Year 1

Autumn 1 - The Wonderful World of Me

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Join us as we explore the wonderful world of ourselves. We will be learning about the different parts of our bodies and how we can keep our bodies healthy.

We will be sharing stories about our lives and culture with our classmates and listening to each other, identifying similarities and differences.

As well as this, we are going to perform sections of familiar stories for our class. By the end of this half term we will have settled into the new rules and routines of Year 1 and will know each other really well.

 

Mathematics Chest
count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals – read and write mathematical symbols: +, - and = - identify “one more” and “one less” – measure and begin to record length – recognise and know the value of all coins and notes – recognise and name common 2D shapes

 

Autumn 2 - I'm not Afraid of the Dark

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Throughout this topic we will be exploring the idea of fear. Our topic books include ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark’ and ‘We’re Going on A Bear Hunt’. We will construct our own stories based on familiar narratives.

As the topic coincides with Bonfire Night we will learn about the historical importance of Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate this special day.

The dark won’t be scary any more once our scientific investigators have explored light and dark using their senses. We will also explore religious festivals and the use of light and dark in these.

By the end of this topic we will know how to confront our fears and respect the fears of others.

 

Mathematics Chest
use subtraction facts to 20 – count to and across 100 from any number, using steps – recognise, find and name a quarter - measure and begin to record time – draw the hands on a clock face to show the time to the hour and half past the hour

 

Spring 1 - Africa Alive

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Join us as we travel across the world to the exciting continent of Africa! Our topic books include ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and we will create our own non-fiction topic books about African animals.

In Science we will explore the differences between African animals and life in Africa, compared to our life here. You will also get to sample delicious exotic fruits in our Handa’s fruit salad! As well as this, we will go on a Calshot safari and discover what hidden beasts lie in our school grounds!

In computing we will find out what an algorithm is and how to use these on the school computers. By the end of this topic we will know that the earth is split into different continents and begin to understand the differences between them. Our visit to the Nature Centre will support our learning with this topic.

 

Mathematics Chest 
use addition number bonds up to 20 – recognise, find and name a half – use language to sequence events in chronological order – recognise and use language relating to dates – tell the time to the half hour using an analogue clock – recognise and name common 3D shapes

 

 

Spring 2 - A Toy Story

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Have you ever wondered what happens to your toys when you are at school? We will find out in this lively topic, when we make links with films and stories about toys. We will also write instruction leaflets for our favourite games and follow the instructions written by our friends.

We will also travel back in time to explore how toys today are different from those in the past. In Design and Technology we will get creative and make our own games and toys. Plus, in computing we will find out how to use video cameras to film ourselves as TV chefs.

Our scientific investigations this term will lead us to a Treasure Island where we will learn how to survive, making shelters and exploring properties of materials, in terms of whether they float or sink.

By the end of this topic we will know how toys work and will be able to create toys and games ourselves.

 

Mathematics Chest
add 1 digit and 2 digit numbers to 20, including zero – measure and begin to record mass – subtract 1 digit and 2 digit numbers to 20, including zero – recognise and know the value of all coins and notes

 

Summer 1 - Once upon a Time

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Journey with us to a magical fairytale land where we will sing musical stories about giants and princesses. Make a magical potion with us and discover the secret of fizzy dragon bones!

This term our scientific explorers will be heading north to investigate the polar regions and how polar animals stay warm. We will find out about how to look after our school environment and the world around us.

By the end of this topic we will have developed our imaginations to write fantastical stories!

 

Mathematics Chest
subtract 1 digit and 2 digit numbers to 20, including zero – measure and begin to record volume – count to and across 100 from any number, using steps

 

Summer 2 - We're all going on a Summer Holiday

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Grab a deckchair and bring some sun lotion as we set off for a summer holiday adventure! From writing poems about the delicious summer treats on offer, to writing historical postcards from holidays in the past, we will make the most of the increasing sunshine.

As the Birmingham summer heats up we will be discovering seaside holidays from the past and comparing them to our seaside holidays now. From Punch and Judy shows to building sandcastles, we will explore the entertaining opportunities in the past and present.

Our resident scientists will investigate the harm caused by the strong rays from the sun and how we can protect ourselves using the ‘slip, slop, slap’ procedure, as well as the harmful effect of littering on our beaches. By the end of this topic children will be able to compare and contrast leisure activities from the past and present and care for themselves and the environment.

We will have our own outing during this half term to Wonderland theme park.

 

Mathematics Chest 
consolidation of previously learned skills including (but not limited to) – count to and across 100 from any number, using steps – use subtraction facts up to 20 – recognise and know the value of all coins and notes – draw the hands on a clock face to show the time to the hour and half past the hour