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  Curriculum Information for Parents

                                                                                             Spring 1                                    Class: Elm                                                                                                        



BOXALL Breakfast

PSHE / Jigsaw



Your child will learn:

-about setting goals

-about how to try to achieve goals

-to make plans

-to continue to problem-solve

-to reflect upon difficulties

-to plan for difficulties

-how to cope with difficulties and disappointment (Wellbeing focus)



Your child will learn:

-how algorithms are used and experienced daily

-to write their own algorithms/code

-to debug a simple program




Around the World in 30 Days

Your child will learn;

-to use different methods to find out about their locality

-to gather data to use when describing the local environment (street furniture, landmarks, amenities)

-to name and identify the seven continents and five oceans

-to know the capital cities of British countries and the characteristics that could identify each country

-to compare and contrast different places

--to experiment making simple mechanisms

-to investigate products/mechanisms as a starting point for design

-to design a product using previous knowledge

-to use simple finishing techniques to enhance a design

-to evaluate a design



Your child will extend their use of greetings to begin to have a basic conversation about themselves



(linked to our Around the World theme)

Your child will learn

 -to identify and control changes in pitch and use them expressively

-to create short melodic patterns

-to use changes in pitch expressively in response to a stimulus



What do different people believe God is like?

Your child will learn:

-to explore the idea of faith

-to explore the idea of believing in God through faith

-to enquire into different beliefs about God from religion and belief

-to explore beliefs and qualities associated with God in Christianity

-to reflect upon the nature of God and respond by sharing their ideas through art and poetry 



Your child will learn:

-to construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers

-to identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery

-to recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit

-to recognise some common conductors and insulators


Delivered and planned by Premier Sports

Invasion Games



The questions that we will explore are:

Where in the world do we live?

What places do we live near?

What makes where we live unique?

What makes other places unique?

What and where are the different continents?

Where are the countries we hear about in the news? What continent are they on? What oceans are they near?

How are different places the same/different to where we live?

How do people travel the world?


What do we have to consider when we design something?

Why do we need to plan a design?

How do we know our design is the best it can be?

How can we improve our design?

What goals would I like to set for the day? week? month? for when I am older?

What feelings are normal when I succeed?

What feelings are normal when I am disappointed?

What can I do when things don’t go the way I want them to?





You could help your child by:

 -reading with and to your child

-learning how to read and spell the Exception Words attached

-learning x2, x5 and x10 times tables (out of sequence in order to reduce the reliance upon ‘counting in twos, fives and tens’)

-practising number and letter formation

-discussing countries that they have visited or would like to and the continents they are on

-exploring different places of interest on Google Earth and discuss the differences to where we live

-highlighting places discussed in the news, again reinforcing the continents they are on

-use and reinforce positional vocabulary including left and right

-highlight street furniture and discuss why they are placed there, e.g. why is there a yellow grit box near the hill? Why does the speed limit change near a school? Why are there are railings on the pavement in front of the park?

-teach your child (if they do not already know it) their full address including postcode

-discuss dreams and goals  

-identifying success and disappointment and normalising the feelings associated with them.

-discussing next steps/reflecting upon what could be done next time, following a disappointment