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Welcome to Year 1

Autumn Term

Our topic in Autumn 1 this year was On Safari. The children enjoyed learning to mix colours to create sunset paintings as well as Safari themed tiles.


During our lessons, we enjoy using the outdoor area, such as in this lesson where we found different 3D shapes and learnt their names.

As part of our English lessons the children re-wrote the story of Handa’s Surprise and researched different Safari animals, learning how to write facts about them.


In Autumn 2 our topic was ‘To infinity and beyond’. The children learnt about the Moon Landing in 1969 and present day astronauts such as Tim Peake. In English the children re-wrote the story of ‘Have you seen who’s just moved in next door to us?’, learning it through Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’. Throughout the term, the children have learnt to use concrete and pictorial methods for addition and subtraction.


As part of our Christmas activities, the children enjoyed creating paper chains to represent number bonds to 5 and 10. They also learnt to mould and shape clay in order to create Christmas tree decorations. A major part of Christmas preparations has been learning to perform the Nativity 'Prickly Hay'.


Summer Term

In the first half of the summer term Year 1 enjoyed learning about space through the topic of ‘To infinity and beyond’. The children learnt about the Moon Landing of 1969 and were able to watch footage from the time. They also enjoyed learning about the different planets in our solar system and created timelines about key events in the exploration of space. This half-term also provided the children with the opportunity to improve their sewing skills, by creating a felt space themed picture.

In the second half of the summer term the children enjoyed learning about the seaside both as it is now and what it was like in the past, through the topic of ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’. To support our learning of this topic, the children went on a trip to Walton. They explored the pier and looked for the features of a typical seaside. The sandcastle competition was a particular highlight of the trip!

Spring Term

In Year 1 this half-term our topic has been ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We enjoyed creating beanstalk collages using a range of materials and techniques. 




In DT we planned and created our own bean salads, with the children preparing the ingredients themselves. 





We have also learnt the story of Jack and the Beanstalk off by heart, using a story map and actions to help. After learning the original story, we adapted the characters and setting to our own version.