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Welcome to Infants!

The children will be learning the following this term:


The children will be reading, analysing and experimenting with writing using the following themes:

  • Poetry - number poems and riddles

  • Fiction - traditional tales

  • Instructions


We will be focussing on the following poems and books to help us with this:

  • Handa's Surprise

  • Handa's Hen

  • Mama Panya's Pancakes

  • The Papaya That Spoke


The children will be covering the following areas during the term:

  • Addition and subtraction

  • Multiplication and division

  • Length/height/weight/volume/capacity

  • Time

  • 3D shapes



Key Question:

What is alive outside?


The children will be looking at:

  • Identifying the basic structure of trees and plants

  • Identifying and name a variety of animals

  • The food chain

  • Living and non-living

  • Habitats

  • Seasonal changes


What is outside my door?


The children will be exploring a unit of work on:

  • Who are we?


The children will be learning about:

  • Beat and rhythm


With a focus on:

  • Drumming

  • Tribal music

  • African music


DT and ART

The children will explore the colours and patterns of the African landscape and native tribes. They will also look at the work of a local artist.

In Design and Technology the children will be cooking traditional African food.



The children will be covering:

  • Relationships

    The theme provides opportunities for the children to explore feelings within the context of relationships with family and friends. The children will develop their skills in self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy. 

  • Changes

    This unit will help equip the children with an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and common human responses to it. The children will develop their ability to understand and manage the feelings associated with change.



The children will be involved in:

  • Country Dancing/Maypole Dancing

  • Catchball

  • Cricket/Rounders

  • Athletics

  • Swimming



Key questions:

What are the similarities and differences between Exmoor and Kenya?

What are the continents and oceans of the world?


The children will covet the following key areas:

  • Locate Africa on a world map and identify the country of Kenya

  • Explore the climate and weather of Kenya

  • Explore the animals of Kenya

  • Use compass points to navigate around a map

  • Explore the landscapes of Kenya

  • Find out about the people and culture of Kenya

  • Identify similarities and differences between Kenya and Exmoor



The children will be developing their skills through:

  • E-Safety

  • Programming

  • Multimedia

  • Exploring technology in our lives

Core Task
The year 1 and 2 children are required to do one Core Task for each term and need to give it in to the class teacher on the specified day. The suggested tasks are for the children to do at any time during the half term and are intended to support, broaden and extend their learning of our class topic.


Year 1 and 2 children are required to hand in their core task on Monday 5th June 2017.


This task is sent out early in the term to ensure all the children complete their tasks on time. A class session is set aside for the sharing of this work. There are also optional activities that your children may like to try. They can be found below.


This term we are focusing on ‘What is outside my door'. We will be reading stories and poems with an African theme and comparing the geography of Kenya with Exmoor. Please could the children design and make a simple habitat in a shoebox for an African animal.


The following websites have some good ideas:


These will be shared during the first week back after half term and will form part of a display in the classroom.


These suggested tasks are activities the children could do at home at any time in addition to their core task, and are intended to support, broaden and extend their learning of our class topic.



  • Discover some fun facts about Kenya

  • Find out about different habitats

  • Have fun with African crafts

Look at these websites


The Infant Class has Rainbow Targets each term for Writing and Maths which are focused on developing a different aspect of the subject. The targets are organised from red (easiest) to violet with each colour of the rainbow identifying the next step in learning for a skill, and therefore ensures all ability levels in the class can move their learning forward.  Your child is not given a particular colour to aim for, but is encouraged to extend their own learning by challenging how high they can reach.

Year Group Time per week Literacy Maths Topic
1 hour per week
Phonic sounds/CVC Flicker Books/Reading Books/ Red Words    
Year 1 Spellings
  Core Task-
one per term
Year 2 Spellings
Maths Core Task-
one per term
Year 3  
1.5 hours per week
Spellings with a task
Written Maths Task Core Task-
one per term
Year 4 Spellings with a task
Written Maths Task Core Task-
one per term

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