Year 1


As part of our topic, the children are going to listen to various traditional tales during story time and discuss the characteristics within each. In English the children are going to retell and innovate the narratives ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Billy Goats Gruff.’

By this point in Year 1, the children should be able to develop their own ideas for writing, start some sentences with a capital letter, use their phonic knowledge to make good attempts at spelling and end some sentences with a full stop. The children should also be starting to use the conjunction ‘and’ to extend their ideas and to proofread their writing to check for sense. 


The children will continue to learn about numbers to 20, including adding and subtracting within 20. They will also learn about shape and pattern and length and height.

Throughout their work, the children will be encouraged to use number bonds and simple bars to solve a range of problems and answer questions such as ‘how many more or how many fewer/less’. The children will then complete a review to show what they have learnt.

If you would like help in supporting your child in Maths, please look at our handy ‘Calculating in KS1’ guide.



Our focus this half term in Science is Plants. The children will identify, name and describe the basic structure of a variety of plants including deciduous and evergreen trees and observe plants over time. Part of their learning will also include following instructions to plant seeds, tasting plants they can eat and carrying out investigations to identify the functions of plants. We will also be looking at winter and how the seasons change.  



The children have an exciting opportunity to carefully select appropriate tools and materials to sculpt their own Modrock mask in the style of their favourite fairy-tale character. Once they have made their mask, they will suggest ways they can improve it further.


Design and Technology

We are excited to announce that the children are going to make a fairy tale puppet during our ‘Learn with Us’ afternoon so please do come and join us.

Before our exciting afternoon, the children will have designed and labelled their character and have chosen the materials they want to use. After, they will evaluate their puppets by stating what they like and identify the things they would change if they were to make a puppet again.



During Geography, the children have previously used maps, atlases and globes to identify countries, continents and oceans from around the world and have identified key human and physical features. They will now apply their understanding to design their own map to show a character’s journey through the deep, dark woods.



The children are going to learn key facts about Pocahontas and how the story is based on real events. 



The children will be doing gymnastics linked to fairy tales. The children will also continue to apply previous taught skills to take part in a range of team games.



The children will listen to a range of stories and discuss why they are special or important.



The children will take part in Music Workshop each week. During each session, Mr Eastwood will come into school to play a range of songs on the piano and the children will use their voices effectively to change the dynamics and pitch of each song and their hands to tap out the rhythm or to show the tempo.







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