Year One Topics - 2021/22

Autumn (First Half)

Farm to Fork

We will begin the new school year learning all about where our food comes from. The children will explore and find out about different farms around the world and how our food goes from farms to our plates! We will look at a range of texts to support the children’s wellbeing and we will explore different scenarios. Children will explore how to safely use a Chromebook and to use Purple Mash. In English we will be focusing on creating and following story maps based on a range of books, and we will create our own Harvest themed dictionaries. 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. They will also explore 2D shapes and begin to think about their properties. Through foundation subjects, children will learn about the history of farming and will explore and compare old and new machinery and tools. In Science, the children will learn about different animals and sort them into their classified groups. We will discover patterns of fruit and vegetables whilst learning about Lynn Flavell who is a famous artist. By celebrating the festivals of Yom Kippur and Harvest, children will gain further understanding of different faiths and cultures.

Autumn (Second Half)

Show Time

During this term, Year One will think about theatres, shows and performing! We will explore creating animations on the Chromebooks and think about online safety and its importance. We will be designing and sewing our own puppets, and the children will have opportunities to use them for role play and pretend they are on stage! Through our history work, we will be exploring and comparing old and new toys, and the children will learn about Margarete Steiff who was a famous seamstress and toy maker in the 1800s. In English, we will continue our work on story maps and the children will create character descriptions. In Mathematics, we will explore addition and subtraction, and the children will begin to learn and spell the days of the week, months and years. During this topic, we will be looking at seasonal changes and consider what is different in each season. We will be thinking about caring friendships and the importance of being kind. We will celebrate Diwali, Guru Nanak’s Birthday and Christmas.

Spring (First Half)

Time to Move

Year One will begin the New Year thinking about how things move. We will explore a range of significant individuals in the history of transport. We will design and create our own moving pictures and learn about lever and slider mechanisms. In Mathematics, we will explore capacity using a range of mathematical vocabulary e.g. empty, full and half full. We will also explore money and the children will learn the values of different coins and notes. We will learn about algorithms and the children will be using BeeBots and Chromebooks to follow instructions. They will also write their own set of instructions for a BeeBot for their partner to reach a destination. During this topic we will be thinking about our senses and what each part of the body is used for. In English, we will explore and write our own acrostic poems about different transport, and we will explore information texts. Chinese New Year, Tu B’Shevat and World Religion Day will be celebrated this term.

Spring (Second Half)

Nature Rocks!

During this topic, we will become nature detectives! We will explore the great outdoors and our wonderful natural environment. We will look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and create our own natural artwork. We will also create still life paintings, looking closely at different items outside. In Science, we will learn about plants and conclude our work on seasonal changes. Through foundation subjects, the children will learn map skills and will be using simple keys. They will also be learning about healthy eating and our bodies. In Mathematics, we will plan some exciting activities around time using o’clock and half past. We will also be using positional and directional language in a range of tasks and will continue learning about money. In English, we will continue our work on senses and the children will explore and create their own poems. We will celebrate Holi, Mother’s Day and Easter during this half term.

Summer (First Half)

Beyond the Sea

This term Year One will explore the seas and oceans. Through our artwork, we will be creating sculptures out of recycled materials to demonstrate the importance of keeping our beaches and oceans clean and safe, inspired by Boyan Slat. We will also be looking at the changes of seaside holidays throughout the years and comparing old and new traditions. In Science, we will look at the properties of common materials and how they are used to make different objects. In Computing, we will begin to really grasp Google Classroom and explore creating different documents with Google Docs and Google Slides. We will explore the capital cities in the UK and link them to their key features. 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. We will also learn about Ramadan.

Summer (Second Half)

Dream Team

Our final topic is all about aspirations and we will have a particular focus on sports. In English, Year One will look closely at story writing and how to describe different fantasy settings. The children will also write diary entries pretending they are famous sportsmen and women. The festival of Tanabata will give children the opportunity to think about their goals and wishes for Year Two and beyond. In Mathematics, Year One will solve a range of problems involving addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division. In Science, we will carry out a range of experiments and continue to make predictions. In Computing, the children will explore researching on the Chromebooks and consolidating their skills. The children will study environmental artwork by Olivia Bouler and think about resilience and never giving up on their dreams. This term will prepare children for the next part of their journey at Chestnut Lane School.

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