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Whittlebury

CE Primary School

Whittlebury Class 1, Mrs Howie

Happy New Year and welcome back to the Spring term. We hope you had a wonderful, safe and healthy Christmas. Please find below an overview of the Spring term curriculum.

In English, we will be completing challenges in our Talk 4 Writing sessions, working on the genre of information texts and writing our own pieces as well as short burst writing where we can practise and apply our growing phonics, spelling and grammar skills. This will be inspired by our focus on ‘Giants’ and texts around this focus including 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Tree Giants'.

Our Art and creative work this term will be inspired by the work of Picasso. We will look at his use of drawing and sketching skills, shape, line and colour and how he linked these to emotions and perspective when creating his abstract portraits of people. This will be in addition to art and DT work inspired by our focus on Old Toys in our History work. 

In Science, we will be looking at Materials, we will be able to identify what things are made from and investigating lots of different materials inside and outside the classroom. We will act as Scientists, exploring properties of materials, their similarities and differences and what materials are best to construct certain things from and which are not.

In RE this term we will complete class shared worship and assemblies reflecting on our Christian beliefs. We will focus on comparing this with Islamic beliefs and practices. We will be looking at Islam and how Muslims live. We will explore the religion, taking an in depth look at the Prophet Muhammad, his 99 names and also the five pillars of Islam. 

In PSHE, we will be looking at what our dreams and goals are and what skills we need to achieve these. This will be alongside ongoing work on recognising feelings, self-regulating, mindfulness and self-esteem. 

In Physical Education, we are continuing to use Real PE to support our lessons as well as exploring Yoga as part of our mindfulness work. 

In History we will be exploring toys, old and new. Exploring toys that were our favourites when we were younger and comparing then to the toys we play with now. We will look at how we have grown in our ability to play with more complex things both physically and mentally. Looking at how toys have changed and evolved over time and comparing our toys to those played with by our parents, grandparents and even further back in Victorian times.

In Geography we will look at mapping skills, creating simple maps with landmarks and understanding how mapping helps us to engage with and navigate our local area and the world around us.

 I look forward to sharing all of our weekly successes on class dojo. 

Mrs Howie