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Year 1 Topics

The Big Build

In this Unit pupils will explore how we use materials to change the world around us. Linked to the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’, pupils will have the opportunity to construct ‘houses’ for the pigs from different materials.

Who Am I?

Throughout this Unit, pupils will have the opportunity to express their individuality, explore their identity, develop their talents and understand their place in both their immediate and the wider world. Key questions that will be explored include: Who am I? Where did my name come from? What am I like? What am I good at? What is special about me and where I live?

Let's Celebrate

This Unit focuses on the traditions surrounding Christmas and other festivals taking place at this time of year. Pupils will make cards and decorations and look at how festivals were celebrated in the past.

Posting and Places

This Unit is based on the idea of receiving and writing letters with new friends from around the world. This will enable the children to be able to name and locate the world’s continents, and the countries of the UK. They will start to appreciate and understand similarities and differences between themselves and their home country with that of others, with a focus on one contrasting area – the Arctic.

To the Rescue

This Unit develops understanding of safety, helping people and exploring the emergency services of sea, land and air, in the local area or beyond. From the past, Grace Darling and Florence Nightingale may be used to inspire learners to understand how they help others and stay safe.

The Potting Shed .... Buried Treasure

This Unit will incorporate the concepts of growing, by getting the pupils to become plant hunters who go on an exciting journey, discovering both real and fantasy plants.

Brilliant Bodies

In this Unit the pupils will find out about the 5 senses and which part of the body each one of these senses is associated with. They will use these senses to explore their school grounds and create a sensory area for themselves and other pupils to enjoy.

Animal Allsorts

In this Unit pupils will find out about the many different animals that exist in our world and what makes them special. They will find out how to categorise animals based on different criteria; type of animal and what they eat. They will use this knowledge to write information texts for their own best care pet centre!

Where shall we go?

This Unit will look at the changing seasons and the different weather associated with each one. Pupils will think about journeys they might be making or have made in the past. They will look at maps and globes to see where they have been or where they are going.