Year 1 Curriculum Overview
Autumn 1 – Handa's Surprise
WOW! Factor: African Drumming
Fantastic Finish: Watching Fruit Salad making videos
Book: Handa's Suprise Author: Eileen Browne
Handa’ Surprise is a lovely story of friendship. It is based in Kenya and we have been able to link it to the non-fiction story of Wangari, who planted trees.
We are also able to learn about different fruits grow best in different countries. Handa’s Surprise has helped us to explore the differences and similarities between Luton and a small Kenyan village.
Autumn 2 - Jack and the Beanstalk
WOW! Factor: Walking to the woods, acting out Jack and the Beanstalk, building Jack's cottage and building the giant's castle.
Book: Jack and the Beanstalk Author: Eileen Browne
Jack and the Beanstalk is an English fairytale where the main character is very poor and the main character meets a giant. It ends like all traditional tales with … they lived happily ever after. We have linked it to letter writing where the children will write letters and post them.
Spring 1 - Corduroy
WOW! Factor: Teddy bears’ picnic
Fantastic Finish: Make a toy
Book: Corduroy Author: Don Freeman
In this unit, the children will explore the history of toys, and this will link to their work on materials in science. They will also learn about managing their emotions and use their art and design skills to create their own toy.
Spring 2 – Just So Stories
WOW! Factor: Reptile Roadshow
Fantastic Finish: Art exhibition linked to Enabling Enterprise
Book: Just So Stories Author: Rudyard Kipling
The central focus of this unit will be science, where we will be learning about different animals and plants, both in the UK and further afield. This will link closely to our work in PSHE and RE, which centres on behaving responsibly towards our environment.
Summer 1 – Katie Morag Delivers the Mail
WOW! Factor: Investigating Katie Morag
Fantastic Finish: Tasting Scottish traditional food
Book: Katie Morag Delivers the Mail Author: Mairi Hedderwick
This unit includes map skills and finding out about the United Kingdom and the oceans that surround it. They will use their computing skills to program simple ICT toys like Bee-Bots. The children will also explore special places, their relationships with their families, and tartan patterns.
Summer 2 - Stickman
WOW! Factor: Quackling - Forest school trail.
Fantastic Finish: Trip to the woods to find StickMan
Book: Stickman Author: Julia Donaldson
Science and our Well Being topic link this term to find out about our changing bodies and how we change from a baby to a child. In History, we will look at how school has changed from when our grandparents went to school. The children will learn some new computing skills and find out about animation. They will also learn about Compass points.