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Year 1 - Our Learning



Welcome back to Year 1! Miss Unsworth and the Year 1 Team hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and welcome you back for the new year.

In English, we are starting the year with a 'Big Write' unit based on the short film 'Umbrella'. We will be exploring the characters' feelings and writing a diary entry.

Our next unit will be 'Myths and Legends'. We will share written and oral versions of traditional tales including The Great Race, The Runaway Wok and The Race Across the River. We will have fun retelling the stories and creating our own versions using story maps. 

In our poetry unit, we will be looking at poems on the theme of naughty animals. We will read, enjoy and discuss a selection of poems about animals. We will memorise and perform a poem and learn about adjectives, noun phrases and lists before planning and writing our own poem about a cheeky animal.

In our non-fiction unit, we will enter the world of minibeasts and explore the features of a non-fiction text. We will learn how to use noun phrases in descriptive writing, use bullet points to make a list of equipment needed for a minibeast hunt and create our own information books about hidden minibeasts.


We will have daily phonics sessions that will help to improve the our learning and understanding of phonemes and graphemes. This will be the foundation for our reading and spelling.


We have small group reading sessions three times per week where we enjoy reading and answering questions about fictional and non-fictional texts. 




This term we will be busy learning lots about place value within numbers to 50. We will also be learning about mass, volume, length and height.

Our Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) we will be focusing on this term will be counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.





In science this term, we will be learning about animals including humans. Our learning will include identifying the basic parts of the human body and knowing which sense is associated with which part of the body. We will learn about different types of animals and how they are classified into groups including birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. We will find out about animals that are herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We will find out what animals including humans need to survive and know that animals produce offspring which grow into adults. We will also investigate the importance of healthy eating and exercise as part of this topic. 






Foundation Subjects

These subjects focus on lots of different life skills which are learnt through computing, DT, art, music, PE, RE, geography and history. This term is jam packed with lots of fun things for us to learn about! We will be working with clay in Art, learning about Rochdale in the Victorian era, and designing a rocket using digital software in Computing.




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