In Maths in Year 1, we follow the White Rose scheme of work to help develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We focus on place value to 20 and beyond, addition and subtraction strategies, different units of measure and recognising 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. In English, we look at a different author each half term, including Roald Dahl, Hans Christian Anderson and Michael Rosen. We focus on building our writing skills in letter formation, word and sentence structure and recounting of stories and events. We develop our speaking and listening skills by participating in role play and group activities and taking turns. We are using the RWI (Read, Write Inc) scheme to develop our reading and phonics in set groups.
In Science we learn all about Plants and Growth, Animals including Humans, Everyday Materials and Seasonal Change. To support our learning, we do lots of practical investigations, and take our learning into the outside environment where possible. We also make educational visits linked to our learning.
Our topics in Year 1 are:
Autumn 1: The Enchanted Woodland
This half term, we’ll visit a woodland, observe the wildlife, collect natural objects and take beautiful pictures of the beautiful 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 Red Riding Hood will inspire us to write our own stories with a woodland theme. We’ll create woodland works of art and construct mini-woodlands from twigs, sticks, pine cones and leaves.
Autumn 2: Paws, Claws and Whiskers
This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes! Meeting an animal expert will allow us to ask and answer questions, share information about the pets we have at home and write animal information booklets. 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!
Spring 1: Bright Lights, Big City
This half term we will explore our capital city London, both past and present. We will be learning about famous landmarks such as London Bridge and Big Ben and will find out about the British monarchy, using ICT to research. We’ll discover what happened in 1666 in the Great Fire of London, and how it affected the city. We will use this historical event to sequence and write a recount and a diary entry just like Samuel Pepys. We will investigate everyday materials and their properties, linking it to what the houses were made of in London 350 years ago and why it made the fire spread so quickly. We will also make bread like the baker from Pudding Lane.
Spring 2: Dinosaur Planet
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.
Summer 1: Moon Zoom!
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 venture 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 use ICT to communicate our ideas and present our work.
Summer 2: Superheroes
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 on digital instruments.