Year 1 – Willow Class

What We’ve Been Up To This Term

How fun are my grandparents’ toys?

Book cover

As well as our key text, Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne, we will be learning all about how our grandparents’ lives are different to our own.

Books your child could read at home:

  • Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  • On the Way Home by Jill Murphy

What we have been doing!

In Willow class we have had a specialist art teacher come in from St John’s to help us make some animal art, we have painted different farm animals and made collages of the countryside and the city. We have also read Farmer Duck and enjoyed doing lots of different writing surrounding the book including writing some bossy instructions for Farmer Duck to leave around the farm when he goes on holiday. We have also done lots of learning outside this term and have hunted round the playground with our clipboards writing down a list of all the plural nouns we could see. The children in Willow class have also been learning about how to be a good friend, complimenting children in the morning and writing cards to our friends telling them why they are special. We also love story time and have enjoyed reading lots of different books and talking about them, our class favourite is The Book With No Pictures.

Autumn Term 1 – Willow Class

  • Miss S. Cook
  • Mrs A. Wesson
  • PE
  • Friday PM
  • PE Kit
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Trainers
English
The children’s learning will be linked to the core text Farmer Duck. They will be encouraged to predict how a problem in a story will be fixed. They will think about the things that go into a good story and how to describe characters. We will begin to understand what a ‘verb’ is and what is meant by a ‘sentence’. The children will have the opportunity to participate in roleplaying performances to retell a story. The children will write a set of sentences that tell a narrative and begin to check and change their own writing. The focus will be on writing accurate sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The SPaG focus will be on conjunctions, capital letters for the names of places and the suffixes ‘-ed’ and ‘-ing’.
Maths
The children will be developing their knowledge in relation to addition and subtraction, shape and place value to 20. This half term we will be focusing on representing and using number bonds and relating facts within 10. They will read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +, – and = signs. The children will solve one step problems using concrete objects and pictorial representations. They will recognise, name and sort common 2D and 3D shapes. The children will reinforce their place value learning from last term by focusing on the numbers 11 – 20. The focus will be writing numbers to 20 in words, ordering, comparing and finding one more and one less.
RE
The children will be considering the key question ‘What do Christians believe God is like?’ To do this the children will learn to identify what a parable is and tell the story of the Lost Son from the Bible. They will have the opportunity to think, talk and ask questions about whether they can learn anything from the story for themselves, exploring different ideas.
Science
The children will be focusing on animals and living things. They will be able to identify and name a variety of common animals. They will learn to describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets). They will also Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the human body is associated with each sense.
PE
The children will be focusing on developing their rolling and stopping skills.
This will include sending and receiving and striking a ball with an object.
PSHE
The children will be focusing on caring friendships, which will be a theme across the school. They will learn how friendships make them feel happy and secure and how people choose and make friends.
Art
The children will explore different techniques to create animals. They will have the opportunity to create a collage and duck painting, focusing on mixing colours.

Autumn Term 2 – Willow Class

  • Miss S. Cook
  • Mrs A. Wesson
  • PE
  • Friday PM
  • PE Kit
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Trainers
English
The children’s learning will be linked to the core text Voices in the Park. They will be encouraged to identify motives of the main character on the basis of what they have said and done. They will write their own version of a familiar story using a series of sentences to sequence events. They will also learn to join words and clauses using ‘and’ and use capital letters for names and for the personal pronoun I. The focus will be on writing accurate sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The SPaG focus will be on conjunctions, capital letters for the names and the personal pronouns.
Maths
The children will be developing their knowledge in relation to addition and subtraction and partitioning. This half term we will be focusing on part whole models and fact families for addition and subtraction. They will read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +, – and = signs. The children will partition numbers using part whole models and bar models using their knowledge of number bonds to help them. The children will reinforce their place value learning from last term by building on their knowledge of greater than and lesser than by using the symbols, < and > to compare addition and subtraction statements.
RE
The children will be learning about Creation, answering the key question “Who created the world?”. The children will learn to retell the story of creation simply and to recognise that ‘Creation’ is the beginning of the ‘big story’ of the Bible. The children will also learn what the story tells Christians about God, Creation and the world. They will also have an opportunity to think, talk and ask questions.
History
The children will be focusing on changes in living memory. The children will be looking at their grandparent’s childhood and exploring differences and similarities and their significance. They will look at how school was different in the past and what effect electronic screens and computers had on learning. The children will also be looking at the history of toys and answering the question, “Why are iPads more fun than my grandparents’ old toys?”.
PE
The children will be learning key skills for football. They will be participating in small competitive games to develop their teamwork. As well as developing their balance and coordination through ball exercises.
PSHE
The children will be learning how to recognise their own feelings and what to do when they experience ‘big feelings’. The children will be developing their emotional vocabulary to help them talk about their feelings. The children will also explore the different feelings they have and which behaviours are good responses and which are not.
Art
The children will explore different techniques to create art depicting toys. They will have the opportunity to create water colour paintings of toys, textured collages and pastel drawings of characters from our class book ‘Voice sin the Park’. They will also develop their observational skills through more detailed work in their sketch books.
Music
The children will be exploring the genre of Old School Hip-Hop. They will listen to and appraise songs in that genre and learn to identify different musical instruments. The children will also learn to find the beat in a song and to copy a rhythm.

Spring Term 1 – Willow Class

  • Miss S. Cook
  • Mrs A. Wesson
  • PE
  • Friday PM
  • PE Kit
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Trainers
English
The children’s learning will be linked to the core text Dogger. They will be encouraged to think about what they already know to help them understand texts. They will use picture clues within the story to deepen their understanding. There will be a focus on identifying unfamiliar words, asking about their meaning and finding other words that mean the same. The children will have the opportunity to retell the story or write a recount of an event. The children will orally rehearse their sentences before writing them down and start to make their sentences more complex by adding conjunctions such and, because and but. The focus will be on writing accurate sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The SPaG focus will be on conjunctions, suffixes and prefixes.
Maths
The children will be developing their knowledge in relation to addition and subtraction within 20, place value within 50 and measurement with a focus on length and height and weight and volume. This half term we will be focusing on representing and using number bonds and relating facts within 20. They will read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +, – and = signs. The children will solve one step problems using concrete objects and pictorial representations. The children will reinforce their place value learning from last term by focusing on the numbers 21-50 and counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. The children will begin to measure and record lengths and heights and begin to measure and record mass/weight, capacity and volume. They will use vocabulary such as heavy/light, heavier than and lighter than.
RE
The children will be considering the key question ‘What do Christians believe God is like?’ To do this the children will identify what a parable is and retell the story of the Lost Son simply. They will be able to explain what the story means to Christians and how Christians show that their God is loving and forgiving. The children will think and talk about what they can learn from the story.
History
We will be focusing on changes within living memory. The children should develop an awareness of the past and use phrases relating to the passing of time. They will be introduced to chronological order and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods. They should ask and answer questions and know some of the different ways that we can find out about the past. Grandparents will be invited in.
PE
We will be focusing on changes within living memory. The children should develop an awareness of the past and use phrases relating to the passing of time. They will be introduced to chronological order and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods. They should ask and answer questions and know some of the different ways that we can find out about the past. Grandparents will be invited in.
PSHE
The children will be considering how important it is to be respectful of others even when they are different to them. We will discuss and consider the ideas of courtesy and manners. They will think about the importance of self-respect and how this links to their own happiness.
Computing
The children will use technology to create, store,cmanipulate and retrieve digital Content. The children will learn how to log on and off and how to copy and paste from the internet. They will create a PowerPoint of old and new toys.