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Spring Term 1

Handa's Surprise





In Spring 1 term, we learned the story of Handa's Surprise. Here is the start of the story:

"Handa put seven delicious fruits in a basket for her friend Akeyo. She will be surprised, thought Handa, as she set off for Akeyo's village. I wonder which fruit she will like the best? Will she like the soft yellow banana or..."

In reading week we joined with Year Five to listen to their story-to-tell on the school stage outside and to share our story with them. They also came and read some stories to us in the class.

We will also be reading information texts all about animals. 


We love reading in Year1!





Number and place value


Properties of shapes



In Year 1 we like to use practical activities to strengthen the understanding of concepts. 


Year 1 had a maths workshop deepening our understanding of problem solving.


To be able to identify and name a variety of common animals.

Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals.

To name animals by what they eat - herbivore, carnivore and omnivore.


We also observed the changes across the four seasons.

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When we made fruit kebabs we developed our food vocabulary and the ability to group familiar foods.

We learned to cut, peel, grate and chop a range of fruits.

We thought about the need for a variety of foods in our diet.

We measured and weighed ingredients and worked safely and hygienically.


We printed with a range of hard and soft materials.

        We created simple printing blocks and designed repetitive patterns.


To make good use of a range of resources when improvising and composing on various instruments.

RRS: Article 13 (Freedom of expression): Children have the right to freedom of expression [which] includes the right to share information in any way they choose.



We learned about Sikhism (Dharam) and thought about how people find out about God.

RRS: Article 14 (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion): Children have the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion.


Kash from the Preston Gurudwara came to tell us about Sikhism.



When Year 1 talked about our visitor Janka remembered that Sikhs remove their shoes before they enter the temple. Amna and Zubaida both enjoyed the visitor's talk. Hassaan and Ali said that they would like to visit a Sikh temple.