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Spring term 2

What are the different celebrations around the world?


In our project, ‘What are the different celebrations around the world?’, the children will be investigating the different ways that our families, communities and cultures celebrate at this time of year. Children will describe significant celebrations and events from their own experiences.


Learning Objectives

  • I can identify the similarities and differences among families, communities and traditions 
  • I can demonstrate an understanding of what has been read to me by retelling stories and narratives 
  • I can understand that people celebrate in many different ways which may be different to the way we celebrate.

Core Texts

  • Little Glow 
  • The oral Story of Holi 
  • The oral Story of Eid 
  • The oral Story of Easter


Learning Opportunities and Experiences

  • Visits to places of worship 
  • Vicor Dan come in to do a talk



  • Introduce number operations where the children are given challenges to give equal amounts to two different groups. 
  • Introduce the part-part-whole model to the children where they are able to recognise the numbers that you add together to make one whole number 


  • Identify 4-sided shapes, circles and triangles
  • Investigate where shapes appear on everyday items and start to see shapes in other shapes 
  • Identify their defining features 
  • Recognize some less typical squares and triangles and some rectangles



Children will continue learning their Set 1 sounds as part of the

Read Write Inc phonics programme. They will:

  • Consolidate existing sound knowledge and letter formation of Set 1 sounds. 
  • Carry on learning Set 2 sounds
  • Practise oral blending
  • Use their established sound knowledge to read and spell CVC, CCVC and CVCC  words
  • Use their phonics knowledge to write words and start to write sentences.

Children will be introduced to the school value of ‘joy’. In sharing and creating experiences of celebration together, we will draw attention to the importance of experiencing ‘joy’ in the classroom and as a vital component of learning. 

You can help your child’s understanding of these concepts by considering the following:

  • How do you and your family experience ‘joy’ at home? 
  • Discuss this with your child and think of examples that are relevant to your daily lives.
  • Could you model these values to your children in their everyday lives?
  • Make explicit when you tap into these values in your own life and share this with your children.

Children will develop their understanding of mindfulness this term by building an awareness of breath and engaging their senses. They will: 

  • Learn where their breath comes from and explore how breathing feels in different parts of the body
  • Practise drawing attention to each of their 5 senses and share their observations with others
  • Use inside weather and Zones of Regulation to identify, share and manage daily emotions.

Throughout the term, the children will be gradually introduced to new set 2 phonics sounds. These sounds will be accompanied by home learning books, including a handwriting book, a flashcard book, and decoding reading books tailored to the children’s reading levels. Please also have a look on the Reception Padlet for more help!

Year 1

Spring term 2

What do different communities believe?


‘What do different communities believe?’ is an exploration into the different religious and cultural festivals that fall around Spring time. Children will develop an understanding of how and why different communities celebrate different beliefs by learning about Mardi Gras, Holi, Easter/Passover. We will practise our oral storytelling to learn about the story of Holi, ‘The Legend of Holika & Prahlad’. We will consider how celebrations and culture influences what people wear, what people eat and how people live. We will build on our learning from last year by considering how storytelling is central to many celebrations across cultures.


Learning Objectives

  • Retell religious stories and explain what is important to a person of that religion, and why
  • Discuss and connect ideas between different religions
  • Understand how the everyday actions of people are influenced by their beliefs and values


Core Text/s

  • Oral story: ‘The Legend of Holika & Prahlad’


Learning Opportunities & Experiences

  • Oral stories shared from members of our school community
  • Creating art inspired by different cultural/religious celebrations e.g. calligraphy and Lunar New Year, paint powders and Holi


  • Count “counting words” (single sequence or skip counts) in either direction.
  • Recognise that decades sequence mirrors single digit sequence.
  • Verbally label structured arrangements, shown only briefly, using groups, skip counting, and place value.
  • Create and read simple graphs
  • Explore measuring using different units
  • Use, describe and match angles using concrete materials
  • Understand what estimation is and do simple estimations
  • Compare, describe and solve practical problems for time
  • Measure and begin to record time



  • Continuing our work on writing simple sentences (phonics,capital letters, full stop) 
  • Continuing our work identifying and using simple adjectives and verbs
  • Using coordinating conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet)
  • Introduction to adverbs
  • Character description using a range of adjectives
  • Writing structured story narratives with a clear beginning, middle and end
  • Drafting, editing and publishing written work



  • Using the internet to research new topics



  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials 
  • Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of materials 
  • Find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching


Art, DT

  • Understand what a font is and how different fonts can create different impressions 
  • Experience the work of artists who have designed fonts by seeing a range of different font designs 
  • Understand the safety and basic of materials and tools for working with clay 
  • Use artists as a stimulus for their own designs and articulate which they prefer and why in simple terms
  • Children will be looking at traditional dress and celebration clothing, inspired by different cultural and religious events
  • Children will learn basic sewing skills

This half term our weekly values sessions will be looking at ways to collaborate with others. 


