Children in Year 1 start each half term with a new topic which begins with a Sensational Start and ends with a Fantastic Finish. Children will enjoy books throughout each topic, with two that they will become very familiar with. The book webs set out how subjects are woven throughout the topic.
Autumn 1 - Our Local Area
Sensational Start: Local Walk
Fantastic Finish: Litter Picking Challenge
After a walk to appreciate where we live and our local environment, children will be looking at and drawing maps of the school and Lewsey Farm. They will think about people who are special to them and what it means to belong. Children will research significant events, places and people in history from the local area. The topic will end with a litter picking challenge to improve our local environment.
Autumn 2 - Magnificent Me
Sensational Start: Supermarket Visit - Fruit and Vegetable selection/tasting
Fantastic Finish: Fruit Kebab parent workshop
Children will have the opportunity to visit a local supermarket where they will select and taste a range of available fruit and vegetables. This sparks interest in learning about healthy foods. Parents will be invited to a workshop at the end of the topic to make fruit kebabs. Children will have the chance to reflect on what is special about them. Through the book ‘The Name Jar’ children will learn to appreciate that their name is special. They will recognise the importance of having a growth mindset and an understanding and acceptance of differences.
Spring 1 - Terrific Toys
Sensational Start: Wardown Park Museum - Toys Workshop
Fantastic Finish: Toy Making
Children will begin the topic with a workshop by Wardown Park Museum. They will learn about old toys, finding out about toys from long ago and the toys played with by their parents and grandparents. Children will investigate different materials, finding out why toys are made from particular materials and how this has changed over time. Through the use of floor robots, they will develop an understanding of routes and directions. In design technology they will visit the local playground to investigate playground equipment then designing and making models. The topic will end with a toy making day where children will make a simple toy.
Spring 2 - Let's Get Gardening
Sensational Start: Plant a Sunflower Competition
Fantastic Finish:Southfield Flower Show
Children will all plant a sunflower and will look after them during the topic. This topic culminates in the Southfield Flower Show. Children will design and make a small garden in a tray to display and awards will be given out, including for the tallest sunflower! The character Katie Morag will be used to support a comparison between where we live and the Isle of Coll. Children will learn about different trees, plants and flowers and create art using natural materials.
Summer 1 - Colossal Castles
Sensational Start: Warwick Castle Visit
Fantastic Finish: Medieval Banquet
Children will have the opportunity to visit a real castle on a visit to Warwick Castle. They can appreciate the size and scale of such buildings as well as imagine what life might have been like living in a castle. Stories about knights, princesses and dragons spark children’s imagination and enthusiasm for the topic. The children will learn about kings and queens, and write to Queen Elizabeth II to ask her questions about how she lives and what she does for the country. We hope to receive a reply from Buckingham Palace! Children will study the art by Paul Klee and create their own ‘Castle and Sun’. Parents will be invited to a medieval banquet to celebrate the end of the topic.
Summer 2 - All Around the UK
Sensational Start: Postcards from Katie Morag from the four corners of the UK
Fantastic Finish: Related Activities
Katie Morag is always travelling. She will send postcards to the children from each country in the UK and then children will research interesting facts and key locations. They will study the work of British artists, including L.S. Lowry and research significant historical events in each country. The topic will end with a day of UK related activities, perhaps making Welsh Rarebit, constructing a St George dragon or having a go at some Highland dances.