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Spring Term Curriculum

Year 1 are all enjoying our Spring Term topic 'Roaming in the Rainforest'. We have been learning where the Rainforests are located on the Globe, World maps and in Atlases. We understand the Rainforests are near the Equator and they are areas that are hot and wet all year around unlike the seasonal weather in our country. We have also labelled the different layers of the Rainforest; Forest floor, The Canopy, Emergent trees and have located the animals who live in each layer and why they live there.

During our Science and Technology Week we had lots of fun in the Design and Technology Zone and Science Zone and learnt about chocolate (grown on trees in the Rainforests) and investigated reversible and irreversible changes. We also designed and made Rainforest environments adding trees, leopards, frogs, snakes, butterflies and birds. Then we evaluated our work and discussed what we liked about our environments and what we would improve.

We all enjoyed our trip to Chester Zoo meeting all the animals in the Tropical Realm and Jaguar House. The zookeepers also answered all our questions we wrote for homework.
In Science we have been using our senses to explore the rainforest. We are have learnt about our sense of sight and touch and have found out about our sense of hearing, smell and will be learning about our sense of taste in the next few weeks!

In English we have been writing information leaflets about rainforest animals and making posters about endangered animals and learning to use adjectives to make our writing more interesting.
In Maths we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, counting up and back to 100 and practising our doubles and number bonds to 10 and 20. We have been practising with Numicon to add and subtract and times numbers. We are also have also been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and how to tell the time.

During this term we have been continuing to learn about how to be safe when using the internet. We will understand the importance of not sharing personal information on the internet such as our name and surname and our address. Instead we will make up nicknames for ourselves! We have also been discussing the idea of 'chatting' in 'chat rooms' on websites like Moshi Monsters with people as we do not know for sure who these people are as we can not see them.

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