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
WOW! Factor: Map mystery and treasure hunt
Fantastic Finish: Making shortbread
Book: Katie Morag Author: Mairi Hedderwick
This unit includes map skills and comparing Luton with an island. They will use their computing skills to create illustrations for their Katie Morag story. The children will also explore Judaism, their relationships with their families, and tartan patterns.
Summer 2 - Stickman
WOW! Factor: Forest schools – building fires and making s’mores
Fantastic Finish: Trip to the woods and making journey sticks
Book: Stickman Author: Julia Donaldson
Forest schools and science will play a central role in this unit, with lots of work around British plants. The children will learn some new computing skills as they create presentations and then use these to categorise plants. They will also learn about water and fire safety.