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

We will be making 3D art collages of ourselves and learning about Birmingham’s place in the United Kingdom. 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.

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • News writing
  • Story endings
  • Setting descriptions
  • Character descriptions
  • Poetry

 

  • Finger spaces
  • Capital letters
  • Full stops
  • Adjectives
  • 2a sentences
  • Spellings include digraphs such as: ff, ck and wh

 

Mathematics Chest
- sort objects – count objects – represent objects – count, read and write forwards from any number from 0 to 10 - count, read and write backwards from any number from 0 to 10 - count one more – count one less – one to one correspondence to start to compare groups – compare groups using language such as equal, more/greater, less/fewer - introduce = , > and < symbols - compare numbers - order groups of objects - order numbers - ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd …) - the number line - part whole model - addition symbol - fact families – addition facts - find number bonds for numbers within 10 - systematic methods for number bonds within 10 - number bonds to 10

 

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: ‘Peace at Last’, ‘Owl Babies’ and ‘The Dark’. 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 will not be scary anymore 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.

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • News writing
  • Setting descriptions
  • Character descriptions
  • Sequencing stories 
  • Poetry
  • Fact posters
  • Story endings

 

  • Finger spaces
  • Capital letters
  • Full stops
  • Adjectives
  • 2a sentences
  • Conjunctions 
  • Spellings include digraphs such as: ee and ow, and split digraphs such as a_e and o_e

 

Mathematics Chest
- compare number bonds - adding together - adding more - finding a part - taking away, how many left? - introduce the subtraction symbol - finding a part - breaking a part - fact families – the 8 facts - counting back

- finding the difference - comparing addition and subtraction statements a + b > c - comparing addition and subtraction statements a + b > c + d - recognise and name 3D shapes - sort 3D shapes - recognise and name 2D shapes - sort 2D shapes – patterns with 3D and 2D shapes - count forwards and backwards and write numbers to 20 in numerals and words -
numbers from 11 to 20 - tens and ones - count one more and one less -
compare groups of objects

 

Spring 1 - Africa Alive

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Join us as we travel across the world to the exciting continent of Africa! We will be reading and acting out stories and poetry set in Africa including ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes’. We will read information texts on African animals and create our own fact-files and non-fiction reports.

In Geography we will explore African landscapes and culture and compare life in different African countries to our life here. Get ready for our Calshot Safari to Africa, as we describe and compare African animals in Science and research them further in computing using a search engine.  

Our exciting visit to Twycross Zoo will also support our learning on this! Year 1 will also embrace the joy of African music as they learn traditional songs and dances. In Art, children will see the vibrancy of traditional African art and produce their own African masks.

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • News writing
  • Non chronological reports 
  • Non-fiction fact-files
  • Setting descriptions
  • Poetry

 

 

 

  • Connective openers
  • 2a sentences
  • Capital letters and full stops
  • Questions and question marks
  • Rhyming words
  • Common exception words
  • Alternative spellings for phonemes (e.g. ir / er / ur)

 

Mathematics Chest 
- use addition number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20 – read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs – add and subtract one digit and two digit numbers to 20 – Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction – count to 50, forwards and backwards – count, read and write numbers to 50 in numerals – find 1 more and 1 less.

 

 

Spring 2 - A Toy Story

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Have you ever wondered what happens to your toys when you are not there? We will find out in this lively topic when we read lots of exciting adventure stories including, ‘Traction Man’ and ‘Toys in Space’.  We will let our imagination run wild as we create our own adventures for our toys!

We will also be reading and writing instructions 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.

Our scientific investigations this term will be learning all about the four seasons. By the end of this topic we will know how toys work and be able to create toys and games ourselves.

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • News writing
  • Character descriptions
  • Adventure stories
  • Instructions

 

  • Adjectives
  • Capital letters and full stops
  • Plurals (-s and –es)
  • Suffixes (-ing and –ed)
  • Conjunctions 
  • Common exception words
  • Alternative spellings for phonemes (e.g. au / or / aw)

 

 

Mathematics Chest
 - count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 – use the language of: equal to, more than, less than, fewer, most - measure and begin to record length and height – compare, describe and solve practical problems for length and heights – use the correct language to describe length and height – measure and begin to record weight, capacity and volume – compare, describe and solve practical problems for weight, capacity and volume

 

Summer 1 - Once upon a Time

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Journey with us as we journey to a magical fairytale land where we will sing musical stories about giants and princesses. We will become actors and actresses as we take on different roles, such as the big bad wolf and Goldilocks and perform traditional tales to the rest of our class.

We will also discover a whole new fantasy world as we enter the world of the mixed up fairy –tale and meet the big bad pig and Prince Cinders! This term our scientific explorers will become Jack and find out what they need to do to grow their own beanstalks! By the end of this topic we will have developed our imaginations to write fantastical stories!

 

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • News writing
  • Recount traditional tales
  • Character descriptions
  • Fantasy stories
  • Letters

 

 

  • Adjectives
  • Capital letters and full stops
  • Suffixes (-er and –est)
  • Prefix (un-)
  • Conjunctions
  • Common exception words
  • Alternative spellings for phonemes (e.g. air / ear / ere)

 

Mathematics Chest
- count in multiples of twos, fives and tens – solve one step problems involving multiplication and division – use equal groups to make a total – to make arrays – exploring doubles up to 20 – recognise and find a half and a quarter of a number and a shape – compare, describe and solve practical problems involving fractions

 

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 natural objects they might find at the beach, as well as the harmful effect of littering on our coastline.

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.

Writing Genres

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

  • News writing
  • Setting descriptions
  • Character descriptions
  • Poetry
  • Fact posters
  • Writing stories
  • Postcards

 

  • Capital letters
  • Full stops
  • 2a sentences
  • Conjunctions
  • Suffixes: ing, ed, er and est
  • Spellings include: compound words and the prefix un

 

Mathematics Chest 
- describe position, direction and movement - count to and across 100, forwards and backwards - count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals - given a number, identify one more and one less - identify and represent numbers - use the language of: equal to, more than, less than, most, least - recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes - sequence events in chronological order - recognise and use language relating to dates - tell the time to the hour and half past - measure and begin to record time