Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Year 1 is an exciting year that will build upon your child’s wonderful experiences and achievements in the Early Years. We aim to make the transition a smooth and happy one. The children will continue to access a rich environment that stimulates their curiosity and learning. Children in Year 1 begin working on the National Curriculum for Key Stage One. As the first term progresses they will begin to work in a more structured setting, with inspiring, relevant topics that engage and motivate them.  

Throughout the year we enjoy developing learning through a range of exciting events, such as a Superhero Day and a visit to Knowsley Safari Park. We also welcome a number of visitors to support our learning and contribute towards whole school fundraising and charity days. 

Year 1 Imaginative Learning Projects
This year (2018-2019), the Year 1 children will be learning through the following Imaginative Learning Projects: 
Autumn 1  Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Bright Lights, Big City Memory Box  The Enchanted Woodland Paws, Claws and Whiskers Rio de Vida
Let’s put on our capes and discover our superpowers as we search for an answer to the question, ‘Who is Professor Slime and what is a superhero?’ This half term, we’ll describe our favourite superheroes, create fact files, read a range of comic books and write our own. Learning about real-life heroes from such as the emergency services and from the past, including Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole will allow us to appreciate human bravery. As part of this project, we’ll explore our senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight and investigate the different body parts used. We’ll also test our superpowers by climbing, running, jumping and developing our gymnastic skills in PE. Kerpow!

Help your child prepare for their project

Superheroes are fantastic! Why don’t you visit the ‘Featured characters’ page on the Marvel website and read about famous superheroes together? You could also work collaboratively to invent a new superhero. Draw a picture, make a costume or write a story together featuring the new superhero. Alternatively, read a children’s comic together. Talk about the characters and how they behave. Are any of them superheroes?

Bright Lights, Big City

Hop on board a big, red bus and head for England’s capital. Yes, that’s right, we’re on our way to London! This half term, we’ll take afternoon tea with the Queen. Using maps and research, we’ll learn about the countries of the United Kingdom. Our research will take us back in time to the Great Fire of London and to famous London landmarks, as well as giving us an understanding of what it’s like to live in a big city compared to Sale Moor. We’ll write London information leaflets and make our own London Bridge – Let’s hope that it doesn’t fall down!

Help your child prepare for their project

Cities are exciting places. Why not visit Manchester to spot interesting vehicles, buildings and landmarks? Alternatively, you could search the web for images, information and film clips about London and keep a scrapbook of your findings. You could also visit the local library to see if you can find some information books about The Great Fire of 1666 to enjoy together.

Memory Box
Are you ready to travel back in time? This half term, we’re taking a trip to the past to discover what life was like at the time when we were born. Thinking about our childhoods, we’ll use photos and objects from the past to help us remember special times. We’ll decide how objects from the past were used and have fun learning all about bygone days. We’ll talk about our families and share happy memories of people or pets. We will find out about L.S. Lowry and look at his amazing artwork, creating Lowry inspired pieces of our own. 
Help your child prepare for their project
Looking back on the past can be funny, poignant and interesting! Why not get together as a family and share photos from the past, commenting on wacky clothes and happy holidays? Alternatively, visiting a local museum would allow you to see what life was like in the past. You could also play some traditional games from your childhood. Hopscotch, skipping and conkers are all lots of fun!

The Enchanted Woodland

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise! Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady-eyed owls in the swaying treetops. This exciting outdoors topic is all about plants and investigating out of doors with a forest school teacher from ‘We Are Adventurers’! There are lots of opportunities to look, touch and explore the environment. The children will learn to appreciate wildlife and think about ways to look after the natural world. We will also collage poppies in the style of the artist Georgia O'Keefe. 

Help your child prepare for their project

Woodlands are interesting places. Why not take a woodland walk in Priory Woods and see which plants and creatures you can find? Simple spotting books or apps will help you to identify unknown species. Alternatively, visit the local library and borrow information and storybooks about woodland creatures to read together. You could also collect twigs, leaves, seed cases and flowers to make natural art together outside. Remember to take photos before the wind blows your artwork away!

Paws, Claws and Whiskers
Big cats, small rats, tiny fleas and buzzing bees! This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all different shapes and sizes! Visiting Knowsley Safari Park will allow us to ask and answer questions, share information about wild animals and write animal information booklets. We’ll study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make prints. We’ll spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage.
Help your child prepare for their project 
Animals are amazing! Why not take photos of a favourite pet together and describe their habits, likes and dislikes? You could also put bird food in the garden and visit Worthington park or nature reserve for a spot of bird watching. Make a note of their markings and features then use a simple spotting book or app to identify different species. Alternatively, visiting a zoo, such as Chester Zoo, would allow you to observe a wide range of different animals.
Rio de Vida
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party and enjoy a Brazilian summer in Rio! This half term we will enjoy a carnival party where we will make carnival masks, play carnival music and learn a carnival dance! We’ll study maps and globes to locate Brazil and decide what it would be like to live there. We will scour non-fiction books for fascinating facts. Reflecting on what we have learnt about Brazilian culture, we’ll think about celebrations in different parts of the world and decide why people celebrate. We will write about the amazing stories and myths from South America. We will also create a magical moving rainforest using levers and slides!
Help your child prepare for their project
Celebrations are exciting for everyone. Why not look through some old photos together and talk about any celebrations taking place in the pictures? You could also plan a party and choose the decorations, food and music together. Alternatively, use a children’s atlas to discover countries around the world. Read the name of each country carefully and find out what it would be like to live there. You could also learn a little Portuguese!