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Germany (Year 1)

Welcome to Germany Class! 


Our topic for Spring 1 is:

How do we play?



















Our topic this term will allow us to research into how toys are made as well as looking at toys and games of the past and how they have changed over the years.




This half term we will focusing on writing a recount and using time connectives to sequence our recount. We will also be looking at the Gruffalo story and how to use adjectives to describe as well as looking into the text and the different characters.



We will be focussing on learning new sounds and using them to decode unfamiliar words. Children will be sent home with spellings and sounds to practise. A list of the common exception words will be given out as well to give you an idea of what is expected of Year 1/2 spellings.






This half term children will be focusing on the following areas of mathematics:

· Number: Addition and Subtraction to 20

· Number Place value to 50

· Measurement: Length and Height

· Measurement: Weight and Volume



Children will be taught to:

· Design and create moving toys.

· Use printing to create art.

· Learning about inventors and how toys are created.




Our focus this half term is on everyday materials and distinguishing between the object and the material that it is made of. The children will learn to identify and name a variety of everyday materials and how they are used.




As well as looking at the history of toys, the children will be looking at variety of toys from different countries. As well as looking at the similarities and differences between their toys and ours.



The children will be able to research and learn about toys of the past and how toys and games have developed over the years. If you have any old toys at home or any pictures of old toys you are willing to bring in for the children to learn about it would be very much appreciated.




In our PE lessons we are going to focus on gymnastics. During our sessions the children will develop their physical coordination as well as improving their strength, balance and body control through floor exercises and using equipment.



Music will be covered by Mrs Powell-Thomas on Tuesday afternoons.





Children will continue to bring a reading book home every night. Please sign and date the reading diary as you hear your child read.

Reading has a great impact on your child’s learning therefore we recommend little and often as being the key to reading success.

We will check reading diaries every morning but if you have a question or concern about your child’s reading please come and see us.

Even if your child has not had time to read at home, please make sure you bring their book and diary in each day as this means we can read with them in school.




Forest School will be led by Miss Davis on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothes and footwear in school. This half term children will need extra warm layers, hat, gloves, a waterproof coat, extra socks and wellies. Wellies can be left in school but please name them.



Germany Class will still be doing P.E. on Thursdays. PE Kit is needed in school every day as this may change depending on weather and other circumstances. These are best left in school on your child’s peg.









It is very important for your child to stay hydrated during the day. Therefore we are asking for children to bring in their own named bottle to have in the classroom. Due to hygiene reasons we will no longer be keeping cups in class therefore it is very important that you bring in a water bottle as there are no water fountains in school.



The children’s home learning this half term is a series of different activities. Please see separate home learning sheet. Your child is welcome to complete as many activities as they would like, but must complete at least two. It’s lovely for the children to share their home learning in school. We will share home learning during show and tell on Friday afternoon.

Show and tell is for homework and special events (e.g. gymnastic award, trophies, new baby, etc). We are asking that the children do not bring toys into school as this is against school policy and we do not want them to get lost or damaged at school.



Home Learning Activities - Spring 1 How Do We Play?


Date due: Friday 9th February 2018 (or any time before)  




Design a large road map using straight lines that can be used for lessons (must be designed with large squares.

Research old and new toys and bring in your finding to share with the class.







Make your own 3D model of a toy using different materials.

Create your own board game to play with your friends.

Create a picture using only shapes.






PSHE focus

Write or find a story about playing together and being kind to each other.


Could you be an inventor and design the best toy in the world?


Create your own game that can be played in the playground (draw pictures, write instructions or a set of rules.)




Teacher’s Feedback

Please try to do at least two of the above. Share your home learning with us! Bring items, pictures or photos into school and we will share them during show and tell on Friday afternoons. All home learning is celebrated with the class and put on display. Happy home learning!

Reading at home for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1