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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Spring 1

Our big question this half term is 'How do things change?' 


Within this topic we will be learning about: 

-The change in season 

-Exploring the local area - identifying old and new buildings

- Plants and growing 

-How we have changed

-Walks around the local area - 'Winter Walk' and 'Spring Walk'

-Dinosaur week!

Phonics and reading groups

We will begin to learn phase 3 phonics! Children will learn more digraphs, trigraphs and tricky words! We will also begin to read longer words. 


For more information please visit the Little Wandle website: 


Children read in a reading group three times a week at school. During the reading group session we focus on:


Decoding - segmenting the sounds to read the words

Prosody- reading with expression

Comprehension - asking questions about the book.


The reading book is then sent home on a Friday. Children can celebrate their hard work that they have done at school and show you their wonderful reading! 



in Maths we will be

-Subitising to 5

-Exploring mass and capacity

- Learning numbers 6,7,8 

-Exploring length and time



In English lessons, we teach a story using 'Talk 4 Writing'. Talk 4 Writing enables children to be immersed in a story by learning through drama and role play. We will learn the story, focus on key features and pick apart the vocabulary. The children will then learn the skills to create and innovate their own story, following the structure/ sequence of the story we are learning. In Spring Term 1, our focus story is 'The Three Little Pigs'. 


Forest School 

At Forest school children will be learning about fire and continuing to explore the change in season. We will make a class camp fire together and discuss what is needed to make a fire (safely!). We will also explore different tools, including flint and steel, bow saws and hand drills. 


We can't wait to share what we get up to. Please look out for updates and observations on Tapestry!