Year 1 2021 - 2022

Mrs Morgan / Mrs Shepherd


In Year 1 we encourage children’s independent learning through a combination of adult led teaching activities and play based learning.


Term 1

In the first term our topics will be ‘Lost and Found’ and ‘Amazing Animals.’ In literacy we will begin our Year 1 Talk for Writing journey by reading the ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and ‘Lost and Found.’  We will use the ‘Talk for Writing’ process of imitation, innovation and independent application to develop our story telling language and writing skills. We will read ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and look at non-fiction books about animals. We will create our own ‘Wild Thing’ and write some interesting facts about them.

In maths we will be learning to read, write and order numbers with in 10. We begin to learn our number bonds to 10 and use such knowledge to help us with addition and subtraction.  

In Science we will be looking at the seasons and in the second half of the term we will focus on animals.  We will sort animals into groups using the words reptile, amphibian, mammal, fish or bird and we will look at what animals eat. In History we will be looking at life in the 1980’s and how it has changed. 

We will ask questions about life in the 1980’s and use a variety of artefacts and sources to help us to find the answers. We will look at significant events that took place such as Live Aid and the Wedding of Charles and Diana.

In geography we will be using our mapping skills to read and create aerial maps and make a map of our local area.

Our topic work brings together art, music, computing and design technology.   The children will be involved in Dance, Gymnastics and Games in P.E. 


Term 2


During the Spring Term our topics will be ‘Old and New Toys’ and ‘Here We Are.’ We will be learning what life was like during the Victorian period.  We will be studying Victorian toys and the materials that they were made from. This will link with our science topic on Materials. 

The children will be looking at objects, identifying the material it is made from and using key vocabulary to describe the physical properties. We will be working scientifically be performing simple tests on materials to answer questions.

We will continue with our toy theme in Literacy when we read ‘Dogger’ and ‘Knuffle Bunny.’ We will be writing new versions of the stories read using ‘Talk for Writing.’

In maths the children work hard to develop their addition and subtraction skills using numbers to 20.  They continue to learn and rehearse number bonds to 10 so that they can recall these facts quickly.  The children learn to recognise coins and choose the correct coins to pay for toys in our class Toy Shop.

In Geography we will be learning the about the capital cities in the UK and contrasting an area in the UK to that of a non-European country. Our art sessions will focus on texture, form printing and pattern.


Term 3


During this term our topic will be ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ The children will name and label parts of a plant, name some plants in our local environment, investigate what plants need to grow well and keep a ’Broad Bean Diary.’

In technology we will be making some sensational salads in order to better understand where food comes from. We will be reading stories linked to our topic, such as ‘The Run Away Pea’ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’

The children will continue to use ‘Talk for Writing’ to internalise stories and use such modelled examples to shape their own writing. The children will also read a number of poems and use descriptive language to write poems of their own.

In Numeracy the children will use their counting in 2’s,5’s and 10’s skills to solve problems. They will read and write number to 100 in numbers and words. We will focus on counting back in 1’s from any given number. The children will represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20. We will continue to add and subtract one- and two-digit numbers to 20.

During the last half term our topic will be ‘Down by the Sea.’ We will be reading a number of stories set at the seaside. We will read The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and use drama to explore and write about scenarios and characters in the story. We will compare the human and physical features of the setting in the story to that of Heald Green.

In technology we will use textiles to make our own Punch and Judy Puppet.


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Bolshaw Primary School

Cross Road, Heald Green, Cheadle, SK8 3LW

Lynda Brown

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