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Year 1 Curriculum

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise!

During this term, children will be exploring the topic of The Enchanted Woodland. In our topic lessons your children will have an opportunity to visit a woodland, observe the wildlife, collect natural objects and take beautiful pictures of the things we see. After our woodland adventure, we’ll write about our experiences and learn all about trees. We’ll use information books to investigate woodland creatures and make mini-books of our own. Throughout the project, we will find out how to recognise different plants and animals and create detailed, observational drawings of them. The tale of Hansel and Gretel will inspire us to write our own stories with a woodland theme. We’ll build miniature dens, create woodland works of art and construct mini-woodlands from twigs, sticks, pine cones and leaves.

In Maths we will learn through 'Maths No Problem'. We will learn how to count to 10 and the number bonds to 10. We will also learn subtraction and addition facts to 10 and then challenge ourselves to count to 20 and learn our number bonds to 20!

Stomp, crash, roar! Watch out – there are dinosaurs about!

Yes, that’s right; we’re travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. This half term, we’ll look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs may have lived and eventually died out. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. Learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles, writing fantastic fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories are some of the other activities we’ll be involved in this half term. We’ll also use our artistic skills to make model dinosaurs and to design dinosaur landscapes. We’ll invent some dinosaur games to play and entertain you with our wonderful dinosaur music. 

In Maths we will use Maths No Problem to learn about addition & subtraction within 20, Shapes & Patterns and even Length & Height! We will also challenge ourselves to learn about numbers within 40. 

The countdown has begun. Are you ready for blast off?

This half term, we’ll travel through space to learn about the Solar System. We’ll investigate an alien crash site, write an incident report and try to find the aliens who have landed. Where could they be? We’ll make models of the Solar System and design spaceships, space buggies and space-related toys. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who ventured into space. Floor robots will be programmed to move around an alien landscape, and we will compose space sounds and dances. We’ll also explore satellite images, investigate rockets and research famous paintings such as ‘The Starry Night’. At the end of our project, we’ll have a ‘Space Day’ to share our learning in a variety of different ways. We will also join Year 5 to have a star gazing evening after school, so wrap up warm! We’ll read our exciting science-fiction stories aloud, sing space-themed songs and create an exhibition of our space models. It will be out of this world!

In Maths we will use Maths No Problem to learn about Multiplication & Division as well as finding fractions of amounts. We will also learn how to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour. In addition to this, we will learn about Money and explore Volume & Capacity. 

Let’s put on our capes and discover our superpowers as we search for an answer to the question, ‘What is a superhero?’

This half term, we’ll describe our favourite superheroes, create fact files, read a range of comic books and write our own. Learning about real-life heroes from organisations such as the RNLI or Mountain Rescue and from the past, including Florence Nightingale, Elizabeth Fry and David Livingstone, will allow us to appreciate human bravery. As part of this project, we’ll explore our senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight and investigate different foods. We’ll also test our superpowers by climbing, running, jumping and moving to music. There’ll be opportunities for us to create superhero works of art and to compose superhero soundtracks using musical instruments. We’ll design colourful posters to show how ‘superkids’ should behave around school. We’ll have plenty to share at the end of our project as we dress to impress! We will have a Superhero dress up day when we will shine as Year 1 Superheroes. 

In Maths we begin to prepare for Year 2 ensuring that we know our number bonds to 10 and 20, are able to fractions of amounts and know the place value of a number. We will address misconceptions that have arisen when learning about the four operations of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. We will revise our understanding of telling the time and money. 

Big cats, small rats, tiny fleas and buzzing bees!

This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes! The 'Travelling Pet Zoo' will visit our school, which will give us the opportunity to meet all different kinds of animals. We will be able to ask and answer questions and share information about the pets we have at home. We’ll study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints. Famous animal fables will make us laugh, and we will have fun reading them aloud. We’ll spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage. Designing a zoo is even on the agenda!

In Maths we will continue to use Maths No Problem to explore Mass & Space. We will then begin to reconsolidate the year so far starting with the Autumn term! We will recap our understanding of place value, number bonds to 20 and addition & subtraction. 

Hop on board a big, red bus and head for England’s capital. Yes, that’s right; we’re on our way to London!

During this term, children will be exploring the topic of Bright Lights, Big City. In our topic lessons your children will have an opportunity to have tea with the Queen and visit Buckingham Palace online. Using maps and research, we’ll locate Buckingham Palace, understand compass directions, plan routes around London and learn about the countries of the United Kingdom. Our research will take us back in time to the Great Fire of London and to famous London landmarks, as well as giving us an understanding of what it’s like to live in a big city. We’ll also learn about Paddington Bears journey from deepest, darkest Peru to London. We will also share the story of Katie in London and read the play of Dick Whittington.

In Maths we will continue to reconsolidate our learning of what we have learnt so far this year! We will revise our understanding of Length & Height and Shape & Patterns. We will extend our learning to tackle challenging word problems for addition & subtraction.