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Term 6

Beside the Seaside

This is a great theme for the summer, and one which I’m sure we will all enjoy! We will be learning about the seaside here in the UK and in Australia, comparing the two.


English – We will start with a couple of short information writing units – writing rules for the Seashore Code so that we know how to go rock-pooling safely and then we’ll be designing a factual poster to tell others about the problems of plastic pollution in our oceans. Then we have another lovely story, set in Australia, based on a big problem a small animal faces, and how they solve it.  We will think write our own story sentences to match different parts of the plot as the story unfolds.  We’ll finish by writing our own Australian animal riddles for others to read and guess. And as usual we will read, discuss, compare and enjoy lots and lots of wonderful stories every day.


Maths – First we’ll be doing a block of learning on the place value of numbers from 1 – 100, reading, writing, comparing and ordering them. Then we have a week on telling the time, and couple of weeks consolidating our learning on addition and subtraction within 20. We’ll finish by learning about money and coins, and lastly measuring capacity.  Every day we will continue to work on our recall and fluency with number facts.


Theme – This is a Geography and History based theme.  We will start off learning about Wembury Beach, a few miles from here. We will do map work, spotting the features of the landscape, typical UK weather patterns and the creatures that can be found living there, and we’ll plan a day trip filled with fun UK beach activities. After we will do the same activities but compare this with Townsville, a small town on the Australian East coast with a fabulous beach, surrounded by rainforests with the Great Barrier Reef just offshore. In History we will learn about the famous voyage from Plymouth 250 years ago of Captain James Cook and how his crew first brought back news of the great land of Australia to Europe. Science learning will be re-visiting Everyday Materials through recycling, and recapping animal groups through learning about rock pool and coral reef inhabitants and wildlife in Australia. Computing will be based on 3D designing, Music will be learning lots of songs about ships and the sea, and Art will look at the ancient x-ray rock paintings of Aboriginal Australians. RE is a unit called ‘How do we care for others and our World’. Packed in among all this are a Sports and Health Week, a special whole-school day celebrating all aspects of the Arts and hopefully a trip to the National Aquarium (more news about that soon). What an amazing term of learning we have ahead of us! Thank you for all your continued support.


Our School Priorities for Learning                                                      TERM 6  

 This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Punctuate sentences with a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
  • Count, read, write, order and compare numbers to 100, understanding the place value of the tens and one.

The values we will be focusing on this term are Trust followed by Freedom.



Term 5

Build it! Grow it!

We have a super theme for spending more time outside now the weather is improving, and we agreed that in Year One we all like growing things and building things, so that is a good start!


English – We will begin with a unit on writing instructions – finding out how to plant and grow a sunflower, then using the same structure to think about instructions for making a simple mini-beast hotel. Then we have another wonderful story, all about community, neighbours and friends, and helping each other out of a sticky situation... We will think about the illustrations, the story plot, characters and vocabulary, all of which will help us with our own ideas for sentence writing in different ways. We’ll finish with a poetry week.


Maths – First we’ll be doing a block of learning about simple multiplication and division, using our skills in counting in groups of two, five and ten to solve problems. Then we have a week on position, turns and direction and we’ll finish with a two-week block on fractions – finding half and a quarter of shapes and numbers.  We will continue to work on our recall and fluency with number facts, adding and subtracting within ten and twenty, and knowing the doubles and halves of numbers to 20.


Theme – Our Science learning is based on plants – learning to name and label a plant’s parts, thinking about a plant’s life cycle and growing our own flowers and vegetables (hopefully encouraging bees and butterflies, and other mini-beasts to visit our Y1 outside area). Our History learning will be about architects and engineers who have been influential locally and nationally. We will find out about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the famous Victorian engineer (and learn about local links with the Royal Albert Bridge and the railway) and about Zaha Hadid, a celebrated female British Iraqi architect who designed some amazing buildings all over the world. In Geography we will build on our mapping skills, but this time using real places like the school grounds, and Google Earth to look at our local area, our homes, famous buildings and the features of the landscape where we live. In Art we will be looking at the wonderful creativity of the artist, architect and environmentalist Hundertwasser, imitating his style and use of colour to create our own street and town paintings.  PE will be a unit on team games using invasion and defence ball skills, and in RE we will complete the second part of the unit ‘Who is Jewish and how do they live?’. Computing will be based on using the Beebots – simple programmable toys to learn about programming to follow routes, and tie in with our work on mapping, and position, turns and directions in maths.  

The values we will be focusing on this term are Respect followed by Determination.



Our School Priorities for Learning                                                         

 This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Say aloud your own sentence idea, write all the words and then re-read it to check for sense and accuracy.
  • Solve reasoning problems involving simple multiplication and division using our knowledge of counting in twos, fives and tens.





Term 4 - Mixed-Up Fairytales


Once upon a time, in a faraway place… Year One learned how to become amazing storytellers!


