Autumn - Biscuits, Bears and Branches
To begin the year, we invite the children to bring in a bear from home. The children describe their bear using their senses. The children have a teddy bears picnic and continue to use their senses as they write about the picnic. Discovering our story Biscuit Bear, we learn about the circus and making biscuits. We get to go on a trip to help us learn about money. We also paint Bear Griz and use our new skills painting and drawing thick and thin lines.
After half term, the children return to discover a classroom full of paper aeroplanes. The children find a book where they are involved in solving the mystery of The Great Paper Caper. The children make their own paper planes and we investigate different materials. Finally, we draw our topic to a close by making paper and becoming journalists reporting how our bear has become famous.
Spring - Catch that Goat!
In the Spring Term we learn about Africa. The children arrive back after the holidays to an African market in their classroom, filled with spices and unusual fruits and vegetables which awaken their senses!
The children choose an African country to research and become experts. They then create their own non-fiction book.
After half term the learning goes on a safari and the children's learning has a focus on African Animals. They learning journey comes to an end with a visit to Marwell Zoo, where the children see real African animals.
Summer - Tales of the Riverbank
During the Summer Term, Year One explore different water ways in a learning journey called ‘Tales of the Riverbank’. The topic begins with a small blue creature called a Bog Baby coming to live in our classroom. The children then learn about the frog life cycle and ponds with a visit to Arundel Wetlands.
After half term we learn about rivers and canals and compare the geographical features of these. The children visit the Chichester Canal with a canal boat ride. The children learn about Victorians and compare their life to Bert and Betty’s. They compare day to day life, food, school and toys.