Year 1

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to link their learning to the real world. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.

Reading every day is essential. Please support your child at home and take the time to read a range of different texts which include newspapers, comics, fiction texts, blogs, and information books. Children are encouraged to change their book every week and record their comments in their reading journal. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you would like to communicate with your child’s teacher, please contact through the class email inbox.  

During Spring 2, Year 3 will be continuing to learn about the River Thames and begin to look at how this links to the Victorian London. We will be focusing on other key events in history, specifically the Great Stink, and how these events have impacted the Thames and how people in London live today. We will be using our skill of chronology to place these significant events in a timeline and understand how these events have influenced modern day life. We will then begin to look at the impact of pollution on the River Thames and conduct some research into Project 21 and other campaigns aimed at raising awareness and keeping the river clean. We will then write a persuasive speech around why people should look after the river, and present this using our oracy skills. 

In English we will be continuing to explore the theme of sustainable development, linking this with our curriculum learning journey. Our core text this term will be ‘Song of the Dolphin Boy’, the story of a young boy who has always felt different from his friends until he finds his place in the water, swimming with dolphins. The young boy, Finn has an important job to do, saving the animals that live in the sea from the impact of pollution. Throughout our learning journey, we will be exploring the emotions of the characters and focusing on the theme of empathy both for the children in the story and the animals. We will be writing a diary entry from the perspective of the main character and tell the events of the story using emotive language and other key vocabulary.

In Maths this half term, we will begin our learning journey by consolidating our knowledge and skills relating to multiplication and division. We will then assess the children’s prior knowledge before beginning our topic of fractions. We will begin by adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator then move on to finding fractions of an amount, and finally ordering and comparing fractions towards the end of the term. Throughout our learning of fractions, the children will have multiple opportunities to solve problems, answer reasoning questions to deepen their learning, and link their learning to real life contexts.

In Science this half term, our topic is plants. We will begin by learning about the function of a plant and identifying the different features such as roots and leaves, and why each of these features is important. We will then look at the requirements for keeping plants alive and understand the importance of sunlight, soil, water and other requirements for life and growth. The children will then have the opportunity to conduct an investigation into the effects of changing variables when growing plants.

In RE, we will be learning about Buddhism. We will be learning about the key teachings of this religion including the life of a religious leader, meanings of Buddhist symbols and exploring the messages of a key story, ‘Siddhartha and the Swan’. We will be reflecting on how to show belief and thinking about the impact of Buddhist teachings.

In Art this half term, we will be linking in our curriculum learning around sustainable development through the exploration of sustainable art. We will be conducting some research into key artists, the materials they use and the premise behind sustainable art and its impact on the planet. We will be creating observational drawings of sea creatures before designing a final art outcome around the topic of the ocean and sustainability.