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Welcome to Year 1!

Autumn 2016


Return to School frown!!


We hope that you are all enjoying the holidays.  Here are a few reminders so that the return to school is a smooth one smiley


We return to school on Tuesday 6th September.  Mrs Humphries and Mrs Robinson will meet you at the bottom end of the Junior playground at 8.50am.  At the end of the school day the children are collected from the Year One door at 3.15pm, which can be reached via the infant playground and along the back path.  Year One is at the far end of the path!


We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 6th.


Year One Team



Curriculum Overview- Autumn Term 2016

Theme Autumn 1 :  Paws, Claws and Whiskers.

Our focus will be Geography and Art.  We will help Zoe the Zoo Keeper to find animals for her zoo. We will travel to the continents around the world, looking for animals in their natural habitats. We will taste foods from around the world.  The children will learn to find the continents on maps and locate hot and cold locations.  During Art activities the children will explore different forms of printing, collage and painting.

Theme Autumn 2 :Woody’s Toy Shop. 

During this topic we will be placing events and toys in order according to how old they are.  We will look closely at how toys change as we get older E.G. the toys we played with as a baby, toddler and now.



This terms focus will be writing sentences that have a full stop, capital letter and finger spaces. We will practise this through the following units.

Stories with a familiar setting – The children look at stories set in real places like school or homes.  The children focus on ordering the story through time connectives.  They will have a chance to practice retelling stories and predicting new endings.

Poetry – Using the sensesThe children will explore using descriptive language to use in their writing.  They will use all these wonderful words to create a poem about their experience of  Autumn and Bonfire night.  They will also have weekly spelling and daily phonics and handwriting practise.

Stories with a rhyming and repeated pattern – The children will be looking at the work of Julia Donaldson.  We will learn that Julia Donaldson likes to use rhyming and repeated patterns in her stories.

Instruction writing – We will be writing instructions to help us make our Christmas cards and calenders.



During the Autumn term the children will cover a variety of areas in maths.  There will be a focus on ordering, recognising and writing numbers. We will explore solving number problems and using the symbols ‘+’ ‘-‘ and ‘=’ to make number sentences.  We will focus on learning how to use blocks, counters, fingers and dots to help us solve our number sentences.  We will also look at the strategy of counting on.

Science Autumn 1 :  Ourselves linked with our Theme

We will look at the parts of the human body and how it works. To support this will be going in the Life caravan.  The children will be exploring their senses and learning how to predict and test their ideas.

Autumn 2: Materials linked with our Theme

Through this topic the children will be identifying and sorting materials.  They will explore their properties and use words to describe them.  Children will have the opportunities to use their new knowledge to select materials for specific purposes based on the materials properties.


During Autumn term children will be focused on Gymnastics and Dance.

Food Tasting

This term we have tasted food from around the world. We have shared food from Asia, Africa and Europe. Take a look at how we enjoyed the food.




Walking in the Autumn leaves

Walking in the Autumn leaves 1
Walking in the Autumn leaves 2

Spring Overview

Theme Spring 1 : Splendid Skies.

Our focus will be Geography and Art. We will learn about different types of weather and how these are recorded on a weather map using symbols. We will focus on the seasons and how the weather changes throughout the year. During Art activities the children will explore the artist Marc Chagall. We will produce a painting/ collage like the artist that contains an observational drawing of the figure.

Theme Spring 2 : Dinosaurs Planet.

During this topic we will be finding out about dinosaurs. We will be considering whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores based on their scull structure and placing them in chronological order. We will find out about the scientist Sue Hendrickson and develop an understanding of prehistoric times.


The children will work on the following genres, recount, stories from different cultures, non-fiction texts and stories from fantasy worlds.

They will be developing their writing focusing on using correct full stops, capital letters and finger spaces. They will be exploring their use of description and extending their sentences with conjunctions such as and.

They will continue to work on learning the phonemes up to phase five of letters and sound and will begin to learn other spelling rules For example adding s or es to nouns to make them plural.


During the Spring term the children will cover a variety of areas in maths. There will be a focus on ordering, recognising and writing numbers up to 100. We will learning to partition numbers and use this to add and subtract 2 digit numbers. We will be learning to halve and double numbers. We will begin to understand multiplication and division through practically grouping and sharing different quantities.

Science Spring 1 : Seasonal Changes linked with our Theme

The children will look at how the four seasons are different and how they change throughout the year. They will observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

Spring 2: Animals linked with our Theme

The children will identify animals that are herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.


During the Spring term the children will focus on Gymnastics and Football.



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