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Spring Term - Bright Lights, Big City

What makes Great Britain great?

This project teaches children about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the characteristics and features of the capital city, London.

We will also be creating post cards, giving directions and writing a narrative. Alongside these amazing learning opportunities, we will also be doing lots of creating, exploring and investigating!

We can not wait to get started on this project!

The children had a choice of 3 for their homework:

  1. Find information about a London landmark
  2. Research information about the Great fire of London
  3. Make a fact sheet about their favourite city. 

The children have done a wonderful job and shared their interesting facts that they have learnt. 

English: Writing a postcard

The children were set the task of writing a postcard to somebody. We firstly created a mind map of which landmarks we could include in our writing and after each child had chosen, we set to work finding out some interesting facts. The children used their facts and writing skills to create some wonderful postcards. 

Geography: Plotting on a local map

After discussing which human features are in Spilsby, the children were then set the challenge of plotting these features onto a local map of Spilsby. They had to work in groups and write the landmarks onto the map. They did a fantastic job and sure they would make great travellers with their good sense of direction!

English: Writing a set of directions

The children's task is to write a set of directions. We firstly, had to explore some words that would be helpful. We then took a walk around the school from a set starting point to a set finishing point. As we walked, we worked in pairs to write the directions as notes to use in our writing later on. 

ICT: Bee-bots

The children had a visit from Mr Carlton who worked with us to program the bee bots to extend our English work around directions. The children were fantastic at giving the correct it was lots of fun!

On Friday 3rd February, Year 1 enjoyed math’s numbers activities, part of NSPCC Numbers Day 2023. In year one we enjoyed practical counting activities and Buddy’s key challenges, a space adventure. 

Term 4 Homework: Science - Seasonal Changes.

We have been very fortunate to have The Westend in schools company visit to deliver a drama workshop based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We learnt some fantastic acting skills. Year 1 have definitely got some budding actors in the making!

During this term, Year 1 will learn about the religion of Judaism. This week, we have focused on the celebration of Purim and created our own Purim Gragger. 

DT: Exploring wheels, axles and chassis

In preparation for making our own taxis, we have been exploring the components of a moving object, particularly the wheels, axles and chassis. 

We invited parents in to help us to make our taxis. The children were great at remembering the necessary components for their taxis; chassis, axles and wheels. We witnessed some fantastic creativity from parents and children. The children were able to evaluate their taxis too. 

SCIENCE- Seasonal changes

To celebrate British Science week, the children took part in a variety of science activities across the classrooms. These activities included making moon dials, building bridges to hold weight and comparing our fingerprints, 

Seasonal Changes

Today, Year 1 walked around the school grounds investigating deciduous and evergreen trees and observing the seasonal effects and changes from winter into spring.

Investigating deciduous and evergreen trees in the school grounds.

Science Sun Safety Investigation.

Science Sun Safety Investigation


Today Year 1 took part in a science investigation and experiments to develop their knowledge on the UV rays from the sun and how they can't be seen, but can change UV beads from white to colourful. These experiments develop children’s observational skills as they look for and compare colour change in relation to the Sun’s rays. The children used their prior knowledge of Sun safety to make predictions for what might happen to the UV beads. After testing, the children went to investigate the changes in the beads. These experiments lead to how could we stop the Sun’s rays from harming our skin?


Hope you enjoy you UV beads over the weekend!