Year 1 – Armadillos and Snow Leopards

Year 1 – Armadillos and Snow Leopards

  • Long Term Plan Year 1 2021-22



1 Armadillos are taught by Mrs Morgan and Mrs Alvey. Mrs Morgan teaches every Monday and Tuesday. Mrs Alvey teaches Wednesday to Friday. They are supported by Mrs Grayston and Mrs Wilson.

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 are assisted by Mrs Clarke.

This half term we will have P.E every Monday and the children should come dressed in their P.E kits for the day.

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 Summer 2

Home Reading information

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 were learning all about ourselves.  In Science we named body parts and found out about the five senses in practical investigations.  We talked about how our senses allowed us to observe and understand the world around us. In History, we learned about Louis Braille and how he invented braille for the blind. We explored the difficulties people face when they don’t have one of their senses.

Autumn Term 2 Theme – Whatever the Weather.

During the second half term, 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. To help the children learn their address they labelled and posted a letter home. They had great fun walking to the post box and then sharing with their families at home when it was delivered.

Spring Term 1 Theme – Hot and Cold Places

This half term, in our Geography work, we found 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 compared the temperatures in places like the Arctic and Antarctic to the desert and using maps to locate. In our Design and Technology work we focused on moving pictures. We created our own moving pictures, learning how to make sliders, levers and wheels. We thought about what tools and materials we would use and then how we would improve it next time.

Spring Term 2 Theme – Toys

During this half term our work was based on old and new toys. We looked at what toys are made from and how they work and then comparing them with the toys our parents and grandparents played with. We were lucky to have 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 learnt to name materials and then carry out activities to help us to learn about the properties of these materials. This linked well to our study of toys too and how the materials they were made from often indicated their age. The children also had the opportunity to develop their skills riding balance and pedal bikes with the Cycle North Team. All the children participated in a series of training sessions over the course of a week and thoroughly enjoyed becoming confident riders! We also were lucky enough to work alongside Dance Explosion for 5 weeks to create a dance and perform it. It was a great experience and the children loved it!

Summer Term 1 Theme – Magic Garden

During Summer 1 in Science, we were 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. We planted our own seeds and watch the growth.  In Art we  linked our knowledge of plants and flowers to a famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe and experimented with large scale drawings and used watercolours and other media to create pieces of art like the artist. We retold and innovated stories linked to the traditional story Jack and the Beanstalk, alongside our work on plants.  Our ICT work was based on coding and we used different Purple Mash programs to develop our computer skills.

Summer Term 2 Theme – Under the sea

This half term, we are focussing 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 are learning 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!


More details about key learning can be found on our half termly curriculum overviews.

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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