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Spring 1



Our driver subject this half term is History. We will be exploring two significant historical figures: Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.

After learning all about the Victorians last term, we will continue to focus on this era and investigate who these ladies were and why they had such a significant impact on our lives today. We will look into each of their lives and investigate what it was like for both of them to live and work during this era.






In English this half term, we will be reading books about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. We will use this knowledge to progress skills with writing letters and diary entries. After researching these significant figures, children will put themselves in their shoes and write from their point of view. We will then move on to poetry writing, using descriptive vocabulary to describe their roles in Victorian hospitals.



In Maths, we will begin the term by completing our unit on multiplication and division, focussing on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will then move onto telling the time, fractions and adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.




In this unit the children will build on learning from Year 1 about different materials and their properties. The children will consolidate their understanding that one type of object can be made from different materials and also that one material can be used for a number of different objects. They continue to develop their understanding of the simple physical properties of materials and consider in more detail how these properties make materials useful for particular purposes. During the unit the children test a range of different materials for different purposes. They will also have an opportunity to think about creative and unusual uses of everyday materials and find out about John Dunlop, who invented rubber pneumatic tyres.



'Vipers'  is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK's reading curriculum. These are key skills to support children read. The acronym stands for: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explaining, retrieval and sequence/summarise. The children will become very familiar with these domains this year as they will have focussed lessons on each domain. The children will have a variety of reading lessons this year, whole class comprehension lessons, Little Wandle reading groups, as well as one to one reading. Our Little Wandle daily Phonics lessons and spelling sessions will also support these skills. 




 PE is timetabled for a Monday and Wednesday. Children should have a white T shirt, shorts/joggers and trainers/plimsolls in school every week. 


Useful websites to practise key skills at home:


Oxford Owl - provides access to free e-books (You have to create a free account to view them) 


This website is American, but it has some nice phonics and reading games.


This website is currently free with the username: march20 password: home


Your child has an individual log-in for this website. They can play spelling games based on lists of words. I will set 3 spelling lists to practise per week. Try using the code '#710619' to enter a hive game for common exception words! 



Use these links to find an interesting image. What do you think is happening? Can you describe what is happening in your exercise book? Can you write a story about it?


'Mr Thorne Does Phonics' has lots of grammar and phonics short episodes 


This blogger has compiled a list of children's authors with great books to read, each author has a few reading based activities on their website. 


Audible has lots of free audiobooks for children while you're learning at home.


Alphablocks games and some episodes can be found here. 



This website has LOTS of age appropriate maths resources and they have produced home learning packs for each year group with helpful videos and activities for each day of home learning. 

This website has lots of interactive maths games. 


This website groups games together well and you can search by subject.


Times Table Rock Stars - your child has an individual log in for this.


This is a story based maths game which your child can log into with their TT Rock stars log ins.



Other subjects:


This is a fantastic website with lots of videos, interactive activities and printable resources around all the subjects as well as current events. Great for exploring if you want some extra material in your home learning. 


Once clicking this link, choose 'Espresso' from the drop down log-in menu in the top right hand corner. You will receive a username and password for this website. 


This website often has child - friendly news items, and they will be uploading some free content when schools close


With this link you can take a virtual tour around the British Museum, London


This website has lots of activities you can do in the garden, as well a lots of information about animals and plants for research tasks.



Find out information and take quizzes using this link.


These games are the first steps of computer programming, they are very engaging for children. 


This is a typing game for children beginning to learn to type. 



This is the website that we use for PE at school. You should have your own log-in to get to some great at home PE activities. 


This website has fun movement videos for children



We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:

There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

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  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
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