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Term 5

Better by Bike!


As part of the whole schools focus on sustainability, Year 1 will be investigating why it is better by bike!

We will begin our topic by carrying out a traffic survey near school to help us to identify the types of vehicles that are used in Bristol. We will then look into the positive and negative effects these vehicles have upon the environment. To help us understand this we will make Top Trumps to compare what is good and bad about different vehicles.

We will also be learning about bike maintenance and using maps to plan a ‘WHEELY’ fun trip to the park! We will also use maps to plot the journey made by a cycle group that rode from the top to the bottom of the UK!

To help your children at home you could discuss with them why they think it is Better by Bike!

If you know any ‘bike experts’ who would like to volunteer to come to school and show the children how a bike can be taken apart and put together then please see you child’s class teacher.


In Maths, the children will begin the term by learning about positional language and half and quarter turns to help us with our mapping work in Geography. We will then move onto revising place value and addition and subtraction.


At first, our English will be taught through our topic work. The children will write fact books about bikes and learn how to write label and captions. Following this, we will be writing our own version of the story ‘King of the Fishes.’


In Science we will be learning about plants and will spend lots of time in Victoria Park hunting for different types of tree and plants. This topic will be taught over terms five and six.


If you would like to help your child over Easter Holiday then please refer to the following websites.

To help your children please talk with them about current environmental issues and about the benefits using a bike can have on the environment.