English – The children will be listening to, watching, reading and discussing a wide range of traditional stories, most of which they probably already know, but we may find some new to them. We will consider the common features of these stories and learn to tell some aloud. Our main story focus will be an alternative version of a famous fairytale – I wonder if you can guess which one?  While exploring the book there will be opportunities to use drama, art and debating, and we will write character descriptions, diary entries and explanatory texts. Our focus will be thinking of our own sentence ideas, and then writing them in sequence, using the correct punctuation. We will be reading and comparing a wide range of funny and silly alternative fairytale stories, and will use a puppet theatre, puppets and a story-tellers’ chair to practise performing and making up our own.


Maths – First we’ll be doing a week on counting in groups of ten, two and five, then we have two weeks on measurement – comparing and measuring height and length. The we will consolidate our learning about addition and subtraction from last term, really making sure we are confident and fluent mentally with numbers within 10, and good at calculating with numbers within 20, comparing number facts, finding missing numbers and solving a variety of reasoning problems. We’ll finish with a week learning about weight and mass.


Theme – All term in Science Mrs Jewell will be teaching the children about ‘Everyday materials’ and they will learn to name and describe them, considering their properties and the objects we make from them. This will be a very hands-on topic, with lots of the learning stimulated by fairy tales and real-life scenarios of how and when we use different materials to meet our needs. Our Geography learning will have a mapping focus. We will think about how fairy tales take place in different settings and landscapes and find out about how other people have created imaginary maps to show these. We will learn about room plans, make a 3D story landscape, then turn it into a map following the route characters take in the story, and we will design our own Far Far Away Land fantasy map using our own symbols to show the different manmade and physical features that we want to include. In DT we will be focussing on different joining techniques using paper and card, making a basket for Red Riding Hood, completing a tallest tower building competition and making paper bag puppets. PE will be a unit on Dance through fairytales and in RE we are covering the unit ‘What do Christians Believe God is like?’ and we will use stories and parables from the Bible to help illustrate this. Computing will be on beginning to understand giving simple instructions and programming. The values we will be focusing on this term are Humour followed by Respect.


Dates for your diary:

March 3rd - World Maths Day

March 4th - World Book Day - based around Alice in Wonderland - can you make a fabulous hat?

March 19th - Red Nose Day


Our School Priorities for Learning

This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Begin to correctly punctuate a sequence of sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.

  • Say by rote the patterns of counting up and back in groups of ten, two and five and use this knowledge to solve simple problems.


Term 3 - Would a dinosaur make a good pet?


Welcome back and Happy New Year! We have a fun-packed dinotastic term to look forward to, packed full of learning about dinosaurs and other animals.


English - To start we will be learning lots of facts about a variety of different dinosaurs to help write interesting information sentences, using basic punctuation every time. We will use what we have learned to design and make a dinosaur picture/fact matching game to play with friends and family.  Then we will be learning to retell the story of ‘The Smallest Dinosaur’, using actions and a story map to help us remember the words. The children will use the same ‘lost and found’ story pattern to write a different story version of their own. The focus will be on sequencing sentences to create a narrative, rehearsing, punctuating and re-reading each sentence as we write. All term we will be working hard on our Set 2 phonics spelling (our writing priority), making sure we use Fred fingers and sound mats to help use the phonemes/graphemes that we have learned. As always, we will be reading lots and lots of stories and information books about dinosaurs, and pets, comparing them and discussing them, extending our vocabularies and re-reading favourites.


Maths – First we’ll be doing lots of learning with addition and subtraction within 20, working on children’s understanding, reasoning, fluency and memory of number facts. Within this we will work on repeated addition and multiplication, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, and then finish with two weeks learning about place value with numbers to 50 – counting, reading, writing, ordering and representing the numbers. Linked to dinosaurs we will be using measurement of height and length to find out about the real-life sizes of dinosaurs and their fossil footprints.


Theme – All term in Science we will be using the story ‘Dinosaur Pet’ to think about whether a dinosaur would make a good pet and the children will learn about real-life pets that come from different animal classifications – mammals, birds, lizards, amphibians and fish – describing and comparing their different structures and key features. We will use learning on fossils of dinosaurs and their teeth to think about whether they were herbivores, carnivores or omnivores, and compare this to modern animals. We will find out about the life of Mary Anning, a famous local Victorian palaeontologist (and the work of modern palaeontologists) and think about time scales and timelines for when the dinosaurs walked the Earth. In Computing we will learn about using text and images to display and share information, and in Art/DT we will create a Jurassic jungle landscape, based on the work of Rousseau, with paint and collage, and use a sliding lever to make a dinosaur travel from one side to the other. In RE we will covering the first unit on ‘Who is Jewish and how do they live?’. PE this term focuses on gymnastics and Music lessons will cover keeping a steady pulse, rhythms and singing. Our learning will be shared in Year 1’s class assembly on Friday Feb 5th. This will be videoed and shared with parents online in some way.


The values we will be focussing on this term are Self-Respect followed by Curiosity.


