Year 1 | Van Gogh

Year 1 | Van Gogh

Welcome to Year 1! 

The children in this Year 1 Picasso are taught by Mrs Ashiq who is supported in class by Mrs Mills and Mrs Latos. Van Gogh is taught by Mr Longstaff who is supported by Miss Walshaw and Mrs Wilbraham.

During this year we cover a variety of exciting topics to enthuse and engage the children. Our topics include:

Autumn Term: Enchanted Woodland

Grab your wellies, put on your raincoat because we’re going on an Enchanted walk around the woodland. Who knows what animals you may see along the way?

This half term, we’ll be investigating the woodland around us. This will involve us exploring our local environment, allowing the children to discover new plants and natural materials that they may see. The children will be comparing materials and textures to work out what would be most suited for the Three Little Pigs to build their house. We will be experimenting to see who has built the strongest house and who is able to keep the wolf out! As well as this, the children will have plenty of opportunities to create natural art work suited to our season and at the end of the term, parents will be invited for the children to show off their creations in a small gallery.

The texts we explore are:

  • Three Little Pigs
  • Owl Babies
  • Autumn Term 2 – Bright Lights, Big City

This half term the Y1 topic is Bright Lights, Big City.

What do you know about England’s capital city? We will be finding out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks. As part of all of our topics we take part in a memorable experience to excite the children and make them want to find out more. Using maps and research, we’ll locate Buckingham Palace, understand compass directions, plan routes around London and learn about the countries of the United Kingdom. Our research will take us back in time to famous London landmarks, as well as giving us an understanding of what it’s like to live in a big city.

The texts we explore are:

  • The Queen’s Hat

Spring Term – Memory Box

In the Spring term, we’re taking a trip to the past to discover what life was like at the time when we were born. Younger children will come along to our Teddy Bear’s picnic, so we can observe how toddlers play and move. We’ll also find out how babies change and grow over time. Thinking about our childhoods, we’ll use photos and objects from the past to help us remember special times including weddings and christenings. We’ll talk about our families and share happy memories of people or pets who are no longer alive. Learning about the days, weeks and months of the year will help us to work out how long we will have to wait

for our birthdays to arrive! We’ll decide how objects from the past were used and have fun learning games, songs and dances from bygone days. We’ll share class memory books, collages and a rap with you at the end of our project and make memories that will last a lifetime.

The texts we explore are:

    • Dogger
    • Old Bear

Spring Term 2 – Moon Zoom

CRASH! What’s that in the playground? Let’s go outside and take a look. Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash landed. Find out who might have landed by exploring the craft and investigating scattered scientific specimens. Create a ‘Welcome to Earth’ box for an alien explorer. What can you put in it to help explain what life is like on our planet? Would you like to be an astronaut? You’ll need a pretty sturdy spacecraft if you do. Start off small by making an air-propelled rocket. How far can you make it travel? Find out the names of the planets. There’s Mercury, Neptune, Mars and – do you know any others? I’ve forgotten the rest. Then, an alien is found. Can you help get him home? It’s got the experts in a right kerfuffle. Professor Pong doesn’t know what to do. Are you ready for take off Year 1? Hold tight. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… LIFT OFF! We’ll design and make a model alien spaceship, gathering inspiration from books and stories, We’ll perform alien dances to appropriate ‘space’ music/sounds, we’ll explore and describe different samples collected from the alien crash site. We will be learning about a significant historical figure such as Neil Armstrong.

The texts we explore are:

  • Beegu


Summer Term – Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Big cats, small rats, tiny fleas and buzzing bees!

For the second half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes! Meeting an animal expert at the zoo will allow us to ask and answer questions, share information about the pets we have at home and write animal information booklets. We’ll study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints. Famous animal fables will make us laugh, and we will have fun reading them aloud. We’ll spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage. Designing a zoo is even on the agenda!

The texts we explore are:

  • Tiger Who Came to Tea


Summer Term 2 – Rio Di Vida

Dancing feet, step to the samba beat. Shake it, shimmy, hands in the air, wave your flags in the cool night air. Come join the party down in Rio, keeping the rhythm with your party shaker. Bright colours, patterns and feathers. Can you make a headdress or party mask? Meet magical creatures from Brazil’s myths and legends and create your own too. Be as fancy as you like. Let’s get down to Rio where football is king and practise our skills on golden beaches. Now we need to plan a celebration with fabulous music and song. Let’s invite parents and friends to come along. Bem-vindo ao Brasil os meus amigos.

We’ll look at a world map to locate Brazil and its capital city, Brasilia. Look at pictures and maps of Brasilia: talk about its human features and think about what it might be. We will listen to the music of Brazil and see how many instruments they can hear and experiment with ways of moving our body to its rhythms. Practise shaking, wiggling, stepping, skipping, twisting and turning. We will also think about the different things people celebrate including events in our own lives. Make a list of all the celebrations or festivals Hold your very own ‘Brazilian Carnival Day’ to kick-start this colourful topic.

The texts we explore are:

  • Handa’s surprise
  • Jabuti the Tortoise
  • Lila and the Secret of Rain

The topics are designed to cover a range of skills and knowledge and cover all aspects of the curriculum. To support these topics, we will visit a Farm, a Zoo and a local park to engage pupils and extend their understanding.


Contacting Us

If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to speak to us via Class Dojo.

We have 3 Parents’ Evenings during the year one in each term. Each meeting is an opportunity to discuss your child’s learning and celebrate their achievements and progress.

The summer term meeting is an opportunity to meet your child’s new teacher for the following year and find out all about their new class and year group ahead of the summer holidays. This helps our parents and children to prepare for these changes and come back in September feeling settled and ready to learn.