Learning in Year 1
The curriculum is organised into topics for each half term and objectives for each subject are taught through these topics where possible. Links are also made in our Literacy learning and writing is used across all curriculum areas. Maths is taught through the INSPIRE maths scheme.
Autumn 1 – ‘Dr. DoLittle’
This will include naming and identifying a variety of different animals from around the world including common pets. We learn about the differences between mammals (including humans), birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles and describe the basic structure of chosen animals. We will also begin to appreciate the diets of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores more closely. We will create collages of different species of animal and explore different textures to that of our favourite animals (big or small!) We will also discover the changes that occur over time with regards to human and animal growth.
Autumn 2 – ‘Penguins and Polar Bears’
During this topic we will be exploring hot and cold places around the world and investigating their differences. We will think about what clothing and items we would need if we were to visit a hot or cold place. In our Science lessons we will compare animals that live in hot and cold countries. We will name different parts of the body and identify what different parts are used for. We will also link the senses to various body parts of the body, and look for differences and similarities between the children. We also go to a whole school pantomime!
Spring 1 – ‘Toys R Us’
Four our Toys R Us topic we will be exploring the wonderful world of toys. We will investigate the materials toys are made out of and describe and create their own fantasy world where toys are alive! We will also make comparisons between old fashioned and contemporary toys. In Science we will investigate a variety of different materials such as wood, metal and plastic, and which objects are made from which materials. We will also investigate and categorise materials based on their unique properties. We will design a toy that is waterproof and, from their investigations, choose which material would be best to use.
Spring 2 – ‘West Moors History Detectives’
We will be exploring the wonderful place where our beautiful school lives. We will become secret detectives and investigate what West Moors used to look like and how it has changed. This will include a walk around West Moors with a focus on discovering changes in the village, which they will have learnt about in the classroom. We will also investigate the weird and wonderful world of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. We will also look at the seasons and weather.
Summer 1 – ‘Branching Out’
During this topic we will learn in detail about trees and plants and will be planting our very own seeds and recording how they grow. We will make a link in their learning between this and our story of Jack and the Beanstalk that we will learn about through our writing. In Science we will also learn about and label the different parts of flowering plants. We will investigate the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
Summer 2 – ‘Farm to Fork’
We will focus specifically on food and where it comes from. We will have already planted seeds and will continue to record their growth and look at how our food is packaged and sold. We will also retell the story of The Three Little Pigs with some twists along the way! We will also taste vegetables and compare the inside to the outside of each vegetable. We will also cut open fruits to look at seeds, break the seeds open and investigate what they look like under a magnifying glass. We are also looking forward to visiting a local farm to witness where some of the foods we eat are grown and produced.