Year 1 – Koalas and Snow Leopards

Year 1 – Koalas and Snow Leopards

Long term plan

Long Term Plan Y1 2023-24

Year 1 staffing: 

Koalas are taught by Miss Kilbride.

Snow Leopards are taught by Miss Spalding and Mrs Wynne.  Miss Spalding teaches Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Wynne teaches Thursday and Friday.

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. The curriculum overview for this half term is below.

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

Y1 Curriculum Overview Autumn 2 2022


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 learn all about ourselves.  In Science we name body parts and found out about the five senses in practical investigations.  We talk about how our senses allow us to observe and understand the world around us. In History, we learn about Louis Braille and how he invented braille for the blind. We explore the difficulties people face when they don’t have one of their senses. We can’t wait to meet our special visitor who is bringing her guide dog Hope along to meet us, so we can find out more about living without the sense of sight.

Autumn Term 2 Theme – Whatever the Weather.

During the second half term, in our Geography and Science work, we observe and comment on changes in the seasons and suggest the type of weather in each season. We will keep a weather chart and answer questions about the weather. We also explain where we live and explore our local area on a walkabout. To help the children learn their address they will label and post a letter home and even walk to the post box to post it!  Finally they will then share it with their families at home when it is delivered.

Spring Term 1 Theme – Hot and Cold Places

In the Spring, in our Geography work, we find 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. We compare the temperatures in places like the Arctic and Antarctic to the desert and use maps to locate. In our Design and Technology work we focus on moving pictures. We will create our own moving pictures, learning how to make sliders, levers and wheels. We’ll think about what tools and materials we would use and then how we could improve it next time.

Spring Term 2 Theme – Toys

During the second half of the Spring term our work will be  based on old and new toys. We look at what toys are made from and how they work and then compare them with the toys our parents and grandparents played with. We get first hand experience with a box of Toys from Wakefield Museum to handle, play with and learn about how they differ from Victorian times to today. In Science, we learn to name materials and then carry out activities to help us to learn about the properties of these materials. This links well to our study of toys too and how the materials they were made from often indicated their age.

Summer Term 1 Theme – Magic Garden

During Summer 1 in Science, we learn 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. We plant our own seeds and watch the growth.  In Art we  link our knowledge of plants and flowers to a famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe and experiment with large scale drawings and use watercolours and other media to create pieces of art like the artist. We retell and innovate stories linked to the traditional story Jack and the Beanstalk, alongside our work on plants.  The children will also have the opportunity to develop their skills riding balance and pedal bikes with the Cycle North Team. Over the course of a week they will hopefully become confident riders!

Summer Term 2 Theme – Under the sea

In the final half term of Summer, we focus on non-fiction reading and writing about creatures which live under the sea. This links with our science work, where we will be identifying and describing a variety of animals, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. In geography we learn about the 4 countries of the United Kingdom and characteristics of each country. Our history work will focus on a significant person from our local area, Barbara Hepworth. We will be investigating, designing and making models of playground equipment in DT. What fun!

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

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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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