different subjects can be found on the 'Curriculum' section of the school website.



This half term we will be reading a range of picture books in our reading lessons to develop the children's love for reading. Our main focus will be on increasing the children's fluency however we will also be developing a range of reading skills such as identifying and improving vocabulary, making predictions and using inference to answer questions.  

Some of the books we will be sharing this half term are:


  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


             Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak



  • Bob Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram






    During our writing lessons, we will be focusing on writing sentences using capital letters, full stops and adjective. We will be looking at the story 'The Train Ride' by June Crebbin and the children will be writing their own  narrative based on this story.  



    In Maths this half term, we will continue to use concrete objects and manipulatives to solve mathematical problems and to develop a good understanding of number to 20. 


    Your child will be focus on:

    • Place Value (within 20)
    • Addition and Subtraction (within 20)



    Below is a list of the small steps for each unit.


    Place Value

    -Count within 20

    -Understand 10

    -Understand 11, 12 and 13

    -Understand 14, 15 and 16

    -Understand 17, 18 and 19

    -Understand 20

    -1 more and 1 less

    -The number line to 20

    -Use a number line to 20

    -Estimate on a number line to 20

    -Compare numbers to 20

    -Order numbers to 20


    Addition and Subtraction

    -Add by counting on within 20

    -Add ones using number bonds

    -Find and make number bonds to 20 Step 4 Doubles

    -Near doubles

    -Subtract ones using number bonds Step 7 Subtraction – counting back

    -Subtraction – finding the

    -Related facts

    -Missing number problems



    The focus in history this half term is 'The history of toys'. Children will be exploring how toys have changed over a period of time and how these have influenced children's past times. Your child will be looking at the similarities and differences in toys they have today and toys from the past. They will focus on the materials and functionality of toys and how these have changed over time.          



    Our PE days this half term will continue to take place on a Wednesday and Thursday. The two themes for this half term are volleyball and dance. Please see the knowledge organiser below for further details about the skills your child will be focusing on.








    Using Purple Mash, we will be looking at animated stories. Children will focus on and learn 


    • To add animation to a story
    • To add sound to a story
    • To work on a more complex story, including adding backgrounds
    • To share e-books on a class board



    In PHSE our theme is 'Me and others'. Your child will learn about what makes them and others special, roles and responsibilities at home and at school and about being co-operative with others. 



    Using Charanga we will celebrate a wide range of musical styles. We will focus on 

    Listening, Singing, Playing, Composing and Performing. This half term we will be focusing on high and low sounds, long and short sounds and loud and quiet sounds. The children will be exploring sounds and create their own simple melodies. 


    Religious Education

    The theme in RE this term is 'What does it mean to belong to a Church or Mosque?'. We will be looking at different places of worship and talking about the objects and symbols we might see. Your child will learn to talk about the importance of special places for religious believers and explore the sense of 'belonging'. 



    The focus for our art this half term is drawing which will be inspired by the artwork of Amanda Jackson. Your child will be learning a range of skills that include:

    -Use some processes to create drawings.

    -Draw an object with increasing accuracy.

    -Draw lines of different thicknesses.

    -Begin to experiment with different textures