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Year 1


Year 1 Long Term Plan 2019-2020



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Term 1 Topic Plan For Parents


Term 1

Year One have started the year off with a roaring start and thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Hiss, Roar, Squawk!’ topic.  During our science lessons, we looked at different ways that animals can be classified and the features of each of these classifications.  Did you know that a whale is a mammal even though it lives in the sea?  Or that reptiles can be identified by their smooth, scaly skin and ability to lay eggs?  Year One found these facts out by reading a range of insightful non-fiction texts.  The children applied this knowledge to create their own class book which demonstrated each classification of animal, alongside a range of facts for each animal group.



After enjoying the popular Simon James text, ‘My Friend Whale’, the children explored what it means for animals to be ‘endangered’ and how we can help make a difference towards the preservation of endangered animal species.  During our English lessons, the children created informative posters that explained how we can shape the future to protect endangered animals.

Who left the doors open?  Each night, for a whole week, an animal snuck into each year 1 classroom leaving a trail of clues behind.  The children placed the clues together to reveal the animal’s identity!  They were incredibly inspired and wrote fantastic animal riddles; drawing on all of their animal classification knowledge to help them extend their sentences with the use of conjunctions.  By knowing all about each classification of animal, we now know how to take care and look after them too.



As part of the children’s wider curriculum opportunities, they have been growing green fingers by digging up weeds from garden beds and planting a range of bulbs ready for the spring.  The children have been developing their understanding of the life cycle of a plant and how particular plants and bulbs can support wildlife, such as bees.  We are thankful to Mr Greenfield who has been a busy bee himself by creating hedgehog houses for us to add to our garden next month.  We will be learning about how to help hedgehogs and other animals in the run up to their hibernation!