  • Be constantly curious, ask questions, see things from different angles, see mistakes as learning opportunities.
  • Be curious about what others experience and believe, form your own opinions and respectfully challenge ideas.
  • Work in a collaborative way as part of a group.

Stop and ‘be the dot’

Finding moments of calm in our day by choosing from a range of practised strategies: body scan, belly breathing or mindful noticing (sight/sound).

  • Daily reading
  • Sound practise using the Padlet
  • Join our parents Writing workshop to better understand the mechanics and process of early writing, and how you can encourage writing at home

Year 2

Spring term 2

Was life fair in the Victorian Times?


This half term we will be looking at Victorian school life. Children will learn about what it would have been like to go to school in the Victorian Era. In particular we will be looking at who went to school, what the classrooms were like, what children learnt, what equipment they used and also about rules and punishment. At the end of the project they will decide if they would rather go to school then or now.

Learning Objectives

  • Know where the people and events they study (Victorians) fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. . 
  • Ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. 
  • Understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements including lesser known figures (e.g. Queen Victoria, William Morris, Isambard Kingdom Brunel).


Core Text/s

  • Oral stories from the Victorian era 
  • Real life artefacts from Victorian era 
  • Horrible Histories 
  • Oliver Twist



Learning Opportunities & Experiences

  • Museum of London Docklands – Victorian workshop


  • Measure: Volume – understand cubes as filling a space. Use simple units to fill containers with accurate counting.
  • Number: Multiplication – Use repeated adding, doubling and skip counting to solve multiplication. Use multiplication and division to find out how many groups. Solve multiplication problems.
  • Shape and space: Recognise and describe angles. Represent various angles and understand the size of the angle as the rotation between these lines. Match angles.



In English this half term we will be looking at: Diary entries, non-fiction guides. 


Some of the key text features and grammar we will be studying are: 


  • Statements, questions & exclamations & commands
  • Subordination (e.g. Although, if) and coordination
  • Expanded noun phrases (e.g. the strange, eerie orphanage)
  • Adverbs -ly (excitedly)
  • Past progressive tense (e.g I was,…we were…)
  • Singular possessive apostrophe (e.g. Roger’s house)



  • Children will be exploring MicroBits and be introduced to simple coding techniques. They will learn to explain what happens when we change the order of instructions and use logical reasoning to predict the outcome of a program.

Art, Design & Technology

  • Children will have opportunities to explore needle work and design and create textile objects.

Children will: 

  • Know how to use a viewfinder to focus on a particular image for sketching or photographing
  • Understand that photographs can produce different effects in black and white to those in colour
  • Be able to use a simple app to crop, resize and recolour photographs
  • Know how to use an editing tool to add a new background to a photo portrait
  • Know how a dark room works and photographs are developed using negatives and actuals
  • Be able to compare different versions of the same image, explaining which one they prefer and why, and relating this to its purpose

Children will learn about early photography and make a camera obscura. They will create sunprints to understand how light hitting a photosensitive surface creates an image. They will learn about the process of black and white photography and their own black and white photos using a film camera.



  • Investigate different light sources and to recognise similarities and differences between light sources e.g. how they are used, brightness 
  • Understand that light cannot pass through some materials 
  • Understand the difference between primary and secondary light sources 
  • Understand how light is reflected 
  • Understand what materials make good reflectors
  • Link our understanding of light to what we know about different religions and cultures 
  • Investigate nocturnal animals, understand why they are awake at night and understand how their bodies have adapted to help them survive at night


In our values lessons this half term we are going to be learning about Dr Bernardo and how he wanted to improve the conditions that Victorian children lived in and what he did and how that might align with our own school values.




Bodily Awareness

Children will receive weekly challenges to complete at home alongside adults via ‘Learning with Parents’. The challenges will be hands on play based activities and alternate between Maths and Literacy activities.