Year 1


  • Alice Corlett -Deputy Head with responsibility for KS1
  • Nicola Arrevillagas – Class Teacher
  • Narjes Hadjam – Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
  • Sumaira Rafaqat- SEN TA

Curriculum overview – Spring 2

Our whole school topic this half term is Our World. In Year 1, we will be learning about Antarctica. We will learn about 7 continents, 5 oceans and the equator. We will look at the physical features of Antarctica finding out about the famous explorer linked with Antarctica. We will also find the North and South pole on a globe.  See the Topic intended knowledge map for further details.

We will continue to complete our work in English through different texts. This half term, we will read “Space Tortoise” By Ross Montgomery. Using this story, we will talk about the journey the tortoise takes and do some short writing activities.  The children will be learning about different settings and how to use similes in their writing.  The children have the opportunity to complete a longer piece of writing using a plan, write, edit sequence of lessons.  We will also be completing a study of the poem “ Your birthday cake” By Rosemary Wells.  Guided Reading, handwriting and phonics will continue throughout.

This half term we will then move on to multiplication and division. The children will be counting in 2’s 5’s and 10s.  Finally we will look at fractions.

Year 1 will be finishing the Science unit “Animals including Humans” by sorting animals according to features, we will be going on a walk to Chorlton Water Park to look for different animals. We will also do a Science research lesson on : Chris Packam. Finally we will start to look at the season of “Spring” looking at the weather, living things and changes to trees.

Other Curriculum Areas
RE – Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?
DT – Textiles -Puppets
Music – Charanga unit: Friendship Song
PE – Games (Monday), Gymnastics/Dance (Wednesday), Games (Friday)
PSHCE– Healthy Lifestyles: How can I look after my teeth? Living in the Wider World: Where does money come from? Keeping Safe: What is an emergency and what do I do?
Computing – Digital writing

Important Dates
Monday 26th February – School opens
Thursday 7th March – World Book Day
Monday 11th March – Science Week
Friday 15th March – Pupil Progress Reports sent via email
Wednesday 20th and 27th March – Pupil Progress Meetings
Thursday 21st March- Phonics workshop for parents/ carers (9:00-9:45 repeated at 2:30-3:15pm)
Thursday 28th March – School finishes for Easter holidays (2pm finish)
Other dates will be communicated as they are confirmed.

Empowering learning skills

Self manager

  • Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
  • Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
  • Anticipate, take and manage risks
  • Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement
  • Respond positively to change 

Effective participator

  • Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
  • Play a full part in the life of the school
  • Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
  • Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
  • Present a persuasive case for action
  • Propose practical ways forward
  • Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful thinker

  • Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
  • Find links and see relationships
  • Explore & experiment with resources and materials
  • Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
  • Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
  • Try different ways to tackle a problem
  • Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective learner

  • Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
  • Review their work and act on outcomes
  • Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
  • Monitor their own performance and progress
  • Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
  • Make changes to improve their learning
  • Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent enquirer

  • Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
  • Plan what to do and how to go about it
  • Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
  • Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes
  • Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team worker

  • Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
  • Listen and take account of others’ views
  • Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
  • Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations
  • Show fairness and consideration towards others