During this term the children are given opportunities to explore the topic of pirates with a range of pirate stories to stimulate them. The children will then be absorbed into a land of make believe! With castles, kings, princesses, knights and mystical creatures, they truly become aware of using their senses when describing and using their imagination ready for Year One
After the Christmas break, the children will then experience a change to the classroom. They will be transported to Space! During this topic the children will lead their learning through their curiosity and use their imagination to play within an environment which has a high level of sensory activities and new learning. During the run up to Easter the children will explore the topic of ‘Dinosaur Dig’ and learn about the past and explore the huge mammals which use to walk the earth. During the second half term, the children will start to explore all aspects of spring by using our magic garden and observe changes in the environment.
To ensure there is a smooth transition from Nursery, we allow children to adapt to their new routines and surroundings by having a staggered entry. They will be slowly introduced to a full day and lunch times which they may not have encountered before. They will then feel more settled from receiving a slow transition. They will receive continued support from staff and also by having the opportunity to link home/school comforts with our class pet hamster. The main topics of this term will be based around ‘Marvellous Me’ collaborating this with their experiences of ‘Autumn Changes, Bonfire Night and Christmas.Autumn
We start off in year one reading some traditional tales and learning to sequence their events. Children begin to use story language and expression when telling stories and begin to write some simple labels, speech bubbles and sentences about the stories they have learnt. They learn about the story’s settings, characters and plot and they use role play and practical activities like bread making and making character masks to immerse themselves in the stories. In the second half of the Autumn term, we start to read and write recounts and diaries through the History topic of The Great Fire of London. A visit from the Fire Brigade and a trip to Aston Hall along with lots of practical activities, fully engage the children in this topic and children learn what it was like to experience this event and about how things have changed now.
We begin the Spring term learning about weather and seasons through poetry. Children will listen to, learn and recite poems before writing their own simple poems. They will make observations of different weather in the United Kingdom and compare it to weather around the world. After Easter, children will read books by the brilliant Julia Donaldson and immerse themselves in her world of fantastic characters and amazing adventures. Children will also learn to identify and classify living things and learn about the human body and their senses.
In the Summer term, we will read some cumulative stories, such as the Giant Turnip and The Ginger Bread man. These stories build on a pattern and involve lots of repetition so children can join in and write their own. We also begin to learn to identify and observe plants and what they need to grow using our forest school’s area and beautiful grounds. In the last term, we go on safari and learn about world continents and oceans and compare a location in the UK with an African country. The children will be writing information texts linked to this Geography topic and looking at atlases, maps and compass directions.