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Year 1

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Autumn 1

This half term out topic will be – 'Dinosaurs - would a dinosaur make a good pet?' We will be getting involved in lots of Art and DT activities, Music, Dance and Drama. In Science we will be looking at animals (including dinosaurs!) and humans. In Geography and History we will investigate what Earth was like when dinosaurs lived using ICT and information books to help us find out all about dinosaurs. In Literacy we will be concentrating on our handwriting and developing sentence structure alongside enjoying the author Ian Whybrow's books  - as many as we can find and there are quite a few! In Maths we will continue to develop our number skills - reading and writing numerals 0-20, counting up to and beyond 100, counting in 2s,5s, and 10s,  with a focus on place value, addition and subtraction. We will also begin working on measure - length and mass plus 2-D and 3-D shapes.

Autumn 2

Has a fire engine always been red?

This half term our topic will be called ‘Has a fire engine always been red?’ and will focus on Bonfire night and fireworks, light/dark/shadows, festivals of light including Christmas, Diwali and Hanukkah and The Great Fire of London. Ideas from the children have been fabulous on what they are interested in and what they would like to learn more about. Ideas included bonfire night and fireworks – how do they explode, nocturnal animals, underground, London – the Queen and future Kings, light during the day and light at night and shadows.

Historians we will begin to understand events beyond living memory that are significant nationally and globally – The Great Fire of London. We will investigate London in 1666 – houses, living, etc and The Fire Brigade as a direct result of The Great Fire in 1666. We will begin to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that we understand key features of events. We will begin to understand how we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented. Artists and Design Technologists we will use a range of materials creatively to design and make products and use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share our ideas, experiences and imagination. We will create 3D models of the houses in London at the time of the fire. Through our light topic and study of Hinduism we will design and make clay divas, potato latkes and dreidal’s. we move into the Christmas period we will look again at Christianity and make christingles, wreaths and the nativity scene. We will create paintings using light and shade and investigate how to show light and shade in our drawings.

As Musicians we will use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. We will play tuned and unturned instruments musically. We will listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music and we will experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. London’s Burning. As Dancers we will perform dances using simple movement patterns following the theme on fireworks. We will develop and master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities. As Scientists we will observe and name a variety of light sources.

Polar Express

This term our topic will be all about the Polar Regions. We will investigate the North and South Poles and may even go on a journey to the Antarctic!

In Science we will be focussing on seasonal changes; weather associated with seasons and length of day. We will contrast the seasons in Antarctica to those in the UK and look at the different environments and the animals and plants that live there.

In geography we will be learning to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and comparing it to hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. We will explore the world map, finding Wetherby and the North and South poles.

In history we will be researching Antarctic explorers and learn about Robert Scott’s pioneering journey to the Antarctic.

Spring 2

Down at the bottom of the garden


This term our topic will be all about what lurks at the bottom of the garden. We will be focussing on plants and investigating a variety of wild and garden plants that grow in and around the school. We will hope to identify, name and describe common flowering plants, including trees and begin to learn about their basic structure. We are planning to investigate how plants grow and what they need to remain healthy and maybe experiment with different coloured water when watering the plants! Following this theme we will begin to design and grow our own garden where our dinosaur dig once was. Some of us might even like to design and create our very own fairy, pixie or gnome garden as we learn all about The Cottingley Fairies.

Summer 1

The Great Outdoors

In Year 1 we will be finding out all about the great outdoors starting with introducing the school and Wetherby to Barnaby Bear and mapping the schools grounds and the local surroundings. We will also be finding out about the points of a compass and more about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. We will be designing and making a structure for a character from our Traditional Tales work - maybe a tower for Rupuzel, a chair for Billy Goat Gruff or a chair for Baby Bear! In science we will be exploring everyday materials including those for the great outdoors such as: what material would make the best covering for a den to keep it waterproof, the best floor covering for the den, the best material for a bed in the den, the best natural material for collecting rainwater and the best materials for curtains so that you get a good night’s sleep in the den!

Summer 2

Family Album

In Year 1 we will be exploring lots of questions about ourselves including: How have I changed over my lifetime? What notable events have there been in my lifetime? Who are the members of my family? What are birthdays and how do we celebrate then? How were birthdays celebrated in the past? What were toys like in the past? Who are the Royal family? What toys did the Royal children play with? We will be further developing our knowledge of the world finding out about hot places and what they are like in terms of the weather, what sorts of animals live there, what sorts of plants grow there and considering what it would be like to live there. We will be presenting some of this information using the computer.