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Year One Topics - 2017/18


Art Attack & What a Wonderful World

This Autumn term we will be looking at two topics ‘Art Attack & What a Wonderful World’. The first three weeks of the term will be spent exploring art in its various forms including plenty of opportunities for creative activities. Children will learn about different artists including Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. We will be encouraging children to create self- portraits, displaying them in class. In English we will be focusing on stories from different cultures, stories with repeating patterns and poetry. In Mathematics children will continue to practise accurate counting and the formation of numbers as well as beginning to record the names of each number in words. Through foundation subjects, children will learn about the human body and senses. By celebrating the festival of Yom Kippur, Christmas and Diwali children will gain further understanding of different faiths and cultures.

Spring (First Half)

Hocus Pocus

Year 1 will begin the new year retelling traditional tales such as Goldilocks, and a range of Julia Donaldson books. We will look closely at the structure of these stories, thinking about the characters, settings and alternative endings.  The children will also look at a variety of poems and have a chance to write their own. In Mathematics we will explore capacity using a range of mathematical vocabulary e.g. empty, full and half full. In Science children will investigate the uses of different materials and learn to set up a fair experiment. In foundation subjects children will be taught how to use the internet safely and they will use a range of programs such as Purple Mash and Microsoft Word. Chinese New Year will be the festival celebrated this term.

Spring (Second Half)


The topic ‘Home’ will cover where we are in the world, looking at our planet, country, county and local community. Within this topic we will go on a walk around our local area and compare human and physical features. In history we will study Queen Victoria and the Victorian period. In English we will be recounting various stories including Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel and Home. In Mathematics we will plan some exciting activities around measuring – height, length and mass. We will also be learning about time using o’clock and half past. The children will use compass directions and their map skills to explore their local environment.

Summer (First Half)

Let’s go Lego

This term Year 1 will be looking at toys and construction and will then make an information booklet about what they have learned, including the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel FRS, who was an English mechanical and civil engineer who is considered "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history". Children will have the opportunity to learn how toys have evolved over the years and ‘show & tell’ their own favourite toys. In Mathematics we will begin to solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division in practical ways and use observational skills to detect different 2D and 3D shapes. To celebrate Buddha’s birthday, children will recap his teachings and positive attributes to the world.

Summer (Second Half)

The Living Planet

Within this topic we will be learning about our planet, focusing on the animal world. Children will have a chance to research and learn about different animal groups. In English, Year 1 will look closely at non-fiction texts and talk about the key features including how these may differ to fiction books. In Science we will conclude our work on seasonal changes and compare our findings with the start of the year. The festival of Tanabata will give children the opportunity to think about their goals and wishes for Year 2 and beyond. This term will prepare children for their next journey at Chestnut Lane School.