Year One: Major Oak and Sherwood Forest

During this half-term the Year One children have been exploring poetry from The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems by June Crebbin, which is a collection of fun poems suitable for Year 1 children. During these schemes of work, the pupils will be learning how to use rhyming words and adjectives correctly. The children will also have lots of writing opportunities, for example writing their own poetry. We will move onto reading the non-fiction book The Pet Potato by Josh Lacey. This is a story about a boy who is desperate for a pet, so he’s really excited when his Dad finally brings one home. There’s just one problem. It’s a potato. We will use this book to begin story writing.

After the half-term, we will move onto reading the non-fiction book ‘One Day on Our Blue Planet… In The Rainforest’ by Ella Bailey. This is a colourful non-fiction picture book with beautiful illustrations, filled with information all about the animals and insects that can be found in our world’s rainforests. This will be something new for the children, as it is the first non-fiction book that we have looked at in English this year.

We have started our spring half-term with numbers from 11 – 20, looking at their place value and practising adding and subtracting within those numbers. The children will be identifying the tens and ones that make up numbers between 11 – 20. The children will be learning how to cross ten when adding and subtracting and using part-whole models, tens frames and partitioning to support them. After the half-term, our maths lessons will move onto looking at numbers to 50 and teaching the children how to count, add and subtract within 50. They will continue to record work in their maths books once a week, and we will be encouraging them to work more independently and try challenges within their learning.,

During PSHE, we will be thinking about health and hygiene. Children will be learning about how to keep different parts of their body clean and healthy, for example how to follow a teeth cleaning routine and what to do after sneezing and coughing. We will also have fortnightly circle time sessions, where the children have the opportunity to discuss any problems or worries that they may have and we work together as a class to solve them.

In art this half term, the children will be investigating ‘can art be outside’? They will use words like rough, smooth and shiny to group and sort natural objects and will be inspired by the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy to create a natural piece of art, through rubbings and collage.

Our D.T. work will start after the half-term break, and we will be making a fruit salad and thinking about healthy dietary choices.

In History this half-term, the children will be learning about the Titanic and the events that happened during its journey in 1912. They have practised using historical sources to locate information in order to answer questions, and will learn about life on board the Titanic through role play. In lessons, we will be sequencing and sorting information and the pupils will have the opportunity to write a newspaper report all about the Titanic.

We will start our geography work after the half-term break, and will be answering the question ‘does Nottingham need more green spaces’? There will be opportunities for field work and written outcomes during this unit.

In computing, before the February holiday we will be learning how to digitally group and sort information, and moving on to making our own charts for data we have gathered. After the holiday, we will be moving on to making digital instructions and following them.

Our science during the first part of the Spring term will be exploring different everyday materials, both natural and man-made. The classes will learn to identify and classify different materials and describe their properties. During the second part of the Spring term, we will move onto a new unit on plants. The classes will learn about how to keep a seed or a bulb healthy, and will take part in investigations to build scientific skills.

In RE, the children’s learning is based around the big question ‘how do we care for others?’ and for the first half-term, we will focus on Christianity and Judaism. The children will have the opportunity to look at religious objects, such as prayer beads, and think about the role music plays in religion. After the half-term holiday, we will move on to the beliefs and teachings that can be found in different religions.

In outdoor learning, both classes will be exploring the nature garden and refreshing the rules and expectations during these sessions. We

have lots of fun activities planned in for this half-term, including a sound walk, making art with shadows and reading outside in nature.

Year One Major Oak have P.E. on a Wednesday and Outdoor Learning on a Thursday.

Year One Sherwood Forest have P.E. on a Monday and Outdoor Learning on a Tuesday.

Here are the knowledge organisers for the work we’ll be doing this term:

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