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Spring 1 – Amazing Animals


The children have continued to use and apply their knowledge of previously learnt

and newly introduced sounds and tricky words in their reading and writing. In

phonics they have learnt all of the letters and sounds within Phase 3 which include

‘diagraphs’ (one sound made up of two letters, e.g. ‘ow’ for ‘cow’) and ‘triagraphs’

(one sound made up of three letters, e.g. ‘igh’ for ‘night’.) Please continue to

practise these sounds and tricky words from phase 2, 3 and 4 with your child at

home on a weekly basis.


Our topic this half term has been Amazing Animals. Each week we asked the

children to find out facts about different types of animals. This included farm

animals, jungle animals, pets, minibeasts and underwater creatures. The children

then used this information to write facts and interesting descriptions of how

animals look and act. We also continued to focus on ‘what makes a good sentence.’

The children are now beginning to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops

more consistently and recognise when they have not used this punctuation in their writing


We introduced the children to the folk tale ‘The Little Red Hen’. We showed them Pie Corbett’s ‘talk for writing version’ which demonstrates that by using a story map

and actions, children can remember and retell a story off by heart and in sequence. Once the children had learnt the story, they were confident enough to perform it

to their peers in the opposite classes. Furthermore, the children from Sapphire Class performed the story to their parents and grandparents.




The children continued to consolidate their understanding of number through learning to say the number that is one more or one less than a given number to 20

and beyond. They also learnt to use a number line to count on or back from a given a number. The children were introduced to estimating as way of making sensible guesses about how many objects they could see in a group without counting.


We introduced 3D shapes and focused on how they differ from 2D Shapes. The children were able to talk about everyday objects in their environment that are the same as 3D shapes. For example, a tissue box is a cube or cuboid shape and a tin of food is a cylinder shape. Once confident in naming these shapes the children were able to use some mathematical language to describe their properties, i.e. faces and edges. Finally, we introduced the children to symmetry and they were able to identify the symmetrical patterns found on minibeasts such as butterflies and ladybirds


Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design


As well as learning facts about different types of animals, the children were very lucky to have been visited by two different types of pets. Mrs Shah from Emerald class organised for her cousin to bring in his Scottish Terroir called Mac. Mrs Lara then brought in her sister’s kitten called Bruno. Each class were given the opportunity to ask questions to find out more information about these pets, which included asking what do they like to eat and drink? Where do they sleep? And how do they take care for them when they are sick? The end of January saw the beginning of Chinese New Year. The children learnt about the ways in which Chinese people celebrate this very special event. In class they made lots of different types of decorations including lanterns and dragons. They also tasted vegetable stir fry and fortune cookies. In Computing the children have been learning to log on and off the computers using the Ctrl, Alt and Delete keys and have been practising typing in their class usernames and passwords. They selected the Espresso website and used it to watch videos and find out facts about animals and Chinese New Year. To coincide with their learning on minibeasts and symmetry, the children used the Colour Magic programme to create a symmetrical picture of a minibeast.


Each class had a different role play area based on different types of animals. Emerald Class had a ‘Dinosaur World’, Amber Class had a Jungle, Sapphire Class had an Under the Sea World and Ruby Class had a Veterinary Surgery.

The children helped to make resources for their role play areas using a variety of different tools and materials.