Our School Priorities for Learning

This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Use Fred-Fingers and 'sound talk' to correctly spell words with all Set 2 phonic sounds (ay ee ow igh oo oo ar or air ir ou oy)
  • Say by rote the patterns of counting up and back in groups of ten, two and five, and use this knowledge to solve simple repeated addition problems.


Term 2 - Stickman and the Seasons


Using the wonderful Julia Donaldson story ‘Stickman’ as a starting point the children will be learning all about the seasons, weather, trees and bulbs, and light and dark, all bundled together into a fantastic theme.


English – We’ll start by writing a factual guide to the seasons, then move on to a lovely story book all about night and being afraid of the dark. Drama, character descriptions, story sentences and shadow puppets will all play a part. We’ll then learn about instructions – listening and following them, giving them, reading them and writing them. We will continue our main focus on using our phonic knowledge, and punctuating simple sentences, joining ideas with ‘and’, and re-reading to make sure each sentence has all the words.

Maths – We’ll start learning about the skill of subtraction, then move on to look at the place value of numbers to 20 – reading, writing, representing, ordering and comparing, and using reasoning to solve number problems. We will then learn about the passing of time – time vocabulary, days, months etc, then finish with a block learning about 2D and 3D shapes.


Theme – Science and Geography are the main focuses of our learning. The children will investigate the four seasons and learn about weather – naming and describing different weather types, thinking about weather forecasts and a map of the UK. We will find out about a daffodil and nasturtium’s life cycle, plant some spring bulbs and learn how to identify different trees from their leaves. As the days grow shorter we’ll find out about how the hours of daylight change as we move through the seasons, how reflective materials keep us safe on dark evenings and how shadows are formed. Art will be looking at the beautiful paper cutting work of Matisse, thinking about shapes and colours to create a ‘seasons circle’. In RE we will think about ‘belonging’ and how people show they belong to different groups and religions, especially Christianity and Judaism. Music lessons will be computing based to begin with, then all about learning and performing the songs for our Nativity. PE learning will be based ‘Brilliant Ball skills’ – throwing, catching and aiming.


The values we will be focusing on this term are Kindness followed by Patience.


Our School Priorities for Learning                                                   TERM 2  

 This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Think of a sentence idea, saying the words aloud and then write all the words to show a sentence that makes sense.
  • Read, write, recognise and order different representations of teen numbers, understanding the place value of tens and ones.




Term 1: Moon Zoom!


What an ‘out of this world’ theme we have to start Year One! The children have come in with such enthusiasm and confidence. They are amazing and raring to go with their learning. We are beginning by using Oliver Jeffers’ wonderful book ‘Here We Are’ to think a little about being back together in school, our amazing planet Earth, and its place in space.


English – Our writing will firstly be based on a simple step-by-step recount of Neil Armstrong’s journey to the Moon, followed by a narrative using a lovely story about a lost alien who has crash-landed on Earth. Both types of writing will involve lots of drama, talk and imagining, with a firm focus on simple sentence structures – thinking of the words, rehearsing and saying the words aloud, writing all the words and then re-reading them. We look at sentence punctuation making sure we leave clear finger spaces and will definitely be using our ‘Fred fingers’ to sound out words and our memories for tricky ‘red’ word spellings. We’ll finish with a fun week of poetry based on describing the Moon. We’ll read lots and lots and lots of stories and information books together.


Maths – We’ll spend time investigating and securing early number skills – sorting groups, counting 1:1, investigating amounts, matching, finding two parts of different whole numbers and using reasoning to solve problems and explain our thoughts. There will be lots of language and vocabulary work to ensure children understand different ways to compare amounts – more than, less than, equal to, most and least. We’ll then find out more about simple addition and subtraction using a variety of approaches and will start building up at fluency at learning some number facts by heart.


Theme – History and Science are the main focuses of our learning. The children will find out about Apollo 11 and the first  ‘Moon Landing’, the build up to this historic event, and how people watched and celebrated all around the world, culminating with the children planning and organising their own pretend ‘Moon Landing’ Party, just like people did in 1969.  In Science the children will think about the differences between our human bodies and those of aliens we find in storybooks - our faces, body parts, and most of all, our five senses. And we might make some alien slime! Near the end of the term we will have a whole day DT project building junk model rockets and spaceships. In Music we will be thinking about the Louis Armstrong song ‘What a wonderful world’ and we’ll be playing lots of rhythm and movement games. PE learning will involve collaborative games working on our listening, throwing and catching skills . As part of our Computing learning the children will be becoming more independent logging on as well as gaining confidence with mouse skills, keyboard skills and opening different programs. In RE we will be following the unit ‘Who do Christians say made the world?’, learning about the Creation story from the Bible. The values we will be focusing on this term are Courage followed by Appreciation.


Our School Priorities for Learning                                                                       TERM 1  

 This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:

  • Form all our lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place.
  • Know by heart, or quickly work out mentally, all addition facts within ten

e.g.   5 + 5        4 + 3        7 + 1       2 + 6       3 + 5