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Red Arrows

Red Arrows Class

Year 1 and 2

Term 1

Learning Behaviour: Independence

The first learning behaviour that we will be focussing on is 'Independence'.  We will be encouraging the children to develop their independence skills and help them to understand when independence is necessary and when collaboration is more effective.  In encouraging the children to be independent,
we will see them making their own decisions and 'having a go' before asking an adult.


'Step back in time - WW1'




This term we will enjoy writing, reading and drama activities based around the WW1 stories 'The Little Hen and the Great War', 'Flo of the Somme' and 'Where the Poppies Now Grow'.  We will write postcards back home as if we are soldiers, role play life in the trenches and make careful inferences from illustrations.  We will develop our writing by planning our sentences carefully, using consistent capital letters and full stops and improving our presentation.  We will work on our use of vocabulary, connectives and applying phonics in our writing. 



Year 1 children will review phase 3 sounds taught previously and develop fluency when reading these.  They will practise identifying these sounds in  words and writing these sounds confidently.  Year 2 children will review phase 3 and 5 sounds previously taught, learn alternative pronunciations of graphemes (e.g leap/head) and will learn some of the alternative spellings for phonemes (hair, share, pear).


We will begin the term by consolidating and developing our place value knowledge.  We will count, read numbers, represent numbers and use mathematical language to compare numbers.  We will then focus on addition and subtraction, working on our number bonds and continuing to use the part, part whole model to represent the process.  We will work practically, discuss our ideas and enjoy reasoning and problem solving to deepen our understanding! 

'Everyday materials' is our science topic this term.  We will explore and name a range of materials, investigate their properties and group objects accordingly.  We will conduct WW1 themed investigations to help us learn about the suitability of different materials. 

History will weave throughout everything we do this term.  The children will ask thoughtful questions about the war and place the event on a timeline of significant events in history.  We will learn about what life was like for families and children during the war and how it compares to our lives now.  We will learn about what the war was like for a soldier in the trenches and ask thoughtful questions.  We will create and taste some WW1 recipes and play some WW1 games. 



This term we will learn about God and Christianity.  We will learn about stories in the New Testament and discuss what we can learn from Jesus' actions.   


Our topic this term will be 'getting on and falling out'.  We will learn what it means to be a good friend and learn strategies to manage our emotions. 



PE will be on Thursday and Friday afternoons.  This term we will participate in team games!


Homework and spellings

Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in on the following Wednesday.  Children will receive weekly spellings - handed out on a Tuesday and tested the following Tuesday.

Reading books

If your child needs their reading book changing, please encourage them to put their book bag in the box in the reading area and it will be changed that day.  Please try to listen to your child read as much as possible as it makes a huge difference in all areas of their learning!


Thank you for your continued support!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to us on the playground or contact us through the office. 



Sturton by Stow Primary School