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Leiston Primary School

Spider Monkey - Mr Burch

Welcome to the Spider Monkey Class!

Spider Monkey class is taught by Mr Burch and supported by the wonderful teaching assistant Mrs Heath. Our year 1/2 teaching team also includes Miss Jordan and Miss Storey, who will sometimes be teaching you in different lessons and groups.


On this page you will find lots of information about what we are learning and useful links to support you. 



What are we learning this term

In this document you will find all the exciting things we will are learning this term. 

Welcome to the Spring term! 


This term will look a little different to normal as we switch to home learning and online lessons. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find lots of useful websites, games and links to support your child during this home learning period. 


Our topic theme this term is: 'Jetsetters' 


We will be working towards answering our underpinning question: Where in the world can exploring take you? 

Below is an overview of all the exciting things that we will be covering over the Spring term!



We will be exploring the following two text over the term, The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson (Spring 1) and Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (Spring 2). We will be using a 'Talk for Writing' style approach alongside the 'Power of Reading' to develop our oracy and language skills, fluency in recalling information and develop our writing techniques. 


Spring 1: 

We will be working towards writing a non-chronological report in the form of a newspaper report, linked to our text 'The Snail and the Whale'. We will be learning to feature-spot the spelling, punctuation and grammar from a good example of a newspaper report to help us write our own. 


Spring 2:

We will read stories from different cultures and use our text 'Amazing Grace' to write stories and diaries from the character's point of view. 




In Maths we will be following the White Rose scheme of work ( with focuses on developing reasoning and fluency techniques. Every Maths lesson will begin with counting forwards and backwards and in multiples. You could help your child by practising counting to 100 forwards and backwards, as well as in multiples of 2s/5s/10s (Also 3s for Year 2). 


This term our focus for each group will be:


Year 1:

  • 2D/3D shapes
  • Tens and ones
  • Number bonds to 20
  • Place value/ numbers within 50.
  • Continuing to count in 10's and 5's. 


Year 2:

  • Multiplication 
  • Division 
  • 2D/3D shapes
  • Introducing fractions
  • Continuing to count in 10's, 5's and introducing 2's. 



We will be exploring living things and their habitats, identifying whether something is dead, alive or has never been alive (Spring 1) and exploring animals, including humans (Spring 2). 



We will be learning about the continents and the oceans of the world, naming them (Spring 1). We will be contrasting the differences between hot and cold countries through exploring differing landscapes and climates (Spring 2). 



We will be learning about a significant figure in history - Christopher Columbus and exploring the adventures that he embarked upon. 



Exploring various printing techniques to create a shared printed artwork wall. 



We will start our textiles unit by weaving basket and making musical instruments that we might find across the globe. 



Working towards create a talking e-book, using audio recording equipment to create sound effects. 



Exploring Christianity, celebrations and belonging. 



Invasion games: football (Spring 1) and hockey (Spring 2) skills. 

Below are some links to support further learning at home: 


As a school we use 'Read, Write, Inc.' as a scheme to help support our teaching of children to read (Phonics), the link below will take you to the parental page of the RWI website. This will give you access to understanding how a RWI lesson is taught, what it consists of and how you can support your child. 


Support your child further with Phonics:


Find free reading books at:


Support your child further with Maths