Year One is an exciting year as we start our journey into Key Stage One and work on the National Curriculum. We learn through a variety of short, focused sessions as well as having opportunities to do lots of hands-on-learning through our inspiring and creative curriculum. We also learn better when this is supported at home and we will be sharing more about how you can help us with this through ClassDojo and our termly newsletters.
There are lots to do this year as we start on our Inquiry Led Learning topics, some of which are; Memory Box, Bright Lights - Big City, The Enchanted Woodland, Dinosaur Planet, Splendid Skies! and Paws, Claws and Whiskers. We hope that you all enjoy keeping up with all the events and news from our year together.
Autumn Term One - Inquiry Led Learning
As historians, we will be learning about…
This term our topic is 'Memory Box'. As part of this topic, we will talk about our lives and how they have changed, focussing on the past and present. We will compare the old and new by exploring changes within the past and modern-day toys. We will think about our families and discuss the special memories we have through pictures and items. To end our topic we will be making a memory box to keep all of our special treasures safe.
Autumn Term Two - Inquiry Led Learning
As geographical explorers, we will be learning about...
This term our topic is 'Bright Lights, Big City'. This project will allow the children to find out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks. Who knows, we might even have tea with the Queen!
Spring Term 1 - Inquiry Led Learning
Stomp, crash, roar! Watch out – there are dinosaurs about! Yes, that’s right, we’re travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. This half term, we'll look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs may have lived and eventually died out. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. Learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles, writing fantastic fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories are some of the other activities we’ll be involved in this half term. We’ll also use our creative and design skills to make dinosaur puppets. At the end of our project, we’ll be hosting our own dinosaur day to show off what we have been learning.
Spring Term 2 - Inquiry Led Learning
The Enchanted Woodland
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise! This half term, we’ll visit a woodland, observe the wildlife, collect natural objects and take beautiful pictures of the things we see. After our woodland adventure, we’ll write about our experiences and learn all about trees.
We’ll use information books to investigate woodland creatures and make mini-books of our own. Throughout the project, we will find out how to recognise different plants and animals and create detailed, observational drawings of them. The story of 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson will inspire us to write our own stories with a woodland theme. We’ll build miniature dens, create woodland works of art and construct mini-woodlands from twigs, sticks, pine cones and leaves. At the end of our project, we’ll have so much to share with you.
Help your child prepare for their project
Woodlands are interesting places. Why not take a woodland walk and see which plants and creatures you can find? Simple spotting books or apps will help you to identify unknown species. Alternatively, visit the local library and borrow information and storybooks about woodland creatures to read together. You could also collect twigs, leaves, seed cases and flowers to make natural art together outside. Remember to take photos before the wind blows your artwork away!