Year One Topics - 2020/21


Wellbeing and Earth and Beyond!

This Autumn term we will be looking at two topics ‘Wellbeing’ and ‘Earth and Beyond!’ The first four weeks of the term will focus on learning about feelings and emotions. 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. 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 measuring height and length and compare different measurements. Through foundation subjects, children will learn how to manipulate ModRoc and explore colour mixing. We will be looking at seasonal changes and learning about the importance of our senses. The children will research famous astronauts and will discover amazing facts about Space! We will look at a range of old and new toys and sort them into groups. By celebrating the festivals of Yom Kippur, Christmas and Diwali, children will gain further understanding of different faiths and cultures.

Spring (First Half)

Walking with Dinosaurs!

Year One will begin the New Year thinking about the almighty prehistoric creatures! In history, we will learn about Mary Anning who is a famous Paleontologist. 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. Within this topic, we will explore the capital cities in the UK and link them to their key features. We will create our own fossils using clay and salt dough. In Science, the children will learn about different animals and sort them into their classified groups. The children will learn how to stay safe when using the internet and they will use Chromebooks to research dinosaurs. Chinese New Year will be the festival celebrated this term.

Spring (Second Half)

Machines and Me 

During this topic, we will be exploring the inventions of Brunel. The children will become engineers and be inventing their own machines and vehicles. Children will learn how to use a dictionary to help them create their own version of one. We will learn about algorithms and the children will be using BeeBots and iPads to follow instructions. They will also write their own set of instructions for a BeeBot for their partner to reach a destination. In Science, we will look at the properties of common materials and how they are used to make different objects. 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. We will celebrate Holi, Mother’s Day and Easter during this half term.

Summer (First Half)

Habitat Hunters

This term Year One will become Habitat Hunters! We will explore the great outdoors and our wonderful nature and environment. In Science, we will learn about plants and conclude our work on seasonal changes. In Computing, we will explore photography and different ways to take photos. 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. The children will explore poetry and will use their senses to create their own pieces. We will look closely at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and create our own natural artwork. To celebrate Buddha’s birthday, children will recap his teachings and positive attributes to the world.

Summer (Second Half)

Dream Big

Our final topic is all about aspirations and using our imagination. In English, Year One will look closely at story writing and how to describe different fantasy settings. 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 making animations on Chromebooks. They will be exploring a range of jobs and careers and they will consider what they would like to do when they are older. We will create our own moving pictures and the children will learn how to create lever and slider mechanisms. This term will prepare children for their next journey at Chestnut Lane School.

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