Year 1 – Armadillos and Snow Leopards

Year 1 – Armadillos and Snow Leopards

  • Long Term Plan Year 1 2020/21


1 Armadillos are taught by Mrs Collin and Mrs Alvey. Mrs Collin teaches Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Alvey teaches Wednesday to Friday. They are supported by Mrs Grayston and Mrs Blunden.

1 Snow Leopards are taught by Miss Spalding and Mrs Wynne.  Miss Spalding teaches Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Wynne teaches Thursday and Friday.  They will be assisted by Mrs Clarke, Mrs O’Malley and Mrs Atkins.

Key Stage 1

Now that your child has moved into Year 1, they have transitioned from the Early Years Foundation stage Curriculum onto the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum. The subjects covered are English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education and Computing.

Each week, all children will experience a balance of structured teacher led activities, independent challenges set by the teachers and free choice exploration within the areas of learning.

The structured teacher led activities introduce new learning and this is then consolidated through independent challenges. We aim for this learning to become ‘Sticky Knowledge’. This is information based on facts and vocabulary which we hope that children will retain in their long term memory and be able to recite when questioned at a later date. In order to embed this information, we will continually revisit facts and vocabulary on a regular basis. We will also share the sticky knowledge with you through Seesaw, so that you too can help this to become secure knowledge. Both the structured sessions and the independent tasks are differentiated to three levels – Basic, Better and Blow My Mind and we also aim to provide higher level challenges to further extend children’s learning.

Parent information sheets

Phonics Autumn 1

Reading record comments



Year 1 is the first year in Key Stage 1 and the children are learning to work more independently. The classroom environment is set up in a similar way to Upper Foundation Stage, allowing access to continuous provision for learning.

Both classrooms have exciting reading areas where children can read quietly and re-tell stories using the puppets. In addition to this, there are writing areas to explore and consolidate a range of writing genres.

We have different areas of learning including a Science/investigation area, Small World and Role-Play. There are also designated Art and Design Technology areas.

Here are some of our areas of provision that enhance learning:

Autumn Term 1 Theme – All About Me.

During the first half term we learnt all about me.  In Science named body parts and found out about the five senses.  In History, we talked about the children as babies or young infants and what they can do at the different stages of growth.

Autumn Term 2 Theme – Wonderful Weather

In Autumn 2, in our Geography and Science work, we observed and commented on changes in the seasons and suggested the type of weather in each season. We kept a weather chart and answered questions about the weather. We also explained where we live and the children told someone their address.

Spring Term 1 Theme – Hot and Cold Places

During Spring 1, some of us were learning in school, whilst some of us were carrying out our work at home. In our geography work, we were finding out about what it would be like in the polar regions and nearer to the equator and what clothes we would wear if we visited these places. The design and technology work focussed on moving pictures. We talked about how we would create our own moving picture, what tools and materials we would use and then how we would improve it next time.

Spring Term 2 Theme – Toys

Our work this half term is based on old and new toys. We are looking at what our toys are made from and how they work and then comparing them with the toys our parents and grandparents played with. In science, we are learning to name materials and then carrying out activities to help us to learn about the properties of these materials.

Summer Term 1 Theme – Magic Garden

This half term in science, we will be learning to identify garden plants and wild plants, to name the petals, stem, leaf and root of a plant and to name the roots, trunk, branches and leaves of a tree. In design and technology, we will be focussing on playgrounds and making our own piece of moving playground equipment. Our ICT work will be based on coding and in R.E, we will be thinking about ‘where we belong’, looking at Christianity and Judaism.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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