Year 1/2

Spring First Half Topic

Home and Away



Writing character and setting descriptions.

Rewriting and developing known stories.

Creating our own story innovations from known stories.



Instruction writing

Information texts.



The main focus for reading will be a selection of stories from Beatrix Potter.

We will also look at the story of the Town Mouse – Country Mouse.

We will use the ideas and knowledge from the books and stories to inform our writing.

Developing our phonics knowledge and ability to sound out, blend and say words.

Develop our speed and accuracy with sight recognition of real and alien words.



Number: Place Value

Count to ten, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

Count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.

Count, read and write numbers to 10 in numerals and words.

Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.

Given a number, identify one more or one less.

Read write and partition numbers to 100.


Number: Addition and Subtraction

Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts (within 10)

Add and subtract one digit numbers (to 10), including zero.

Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs.

Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.



Time – Tell the time to half past and o’clock.

Length - Order and compare 2 objects use appropriate vocabulary

Mass – Estimate, compare and order weights of objects using appropriate vocabulary.

Capacity – Compare, describe and solve practical problems using appropriate vocabulary.

Money – Recognise and know the value of different coins and notes.

                Add up coins to make a new amount.



Children will look at the area in which they live and compare it to major cities.

We will name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom.

Name and locate the seven continents and five oceans of the world.

We will develop our understanding of maps and symbols used in them to convey information. We will look at contour lines and how they are used to show slopes and mountains.


Design Technology

The pupils will make Paper Mache globes.

Design a vehicle that can travel down a slope.



We will look at habitats and how we as humans have impact on these habitats. We will conduct simple observations on weather and look at different weather around the world. We will look at how we can save water. We will also look at different materials and how we can use this knowledge to help reduce, reuse or recycle.


Art and Design

In art we will focus on Landscapes and Cityscapes. We will learn about the bright colours and bold brushstrokes used by the Impressionists, and other artists, when painting landscapes and cityscapes. They will be introduced to the work of Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Jean Metzinger. They will think about the similarities and differences between the work of the different artists, looking at the colours, painting styles, settings, and times of day. They will make paintings, drawings, and mosaic art, inspired by the three artists.



We will learn about Friendship; about what it means to be a good friend. Children will think about who their friends are and the qualities they have which make them good friends. Children will consider how they can be a good friend to others and think about what happens when friends disagree and argue, with a focus on resolving conflict. Children then go on to explore stories of friendship from different religions and reflect on how the characters in the stories show their friendship.


MFL – French

We will learn and consolidate our French greetings, colours and numbers from one to ten. We will learn some animal names.



We will continue to develop our basic skills of running, jumping, throwing, rolling and catching. We will explore how we can use and develop these skills in game situations.