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Treasure Island

"All aboard!"

Welcome back to the Spring term. We hope you have all had a lovely time over the Christmas holidays.

During this half term we will be beginning our learning online and we thank you in advance for the time and support you give your children with this. We will adapt our activities as much as we can to make them accessible for you at home.


Our topic for this half term will be 'Treasure Island'.


Since people first sailed on the oceans, there have been pirates, who have been both fascinating and feared in equal measure. We will find out who these people were, and how they lived and travelled. Ahoy mateys! Let's explore the globe like pirates!


In Geography, we'll be finding out:

  • About the islands that you find around the world
  • About the names of places that pirates travelled
  • About the islands that make up the UK and other locations, and the different features you see there
  • About the weather and climate in different places that pirates visited
  • About how pirates navigated around the world
  • How to plan a pirate island
  • How to give directions using a map


In Art, we'll be finding out:

  • About different coin designs
  • How to design, create and evaluate our own pirate coins
  • How to design, create and evaluate a treasure chest


In Music, we'll be finding out:

  • How to sing pirate songs
  • How to compose and play music inspired by pirates and the sea
  • How to listen to, and evaluate music we have made


In Technology, we'll be finding out:

  • About the foods pirates ate
  • About where food comes from in the world
  • About a healthy diet
  • How to plan a pirate packed lunch


In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About rules that pirates followed
  • About the roles and responsibilities pirates had on board
  • How to stay safe near the water


In Physical Education, we'll be finding out:

  • About how to play pirate games in teams
  • About how to create a pirate-inspired dance
  • How to participate in team games, using skills such as throwing and catching


Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, RE and Science will be interwoven with our topic learning. In English we will be looking at a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts including Journey, Night Pirates, Pizza for Pirates and many more. In Numeracy, we will be developing and applying the number system, securing numerical fluency and calculating.


If there is anything you need to ask or find out then we are here to help so please contact the school to arrange a time to chat.

We look forward to working with you all.


Mrs Bannister, Miss Garoghan and the Year 1 team

Phonics and Reading in Reception and Year 1