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Year 1

The Year One Cornerstones topics are described below. Teachers will plan to use a selection of these topics, usually six – one each half term, from the programme. 

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Big cats, small rats, tiny fleas and buzzing bees!This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes! Meeting an animal expert will allow us to ask and answer questions, share information about the pets we have at home and write animal information booklets. We’ll study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints. Famous animal fables will make us laugh, and we will have fun reading them aloud. We’ll spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage.

Bright Lights, Big City

Hop on board a big, red bus and head for England’s capital. Yes, that’s right, we’re on our way to London!This half term, we’ll take tea with the Queen and visit Buckingham Palace online. Using maps and research, we’ll locate Buckingham Palace, understand compass directions, plan routes around London and learn about the countries of the United Kingdom. Our research will take us back in time to the Great Fire of London and to famous London landmarks, as well as giving us an understanding of what it’s like to live in a big city. We’ll write adventure stories, take a virtual trip to London Zoo and make souvenirs for tourists.

Memory Box

Are you ready to travel back in time?This half term, we’re taking a trip to the past to discover what life was like at the time when we were born. We’ll also find out how babies change and grow over time. Thinking about our childhoods, we’ll use photos and objects from the past to help us remember special times including weddings and christenings. We’ll talk about our families and share happy memories of people or pets who are no longer alive. Learning about the days, weeks and months of the year will help us to work out how long we will have to wait for our birthdays to arrive! We’ll decide how objects from the past were used and have fun learning games, songs and dances from bygone days.

Superheroes

Let’s put on our capes and discover our superpowers as we search for an answer to the question, ‘What is a superhero?’This half term, we’ll describe our favourite superheroes, create fact files, read a range of comic books and write our own. Learning about real-life heroes from organisations such as the RNLI or Mountain Rescue and from the past, including Florence Nightingale, Elizabeth Fry and David Livingstone, will allow us to appreciate human bravery. As part of this project, we’ll explore our senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight and investigate different foods. We’ll also test our superpowers by climbing, running, jumping and moving to music. There’ll be opportunities for us to create superhero works of art and to compose superhero soundtracks on digital instruments. We’ll have plenty to share at the end of our project. We’ll design colourful posters to show how ‘superkids’ should behave around school and create an exciting, whole-class superhero performance.

Moon Zoom!

The countdown has begun. Are you ready for blast off?This half term, we’ll travel through space to learn about the Solar System. We’ll investigate an alien crash site, write an incident report and try to find the aliens who have landed. Where could they be?We’ll make models of the Solar System and design spaceships, space buggies and space-related toys. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space. Floor robots will be programmed to move around an alien landscape, and we will compose space sounds and dances.We’ll also explore satellite images, investigate rockets and use ICT to communicate our ideas and present our work. At the end of our project, we’ll share our learning in a variety of different ways. We’ll read our exciting science-fiction stories aloud, sing space-themed songs and create an exhibition of our space models. It will be out of this world!

Rio de Vida

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party in Rio!This half term, we’ll dress up in bright clothes, hang out the bunting and enjoy a carnival party! Afterwards, we’ll write about our carnival experiences, compose carnival poetry, create vibrant dances and play carnival rhythms. We’ll learn to speak some Portuguese (the official language of Brazil), study maps and globes to locate Brazil and decide what it would be like to live there. As we learn more about Brazil, we’ll explore famous legends, follow recipes to make Brazilian carnival treats and scour non-fiction books for fascinating facts. Reflecting on what we have learnt about Brazilian culture, we’ll think about celebrations in different parts of the world and decide why people celebrate. We’ll also create colourful collages, cards and carnival bunting. Brazilian sporting excellence is paid tribute to when we take the time to practice and hone our sporting skills ready for a mini-Olympics. At the end of our project, we’ll perform songs, lead a language class to teach Portuguese words and phrases to our

The Enchanted Woodland


If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a BIG surprise! Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady-eyed owls in the swaying treetops.
This half term Year 1 pupils will be learning about woodland environments; finding out the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, the habitats of woodland creatures and learning how to identify trees from their leaves and flowers from their petals.

 

 

 

Splendid Skies

Imagine floating high above land and sea on a bed of clouds, silently sweeping by on a billowing breeze.
This half term Year 1 pupils will learn about the seasonal changes around us. They will learn about seasonal and daily weather patterns. They will develop their writing skills by writing poems and postcards and even their own weather reports.
What weather do you prefer? Sunshine, snow, storms or showers? Get you wellington boots on – let’s go!

 

Dinosaur Planet


Stomp, Crash, RRRAGH!!!!! Watch out everyone the dinosaurs are on the prowl!
We will explore the dinosaur planet, as palaeontologists (scientists who explore bones and fossils) discovering dinosaur facts. Which are your favourite dinosaurs ? Why ? Are they in our dinosaur museum? Come and look.