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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.

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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.

Fantastic Finish: Posting letters

 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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