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Year 1

The Year 1 Team - Miss Farrington, Mrs Webb & Mrs May and Mrs Courts

TLSA's - Miss Bamber, Miss Moore, Miss Jones and Mrs Lloyd

Summer Term 2022

Year One have an exciting term ahead! We will be beginning our new topic for IPC ‘The Magic Toymaker’ where the children will find out all about toys from the past. In this topic, we will be learning all about the world of toys and the role that they play in entertaining us, educating us, and stimulating our imagination.

In history, we will be finding out about the ways in which toys have changed over time. In Design Technology, we will be learning about the different stages of the toy-making process and creating our own board games. We will also be covering the basics of computer game coding. 

Our Science topic will focus on ‘Weather’ and provide exciting opportunities for the children to make their own weather stations to monitor the weather in Dorridge. In addition to this, children will be learning about the seasons, how this can affect weather and how the day length varies depending on the time of year it is.   

As we head towards the end of the school year, our topic will be ‘Hooray, Let’s Go on Holiday!’, which is all about travelling to different places, both in the UK and abroad, and we will discuss why holidays are important in our society. We will explore how we can now travel to all parts of the world and even Space. Who knows where we will go for our holidays in the future? This will certainly get us in the mood for the summer holidays! Children will have exciting discussions about where they have been on holiday before, what things are important to take for a holiday to different places, and the various reasons people choose to go on holiday. There will also be a historical aspect and children will gain an understanding of how holidays in the past were very different to holidays now. Linked to this DPC topic, our D&T project for the Summer term will be making our very own ice lollies! We will explore how we can make these healthy and will then have lots of fun tasting and evaluating our products!   

We have lots of exciting, practical activities planned and are hoping for lots of good weather so we can enjoy our outdoor area. 

Spring Term 2022

This term we will be moving on to our new DPC unit of work focusing on holidays and travel, called ‘From A to B’. We will be finding out about different modes of transport used throughout history and how new technology has changed the way we travel. Our children will have the chance to learn about children's lives from different countries and even learn a few words in other languages.

In Geography, we will be focusing on physical and human features of different locations and learning basic map skills. We will also be learning about the history of Dorridge, going on a walk around the local area and making our own maps of Dorridge. In Art, we will be learning about a range of artists and how they use different media to create pictures of vehicles.

Our daily English, Phonics and Maths sessions will continue to be practical, engaging and, wherever possible, linked in to our overall topic. We are continuing to focus on reading for pleasure during our whole-class reading sessions and working hard on our comprehension skills during shared reading.

In Science, we will be learning about animals and their needs, their life processes, as well as seasonal changes in our local environment. The children will be learning about the characteristics of living things, their growth and development and that different animals start life in different forms (e.g. eggs/live births).

Autumn Term 2021

Year 1 will be learning through a unit of work on an IPC theme called ‘Buildings’. This unit focuses on the different structures we see in towns and cities around the world. We will explore our locality to look at old and new buildings and use this as inspiration for Art. As geographers, we will be learning about how houses and structures differ from country to country, and as engineers, we will be exploring the science behind the construction of structures through making models and testing materials. Later in the term, Year 1 will move onto another exciting IPC unit called ‘Time Travellers’ which focuses on historical people and events. We will be exploring events such as the first moon landing and the Great Fire of London, as well looking at our school’s own history.

Our daily English, Phonics and Maths sessions will be practical, engaging and, where possible, linked in to the overall theme. All lessons, across the curriculum, will continue to develop speaking and listening skills and provide a range of writing opportunities. 

In reading, we are focusing on applying our phonics knowledge to decode new words, developing our discussion of different texts and fostering the love of reading. We encourage all children to read as often as possible and to share their thoughts and opinions with teachers and classmates.

In science, we will be learning about different materials and how we can group and classify them. This will involve investigating the various properties of a range of materials and their uses.

1D will soon be starting ‘Yoga Bugs’ during their PE session on a Friday. The other Year 1 classes will also take part in these special PE lessons during the spring and summer terms. 

Welcome Presentation

There is a Welcome to Key Stage 1 presentation. Click on one of the links below.

 Welcome to Key Stage One 2021-2022

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 Welcome to Key Stage One 2021-2022

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IPC Curriculum Overview

You can find more details of the International Primary Curriculum on the Curriculum and Subject pages on the menu to the left. At the beginning of every unit of study we will be sending out a letter to parents that explains the sort of things that are being covered in the unit. Copies of these letters are available from the links below, as well as an overview for this year group.

 Year 1 IPC Curriculum Overview 2021-2022