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St John's Catholic

Primary School

Spring Term Overview

Dear Parents,

Here is an overview of the work planned for the Spring Term.



In R.E. we will be following the topics of ‘The Good News’ as well as looking at the celebration of 'The Mass.' We will look at the different parts of the mass and their significance to us as Christians. We will hopefully have the opportunity to share a mass in Church together.

Children will prepare, with support, their own collective worship as well as saying the more formal prayers. We will be saying graces before and after meals. We will be preparing for Easter throughout Lent with appropriate liturgies and hymns. 



Our English work will continue to form a very major part of the school day. Individual ‘Reading Books’ will be sent home daily. Please sign your child’s reading diary when you have heard them read. It is very important that you hear your child read everyday.  Your child will be reading in school every day, but not always from their individual ‘Reading’ book. We will be concentrating on basic Literacy work such as the alphabetical order, letter sounds and more complex phonics work as well as the big writing sessions where the children are now expected to concentrate for much longer periods of time and use more complex punctuation in their work. We will continue to link spelling and handwriting activities to develop a good cursive handwriting style and it is important that you ensure your child is spelling words correctly particularly the tricky words that cannot be sounded out. 



 In Maths, our number work (both mental and written) will include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will continue to learn the time both digital and analogue and work on length which will include measuring in metres and centimetres, there will also be opportunities for looking at symmetry in shape. We will be working with money and applying addition and subtraction strategies to real life problem solving activities.   We will work with data making simple graphs and charts as well as analysing information from them.



Our work in Science will continue to be based on animals and humans relating to survival, growth and exercise.  The children will learn that humans have offspring which grow into adults. Find out about and describe the basic needs of humans for survival. Describe the importance of exercise, and eating the right amount of different types of foods. We will also be learning about living things and habitats.  We will be using our local environment to find out about different habitats and the animals and plants that live there.



 In History, children will be developing their  knowledge and understanding of the past by:

Recognising the distinction between present and past in their own and other people's lives.

Identifying some similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods such as Neil Armstrong and the moon landings. 

Know where some people and events fit into a chronological framework by using common words and phrases about the passing of time (before, after, a long time ago)


To tell the difference between past and present in their own and other people’s lives by:

Using and making simple comparisons to parts of stories (such as those about explorers), and features of events (such as the first moon landing).


Recognise that their own lives are different from the lives of people in the past by describing some of the topics, events and people that they have studied.

Recount simple stories accurately and suggest why people and events were important.


Human and Physical Geography

Locational and Place Knowledge

Identify the location of hot and cold areas and study a contrasting locality :- Kenya

Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features and key human features (from the key learning).



Use a range of maps and globes (including picture maps) at different scales.

Know that maps give information about places in the world (where/what?).

Recognise simple features on maps e.g. buildings, roads and fields

Recognise that maps need titles.

Recognise landmarks and basic human features on aerial photos.

Ask simple geographical, ‘where?’, ‘what?’, and ‘who?’ questions about the world and their environment e.g. ‘What is it like to live in this place?’

Investigate through observation and description.

Recognise differences between own and others’ lives.


Art and Design Technology

Evaluation of Existing Products

Explore existing products and investigate how they have been made.

Decide how existing products do/do not achieve their purpose.


Focused Tasks

Join appropriately for different materials and situations e.g. glue, tape.

Try out different axle fixings and their strengths and weaknesses.

Make vehicles with construction kits which contain free running wheels.

Use a range of materials to create models with wheels and axles e.g. tubes, dowel, cotton reels.

Attach wheels to a chassis using an axle.



Work planned for P.E. will include apparatus work on travelling and transferring weight. We will also be learning basic skills necessary for children to participate in team games. 



In Music we continue to use Charanga, our online resource.  We will be learning about beat and duration. 





In Computing we will be learning about coding and how to create computer programs.  The children will be encouraged to identify ways of improving their own work and understand that work can be easily amended and ideas tried out without spoiling earlier versions.  They will also have the opportunity to use programmable toys and write sequences of actions for them. Computing will continue to be used widely in all areas of the curriculum. 


May I take this opportunity of thanking you in advance and I look forward to your support in this very busy term.

Mrs Ward


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